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    Welcome to Iron Poet, Round Sixteen!!

    Rules

    1) Only the first 16 respondents expressing a desire to compete will be the contestants. It IS a first come, first served basis.

    2) The contest will consist of a number of rounds pitting 2 randomly determined poets against each other until only one contestant remains (winner).

    3) Each match-up will be given a theme, picture, article, subject, or other criteria to write on, and the poem submitted must match this as much as possible. Stricter following of prompts may help you win. Prompts that are words may be interpreted in any way (and any form of the word can be used), but keep in mind the judge may not see the connection if it's too ambiguous.

    4) The winner as determined by a panel of judges will advance to the next round.

    5) In case of a judge or judges not posting judgments in a timely manner, Vaynor will adjudicate and determine the winner.

    6) The poems will be limited to 1000 words with a 50 word minimum

    7) The entries will be poems. All forms of poetry are acceptable, as long as they meet the required word lengths. If your chosen style is too short, you are free to make two of them, i.e., you may make a limerick with 48 words, then add another limerick, still following the same theme, to reach the required word length.

    8) All posted deadlines will given in as much time zones as possible, as labeled.

    9) No late entries will be accepted. If you don't post or fail to post by the deadline, you will be disqualified. A 15 minute grace period is allowed. You have one freebie per contest, use it wisely. This allows you to be up to half a day late (12 hours) with your poem (no more).

    10) If your entry does not include the article(s) and the picture(s), you will most likely lose because of it, however this will not disqualify your poem, as poems are judged on best use of the prompts.

    11) The judgments are final. What the judges decide is how it is.

    12) The entries will only include content suitable for the Playground.

    13) Anything not clear will be decided by me.

    14) The contestants will have 1 week (roughly) from the bracket posting to get their entries posted.

    15) Post your poems in spoilers. Judges: do not read poems before the round ends.

    16) Feel free to edit the post with your poem in it until the round ends. After that, any additional edits will disqualify you (barring a use of your half-day extension).

    17) Judges have 1 week to complete judgments. If not all judges respond by this time, the round will be decided as if the late judges were not a part of it (i.e. if there are 5 judges to begin with and only 3 are on time, the round will be decided with 2 votes as opposed to 3). If there are only an even number of judgments, I will cast the remaining vote.

    18) At the end of each contest, everyone still reading the thread will be able to anonymously vote on their favorite poem of the entire contest (encompassing all rounds). The poem with the most votes will win the "Best of Show" award!

    THE IRON POET HALL OF FAME
    1. Ravyn
    2. Rubakhin
    3. Elvaris
    4. Alarra
    5. Truemane
    6. Devigod
    7. Alarra
    8. Devigod
    9. Alarra
    10. Elvaris
    11. Rutskarn
    12. Alarra
    13. averagejoe
    14. Asthix
    15. truemane

    Contestants:

    1. The Fiery Tower
    2. Weezer
    3. Szilard
    4. SaintRidley
    5. The Grimmace
    6. leakingpen
    7. Worlok
    8. Haruki-kun
    9. Garwain
    10. Mardel
    11. Techwarrior
    12. Silviya
    13. Mainlander
    14. Lord Tyger
    15. Elvaris
    16. Cuthalion


    Judges:
    1. Alarra
    2. Halberd
    3. Kalrany
    4. Dimonite




    POTENTIAL APPLICANTS FOR THE JUDGE POSITION TAKE NOTE: THESE CONTESTS LAST A LONG TIME AND THIS IS NOT A FLEETING RESPONSIBILITY. IF YOU SIGN UP I EXPECT YOU TO POST JUDGMENTS ON TIME. IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO POST JUDGMENTS, TELL ME. THANK YOU.
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    I would like to enter in as a poet.
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    I would like to try my hand as a contestant again.
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    I'd really like to participate in this but I'm going to be spending two weeks without internet in a monastery soon so it doesn't look like this'll be happening for me. I'm not sure how long rounds last, but if there's any way I could participate with this two week gap, I would love to. Otherwise I'll wait until next time.

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    I will sign up as a judge.

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    I'm in it to win it! Or, at least, compete for as long as the judges let me. :P
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    I'll try as a contestant again.
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    In to compete, please.
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    Time to compete! as in im in as a competitor.
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    In as a contestant, once again. Here's hoping that this time, all works out.

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    I would like to be in as a contestant, please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainlander View Post
    I'd really like to participate in this but I'm going to be spending two weeks without internet in a monastery soon so it doesn't look like this'll be happening for me. I'm not sure how long rounds last, but if there's any way I could participate with this two week gap, I would love to. Otherwise I'll wait until next time.
    It kind of depends on when you'll be gone compared to when this starts, which is fluid until we get enough signed up.
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    I'd like to join as a contestant. I have plenty of free time until school starts up again.

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    Much of it was spent (I think) waiting around because of disappearing judges. Though it probably will last quite a while.
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    Yeah, in a perfect world these would only last 8-10 weeks but it seems we always have an issue with disappearing judges. I'm not sure I've ever seen a round where the judges at the end are the same ones as at the beginning. I mean, some will always be consistent from beginning to end but it seems invariably we'll lose two or three along the way and have to recruit more in order to have a consensus. That's why Vaynor started adding that last line to the OP.
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    So, 8 more? And judges?
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    Oh, please count me in as a participant. I need the stimulus to keep writing.
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    Officially expressing my desire to enter the contest!

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    I'm down for writing. Count me in as a contestant.

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    I'd like to sign up as a contestant again.
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    Still need some folks to judge and a few more contestants.
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    I'm down as a judge.
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    Just checking in to say I'm back from my vacation and still down to compete.

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    Idea:

    Fiery Tower, Weezer, Mainlander, Szilard, Ridley, the Grimmace, Leaks, myself, Haruki, Garwain, Mardel, Tech and Sil make thirteen people, as in nine plus four.

    So I'd propose the following approach, were I to have a say: First go-around, three three-way battles and two regular one-on-ones. Assuming two participants move on per threesome, this gives us 8 participants for the second round, then we proceed as normal. I had previously made a post to this effect when suddenly interest jumped the hell up, and deleted it again for that exact reason, but - not to seem pushy or hostile or anything - it's kinda been close to a month already.

    Apologies for butting in like that, just thought I'd bump and give some of my thoughts on this.
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    Unfortunately, we would still have an "even number of judges" issue if we started today.
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    Plus you as a Vaynor-style tiebreaker, or am I missing something here? Alternatively, I'd even switch to judging if you'd like, leaving us with twelve poets in four three-way-battles and three judges. I'd just rather like to see this take off before half the participant-base gets taken out by "Meanwhile, at (poet)'s place..."-type disabling factors or summer vacations or the like. Which sounds rude, and impatient, and hyperbolic, but as said, close to a month. Apologies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Worlok View Post
    So I'd propose the following approach, were I to have a say: First go-around, three three-way battles and two regular one-on-ones.
    You're better off with six pairs and one bye round. Then you wind up with seven people (assuming everyone submits - a big maybe). And then three pairs and bye. And then two pairs, one pair.

    Easier. And I think the contest works best in pairs.

    And even numbered judges aren't a problem. Assuming they all hang around, you have a tie-breaker and you're good to go.
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    I would like to enter this competition you are having.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truemane
    You're better off with six pairs and one bye round. Then you wind up with seven people (assuming everyone submits - a big maybe). And then three pairs and bye. And then two pairs, one pair.

    Easier.
    Easier, maybe. But you'd also have someone auto-advancing on the bye round without a chance to compete or receive the amount of comparative criticism that would normally bring about, which seems kind of unfair to me, both to our advancee and to the people that lost that round. No offense.

    Quote Originally Posted by truemane
    And I think the contest works best in pairs.

    And even numbered judges aren't a problem. Assuming they all hang around, you have a tie-breaker and you're good to go.
    On these two, I actually agree, though a threebie has its interesting points, too, and keeps everyone involved in case of awkward numbers. Normally, I'd be all over standard pairing, make no mistake, but of all the failsafe measures at our disposal, I, personally, consider the three-way the most elegant solution.

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