As communicated earlier, in case of abandoned contests, we have been sending the “Shortlisted Entries” to the CH for final consideration. We have concluded that this process is not effective in getting’s CH input. Perhaps it is because 30 days is too long a timeframe, or it is because the shortlisted names again include several names they had previously rated as “Love it” or “Like It”. We are evaluating a new offering, where we would assist CH in shortlisting names earlier in the process.
We have also concluded that the “Random” selection is not appropriate in several situations, especially when a CH has added clear comments in one or more entries that it is their top choice. In those cases we do not believe it is fair for that entry to compete with equal probability against other entries that were shortlisted.There are other scenarios as well, (e.g. when a domain registration matches the CH details, or when there is only 1 “Love It” entry ), where a random selection is not appropriate.
As a result, we are making some changes to the winner selection process to make it simpler while ensuring that the process is as fair as possible. You can read about the new process in the below help article. We have also added several examples for additional transparency on how this process will work:
We recognize that this process has changed quite a few times recently but we believe these changes are important in our goal to make this process as fair as possible. We will continue to focus our efforts on implementing additional changes that help minimize the contest abandonment so that we have lower number of contests where this process is necessary.