At 6/9/09 05:04 AM, Deathcon7 wrote:
Look up contest. It's a struggle for victory, not a struggle to compare your results to that of the winner to see where you can improve.
I can see what you're saying about having the entries thread opened up later. I'd be worried that if this was the case, then the rules and so on might get lost, but I suppose a forum mod could do the honours and lock/unlock the entries thread where appropriate.
I do have some issues otherwise though. I do personally like to encourage users to proof-read, edit and get some feedback from elsewhere before submitting their entry, but I also want people to get involved as much as possible. You've probably noticed that Newgrounds, as of now, doesn't have the strongest of sub-communities regarding writers, just by how the website currently works. It's also for this reason that some people aren't really looking to win, but to write the first thing that comes into their head without much thought to skill, seeing as how credit is offered as a reward. I've stayed out of this month's entries thread up till now, but there were similar examples of what describe last month anyway.
I'm not sure what my point here is exactly, but I'm trying to bring up somewhere that some users just won't be taking it "seriously", not in a stuffy way, but because it's a casual competition. If something is written pretty atrociously, it will be reflected in the scores. "Bad" entries, at least over here, can be swept aside pretty quickly, if I'm being honest. Thumbs up with the work you seem to be putting in to your entry: I'll be looking forward to it!
I'm not really a big fan of this idea of opening the thread later, if I'm honest with you. Perhaps I'm being overly optimistic in that I feel that a user being turned off by that concept (in that they might have to try harder) would lose possible motivation to improve, by the results. I don't know if I'm making any sense, but that's how I feel. Writing's not easy, but I'm not expecting masterpieces here. I would think I'm not alone there anyway.