And use common sense on when it is appropriate or not appropriate to ask the following:
Yes, these questions and others that I’ve decided to spare listing can be essential questions. I am not in any way, shape, and/or form say ‘DO NOT’ ask these questions. Rather I am asking for all of us to have discerning capabilities of WHEN to ask these questions.
First, lets not bombard the CH with 5 million quest three minutes into the contest. Many CHs are still learning how to navigate and will probably make two or three more brief updates within the next hour or two. So let them settle a bit and ONLY ask the important questions and maybe even offer help if they seem to be a little lost or confused. But, ALWAYS do so nicely.
Second, give them time. Be patient. Just because your entries have been seen but not rated, unless it’s been several hours or more preferably a day even – don’t badger them on whether they should be deleted. Use your own discretion if you’re tied up and wanting to enter more or just be patient. A lot of people have limits, especially with the new changes and new onboarding process – so you’re not the only one in this situation. CHs often are very busy and again, still learning how to do things and figure out a game plan of approach on how to tackle these hundreds or even thousands of suggestions.
Third, we all want to sell ours and each others’ premium names. But I don’t think that even with all the information available about them, that many CHs know about and/or understand premiums as a general thing as well as to how they work within contests. So this is something we have to keep in mind. Maybe instead of just asking if they would like them, perhaps say, “Dear CH, I don’t know if you know about how premium domains work here on SH and in contests … but there are premium names that you can pay for that are more selective and choice than what we may be able to provide in suggestions that aren’t premium. We have a pretty substantial marketplace of names that we’ve all come up with over time. These names are many and sometimes hard to search for but many of us have our own premium names. We could suggest these to you as long as they match the brief, if it would be something you’re interested in, perhaps?” Or something along those lines so that way it is informative and an explanation so it doesn’t just seem like we’re trying to benefit even more and that there can be a win for us, SH, AND them if they did decide to be open to premiums. Just an idea.
Finally, please … please … please … be respectful, understanding, informative, helpful, and fair when utilizing the contest messaging board. Be respectful to the CH but to your fellow creatives as well. Try to be understanding that this may be a bit challenging for them in many regards. Be informative and provide them answers and maybe even links to our help guides. Be helpful in asking questions that not only benefit us but can help them navigate better and learn things that may help them have the best chance of success. And be fair … this should be self explanatory.