|Brandon Thorne RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 aka Drahkan|
aying "I thank the judges." or even "I thank the judges for their feedback on my submission." is currently clearly and entirely safe. However if the rules was your proposed "During public voting rounds, contestants are prohibited from any public discussion relating to their current submissions." then thanking the judges WOULD be "any public discussion relating to their current submission." It's not thanking the judges for someone else's submission, so it would be a discussion *relating* to yours, and your proposed rule forbids that.
I don't want to draw the line there, and I think that would create more confusion and DQs, not less.
Hrm. Perhaps so, but if that's the case, then would making the "thank you's" wait until after the round was over be an issue? For round 1 I didn't say anything until after the voting was done, but only because I was caught up with other Real Life stuff for the entire voting time so didn't realize it was even over until getting the email. :) However, if I *had* thought about it, I could see how difficult it might have been to read one of the many comments and make an off-the-cuff statement that didn't seem like a rules violation but in fact was. (Which, most likely, would just have meant that someone else had my place in the 2nd round, as that's most likely what would have happened.)
One of the many problems of running these sorts of contests, I guess. The forum here is filled with sub-forums and topics that are all about critiquing each others' work, engaging in conversation about Game Rule ABC and Doesn't Work Because of Historical Game Canon XYZ...and then suddenly you have to wait with bated breath to say anything you wouldn't be confident in telling an adult while sitting at the kid's table during Thanksgiving dinner.
Ah, well. Thanks for running the contest to begin with; it's been 2 decades since I had anything published, let alone been able to play an RPG anytime recently (stupid Daily Life), so was good to know that I haven't lost my touch entirely. Top 32 is, well...still Top 32, eh?