Re: Fanfiction Contest Discussion[July 2016]
Any comments I make may sound bias due to me winning, but the same can be said of anyone who feels slighted. I'll just speak my piece.
Bias: Okay so the main problem that can only come up with this is bias. Some might believe a popular vote is a more accurate display, but I disagree wholeheartedly. Anyone in the writing section knows people will often not read other ff outside their personal favorite. Even in the case with their favorite, some might still only skim the ff or vote for a username. I can't say it is a fact, but even I am guilty of this sometimes when my life is hectic. Meanwhile what has Reborn done? He has read every ff that was entered. Wow that alone makes this an improvement. How many people who vote can say that they seriously read every ff presented. He has reviewed every fanfic, and no these aren't one liners. He used the criteria for judging, which has been present since I've been here. How many voters review and vote ff's based on the criteria. The criteria itself helps against bias due to things like grammar, detail/vividness and structure Creativity, and plot are more bias, so no it isn't without personal bias but I think Reborn was pretty fair and explained in his reviews what was right and wrong with one's ff. Even if I lost, I think I could live with one man's informed opinion since I know he actually read and gave my ff a chance. Losing simply because people don't feel like giving me a chance is something that doesn't sit well with me. Plus voter turnout is low.
Reborn was pretty nice in his reviews, yet he did not bite his tongue. He didn't go into full details on everything but he wrote reviews longer than the ff's themselves. I personally find them helpful if someone wants to better their writing. It's better than just having people skim through your story and saying "awesome." I'm worried that some people might choose to give up writing after some of Reborn's frankness. Some might choose not to enter competition, but again for the first time I feel like WRITING is actually being judged. Not names, not hype, but the actual ff's are being judged. Only thing I can change is maybe add 1-2 more judges. Personally, I think it's fine as is with changing judges. I can't say I would change too much, but again I won so people might think I'm bias.
im open to judging but I wouldn't be able to enter. ;_;