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What format for the monthly competition would you prefer?

Survey period: 26 Aug 2013 to 2 Sep 2013

There's been a lot of debate so we wanted to open the floor to you for your say. Suggestions, variations and crazy wild ideas welcome. Just make it fair and fun.

OptionVotes% 
Manual voting: You vote for each article category on home page29653.43
Automatic selection: the article with the highest ratings within a given time period win21638.99
Something else?427.58

View optional text answers (38 answers)


 
GeneralManual voting: You vote for each article category on home page Pin
SOHAM_GANDHI3-Feb-14 7:40
MemberSOHAM_GANDHI3-Feb-14 7:40 
GeneralTo those who said "A combination of both" Pin
Chris Maunder19-Jan-14 12:44
cofounderChris Maunder19-Jan-14 12:44 
GeneralCombination of both Pin
Paul M Watt29-Aug-13 20:22
mentorPaul M Watt29-Aug-13 20:22 
GeneralRe: Combination of both Pin
Shao Voon Wong29-Aug-13 21:11
mvaShao Voon Wong29-Aug-13 21:11 
GeneralRe: Combination of both Pin
Paul M Watt30-Aug-13 3:30
mentorPaul M Watt30-Aug-13 3:30 
QuestionManual voting. I have a question though ? Pin
Master.Man198029-Aug-13 9:46
MemberMaster.Man198029-Aug-13 9:46 
GeneralManual voting will always a good option Pin
koolprasadd27-Aug-13 21:38
professionalkoolprasadd27-Aug-13 21:38 
GeneralRe: Manual voting will always a good option Pin
CodingLover1-Sep-13 17:22
MemberCodingLover1-Sep-13 17:22 
GeneralManual voting always preferable Pin
ridoy27-Aug-13 20:58
professionalridoy27-Aug-13 20:58 
GeneralI'd prefer manual voting Pin
Wendelius27-Aug-13 20:05
mveWendelius27-Aug-13 20:05 
GeneralNot rating, but popularity Pin
Tom Clement27-Aug-13 8:36
professionalTom Clement27-Aug-13 8:36 
GeneralThis has been a real bugbear of mine for months. PinPopular
Keith Barrow27-Aug-13 5:16
professionalKeith Barrow27-Aug-13 5:16 
Mostly I look at the C# and Web Dev competitions, so YMMV. I banged this drum before, but IMO we need to pre-screen the entries, before we start to worry about the voting system.

In the last 6 months we've had at least one factually incorrect article make it to competition, at one point it was running second in its category. In a more recent competition, a blog entry post made the grade because a bunch of friends/colleagues/compatriots/family/whatever upvoted it. As a blog entry it was perfectly fine, it was clear, correct, concise and useful. Not bad, not brilliant either, but it certainly shouldn't have been in the competition against heavier "true" articles IMO. Surrounding these and several other articles have been suspicious voting patterns. Not cheating exactly, but pretty obviously voting for their friends/colleagues/compatriots/family/whatever, this is at the expense of often better written articles or those with more complex topics.

I'm actually against the idea of screening, something needs to change due to unfair voting practises, and this is the least bad option that I can come up with. This is a major worry for this site IMO. We've made Q&A a kind of Stack-Overflow lite, the forums are practically dead as a result of Q&A because people want a quick-fix not a discussion. So the only thing that really distinguished this site from others is the quality of the articles, and now the it's hard to separate the wheat from the chaff as the voting system is being skewed by people voting for their friends/colleagues/compatriots/family/whatever.

GeneralRe: This has been a real bugbear of mine for months. Pin
Pualee27-Aug-13 8:55
MemberPualee27-Aug-13 8:55 
GeneralRe: This has been a real bugbear of mine for months. Pin
Tim Corey28-Aug-13 6:20
professionalTim Corey28-Aug-13 6:20 
GeneralRe: This has been a real bugbear of mine for months. Pin
Chris Maunder19-Jan-14 12:42
cofounderChris Maunder19-Jan-14 12:42 
GeneralCombine the Two Pin
Nagy Vilmos27-Aug-13 3:55
professionalNagy Vilmos27-Aug-13 3:55 
GeneralDepends on how the metrics are handled... Pin
AlexCode26-Aug-13 21:33
professionalAlexCode26-Aug-13 21:33 
GeneralStick with manual voting please Pin
Sacha Barber26-Aug-13 21:15
mvaSacha Barber26-Aug-13 21:15 
GeneralRe: Stick with manual voting please Pin
ledtech327-Aug-13 5:54
Memberledtech327-Aug-13 5:54 
GeneralArticle Content Pin
ledtech326-Aug-13 12:34
Memberledtech326-Aug-13 12:34 
GeneralMany suggestions. Pin
Paulo Zemek26-Aug-13 10:16
mvaPaulo Zemek26-Aug-13 10:16 
GeneralRe: Many suggestions. Pin
Shao Voon Wong28-Aug-13 17:42
mvaShao Voon Wong28-Aug-13 17:42 
GeneralIs "Best" the same as "Most popular"? PinPopular
OriginalGriff26-Aug-13 9:24
mveOriginalGriff26-Aug-13 9:24 
GeneralRe: Is "Best" the same as "Most popular"? Pin
Giuseppe Tollini26-Aug-13 10:20
MemberGiuseppe Tollini26-Aug-13 10:20 
GeneralRe: Is "Best" the same as "Most popular"? Pin
Keith Barrow27-Aug-13 5:20
professionalKeith Barrow27-Aug-13 5:20 

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