Hey pixel, I defenitely understand the frustration. We’ve been working on improving our judging system over time, so things are defenitely not perfect. The old system of like-based winners had it’s faults, as mentioned above, and may take the community some time to ease off of relying on.
The current judging system has our mods/admin voting for their top picks. As suggested, the results are going to be biased. This last sketch was one of the closer ones we’ve had as far as top entries in the run. We’re not exhagerating when we say there were so many great entries this month! Across 5 admin/mod voters, we came up with the winners for this month, based on the judging criteria you can find in the sketch description.
Looking ahead, the dream is having the community able to vote for their favorite entries without entrants needing to constantly bump their post with updates to receive more likes (as the old system was). I imagine a voting system where it would shuffle all the entries per community voter, and allow users to rank each entry 1-10 stars or something similar, tallying scores at the end. This would eradicate most of the bias and really hand controls back over to the community as intended!
Hopefully this sheds some light on our current process. As always, we’re open to suggestions and feedback on how to improve as a community!