Editors, try to consider thisI love ISC for its contests. It encourage members to explore their talents in multiple ways. Also members do active participation and try to give their fullest.
I always agree to the final decisions of the editorial team. It is understandable that the decisions are not made by a single person but a team. So there could be nothing like bias or chance of misjudgement.
Though I have participated in limited contests, I have noticed one thing in the winners announcement thread. The editors whoever announced the contests mention, "some has lost their winning opportunity/ not considered for prize due to violation of contest rules". They give the list of mistakes that participants did in general, without mentioning their names. It might be right in order to avoid personal hurt or to avoid unnecessary discussions in giving explanations.
What I request to the editors is, at least the one who initiated the contest can comment in contest entries in their thread itself. Possible, specify what way the participant went wrong, what improvements can be done or what was expected in his/her post etc. Editors may find it as spoon feeding, but everybody has their own style of explanations, editors can choose their best way to do it.
Not only suggestions or problems, we, the participants like to know the contest host's view on our submissions. Doing this could really bring in more qualitative responses to any future contests.
Also, I hope members who participate in any contests, must be sportive enough to take criticism and not to involve in further arguments with editors. When the editors come forward to give explanations, on the reasons for considering/ not considering your submission for top 3, then it should be taken as a lesson to analyse your strengths and weakness. Be positive.
Editors, please consider this suggestion. ISC is not just for earning, its main goal is to learn as well. So help us in doing it.