Dan pulled the rug on the previous thread just as I hit the reply button, so @Chasity2ku- I want the chance to reply to what you wrote.
I have absolutely no problem with going anonymous, though I saw earlier that some people are against it. I really couldn’t care less. Eliminate all profile pages too and the winners page, for all I care. Make all the stats disappear. It’s all fluff as far as I’m concerned and mainly causes people to become obsessed with comparisons instead of focusing on the contests. I think the key problem with what you wrote is this:
"However, I have felt on so many occasions that the winning name was no better/no more creative than some of mine. Even sometimes very similar yet mine gets the lowest rating and theirs wins. It has led me to wonder why the same creatives continuously win with names that don’t always wow everybody??"
Names aren’t supposed to wow you or me or any other creative. They’re supposed to be suggested in order to suit a specific CH for a specific project. Often something that’s close to what other people suggested is chosen. Happens a million times and will happen a million more. You win some, you lose some. Some people win more. Some people win less. There’s no other option. This endless comparing of names to winning names and thinking ‘my names are better or just as good’ is pointless, unproductive and most of all a false way of thinking because it’s comparing apples with oranges and trying to decide which one a contest holder (or recently SH when they made selections) should enjoy eating. It’s all subjective.
Yes, a winning name can sometimes be very clever and wow people. But it doesn’t have to be. I repeat what I said earlier- don’t fall in love with your entries, people. If you think something is really good, it might fit a different CH down the road. The fact that it didn’t win this instance means absolutely nothing about its value. It just means that it wasn’t picked this time because there were a thousand other entries by 100 other creatives and only one person wins. And if people win a lot of contests, then they’re more in tune with what CHs are looking for and you should try to be that way too. The neighbor’s grass is always greener, but maybe everybody should pay more attention to their own grass and maybe then it would be greener too.