It seems some people still aren't clear how much of an entry they need to watch to not get caught, which is sad.
You need to watch enough of the movie to make a fair vote! I leave that up to the voters to decide how long that is. Some movies it maybe 5 seconds, some movies it might be a minute.
I know I have seen many entries that start off poorly, more as a joke, and then kick into something really good! If people judge the whole movie on those first 5-10 seconds and vote 0, and then it passes judgment with a 4.25, that's not going to look very good when we're reviewing their history. I'm not saying we'd base a decision on a single vote, but if we see a pattern of this behavior, then we'll look into penalties.
Also, everything we're discussing here applies to entries that are UNDER JUDGMENT. Not entries that have passed judgments. If you think the Daily Feature sucks and want to hit it with a big fat 0, be my guest.
However, we have to hold the votes cast on UNDER JUDGMENT entries to a higher level. This is a critical phase for an author's submission. It really deserves a fair vote.
I don't like telling people how to vote, but I think a good guide is something like this (again, for under judgment entries)
0 - The movie is complete crap, just submitted to waste people's time.
1 - The movies is really crappy, but the author was probably trying to do his best, but really has a lot to learn about Flash.
2 - The author put effort into the entry, it's not that bad, but you just don't care for it. This would be if you heard a Country song that sounded well done, but you hate Country music. It doesn't deserve to be blammed, but you don't think it should win an award. Currently I feel many people are voting 0 on entries like this, when they should cut the artist some slack and give them a 2. Keep in mind if someone's Flash entry passes judgment, and it's score is like 1.80 or 2.33 it isn't going to win an award, and it isn't going to do any harm, but it encourages the author who submitted it to stick with Flash and someday that author maybe submitting truely great Flash.
3 - The entry was well done and you enjoyed it, but you're not running around telling everyone you know to check it out.
4 - The entry was above average, it stood out, and you might recommend it for other people to watch.
5 - The entry was fantastic! You enjoyed it very much, and you wuold probably tell people to check it out.
I know a lot of people either vote 0 or 5 to improve their chances of a BLAM or a SAVE. This is almost like a thumbs UP or thumbs DOWN. If you feel you must vote like this, then if you felt the entry was probably a 2 according to my list you should vote 5, rather than 0. Even if an entry comes out of judgment with an inflated score, it will keep getting votes and if people see the score is to high, they will vote to lower it until it has a score it deserves.
Again, I'm not telling anyone to vote this way, it's just a guide.
Don't be to quick to BLAM Flash that doesn't break any rules if you see the author may have potential. Remember, even great Flash artists like Tom Fulp started off with pretty basic stuff.