I can understand the frustration, especially since I do not agree with the blocking the way it is done now. I think there needs to be a system in place that builds up to the block and also allows warning to the creative so they have a chance to maybe reorient. I’ve also had a few other ideas about it. But, I’m not going to reiterate this here. I also think that you should be allowed to know which contests you’ve been blocked from, and that you’re not allowed doesn’t make sense to me.
Anyhow, while I can understand the frustration, I feel I should speak up. Over my time here, I keep seeing things voiced as solutions to issues that unfairly penalize people that have not deserved such. I think we need to be more aware of this as we make suggestions as solutions to issues. If it’s at all possible, we need to be more aware in how much impact or effect that our solutions may have.
Now, let me explain something I have come to understand about our percentages. It is a social system, meaning you are compared and contrasted to all other creatives. If someone is not very active, they don’t have as many contests and entries to compare and contrast to the rest of the ‘squad’. This does not mean it makes things any easier, however. Becayuse that is when each entry will carry more weight (either positively or negatively – because there is less … they weigh MORE). Actually I wonder if it’s harder to maintain a decent percentage at fewer entries than it is with more entries and participation. The reason I say this is because your percentage can change daily and is based on your stats for the previous so many days (a months time). So your daily entry can change things quickly. And if you’ve not entered a lot, but have entered some and have some weighty entries, things can swing quite wildly. Think of this, I am not very active due to medical issues and such and there are several others that also are not very active, but our percentages and allowances are across the board – some of us have percentages in the 90s and some have percentages in the 50s-60s. This is because, like you, … we have to earn the percentage we have and maintain it the way we can … no different than you (so good ratings, bad ratings, blocks, etc all impact us too). Sometimes less entries may work in our favors but not always – considering I, myself, have experienced drops of 10-20%+ it isn’t always the case. I may enter only 5 entries a contest and I may only participate in a few to a dozen contests when things are really bad for a month, but doesn’t mean that I’m working any less harder than you and not earning that percentage.
I was never one to agree with the massive amount of entries, I know I don’t need them. But I like the ability to earn a few more based upon what the CH thinks in that current contest. So if they want to limit to a decent amount and then allow the ability to earn more, I’m okay with this. But none of us can agree on what a decent amount is. Different people have different styles and some come up with ideas differently. It’s not my place to say how many should or should not be had based on that. I think 5 (unless there is a reason for it to be lower) is the least amount that should be allowed and I definitely thing that 40 is more than enough. But figuring out things between there is a bit more difficult which is why I think SH has decided on the way it is.
Anyhow, I can agree that some thins can seem unfair when we’re on one side of things and others are on the other side. But that does not mean that we know and/or understand each specific factor and variable that may make their situation and scenario what it is, so we shouldn’t estimate that too much. SH is the one that has access to that information and they’ve made their allowances and considerations based upon that. SH does all it can to remain fair. Sure, there are some suggestions we can make that may make things better … but we should aim them more in ways that may benefit everyone … including the CHs … where possible … and mind what may cause more issues or difficulties to others.