Originally Posted by subyman
That's a great idea. The hard part with allowing open voting being the only metric is that it can skewed by sponsorships or company endorsement with publicity that joe-modder didn't receive when he's tinkering away in the basement. It's also hard to tell by some people the amount of time, creativity, and fabrication skills that some of the builds here take. An analogy would be a car junkie could slap a Lingenfelter kit, side skirts, and rims on his corvette and it would be a hot ride and many people would take out their camera to check it out. On the other hand, a guy could spend 1000+ hours on a Lotus Super 7 restoration and may not get the same public attention. Whereas at a car show, the custom Super 7 would win hands down.
It'd be nice if the breakdown was something like 1/3 public, 1/3 admin, 1/3 previous winners or something like that. It just depends on what the Mod of the Month is all about. Is it a popularity/drooling contest or a show of craftsmanship/creativity? In a perfect world those would go hand-in-hand, but they don't always.
The problem with having judges, percentages, multiple contests etc is the amount of time, coordination and effort that would go into that. While I am always open to new suggestions for the contest to make it better, there are limits on what we can do here. the main problem is there will always be disagreement no matter what the system. Some things to think about: who decides the percentages? Who decides if a judge is 'qualified'? Would we have enough entries for a 'build of the month' and 'mod of the month' if they indeed need their own competitions? If we narrow down the definition of a 'mod' to doing a complete revamp, like say adamski (for example), will we have enough entrants to have a viable contest? If the judges drag their feet/go awol who decides the winner? Everyone has their own opinions about these things, so we will never satisfy everyone, which is why I am hesitant to change any of the rules.
Some people bring up the point that we are just rewarding people who 'throw money' at a build. Ok, while it is true some spend more money on their builds than others, this will be true no matter what the definition of a mod is. Some people only have the tools/money for some fan holes or a paintjob. Some guys have a CNC in their basement and an automotive grade paint booth at their work. It seems these opinions are not going to change.
I love having discussion on this, but I feel there has to be some sort of consensus on this before anything is done. With that being said, please have all further discussion on the MOTM thread, as this thread is overwith:
And do not
give entrants flak about whether their build is a mod. We want this to be a friendly contest where everyone feels welcome. Whether a build meets your definition of a mod or not, does not mean they can be harassed or 'flamed', hard work goes into all the builds here, please respect that.