Hello, hello, hello! Based on community feedback I am writing to announce an upcoming change to the way the Derby Contest works. Effective 3/21/19, winners will be selected by editorial review. But don’t panic, votes are still going to be a big part of how winners are decided. In order to consistently deliver the best experience to all of you wonderful artists and to our customers, we want to ensure that the coveted ‘Daily’ spots continue to be a surprising and delightful experience for all who participate in the derby, artist and voter, alike.
This change will help maintain the competitive spirit of the Derby. Voting will continue to play a MAJOR part in determining the winners. The addition of editorial review to the judging process allows us to protect the integrity of the derby and maintain the highest standards for the customer experience on Woot.
To keep things exciting and the competition fierce, we will also be trying all sorts of other fun things like inviting some of you to be ‘Guest Editors’, working with outside partners (like the Do512 competition), bringing back mini Derbies like this one, and more!
This is an exciting and harrowing change. Looking forward to seeing how it pans out. @Lady5tark question: if we’re doing mini derbies again, do we still get a week’s notice for the full derby’s theme? And is the mini derby awarded differently than the main?
One of the initial draws to the Derby was the blind faith that it was somehow democratic; that being a nobody could be overcome by a great design and lotsa votes. Please keep the little guys in mind. Maybe run an occasional “never printed derby” with only noob artists. Otherwise, I’m afraid you’ll scare new artists away.
I feel like new artists are more likely to be scared off by the idea of having to get more votes than artists with established fanbases (as in the previous system), but we’ll see how it pans out. I love that this shift removes some of the incentive to cheat and (probably?) gives later entries a better shot at winning than they previously had.
Thanks for being open to trying new things, Woot! Hopefully this brings some new energy to the contest
Not-so-late-night-thoughts: The default sorting by votes gives an advantage to those who submit early and/or have a large auto-voting audience. IIRC, this was what that ballot stuffing family was doing before they were banned.
If the intention is to level the playing field a bit, can this change to another default – like random?
(And hurry up with the notifications to tell the voters the design printed!)
Good question. Yes you will still get as much notice as possible on mini derbies. Like we did this week, as the derby schedule was a bit shaken up we tried to post updates as soon as possible to keep everyone aware as much as we could.
We don’t want to take away a really awesome opportunity to bring you guys something new though. So if an opportunity presents itself on the fly we will not turn it down while also bearing in mind that for the majority of our artists this is not a full time gig so notice is needed!