Its a well known fact that user tournements are getting out of han. We are over clogged with them, so many of them lose interest and to be honest, alot of us get tired of seeing them.
But with this proposal, I feel not only will they be more manageable, but also will, I feel, make them much more enjoyable and bring back alot of the fun.
The new proposal is simple, but has alot of parts. In essence User tournaments would become Events on the wiki, to be held one at a time and without a que. Tournament ideas would be proposed by the authors in a forum every three months (limiting it to 4 a year) and the Admins would choose the author to have the spot for that period, the author would need to complete it in that time and an award could be made and given to the winner. So lets get into details about it
how this is going to work
At the start of the period, the Admins would post a forum in the Bounty Board forum. This thread would be a place for all users interested to pitch their tournement plans. Example User one pitches a Superhero tourney. User two pitches a Army battle tourney. User three pitches a western style tourney.
Any proposed tounrment would have to have as many details as possible, including details and rules to make sure the tournement is viable.
Choosing a pitch
Once as many tournements are pitched, or after a certain amount of time from thread creation. The Admins would elect to choose one to go with. The choice can depend on how creative the idea is, how well its pitched, but also the Author's record:
If we know the Author to not finish their tournaments, or battles, or they've previously had the spot and failed or didn't do so well etc it might weigh in on whether or not that user gets the spot for the three months.
After we choose the author/tourney that shall hold the spot, they can create their intro blog. The blog must be kept up to date with all of the battles linked on it.
The author has the three month period to finish the tournament and complete the battles. And if completed an award can be made if the Author chooses and given to the winner. If the Author completes the battle earlier, the next tournament does not start right away, but the thread for pitching won't be made until the end of that period. (This makes it more of an event and makes things easier to manage).
The user tournament hub
The user tournament hub would have to be updated with this new rules and every three months a link to the new tournament blog. At the bottom of the page would be a list of all the completed tournaments, this allows anyone to find any tournament (and since making the battles linked in that blog it would allow anyone to easily find any battle from any tournment for record).
Other rules would have to be put in place, for example clauses about users not being able to complete a tournement through no fault of their own. And potentially rules limiting the number of participants to make sure tournies don't go on for to long. As well as any other concerns to be brought up below or as we go along
Advantages of this proposal
With this plan, User Tournaments are limited to 4 a year. This may sound a bit extreme but its beneficial in several ways.
- Management- With so few tournaments we wouldn't have to worry about them clogging up the wiki activity or stocking up in a que.
- Fun- This would make tournaments in effect, a wiki event. This would relieve pressure off the author about having competition with other user tournies and have the spotlight. It would let authors who are good become much more creative and theatrical. In addition, we could give out awards easier, seeing as how it would only be four a year.
- Better tournaments -Finally instead of everyone and their cat having a place on the que, this forces them to pitch their idea to us, to make sure they all get heard from equally and not just any bland tournament would get in, thus making this much more like events. It also means good ideas and authors don't have to wait behind an endless line. If your idea is good, you actually have a chance of getting in in the foreseeable future.
Comments, questions, suggestions?