I’m glad you’re open to feedback.
I think it is too late to fix the challenge that has already been completed, but here’s what I would have liked to see done differently and perhaps can help in the future:
First of all, time frames should have been specified and stuck to clearly in the contest announcement. Any changes made to time frames if necessary should have been made clearly as well, and included details about how long the voting period would last and when the winners would be announced.
Secondly, I understand your forum software does not allow poll-style questions with embedded videos, but you should have still made a poll with at least all the options listed and the names of the videos or their creators/submitters. As it was done, I had already clicked like on quite a few videos before the voting even began, and therefore was inadvertently voting for all sorts of videos, and was unable to rescind my vote (but i wouldn’t have wanted to take away the Like anyway because I was trying to encourage the people who had submitted.) The way it was done, people were more likely to click like on posts near the top of the thread because the thread was long and rambling with extra comments besides the videos themselves, and someone would have to have been quite dedicated to go through the whole thing and look for each video post. Also, some videos had two separate links so it was unclear which one to click Like on, or which one would be counted. Because the thread was closed, once the submission period ended, no one could receive direct feedback from other members about the videos they had just posted. It would have been nice to be able to respond by hitting reply on a few of them and tell people what we liked.
Thirdly, the announcement closing the contest with the results should have either been amended to the same original post or pinned as a new post. People who had participated in the original thread weren’t “subscribed” to receive a notification about this new Results thread, so the only way someone knows about it is if they monitor the whole forum regularly like I do, or were deliberately coming back to look for it (which was complicated due to the lack of a time frame.)
I appreciate the idea of a montage video but I think it should have been all or nothing or maybe winners only. Somehow a clip from my video got included, but my video was pretty plain and boring compared to my friend @pat_loonytoon’s video which wasn’t featured at all, and I don’t think I saw Nick the puppet guy in there either, if I recall correctly. I might be wrong about that. Some people took quite a bit of time and creativity so leaving out a few while including most just seems like a little bit of a jab against them, even though it probably wasn’t intended that way.
Those are the main concerns I saw. I love the idea of multi-media/social challenges and look forward to participating in the future. I hope things can improve.