Contest Adjudication Methods

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Bbmad, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. Bbmad

    Bbmad Active Member

  2. euphojim

    euphojim Member

    East Yorkshire
    I don't know the answer to your question but it does seem (IMHO) that the adjudicator's personal preferences are very significant in any contest result. The use of adjudicating panels helps remove this personal bias but at many contests we are stuck with just one person in the box and have to do our best to work out in advance what in particular they might be looking for. Of course when you get a good result, any system is fine and if you don't you can always blame the adjudicator - as opposed to admitting that, just maybe, we didn't perform well enough. But even with a system that allocated points for different aspects of the performance, surely we would still be at the mercy of an adjudicator's personal preferences. I really don't fancy being judged by an automaton who just applies a set of rules.
  3. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    There seem to be a cycle of perpetual dissatisfaction that we work our way around:

    1 ) Start contesting
    2 ) Use a simple adjudication system
    3 ) Discover that this reliably causes some unpleasantly random results
    4 ) Complain about this until...
    5 ) Use a complex adjudication system
    6 ) Discover that people don't like the complexity of it
    7 ) Discover that although it reduces the number of random results, it doesn't eliminate them
    8 ) Complain about this until...
    9 ) GOTO (2)
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