Just a thought.
What if non awarded contests with next to no entries are rated (let's say less than 50%) are pooled for the month and the Contestants who appear on the leaderboard for the month are distributed the "bonus" pool of money for recognition of their success.
Contests where over 50% of entries are rated would go through the normal course of action.
But let's say in January, 5 contests were left unawarded where under 50% of entries in each were rated, totalling $750. That $750 would be split between the top 10 on the leaderboard for the month of January.
1st $300 (40%)
2nd $150 (20%)
3rd $75 (10%)
4th - 10th $30 (4%)
The reason for this idea is;
- We don't have an issue of SH having to decide a contest with no CH input.
- A contest where the CH has had a lot of input and rated a majority of entries is fairly awarded to a top trender.
- The people who have had a great month are rewarded for their success and the money is technically being awarded by CHs because it is being distributed to winners of CH awarded contestants.
- This may be less work for SH in the long run, less contests where they have to sit and decide a winner for.