Yes, it hurts when someone uses harsh language. Let me make it clear that when someone receives cc such as 3, 6, 7, 8, it hurts a lot more. It should have some respectability, and the amount must not be so meagre in comparison to the prize money assigned for the winners. The amount you gave for a story writing could be acceptable where the prize money is less such as month-end TOW.
Next is, my intention was not to hurt but to make you understand what goes in the minds of the authors whose creation gets negligible amount. You have mentioned clearly that no other story was worthy to receive an award. It's up to you to decide, but I can say about my story, that it was original and presented a new form of friendship which failed to connect with you all. It's okay, but still receiving 7 cc is very disheartening. I will not mention which prize-winning stories I liked, but I must mention that one among the three stories had nothing new to offer. One could make out from the very beginning what is going to happen at the end.
Yes, about GD the jury was the final authority. I have nothing against any winner because he/she wins when the jury decides. I felt something wrong in decision making because a GD needs total participation throughout the period. The member did not make a concluding statement. She countered the opponents, but when others made comments in their defence, she remained silent.
Well, I have previously mentioned that I have nothing to say about the decisions taken by the jury. My only objection is regarding the assigned cc, which completely shatters the effort of the creative writers.
I have joined the site long back but was never active here. In 2018, I first started contributing and enjoyed every bit of it. Showing disrespect to anyone is not my attitude, but when I get hurt, then I decide to present my point of view. If it has hurt you, then I am sorry, but request you to give a thought on the points I have raised. If possible, then make some respectful changes so that the participating members do not feel let down.
In school, students are free to consult their teachers after they get back their answer sheets of any examination. The teachers guide them thoroughly, and at times marks get increased too. Even in the Board exams, the students get an opportunity for re-evaluation, so the comparison you made is not right.
You have conducted GDs earlier too, I had participated in them and won also. Earlier I won that does not mean I would have won this time too. I know the grounds on which basis evaluation of a GD is done. GD requires full-time participation, and a conclusion is a must. It is a virtual GD, that does not mean one should not conclude. When someone counters, then in a GD reply is a must, in my opinion.
As you wrote that you wait for the result of a contest, I do the same. I feel happy when I win but feel dissatisfied when I lose. It's a natural process, but I try to find my mistakes so that I can improve next time. The experience at ISC is overwhelming with creative satisfaction, but meagre cc hurts a lot.
Let me say to you clearly that I never doubt anyone's ability. Yes, when my mind says that someone received injustice, then I feel it's time to put forward my opinion. I am not in a position to judge others, but yes, I can make out the difference. It is up to you and other editors to pay or not to pay any attention upon my observation. No decision can indeed make everyone happy, but at least you can try that no one gets disheartened by the assigned cc. That much respect, I think, all the author members deserve.