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post #16 of 70
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Originally Posted by peacockplace

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



Thank you for bring this up (It's actually something I have been thinking about) This is a community, which by definition everyone brings something to the table. I do not think its fair to the active members of the community to lose out to someone who does not participate in the community at all, and only enters one contest.

This is something I thought of when I first started doing the contests, which is why I do not allow anyone to win consecutive contests.

I have recently re-arranged the way the forum ranks are:
# of posts rank
-------------------------
0 - Newbie   
20 - Junior Member   
100 - Frequent Member      
200 - Regular Member      
500 - Forum Fanatic      
1000 - Forum Addict      
2000 - Forum SuperStar!      

Something I think may be a good idea is to limit contest entries to members that are at least a "Junior Member", meaning they have at least 20 forum posts under thier belt.

I would like to get some feedback from the community before making this an official rule. I want to be fair, and also make sure it's what you want.

What do you think about this?

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post #17 of 70
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Originally Posted by Jackie

     

Something I think may be a good idea is to limit contest entries to members that are at least a "Junior Member", meaning they have at least 20 forum posts under thier belt.

I would like to get some feedback from the community before making this an official rule. I want to be fair, and also make sure it's what you want.

What do you think about this?


I think that is a good idea.
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post #18 of 70
I like it I like it! I think having 20 posts is fair, it shows that someone has taken the time and effort to be a part of this community, not just in it to win a prize.
To those that dont enter because they dont feel their skill level is good enough. I don't neccessarliy vote on skill level, I vote more on how much thought I believe they put into the idea, the Mothers Day one is an example, it touched my emotions more than my decorating sense. I did not vote for the one that won the Fathers Day one, it was "perfect" decorator wise, but didnt pull on my heart and show me the thought put into provoking an emotion the way the Dad with his daughter one did.

What are your thoughts on submitting past works Jackie? I persoanlly would like to see it limitied to current works to stretch ourselves but I know that is hard to monitor, would have to be the honor system.

The 4th of July Twin Towers one is a beauty and pulls on my heart strings, but I have seen that one several times on other sites and in magazines and I believe is an award winner several times over. Even if only for its magazine coverage. My Sugar Cents. Heather
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post #19 of 70
This plan seems a lot more fair, thank you, Jackie!
I think to be a member of any group you should contribute as well as reap benefits!

Thank you too, Heather! I try to vote in a similar manner, not just on skill, but on thought, effort and heart!

Janice
post #20 of 70
I think the requirement that in order to post you need to be a junior member to post is a good Idea. However I think that also in order to continue to compete that you should continue to contribute to the forum, for each contest there should be a requirement that you have contributed either 5 posts or posted some pictures to the gallery of you new work. I know that it is extra work on Jackie or the moderators but it would keep the contest a little more fair. But if someone rapidly posts just to be able to enter the contest and stops contributing they should not be allowed to continue to compete.

I sorry but personally dont feel that cakes of the past should be entered into the contests. Granted some of the cakes presented in the contests are from different idea books I think that they should be fresh creations. It challenges all of us to come up with something new for each contest.
Alan

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post #21 of 70
I agree w/ the Junior Member thing. Something that wasn't brought up was.... In order to vote I think you should at least be a Junior Member also! The reason, because someone could just have family members or friends join CC just to get their votes. That's not fair either! So I think you should have at least 20 votes or be a junior member to vote too.

What does everyone think of that? It is only fair~
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post #22 of 70
I agree with that. I have yet to enter a contest because i dont feel i am good enough yet. but plan on entering soon. The ones who enter but dont post wont even know they wont be able to enter because they probably dont even read the forums either!!!!!
post #23 of 70
Excellent solution! I totally agree and think it is a good way to keep people active. I also think that limiting who can vote is a good idea. Heck, you could make up enough stuff to register bogus users to get votes if you wanted to. You'd have to want to win pretty badly though, I suppose.

Kelly
post #24 of 70
I agree there should be some requirements before you can enter.....Either have a certain amount of posts or have been a member for a certain amount of time or at least have some other photos in a gallery first. Just my two cents...But I would personally never vote for one who just showed up the last day or so of the contest. I would vote for a regular member with a cake that was not nearly as perfect just because as you guys said b4 ...we share ...experiences, recipes, troubles and triumphs. It would feel almost like turning my back on a family member who was giving it their all...in favor of a stranger. icon_confused.gif
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post #25 of 70
Also as someone mentioned trying to rapidly post 20 posts to be elegible should be grounds for disqualification but this stuff could turn into a lot of work for Jackie and the moderators...I know there is most likely a simple answer, but I have been trying hard to come up with an idea thats fair but not hard on the folks running the show and don't truly know what would be best. I would love to win one of the contests but don't care at all about the prize part, just getting votes of confidence on my work is enough for me! As far as the some folks being pros...I was thinking when I read that...what constitutes a pro? I own a shop, but some home decorators can beat me with their eyes closed...LOL... icon_lol.gif
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post #26 of 70
I, too, think it's a good idea to have some requirements to be eligible to enter a contest.

But what about the problem of professional cake decorators vs. home decorators??

A professional can still easily make 20 posts and then that would put them on the same level as a home decorator with little experience??


If I'm right about that, then I still don't think I would enter.

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post #27 of 70
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Originally Posted by PurplePetunia

But what about the problem of professional cake decorators vs. home decorators??
Purple Petunia icon_smile.gif



I have already made the decision that at this time we won't be making any types of "skill level" contests. I have absolutely no way of moderating that. It is completely impossible for me at this point to decide who is a "beginner" or an "advanced".

If someone makes a cake, that some may personally feel is "inadequate" or "not good enough", my suggestion would be not to vote for this cake. I want everyone that participates in the community to have the same opportunity enter the contest as everyone else, regardless of their skill level.

Trust me, EVERY single cake in EVERY single contest gets a LOT of votes. So there is a chance of the "newbie" cake decorators to win a contest.


Quote:
Originally Posted by gilpnh

What are your thoughts on submitting past works Jackie? I persoanlly would like to see it limitied to current works to stretch ourselves but I know that is hard to monitor, would have to be the honor system.


This is not something I ever intend to make a rule, there is just absolutely no way for me to monitor this.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ump107

I think that they should be fresh creations. It challenges all of us to come up with something new for each contest.


Again, there is absolutely no way for me to monitor this, however I have considered making a "special" contest during the summer or months where there are no real holidays, where its based on creating a "new" sugarpaste flower or something. Or cakes based on specific color schemes. (I have tons of ideas already from the many people
that posted)
Each individual has thier own interpretation of beauty and what stretches them.

birthday.gif Jackie

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post #28 of 70
I think it is a good idea for only certain people to be able to enter the contest. I am still categorized as a newbie even though I am really a forum ADDICT! I am a stay at home mom and have an evening job (when my hubby gets home) I am on this site all of the time, but don't make cakes as often as someone, lets say, that owns their own shop. I would still like to be able to enter the contest though. I don't think I have a chance at winning compared to some others I've seen, but you never know unless you try, right?
PS - I love this site and everyone on here is so great. Everytime I need help with something, yall are there in a flash! Thanks
post #29 of 70
Well, I made it to Junior member! Nevermind the newbie part (but Im still an Addict)
Must have hit the 20 mark with my 4th of July cake!
YEAH!!!
post #30 of 70
I AGREE WITH THE JUNIOR MEMBER STATUS. IT IS ONLY FAIR. THERE HAS TO BE SOME KIND OF REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO DO THIS!
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