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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:56 pm 
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Spike wrote:
I really don't get the 1-votes for Will Not Let Me Go and Harmonia, either. Voters can vote how they want, I suppose, but to me Harmonia's presentation alone ought to rule out any scores that low.

evouga wrote:
Harmonia had strong feminist themes. Maybe a voter strongly objected to this?

Will Not Let Me Go has the same two 1-votes, which indicates not. Although maybe the two 1-votes are from different people.

Future Threads also has an unusual distribution: Almost steadily increasing until peaking with lots of 9's, but then no scores of 10. Maybe voters thought it was too short - like litrouke says about 10pm? This gets back to Mathbrush's Swigian experiment about length being one of the things voters (perhaps unconsciously) consider.


Right; I guess the only thing that's clear is that the 1 votes were political and not based on the objective quality of the work (and I encourage the authors not to put too much stake in them). I can speculate that "Will Not Let Me Go" was too "touchy-feely" for certain "hardcore" IF fans, but again, that's wild speculation.

It's well known that the IfComp rewards crowd-pleasers and penalizes games that take risks with either its themes or mechanics, and hope that nobody is discouraged even if their game didn't make the top 3.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:20 pm 
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In an open competition with anonymous voting, anyone can get 1-star scores, and who am I to assume the votes were in bad faith? Nevertheless, I appreciate the community's concern—it speaks well of us to discuss these things and to urge authors not to be discouraged by the occasional bad score.


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