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Postby merrimj1122 » Sat May 17, 2014 12:13 pm

Hi again,

Still roaming forums and finally asking questions I've been meaning to ask:

Are there ever double or 3 way ties? And if so how do judges determine final outcome?
I understand there are 1/10 of a points difference many times, but if tied, what criteria do judges use? Do they bring in another judge for that level.... Which brings me to the next question...

is there one judge for each level, or do all the judges read every single entry beginner to masters?

And final one which is really bugging me:
How would one bad grammatical error be judged if clearly an oversight but not obvious "poor grammatical writing" mishaps in the whole article; if writing was ok, just an overlooked edit? Would I lose many points for missing an error?
I guess procrastinating on finding my challenge buddy serves me well here, a buddy would have caught that!
Thanks for input!! :thankssign
(Maura J)

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Re: Judging/ties/grammar

Postby Deb Porter » Sun May 18, 2014 2:24 am

Hi Mar.

Ties are virtually non-existent, and we haven't had one in the top ranks for longer than I can remember. However, when they do happen, I step in and make a final decision. Like I said, though, very rare because of the way the points are tallied.

All judges read every entry.

No, one grammatical error has very little impact. We don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. If you look at the winners, you will find more than a few have the odd typo or grammatical glitch. Quite frankly, I would be really upset if a fantastically fresh and creative entry lost because of one typo or little error.

Having said that, though, if something is full of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, then they are unlikely to make it into the top. Mainly because the crafting obviously needs a lot of work, and the overall strength of the entry would have been impacted by the problems.

Hope that helps.

Love, Deb
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