- The winner of the current competition proposes the next month's theme.
- The winner of the current competition does not participate in the next month's contest.
- The winner of the current competition accepts by PM submissions for the next month's contest.
- The winner of the current competition forwards the PMs for the next month's contest to the moderator after the closing of the next month's contest submission period.
Sounds like a good plan, but there are two new potential downsides: For one, winning twice or more in a row becomes impossible, but I don't think that's a bad thing necessarily. Secondly, the competition winner has to remember to PM the screenshots to the moderator in a timely manner, and can cause potential extra delays, in addition to the delay caused by the winner choosing the theme. If a winner goes AWOL under the current system then the moderator can choose a theme after a week; but if that happens and only they have the submissions, then the competition can't continue. Also people would have to remember to PM the last winner instead of the moderator, but I'm sure people can get used to that quickly.
Since no-one else came up with anything, I'll put a poll up between Wallyweb's idea and the other two ideas. Note that this month's entries should still be PMed to me under the current system.
To summarise:EDIT - Option 1:
The way we've always done it, except the moderator can compete as well.
Pros: Simplest option, no change required, almost no-one can see each other's entries
Cons: Moderator can see all entries, potentially unfairEDIT - Option 2:
Entrants can choose whether to PM or post to thread. Moderator must post to thread.
Pros: Entrants have a choice, some entries are visible
Cons: Some entries are visible but not all, so potentially imbalancedOption 3:
Post submissions directly to the thread. Personally I'm in favour of this option as it's easiest and the Photo of the Month competition seems to do fine with it.
Pros: completely fair, no reliance on anyone to send stuff, no trust required, easiest to do, you can see everyone else's entries
Cons: Everyone can see your submission.Option 4:
Dedicated email address.
Pros: No-one can see each other's entries
Cons: Requires trust in moderator to not view entries prematurely, requires setup and change of routineOption 5:
Pros: Fair, no-one can see each other's entries, no external service required
Cons: Reliance on last winner to forward entries in time for voting, no winning streaks, people have to remember to PM the right person