I have also been wondering how the complex score is figured. There's obviously a "quantity" component independent of quality or "No. 2" wouldn't be ranked so highly. I've been trying to enter most contests with what I hope are quality entries---partly because I want to win---but more because I want to prevent schlock, no-effort, cut-and-paste entries from winning. I think it's really bad for this site every time a lame entry from "No. 2" takes the top spot.
More participation and improved quality are what is needed at PSN if it's going to stay viable. Let's up the quality so those without talent simply cannot compete (and win) here. And I agree that the Complex Score algorithm needs to change to reward quality more highly than quantity.
I'd also like to see the commentary become more balanced. It seems like many people here---including "No. 2" use comments only to point out negatives---often with the objective of lowering scores of the decent entries, thus increasing the chances for their own. Personally, I'm going to try to point out positives along with constructive criticisms and hope people will do the same when evaluating my entries. There's a negativity around here that needs to go.
I've also noticed that average scores have trended downward. Early on, scores in the 70's and even 80's were relatively normal. Nowadays, the winning entries are almost always in the 50's. I haven't been here that long, so I've tried to vote in line with everyone else. But I'm going to try to start using more of the 1-100 scale when voting. That means both low voting on crap entries and higher voting on the good ones.
In closing, I'd like to point out the irony that the term "No. 2" is also a common description for a certain form of excrement.
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