I remember writing a post in the past encouraging compers to read the terms and conditions before entering any competition. They give us vital information about how a competition is judged (skill or chance), when it will be judged and what the word limit for your answer should be (if any). Serious compers will read these and make sure their entry is creative, in on time and that they don't go over any word limits. So what happens when not only does the entrant not follow the T&C's (because they probably didn't read them) but the promoter doesn't follow the rules either - the ones that they set out! I see it all the time and it always bothers me (not because I'm sour grapes about not winning but because it's not fair to those that played by the rules) but what happened this past weekend really has me peeved because of the way the promoter dealt with me questioning their decision.
I went away to do a few things and thought to myself, 'The comment by the promoter didn't actually say 'Congratulations you are the winner'. It just asked the entrant to PM her details. Maybe they had chosen a legitimate winner but also liked this very creative entry so they wanted to give her something as well'. I went back to the competition post and scrolled through the entries again in case I had missed them commenting on another entry. I couldn't find another winning announcement but what I did find really made me angry. They deleted the winning entry along with my comment. Yep, GONE!! I couldn't believe it. I was expecting them to reply to my comment with something along the lines of, 'T&C's also state that the judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into'. Or even better 'Thank you for bringing this to our attention we will award a second prize to an entry of 25 WOL'. But no, the high road was not taken in this case and they just hid behind the trusty delete button.
As many of you would have entered this competition I'd just like to say if you were the winner I am in no way having a go at you. I can see why they chose your entry and after reading it you sound very deserving of the prize. I only hoped that my query could have been dealt with in a more professional manner than what it was and at least been acknowledged and not deleted.
Have you ever seen this happened before? Have you ever queried a judges decision?