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post #1 of 70
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This is just my opinion, but I don't like it when poeple who never, or hardly ever, post on this site enter their cakes in the contest. I'm not talking about newbies, but people who seem to sign up just for the contests. They don't post or share tips with everyone. It seems to me they just want to win. If I'm voting for people, I want to vote for someone whos a part of the CC family, who gives help, shares advice, and just chats with the rest of us.

Ok... that's I'm stepping off the soapbox now.LOL
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post #2 of 70
Very interesting observation, I went and looked and as you pointed out, many of the entries are from persons who never or rarely post. Hmmmmm. I wonder if they get the email announcement for the contest and enter just to win?

Are the contests for past years works or is this supposed to be current work to help us stretch ourselves?

Just wondering. Heather
Heather
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post #3 of 70
Being a newbie myself, I probably have no business replying to this post, but I happened to agree with you on this topic. I am on the site just about every day reading all about the wonderful information and advice that so many of the talented decorators so openly share. I've referred several friends here so that they, too, can enjoy the photos and information here. I haven't gotten up the guts to do much posting because frankly, I didn't feel confident in my own abilities yet to post so entering my cake in the contest was a big step for me. That being said, I still think it should have been limited even though it means I wouldn't have been permitted to enter.

In the future, maybe the contests could be limited to people who have a certain number of posts or photos uploaded? Another bit of feedback is that the voting situation might be more clearly explained to everyone so that they are encouraged to rate as many cakes as they can and feel are deserving, instead of voting on/rating just one. I'm no statistician, so if the current method is truly the most fair then by all means, stick to it.

Just my two cents...

~Kelly (klsunny)
post #4 of 70
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klsunny, This post totally wasn't about preventing newbies from entering! I just don't like it when I see people that have been members for months, and some almost two years, entering the contests when they haven't made a single post! I say if you want to be a part of the contest... you need to be a member of the community! Again, just my humble opinion!
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post #5 of 70
I'm inclined to agree with you all. I started wondering about that when looking at the entries for the Mother's Day contest (I've only been here since March), and there entries by people I'd never heard of, and I was really glad when one of our own won it! It doesn't seem fair for somebody to just "pop in" and enter a contest and never show up again!

The winner of the Father's Day contest was so perfect I couldn't stand it! After I saw that one that I considered to be very professional I didn't bother redoing the one that I had messed up!

The voting is set up pretty fairly I think, if we all rate each cake, and not just the ones we especially like or even dislike, but it is a little confusing.
Janice
post #6 of 70
i agree!
post #7 of 70
i will have to agree with you guys!
These people are never posting.. yet are entering the contest..
hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Ute
Ute
post #8 of 70
Quote:
Originally Posted by veejaytx


The winner of the Father's Day contest was so perfect I couldn't stand it! After I saw that one that I considered to be very professional I didn't bother redoing the one that I had messed up!




I agree here too. And I think I did comment on this before about the Christmas contest. It seems to me like the winners are professionals. I know for sure that the Christmas contest winner was and had her own business for some years as a "professional decorator and artist" according to her profile.

That's great for them, and their cakes are truly masterpieces, but how does the home decorater compete with them??

I didn't even bother to enter the mother's or father's day contest because I don't feel my one year of experience is enough to compete with the "pros".

Just my opinion.
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post #9 of 70
I know what ya mean Purple Petunia, there is some really great cakes in the gallery and entered in the contest, but when it comes to competeing I just bow out, because like you I have only been decorating about a year and a half and I am nowhere near where I would love to be with my decorating skills, but this site has helped me greatly.
post #10 of 70
Well I am new and posting regularly and would like to enter something but I have had a business for a while too. Does that mean I shouldn't? I think there are all levels of people entering.
post #11 of 70
I think maybe there should be some rules. I went and looked and there are lots with 0 posts but they enter. Just doesn't seem right.
Maybe there should be different levels too. Maybe one month beginners, the next intermediate. So that there doesn't have to be more prizes but it might be more fair. I don't know just a thought.
post #12 of 70
Thread Starter 
Glad you all agree with me. I know some people here are professionals, and that's fine if they are posting and sharing. I just don't like poeple who never post just coming on here to win the contest!
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post #13 of 70
Quote:
Originally Posted by bonnscakesAZ

Well I am new and posting regularly and would like to enter something but I have had a business for a while too. Does that mean I shouldn't? I think there are all levels of people entering.



I don't think anyone here is saying that people with businesses or professional decorators shouldn't enter the contests.
We're just saying that it doesn't make for a fair competition.
So I would agree with you that maybe there should be contests for different levels of experience. That way, people like me (and I'm sure many others) wouldn't feel intimidated about entering a contest.

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post #14 of 70
I do read the post on here but I dont write in much. I think I did post one question. I am not a professional at all, only took the Wilton classes a year ago and just do the contest for the fun of it. I just mostly enjoy reading, not asking I guess.
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post #15 of 70
I noticed that as well... at first I thought there were going to be based on the different levels but I see it would cost too much on Jackie.
I do believe these should be for you all to stretch your present abilities, and you shouldnt be allowed to enter past cakes...but you would never know either way.... unless they said so, or the watermark is a date of the past.... just keep faith in your cake art and know it deserves a vote and you will get at least one... we all have your back... icon_lol.gif

edited to add:
Everyone has to know their cakes are great! I will from here on, not enter the contests but vote for each cake something!!!! 3+ stars at least... I dont want to take one vote from anyone who deserves it, and I did also see some cakes got no vote..... icon_redface.gif
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