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    RSC: Point of View of a New Contestant

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    Liza at Food.com
    Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:18 pm
    Food.com Staff
    Hi all,

    I'm NOT trying to stir the pot, but I think I need to point out/send a message to all the RSC contest haters and how you are making some of the contestants feel.

    From an anonymous contestant via email:

    "I have a large family, 6 brothers and sisters, 5 children, 9 granddaughters. My sisters work in places that employ a lot of people. I have many friends and neighbors, These are all real people who are voting for me. And they are passing my recipe to their friends and co-workers, I live in a small town out in the country, A group of us get together monthy and cook something, We made my recipe and then I asked them to comment, Now the votes are snowballing and I don't know how to stop them. I don't know the people who are voting for me now, It is word of mouth. I don't sit and vote for myself. I am elderly and don't have the computer skills to know how to do that. If I could stop the votes coming in, I would. Many new members have thanked me for introducing them to this cooking site. I don't understand why these ladies don't think new people are welcome here. It is very upsetting to read their bashing, I would think the purpose of a voting contest is to get new members. I am as surprised as everyone that I am getting so many votes. Everyday I look to see the count and cringe to see that the votes keep escalating. Just wanted to let you know. Can't reply to the forum because I am sure I would get attacked."

    This thread wasn't started to debate the merits of the contest anymore, but just to let you know that there are always two sides of the story and that we should all feel horrible for making a new member feel this way. Let's all just take a deep breath and move on. If you don't like the rules/way that RSC is playing out, then just skip it and focus on one of Susie D's brilliant other community contests.

    Thanks for reading.

    Liza
    Chocolatl
    Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:01 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    That's exactly why I am skipping it.

    There are definitely many things wrong with the rules in these sponsored contests. It's too bad that this new member had her feelings hurt, but it isn't right to hurt the long-time members' feelings, either. I don't think anyone should try to make people feel guilty or ashamed (or label them "haters") for expressing legitimate concerns.
    BDMK
    Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:31 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I get a vibe that new members are not welcome here.
    Chocolatl
    Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:52 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    B0BUSHKA wrote:
    I get a vibe that new members are not welcome here.


    That is absolutely not true. We welcome all new members here. I wish more new members would come and play in the tag games and regular events, not just the sponsored ones. Many of the new members join simply to cast a vote or submit a recipe to a sponsored contest, and are never heard from again. That's not what any of us here wants.

    What older members don't love is contest rules that seem patently unfair. In the regular RSC contests, for example, all recipes must be submitted before any voting is allowed, and the recipes are published anonymously so that every recipe has a chance to win based on its merits. And older members too often feel, with justification, that their voices are not being heard. They feel that they're being shunted aside in favor of temporary visitors to the site.
    1Steve
    Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:40 am
    Food.com Groupie
    Chocolatl wrote:
    B0BUSHKA wrote:
    I get a vibe that new members are not welcome here.


    That is absolutely not true. We welcome all new members here. I wish more new members would come and play in the tag games and regular events, not just the sponsored ones. Many of the new members join simply to cast a vote or submit a recipe to a sponsored contest, and are never heard from again. That's not what any of us here wants.

    What older members don't love is contest rules that seem patently unfair. In the regular RSC contests, for example, all recipes must be submitted before any voting is allowed, and the recipes are published anonymously so that every recipe has a chance to win based on its merits. And older members too often feel, with justification, that their voices are not being heard. They feel that they're being shunted aside in favor of temporary visitors to the site.


    I echo a lot of what Chocolatl is saying. New members are always welcome here. Personally I don't mind the 1 time contestants that are not heard from again. It's just a contest. What bothers me if you read Liza's post, is this member is saying that all the posters family, friends and co-workers are voting for her by word of mouth. Sorry if I'm wrong here as I haven't reread the rules in quite awhile. But as I remember them originally, All recipes were posted anonymously until after voting and all contestants were honor bound not to divulge to anyone which recipe was theirs and not to place any hints to their identity in the recipe either. Following that logic Liza, the anonymous poster is cheating. How could all her friends and coworkers be voting for her by word of mouth, unless she told them what recipe was hers to vote for? No one should have emailed this person any personal attack, that is also against TOS; but surely a complaint should have been filed with customer service and the recipe disqualified. BTW I did not participate or know about the last contest, so I'm strictly responding to this post. I have no clue what recipe started this discussion. I personally enjoy RSC. Just keep the rules enforced and we will all have fun.
    dcarch7777
    Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:58 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I am new here and I have three recipes entered.

    I found this forum by accident. I have been a regular poster in another food forum and have shared many cooking topics there. But that forum is closing in another few days. That’s why I was looking.

    The review voting system is very silly. Supposedly it is to vote for the best recipes, but that could never happen, as what is happening. I have many employees working for me, I could have a few hundred votes easily, but I refuse to do that.

    I cannot expect any old members here to vote for me either because they are going to vote for each other.

    We will see if this contest will actually end up with legitimate winners.

    Have fun.

    dcarch7777
    AmyJoCooks
    Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:55 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I, too am new here. In most forums, a poster stating facts and constructive criticism will be more well-received than bashing and negativity. It took me reading many negative posts with assumptions of "imposter" voters and comments about the contest being a sham before learning that the voting in the past has been anonymous and what some members feel is more fair. That makes sense that some would like that process better. Whether there was a good reason (i.e. the sponsor requested the change), we'll never know. But having new people submit and tell their friends/family to vote could potentially increase members (and potential customers for advertisers) over the other method of voting. Also, with this particular contest, there is a winner that relates to voting, but there are two winners that the judges chose.
    Liza at Food.com
    Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:20 pm
    Food.com Staff
    This sponsored version of RSC is a simply different animal than the forum version. There is no way we can make the entries anonymous, it would be impossible and too arduous for the team to handle. Again, this contest is what it is...and like the last poster points out, the people's choice is just one of the prizes, the other two are based on the judges' picks.

    Again, there are tons of great community run games that Susie D has carefully created that are perfect for those that don't like the way this one is set up.

    Tx all!
    breezermom
    Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:06 am
    Food.com Groupie
    Wow....I was shocked by all the negativity left in the contest thread. I won't respond there so that the thread can remain on track. All I can say in response to the posts directed at me is that yes, I am participating in the contest. I have 2 recipes entered. I also had 2 recipes entered in the last regular "anonymous" RSC contest. I'm a frequent participant in many games and contests here on the site. I absolutely love the site, and enjoy all the people I've met here and encourage all the newcomers to come over to the cooking games thread and enjoy some fun. Here's the link:

    http://www.food.com/bb/viewforum.zsp?f=72

    Once you are there, be sure to visit Photo Tag! icon_lol.gif

    I'll also admit that I have asked my friends, family and co-workers to make and review the recipes I have entered, but I believe that was allowed in this contest. I'm not sure if all of the people who voted for my recipes in the last "sponsored" event have voted again, but I better see at least 2 more of them voting....my kids!! icon_lol.gif I didn't ask my Mom to vote, as she could never get her reviews to stick in the last contest and it upset her so much I didn't want to put her through it again.

    I'm sorry if it has upset other food.com members that I asked friends and family to vote, but I honestly thought that it was okay to do that. And I did not mention this contest to any co-workers that I supervise, as I feel that would put them in an uncomfortable position at work, and not one of the employees that I supervise have reviewed my recipes entered in this contest. It makes me sad to see the accusations, and all I can say is that I did ask friends, family and co-workers to vote, and I am happy that they returned to the site to help me once again, and I'm grateful to the people that signed up and voted during this contest in my support. Working over 50 hours a week and having a regular life does not allow me the time to do what was inferred.

    I wish all the contestants good luck and hope everyone enjoys the site, newcomers and old members as well.
    1Steve
    Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:29 am
    Food.com Groupie
    It's funny that I found this thread, but never new about the contest itself! I'm a founding member here, but I only come here through the message boards directly. I never visit the main page. On the Anonymous contests usually I would get an email reminder from Susie or Molly asking if I wanted to participate.Just a friendly gesture on their part. I didn't see one this time and never saw the link to the sponsored contest. If I had I would have participated. I have a lot of coworkers that would have also. This site could definitely use more new members. I often wonder if it's just my imagination or did we loose a bunch? Did they get lost when the name changed? I still see new names popping up and a few fellow founding members. But I remember when all year round the Message boards were full of requests. If I posted something on the recipe request board, the dessert board or even the Italian forum, if I came back the next day I was likely to find my post on page 2. Now I could come back 3 weeks later and find my post still half way down page 1. I don't visit as often as I used to, but it has nothing at all to do with negativity. I love this site. Anyone of the old timers can tell you I practically lived on these boards, as. I'm a bit of a sleuth and can usually track down most lost recipes. But the requests trickled down to so few, I kept coming back and reading the same requests that were sitting there from a few weeks before. I welcome new members and anything at all that would bring us back to the days when this site was chock full of posters icon_smile.gif
    Debbwl
    Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:30 am
    Forum Host
    Ok I have sat back and stayed quit and will continue to do so after I make three little points.

    1) Most the time the contest are anonymous, but not all you must read the rules and then pick and choose what you are comfortable with.

    2) The whole point of this Non-anonymous contest is to get new players to invite people to come vote and while they are voting there is a very high chance they will look around and like what they see here at Food.com and come back.

    3) In the cooking games thread there are a ton of fun non completive games. Speaking for Alligirl and myself we LOVE new comers in Everyday Is A Holiday
    BDMK
    Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:14 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Laureen in B.C. gave my 2 recipe entrees each one star. No comments. She didn't vote any others so this had to be out of spite. I don't feel welcome here and have asked my family to stop sending their friends here.
    dorothykm
    Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:59 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I am a new member. How do I go about having my membership cancelled?
    Liza at Food.com
    Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:02 pm
    Food.com Staff
    B0BUSHKA & dorothykm:

    Please contact help@food.com and they'll get you fixed up.

    B0BUSHKA: If you think someone has reviewed or rated your recipe unfairly, our customer support team will want to know about it, but privately via our mailbox, and they can investigate.

    dorothykim: we hate to lose you, but email that address above and they'll shut you down.

    tx!
    1Steve
    Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:45 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    B0BUSHKA wrote:
    Laureen in B.C. gave my 2 recipe entrees each one star. No comments. She didn't vote any others so this had to be out of spite. I don't feel welcome here and have asked my family to stop sending their friends here.


    dorothykm wrote:
    I am a new member. How do I go about having my membership cancelled?


    Please reconsider and stick around. This site can be lots of fun. Try not to take reviews too personally. For every poor review you usually get many more positive ones. I once had someone give me a 1 star review because my "coffee" cake didn't have any "coffee" in it LOL!. You learn to laugh at those after a while and move on. You will find overall the folks here are some of the friendliest I've ever met. So please stick around and don't let a couple of not so great experiences make you feel unwelcome. As the old saying goes, one bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch icon_smile.gif Hoping you 2 stay and share some great recipes. The holidays are coming and things usually perk up and really start to be fun here! Welcome aboard!
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