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Judge Guide

Discussion in 'The Arena' started by IcemanBo, Nov 22, 2017.

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  1. IcemanBo


    Sep 6, 2013
    Judge - Guidelines


    In case a staff member approved you to judge an arena contest you are seen as official judge.
    Use this guidelines as reference if you're judging, and don't hesitate to contact the appointed moderator, or the staff for questions.
    Code of Conduct

    1. You should have an eye on the contest thread, and try to help contestants with questions.

    2. You're not responsible for users, and to deal with them in case of issues; the focus should be on the submissions, and related questions. In case a user will have a problem with you, that can't be solved easily, you can advice him to contact the staff, or the appointed moderator.

    3. It's recommended to make a pastebin entry which holds your current judgement and to share its link with the appointed moderator. It can be useful for cases like unpredictable periods of inactivity and to ease decissions without having to wait for months.

    4. You were appointed as judge, because you are trusted to review the submissions in an objective way.
      When deducting points, you should always point out what for the points were deducted, and what could be changed, or improved instead. Never say only "Good" and give only "7/10" points, for example. The contestant needs to understand why, or why not he has reached a certain score.

    5. The contest thread usually defines clear judging criteria. You should follow them, as also the contestant will expect beinged judged upon said criteria. Those critera were made by staff, and usually makes sense; if there's a problem, you can feel free to discuss your suggestions with the appointed moderator, or the staff.

    6. Do never change judgement score, just for getting unique ranks. It's not an issue when having equal scores, and a poll will usually exist, too.

    7. When users break certain rules, or submitted the entry too late, some penalty may be a good alternative to allow the contestant to join, instead of ultimatly banning them from the contest (always depending on the weight of the issue, though).
      Such penalty can be fair, but however it's exact amount should be shortly discussed with the appointed moderator, and will be deducted then from the final score.

    8. In case a contestant heavily breaks Site-, or Contest Rules, you are permitted, and even encouraged to recommend him to be disqualified from the contest. Such cases might be a total fail to match the contest theme, not following any set up instructions, hijacking the contest thread, etc...
      Though your stance will matter much, you should always get in touch with the appointed moderator before acting, and explain the situation.

    9. When you realize you can't make judgement in time, or have other organizational issues, do always inform the appointed moderator in time, so we can work out a solution together.

    10. Send the judgement results to the appointed moderator when you finished. It may happen he reads over the reviews to make a last overall check.

    11. When a review gets publicly posted it will most likely stay final. In case users blame you for being biased, unqualified, too harsh, or what ever, please act calmly. Try to understand the user, check the issue, but if the matter is just a minor thing, the score will not change, since we're all human beings. Only in case a big mistake was made, that maybe even changed the final ranks, you might think about a change. Though, such a situation will always require feedback from the appointed moderator, before ranks are changed after public result, and alike.

    12. You're trusted to act responsible, so please don't abuse your position. In case of extreme sign of irresponsibility, like trolling contestants, or continuously avoiding any feedback to the contest, or the appointed moderator, over months, while everyone is waiting for results, for example, you may be disqualified from judging further arena contests, or may get similar disciplinary consequences.
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