Thank you, SanPedro! Much appreciated.
I am somewhat defensive of Poem of the Month competition, because, as you know, it's one of my babies and legacy to DU ( as is Poet of the Week, Classic Comps, NaPo, etc. ). Please do not take the below suggestions personally. It's just that I worked VERY HARD with my facebook team to develop, implement, and establish this competition, then ran it solo for months before passing the torch to you, so it means the world to me. 1. Firstly, October's comp:
none should've been hidden because no one violated competition guidelines. It's wonderful to go back to the old ways; however, the new rules should've been established in November's competition. I respectfully request that October's be put back on the table with the hidden poems restored, so we don't have a month missing. 2. Restore the original 'Poem of the Month Hall of Fame'. https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/speakeasy/read/9271/#373412
The competition didn't start in August of 2017, but the Fall of 2016. Therefore, the first winner, John Feddeler, followed by many Veteran DU members such as Vee, Crimsin, Case, AEMelia, and The_Silly_Sibyl have been wiped out of a well-deserved honor by having their wins unacknowledged ( I didn't mention onefiftysix, Daniel, or myself because we were not veterans then ).
I know you are busy, but in all fairness to the origin and history of the site comp, those winners should at least be listed ( if nothing else ) as well. 3. I originally had it at one win per year ( with an evaluation at the end of the year ),
to allow more membership an opportunity to win. I strongly advocate returning to that, thus voted for A. 4. Review the spoken word aspect.
Spoken word pieces clearly show DU avatars ( previous and current ), myself included, as well as user's names on their youtube page. Therefore, I strongly advocate reviewing the anonymity of these entries in regards to the competition. 5. Forum Signatures.
Crimsin has pointed out signatures showing at the bottom of entries, which is also a breach of anonymity. She has posted a separate thread about this. 6. The nominating those with no more than 10 trophies should not
be a factor in the Poem of the Month competition. What about those with more than 10 trophies ( or now you've said 15 or 20 ), who have never won the Poem of the Month? That is not fair to exclude them.
If you want to hold competitions for those holding less than 10 trophies, then I suggest a separate competition geared toward that. But the Poem of the month should be open to EVERY POET once a year, regardless of the number of trophies they've won.
Thank you for both this poll and your consideration. I felt comfortable passing this torch to you because of your willingness to listen and ability to be fair.