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Offline Maxfield

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Re: [Mar 2014] - The Grimmest and Darkest Grimdark - Discussion Thread
« Reply #45 on: May 02, 2014, 05:01:05 PM »
I agree with simonster - it would be nice to pick two stories, especially as my dream is to be a writer, it would be nice to see if someone liked my work, because if someone's story is very good, they derserve to win and will get most votes - although seeing as I didn't get any votes again, my dream is an on going one  lol  :(

But like simonster stated, the perosn I almost picked didn't get any votes at all and I really enjoyed his story. When your trying to be a wirter and take time out to enter the monthly comps, its nice to know that people like your work.

So two picks instead of one would be nice please...

Or maybe - if do-able we could give each story a mark out of five and the highest scoring story wins. At least that way every writer knows how everyone rated their story or not. That certainly would help me to become a better writer, especially as I use this to practice different forms of writer etc.

 

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Re: [Mar 2014] - The Grimmest and Darkest Grimdark - Discussion Thread
« Reply #46 on: May 02, 2014, 06:06:53 PM »
My preference would be that if there were, say, 5 entries or fewer, everyone gets 1 vote. 6-10 entries means 2 votes each. 11-15, 3 votes. And so on. It would also mean we'd be less likely to end up with something like a 4-way tie with 2 votes each.

I know on a couple of occasions where I've liked two stories equally, I've ended up using something very picky like punctuation errors to decide which to go for, which isn't ideal.

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Re: [Mar 2014] - The Grimmest and Darkest Grimdark - Discussion Thread
« Reply #47 on: May 02, 2014, 06:40:14 PM »
Yes, I thought about this before and I totally agree, because I myself have the same difficulty when voting.

If nobody has an argument against ACSmyth's proposal (1-5 entries: 1 vote, 6-10: 2 votes, 11-x: 3 votes), we're going to do it that way from now on. :)

Maxfield, your idea would be ideal (even if it may be harsh for some sometimes) but I fear that's not possible in the boundaries of a forum software.

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Re: [Mar 2014] - The Grimmest and Darkest Grimdark - Discussion Thread
« Reply #48 on: May 02, 2014, 10:01:26 PM »
I agree with simonster - it would be nice to pick two stories, especially as my dream is to be a writer, it would be nice to see if someone liked my work, because if someone's story is very good, they derserve to win and will get most votes - although seeing as I didn't get any votes again, my dream is an on going one  lol  :(

I know what you mean.  It would be great for the authors if there was some way that every story could get written feedback - but I know that the contest could never work like that in practice.

Fingers-crossed the new voting scheme (nice one xiagan!) will give a bit of extra feedback though.

Now, time to start reading all the Jake/Lynn stories! :)

Offline TOMunro

Re: [Mar 2014] - The Grimmest and Darkest Grimdark - Discussion Thread
« Reply #49 on: May 03, 2014, 01:21:37 AM »
Good call, AC Smyth, two votes to play with for the next one will be useful.

More votes/voters would help even out the kinks in the voting, I suspect it may just be the writers and forum staff who are doing the voting most times.  There are a lot of good stories coming up and imaginative responses to the briefs and they all have merits and appeal.  I think the standard really is pretty high and with every story able to make a case to win it.

But as AC said I think in an early story discussion, it really is about the challenge of writing to a tight brief and developing skills (and storylines) and not so much the winning. 

   

But with such a small "electorate" the voting

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Re: [Mar 2014] - The Grimmest and Darkest Grimdark - Discussion Thread
« Reply #50 on: May 03, 2014, 10:05:25 AM »
I agree with the proposal - this time I'd have very much liked to be able to vote for a couple more.
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Re: [Mar 2014] - The Grimmest and Darkest Grimdark - Discussion Thread
« Reply #51 on: May 03, 2014, 11:12:40 AM »
Ditto. More votes would be great.

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Re: [Mar 2014] - The Grimmest and Darkest Grimdark - Discussion Thread
« Reply #52 on: May 08, 2014, 07:37:28 PM »
I agree, more votes make it more interesting :)

On a side note; I decided to put my non-winning entry into a set of short stories based. You can download them here http://www.grmatthews.com/#!free-stuff-/copc for FREE (Kindle and ePub).
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