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Should the stories for the October Writing Contest be submitted anonymously?

Yes, let's try this out! (Submit the stories when you get them.)
10 (47.6%)
Yes, let's try this out! (All stories should be submitted on the last day of the contest.)
3 (14.3%)
No, the contest is good as it is and the option to anonymously submit exists for those who want to.
8 (38.1%)
I don't care.
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 21

Voting closed: September 29, 2016, 05:47:37 PM

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Anonymous Submission
« on: September 21, 2016, 05:47:37 PM »
We have discussed this in the past and we do so now again in the other poll.
I'd like to try this one month to see what kind of effect it has. We can discuss and theorize as much as we want but we won't know until we try.

How would this work?

You would send your story formatted as you like in a PM to the Anonymous account. Writing/formatting a PM is the same as a post, so there are no big changes for you.

I will post all stories from the same account. I favor posting them as I get them (for more speculation fun and to see some progress in the contest), but if you think different you have the chance to vote for that above.

After voting expires, I'll edit the voting table and add the names to the stories IF you didn't write in your submission that you want to remain anonymous.
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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2016, 05:52:48 PM »
nice!  that was FAST!

oh, hey.  can we add another option?  "either a or b works for me!"?

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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2016, 05:53:17 PM »
oh, hey.  can we add another option?  "either a or b works for me!"?
Was about to say this! Vaguely lean towards b myself, but it's not a major difference.
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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2016, 05:56:04 PM »
oh, hey.  can we add another option?  "either a or b works for me!"?
Was about to say this! Vaguely lean towards b myself, but it's not a major difference.

you know what they say about great minds!

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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2016, 05:57:12 PM »
A or B work for me, but I'm leaning towards A on the basis that it'll be nice to have something to read every few days rather than a heavy dose at the end. (In theory )

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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2016, 06:00:44 PM »
oh, hey.  can we add another option?  "either a or b works for me!"?
Was about to say this! Vaguely lean towards b myself, but it's not a major difference.

you know what they say about great minds!
What, that m3mnoch has one?  :P

A or B work for me, but I'm leaning towards A on the basis that it'll be nice to have something to read every few days rather than a heavy dose at the end. (In theory )
Actually that's an excellent point. Big advantage for A there.
 
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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2016, 06:02:52 PM »
I think it's insulting m3m that you don't believe people just vote for stories that there think are best so I'm never going to vote for you again  :P

I'm voting no but I don't mind the occasional Anonymous monthly contest just to see if my guesses are right about who wrote the tale
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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2016, 06:05:44 PM »
Shweet. Voted. Muahhahaha

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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2016, 06:07:06 PM »
I think it's insulting m3m that you don't believe people just vote for stories that there think are best so I'm never going to vote for you again  :P
It wouldn't be that surprising if people took the author into account when voting. For example, say they could vote for three stories, and liked four entries equally, but one of them was from a writer who had won several times in a row. Even if it's not a conscious decision, they might be less likely to vote for the regular winner.
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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2016, 06:13:15 PM »
oh, hey.  can we add another option?  "either a or b works for me!"?
Was about to say this! Vaguely lean towards b myself, but it's not a major difference.

you know what they say about great minds!
What, that m3mnoch has one?  :P

hahah!  cheater!

i've got no workable comeback for that!

nothing other than this, i guess:

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no -- that they're delicious!




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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2016, 06:20:38 PM »
Forgot to add that if I'm going to post them as they come every contestant would have two jokers to send me edits and I'll replace them in the submission.
Doesn't help if you want to do lots of minor edits but should catch the big typos.

I'm not adding the A/B works both for me-option. I want to have definite results and not something that will result in another poll. ;) If you are leaning to something, choose this and if you absolutely don't care just pick one.
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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2016, 06:57:01 PM »
I'm voting no but I don't mind the occasional Anonymous monthly contest just to see if my guesses are right about who wrote the tale

funny enough, i'm super-excited about this part.  my plan is to read them, vote, then write up the handful of which ones i think are from whom, then computer-algorithm-ify them to try and detect who they actually were.

so much fun!

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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2016, 07:12:14 PM »
funny enough, i'm super-excited about this part.  my plan is to read them, vote, then write up the handful of which ones i think are from whom, then computer-algorithm-ify them to try and detect who they actually were.
so much fun!
I'm also excited. This sounds fun!

Having not composed a short story in more decades than some on this forum (and thread) have lived, I like the idea of an anonymous submission. Short form is hard for me, so I would like to not be associated with it if it sucks the big 'un.

I REALLY think that post-as-they-arrive is the way to go, as it forestalls instances of forgetting to submit, and doesn't shove a potential mountain of submissions into the PM's all at once. Fewer moving parts it seems to me.
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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2016, 12:09:59 AM »
I think it's insulting m3m that you don't believe people just vote for stories that there think are best so I'm never going to vote for you again  :P
It wouldn't be that surprising if people took the author into account when voting. For example, say they could vote for three stories, and liked four entries equally, but one of them was from a writer who had won several times in a row. Even if it's not a conscious decision, they might be less likely to vote for the regular winner.

In which case this would make it even worse on the complaints that the same people always win?

I voted No, and I'm not excited: I dislike the idea of having to hide which story is mine for weeks, and don't see the point of it all. I don't mind trying it out but I believe it'll dampen a lot of the excitement, at least as far as I'm concerned.
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Re: Anonymous Submission
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2016, 01:30:12 AM »
I think it's insulting m3m that you don't believe people just vote for stories that there think are best so I'm never going to vote for you again  :P

I'm voting no but I don't mind the occasional Anonymous monthly contest just to see if my guesses are right about who wrote the tale

This ^

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