Styles and Types with Name Submissions

In order to enhance the communication between Creatives and CHs, we’ve just added some features to your Entry Submission form:

You will now be asked to classify your entry by Style and Type (list below).

In the near future, you will have the ability to opt-in to a program that will recommend your submissions from previous contests to CHs running active contests based on these new classifications and other variables.

Also, we are interested in your thoughts on the below classifications.

Classic (Traditional/Serious/ Elegant)
Clever (Witty, Punny, Whimsical)
Experiential (Descriptive, Visual)

Real Word (Apple, Amazon, Adobe)
Misspelled (Flickr, Digg,
Compound (WordPress, Facebook, SnapChat)
Phrases (Stumbleupon, SimplyHired, Park’n’Ride)
Blends (Sharpcast, Instagram, Wikipedia)
Made Up (Meebo, Praxo, Zumba)
Acronyms (AOL, IBM, BMW)
Play On Words (EyeQ, Sole Mates, Rentlemen)

Thank you for this. I especially like the idea of the new program. I haven’t been classifying my names so I guess I better do that. It always slowed me down before but now this is a great benefit to doing it!

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Would you be able to improve the comment section. When I enter a comment I can not see what I am typing after the third line…and then can’t fully read what I have typed until after I submit it. Thanks.


Grant, will SH also develop a way for us to go back to our old entries and classify them?

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Love it! I especially like the program that can recommend submissions from previous contests as I already often pull previously rejected entries to reuse for another contest where it makes sense.

A few thoughts:

  • What’s the difference between ‘classic’, ‘emotional’, and ‘intriguing’ for name styles?
  • Some of the examples of ‘phrases’ (name types like StumbleUpon and SimplyHired) are also compound words. Is there a big enough difference between ‘compound’ and ‘phrases’ to warrant different categories for the CH?
  • Is a ‘blend’ just a compound word that leaves out part of one or more words? Should this all be filed under ‘compound’ for simplicity?

“Name comments are now required”

@Grant After the umpteenth name and comment (Most of them rejected) this will certainly start to grind and waste time, as well as cause a huge number of pointless placeholder comments just because they are required. Not all names require explanations, as some are obvious and many made up names don’t need them either. Please rethink this and leave things to the creative’s judgement.


Please don’t make comments mandatory!!!


I agree with lightless. Alot of time spent on names that (my own experience) have been rejected. Honestly don’t know if I will continue to contribute. It’s hard enough and very time consuming to hit the nail on the head sts! I’m sorry but not a fan of this requirment: (!!!

I’m sure it will crimp the


Not a happy namer…no offense, I won’t participate unless/ until this requirment is lifted. Good Luck to you guys!!!

What was the mindset behind this feature? What is sh seeking to accomplish? Did sh poll the ch’s for feedback? Do they want to have to read thousands of comments? Was it to discourage or enhance both creatives and ch’s? I am looking for insight to try and comprehend this new feature.

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@Grant… You put in place not too long ago the “early access” limitation so contest holders wouldn’t get inundated and overwhelmed with too many entries and end up abandoning a contest. This seems to be a complete contradiction of why you started that. Now they will get overwhelmed with not only the amount of entries they receive,now you are throwing mandatory comments on top of that. Sounds like a double whammy to me. A majority of entries need no explanation at all. It will also make them stop reading comments if they have to get one on every entry and the ones with real comments will now be lost in the sea of comments.


I am sure most creatives explain their more obscure, complex or excellent names? Or at least they will, if the contest holder is really interested in that entry. Not every entry needs an explanation, when most of them will be rejected regardless.


Yes I agree with LIghtless-- about 80% of my entries are pretty obvious as to the meaning so not sure what I will say to the CH in the comment section for many of them. And it will take twice as long to put in a name… I may have to drop out as well as the 2-3 hours a day I spend now will turn into 5 and I don’t have that much time. There will be a lot less submissions in general which may not be in the best interest of the CH.


Sorry but I’m not a fan of the new requirement. Most of my submissions don’t need a description. If I feel their is meaning to my entry that is not obvious, I share the details in the comment section. Most of my winning entries have never contained any info in the comment section.


Having the option to provide a description is great, having it be a requirement is likely to be a detriment to both creatives and contest holders. It’s not an issue of time to me, but rather one of repeating myself with names that are straightforward. For contest holders, it’s more to read and go through- ultimately aren’t they the ones who should interpret what the name means to them?


Hi All,

Thanks for all the prompt feedback based on your experience with Required Comments.

We have removed this feature, in response to your comments and concerns.

Enhanced communication between creatives and CHs is something that has been continuously requested by both parties. We will continue to work on new ways of improving this two way dialogue.



Grant, Thanks so much for listening to the Creatives on the mandatory comments… you made many of us VERY happy!


Is there any way to enable tags to be added after a name has been entered into a contest?

@Grant…Thanks for taking away the required comments. Now is there a way to take away the dropdowns from the “my entries” page. They didn’t used to show up there, but since you made the change, they show up under every entry listed and it is very bulky on the page now. Can you un-do whatever you did and make the my entry page go back to the way it was before this happened?

Also: could we please have our total points displayed on the entry submission form, as they had been before? Thank you!


Grant, thanks for adding the dropdowns on Myentries so we can categorize our names more easily! that was fast! I appreciate it!