Above poll: Would you support scrapping the registration system? Would you support a technical method of adjudication (like Steven Meads) or keep the same method we currently have? After reading a couple of threads and looking at the wider picture of the area contests, it strikes me that these two issues are so important to ensuring the future of the movement. The first is a point i've made a couple of times, registration is a hinderence not a help. I personally know of at least one band that isn't competing at the regional contest this year due to player numbers, but could have contested if, like any other contest, they could borrow up to 4 players. I also suspect that their are a number of bands across the country who find themselves in the same situation. Scrapping registration may not necessarily mean new bands spring up, but I think it would certainly stop bands folding. The second point is fairly simple, after the first round of area contests it seems that some adjudication was based quite simply on whether they liked the interpretation over technical proficiency. The point being how do we view contesting, is it about finding the band that plays the "best" technically or the "best" musical performance. Depending on which view you take could lead to varying results of the same contest.