Since this has gotten a bit buried a bit and after several days, I thought I would repost this, @Chasity2ku I hope you don't mind, because I know this is something that is bothering me a bit and for every person that speaks up about it there are probably at least five others that aren't saying anything. So for us, and those that don't come onto the forums or those not speaking up, could we get an answer to this @RachelSH if you might be able to find out?
Because honestly, I have been seeing a pattern with a select few creatives here as of recently, they're always trending or on the leaderboard several times. Now, I know that everyone can have skill and luck and a lot of time on their hands but you cannot honestly convince me that there is never a CH at all that does not use profiles as a way of choosing winners. In light of this, while I understand transparency is a good thing on some levels -- it can create a unfair stigma as well in cases like this. This is a crowd oriented site, as I have said a couple times now. Majority rules complexes cannot be discounted in this specific scenario of which SH is built upon. Profiles with stats, yes ... they do allow for transparency for US as creatives, but it can create unfair bias and favoritism with CHs.
Case in example: Say for instance myself and xyzcreative are the only ones that have received 'loves' for a particular contest and there are 227 'on the right tracks' and 139 'no, thank yous' xyzcreative and I happened to both submit just 4 or 5 names to the contest and we both have 1 high rating. So far we seem pretty level. The only thing apart from are names at this point that can be leveraged as a deciding factor is the info on our profiles. Now wait a minute. I just now only have 1 win, only two badges at the top and a 85% rating (why none of this changed with my win, I don't know but it didn't) and xyzcreative has accumulated 47 wins and has 12 badges across their profile and a 98.4% overall rating. Because we are going with the possibility of a majority rules complex, don't you think that it would be possible that the CH decides to pick xyzcreative over me without reading and or possibly understanding the stats and the system of how stats are figured out? I mean, I can see it as a possibility. Now why this ISN'T fair is because maybe xyzcreative has been here for a couple years longer than I have and has entered a lot more contests than I have or used a lot more entries than I have and it creates a stigma for at a glance possibility and also unknowing or non-understanding possibility. I have been here since June and still don't understand the stats at times. There are creatives that have been here for YEARS that don't understand the stats at times. Are you really expecting CHs that are bumbling around just trying to find a way to pick a name to understand them, to not use them unfairly, inexperiencedly, uneducatedly? This creates unneeded bias and stigma, in my opinion.
I think if the stats should be visible that they should at least only be visible to that personal creative and SH, or at most to the creatives, that personal creative, and SH ONLY. It can be used as motivation for us, way to know whom may be taking advantage of the system, and so on -- but it should not be used as a way to differentiate worth to the CH when there are so many differences of schedules, entries, numbers of contests, skill, ability, time on site, rating differences between CHs (those that vote all down except for maybe three or whatnot or those that go back and change all non winning entries to downs, etc) to factor in that the CH would have know way of knowing, understanding, and or ability to factor in fairly at a glance or even most of the time after a bit of comparing back and forth. My inability to not be here all the time or my decision to not throw 20 entries a contest at the CH praying for something to stick should not be ever possibly held against me, and right now, there is a possibility of it -- for all of us. Nay-sayers will exist while the system is working for them, of course, but in the spirit of having level-ground for us all, I think this needs to be answered and maybe even considered as something that could be an issue and has to do with some of us being able to stay encouraged and active as well. With this, I think it is important that we should not be able to be judged on these stats because they are not true reflections of anyone's ability or non-ability without ability to consider all these factors that most, especially the CH, do not know. It should come down only to the NAME/LOGO/TAG and how WELL it fits the brand/company/product not how well we may be doing or not doing with all factors considered. If the stats were more realistic and representative -- then yes .. it would be able to be a possibility, but the stats are far from representative of quality and/or ability.