- Jun 30, 2016
If a staff member approves you to judge an arena contest, you are seen as official judge.
Use these guidelines as reference, and don't hesitate to contact the appointed moderator or the staff for questions.
Code of Conduct
- As a judge, you must not cast your own vote in the poll.
- You should keep an eye on the contest thread, and try to help contestants with questions regarding the rules or the theme. However, your job is to judge, not to hold the contestants' hands. Recommending tutorials is fine. Coaching and providing feedback outside your verdict during the contest period is forbidden.
- You're not responsible for users. The focus should be on the submissions and related questions. If a user has a problem with you that can't be easily solved, you can advice them to contact the staff or the appointed moderator.
- It's recommended to make a permanent pastebin entry to hold your judgement and to share its link with the appointed moderator. It can be useful for cases such as unpredictable periods of inactivity and to ease decisions without having to wait for months.
- You were appointed as judge, because you are trusted to review the submissions objectively.
A written review must accompany your scores. When deducting points, you must detail for what they were deducted, and what could be improved. For instance, never say only "Good" and give only "7/10" points. The contestant must understand the reasons behind their score.
- The contest thread defines clear judging criteria. You should follow them in your verdict, as the contestant will also expect to be judged with the said criteria. If there's a problem, feel free to discuss your suggestions with the appointed moderator, or the staff.
- Never change judgement score just for unique ranks. Equal scores are not an issue - and a poll will usually exist, too.
- When users break certain rules, or submit their entry too late, a penalty may be a good alternative to allow the contestant to join, instead of ultimately banning them from the contest. This will always depend on the weight of the issue.
The exact amount must be discussed with the appointed moderator, and will then be deducted from the final score.
- In case a contestant heavily breaks Site-, or Contest Rules, you are permitted - and even encouraged - to recommend them to be disqualified from the contest. Such cases include a total fail to match the contest theme, not following any set 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.
- When you realize you can't make your judgement in time, or have other organizational issues, always inform the appointed moderator in time, so you can work out a solution together.
- Send the judgement results to the appointed moderator when you finish. He may read over the reviews to make a last overall check.
- 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. If the matter is minor, the score will not change, since we're all human beings. If a big mistake was made, such as one affecting the final ranking, you may consider a change. Such a situation will always require feedback from the appointed moderator, before ranks are changed after public result.
- You're trusted to act responsibly. Do not abuse your position. In cases of extreme 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 receive similar disciplinary consequences.
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