I would like to suggest a change in policy/procedure on CHs registering domains before a contest is over. SH has done a really great job of giving us the ability to know easily when a domain has been registered. You've taken that on and I appreciate that. But I was thinking that the onus is always on creatives and SH.
What if... the CH was required to report that they registered a domain (before a winner is chosen) and when they do, they report their intentions such as (choose the intention that best describes your reason for registering):
-This is the winning name (and in this case,the contest is closed and the winner declared immediately)
-I will most likely choose this name as the winner but I am waiting for other entries to be sure
-I plan to choose several names
I am subbing this idea because I feel that SH and contestants keep having to be responsible for their actions and less so the CH. I feel that some contests sit for such a long time when the CH has gone off and thinks that because they registered the domain, it's all over... except it isn't when there's more than one love in a contest. I have one that has been sitting for 3 months and I don't know for certain what happened, to be sure, but if the CH registered my domain, I'm just left sitting here. Most of the time, the CH does come back and choose the winner, but not always. If they did not register the domain, then it would be nice to know what they plan to do next or if that was the name they wanted and it got registered somewhere else in the wide world, maybe they should be able to reopen the contest.
At any rate, I would really love to see the CHs have some responsibility in these cases to report to you and to close the contest and declare the winner if that's the name they love. Then, of course, compensate for all registered names.
I realize this has to be done with finesse so as not to make them feel bad but I know SH is good at that.
Thanks for considering.