Currently, when a Contest Holder does not select a winner within 30 days of the close of their Squadhelp contest - and they do not communicate to Squadhelp that they need additional time for winner selection - the contest is randomly awarded to 1 - 4 Creatives who have the highest ratings in the contest, depending on the total number of creatives with high ratings and the prize amount for the contest.
Even though the process is completed using a randomization algorithm, we continue to get questions and concerns about favoritism.
We will, therefore, put a new process in place this Monday:
In situations where a contest winner has not been selected within 30 days of the close of a contest and the Contest Holder has not requested additional time for winner selection - the contest award will be equally split between all Creatives who have at least one name in the contest’s Shortlist. (Example - If Creative L, M, N, O, and P all have one or more entries in the Shortlist and the award amount for the contest is $200, each Creative will receive a $40 award.)
If there are no names in the shortlist or it is a design contest, the award will be split equally between all Creatives who have at least one of the highest ratings given in the contest. (Example - If the prize amount is $300, there are no names in the shortlist, and Creative Q, R, S, and T each have one or more Love it ratings - each of these creatives will receive a $75 award.)
If the contest only has No thank you ratings and/or unrated entries, the contest award will be equally split between Creatives who participated in the contest and have at least 5 Love It ratings in other contests in the previous month.
While this new process may lead to some smaller awards for individuals contests, the cumulative payouts will become meaningful each month, as you will have more opportunities to receive split awards. We also believe this is the fairest and most transparent approach.
We will also implement a minimum $25 withdrawal amount.