I hope you are all doing great.
I just wanted to clarify a few things about the transparency movement I am proud to be part of.
First of all, we are a peaceful initiative. We don’t want to argue with anyone, we respect other people’s point of view and, most importantly, we respect every contest participant, including the winners.
The initiative has never ever doubted or questioned the contest winners. We are happy that the hard work the authors put in their stories is acknowledged and celebrated. However, we also believe that those who didn’t make it to the shelf also deserve to be supported. Yes, they did worse and did not get the spot but we truly believe that releasing the scores would be enough appreciation of the time and effort invested. We want to develop and grow within this community and it’s hard to do so without any feedback from the contest organizer.
We are asking for two things:
We wonder if every single contest entry is read by episode. If not, what reader engagement would allow the story to be qualified to get read? In the second case, we would like to request to make the reader engagement figures transparent and accessible to the authors.
We would like to have an opportunity to request our scores. Both the reader engagement and the rubric scores. Assessing the story against the rubric ourselves is by no means helpful as we can be subjective and only the official episode scoring will help us understand where we did bad and how we can improve.
The reason we keep asking these questions in different threads is because these questions are constantly dodged. We only received one answer with a promise to come back to us, yet a few months have passed already and we haven’t heard back yet.
We will keep asking these questions until we get the answers we deserve.
I am sorry if that upsets some people. As you can see, we are doing that not out of disrespect for anyone’s hard work. We are asking these questions because we want to have a clear understanding of how the judging system works and we want to improve. That’s not a lot we are asking for.
If you have questions about the initiative feel free to leave a comment. However, if you have problems with me personally, i’d ask you to kindly dm me and talk privately. I am always open for discussion.
We will not eventually get tired and give up asking these questions. With respect to all the authors, we stand by our beliefs and we are ready to defend them.