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Bringing Back Iron Pen

Discussion in 'Ask the Staff' started by ThinkerX, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. Trick

    Trick Auror

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    Does that mean the votes determine the winner absolutely or does the judge(s) still have final say? I'd hate to run into a popular/electoral vote conflict situation...
     
  2. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    We just used the vote. Everyone submitted their choices for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Some forums also do it with a mechanism that makes the story posting anonymous.
     
  3. Trick

    Trick Auror

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    I like the idea but I think one thing that is missing is the judge feedback. To me, that is the most valuable part of the challenge. It's one thing to post in showcase and get some help. That's great but it doesn't have the same affect as the contest. First, we are made to write something sometimes outside our comfort zone, which is good. We are competing, making us do our very best. And then, our worst flaws stand out best and can be more easily spotted by the judge(s) and we get feedback that is very worthwhile.

    Perhaps a combo of the two would work. There could be a popular winner and a judge winner. If one person gets both, they could get a special title or something.

    Name possibilites:

    The Write Race (with medals awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd)

    Scribal Chief

    Double Scribble (everyone competing could submit two 500-1000w stories into the same contest)

    Mighty Writer

    Quite Write (I'm a nerd)

    Inkmancer
     
  4. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    Trick,

    As I mentioned, this format requires everyone to critique and comment. So instead of comments from one judge you get them from many.
     
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  5. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    Yeah, I agree with this. I think switching to a vote might be something that works, if we have to, but I think it's ultimately a weaker challenge to drop having judges. The feedback, the rubric, it's all a pretty big part of the experience. I also don't think there would be enough people voting on each challenge to really gain any of the benefits of having a vote. In my experience, if there's only a small number of people voting, it can actually feel less fair.
     
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  6. ThinkerX

    ThinkerX Myth Weaver

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    I'm not exactly a globe trotting traveler (one short trip to the states last year), but summer is on the busier side for me and I have writing projects lined up for the NaNo months. For the NaNo months (April, June, November) I was either going to put the project on hold or try to find another host. Rest of the time I should be available.

    Could work. Have to give that some thought.

    We did something like this with one of Phil the Drill's challenges - or rather I thought the whole PM thing rather limited, so I did a critique of the other contestants stories, and everybody else followed suite. I'd make it a regular thread - possibly part of the judge thread, with non-contestant judges as well. This way, all of the aspiring authors get to know what others think of their tales.

    'Inkmancer' has possibilities. Kind of ties in my mind with 'Top Scribe.'
     
  7. Caged Maiden

    Caged Maiden Staff Article Team

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    I just want to say I LOVE the idea of having a special avatar border/ graphics for the winners. It'd be like a Nano halo! I mean...I wore mine with pride when I donated. I might have to change my signature to say: Will write for avatar halo...
     
  8. Trick

    Trick Auror

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    I'm really glad that I mentioned the medals because I was making a play on "The Rat Race" without realizing that it sounded like 'the right race'.... of course, there is no such thing. For as many puns as the word 'race' has given us, maybe it's time for a contest of speed to be called something else... hehe
     
  9. Penpilot

    Penpilot Staff Article Team

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    Some names for the challenge that came to mind.

    The Cutting Quill.

    Alphabet Cook Off.

    Master Scribe.

    Mythic Story Cook

    The Summoning of Somewhat Unconventional Scriveners
     
  10. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    The Internet's Next Top Scribe

    Cutthroat Quills

    Thinker's Scribal Games

    Myth Impossible

    ThinkerX's Big Scribble

    The Great Scribal Race

    Wonder of Words Challenge

    Writtoff! with ThinkerX


    I'm . . . . reading names off the Food Network. Still! Good names. Good names.
     
  11. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    Top Scribes
    Mythic Scribbles
    You Wish You Were This Good

    etc.
     
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  12. Ireth

    Ireth Myth Weaver

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    Don't forget Scribbled!

    Chopped. Love that show.
     
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  13. ThinkerX

    ThinkerX Myth Weaver

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    'Chopped' was Ankari's original title for 'Iron Pen.'
     
  14. T.Allen.Smith

    T.Allen.Smith Staff Moderator

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    Someone before said, "Inkmancer".

    I like that as a starting point. It fits well with the genre and is "writerly" at the same time.
     
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  15. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    I don't know if any of these are any good, but here's a few with Inkmancer as a base:

    The Inkmancer Challenge

    Rise of the Inkmancer

    The Inkmancer Writeoff

    The Inkmancer Summoning

    Culling of the Inkmancers

    Spells of the Inkmancer
     
  16. ThinkerX

    ThinkerX Myth Weaver

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    Have to keep it short and snappy.

    I almost went with 'Inkmancer.' I still might. After all, 'Iron Pen' was originally 'Chopped.'

    Important thing is to get people writing.
     
  17. T.Allen.Smith

    T.Allen.Smith Staff Moderator

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    Agreed. /10char
     

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