Well, the time of the Open and National Finals are with us again,... the bars and corridors will be full of bandspeople and supporters arguing the merits of one performance against another against what the judges decide at the end of the day! A lot of hard work goes into any contest especially if travelling and booking of accomodation is involved and I always get back to to the question if bands get a good deal out of all this effort and preparation for a performance of usually less than 20 minutes on stage? Can the adjudication system be improved to allow a fair and positive critique for all bands participating? My poll is directed for set-tests (especially area qualifiers) and open contests (programme or test). I would be very interested in viewing the results....and hopefully contest organisers might take a peek as well!