Special voting category for ‘friends’ of LD

Posted by (twitter: @rojomojogogo)
April 17th, 2015 2:18 pm

I was thinking about this ‘friends’ of Ludum Dare judging debate.


What if we gave contributers to the LD community who aren’t contestants a special category to vote in. You can think of this as a separate “Overall” category for people who support this community, but don’t submit a game. Regular contestants (e.g. the developers themselves) would not have access to vote in this category. This special category could be opened up to the ‘friends’ of LD that PoV mentioned, as well as others.

Our category listing would look something like this:

  • Overall
  • Fun
  • Innovation
  • Audio
  • Graphics
  • Theme
  • Humor
  • Mood
  • Community
  • Coolness

It seems like some people are feeling like outsiders even though they’re an important part of what we do. We should do what we can to address that. If we want more people like them to take interest, we need to give newcomers a reason to spend time on us. Such a system would allow us to preserve the peer review element of the currently judged categories while allowing non contestants the ability to have their voices heard in an official capacity. I’m not suggesting we implement it for LD32 necessarily, but maybe for LD33 as part of our site rebuild.

I’d like to hear your thoughts on this!

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4 Responses to “Special voting category for ‘friends’ of LD”

  1. PoV says:

    It’s dead, no worries. I’m writing an update, but there was new fire I had to put out. Ugh. What a crazy couple days.

    • rojo says:

      I can understand that you’re probably exhausted by this, but let’s not call it ‘dead’ as this is an issue worth addressing. We don’t have to deal with it RIGHT NOW for LD32, but we should keep it on the table.

      • PoV says:

        Naw, it’s dead. :)

        Plan B is much better, it’s just much more work.

        • rojo says:

          Separate voting event for contributers to the community?

          Edit: e.g. a judging round for videos, wallpapers, etc

          Edit2: Also, maybe ask for input about it rather than just saying ‘this is what’s happening’ – I think that type of wording is what sparked a fire in the first place.

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