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So our third Poo Lit Surprise competition has ended with nary a hitch. In my opinion the PLS has been a big success with essentially no drawbacks (especially now that Wikia is providing the money...or at least has for the last two contests), but we can always improve. So for the next PLS (which won't be happening for several months at least, mind), what would you like to see? —rc (t) 06:55, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

Serious suggestions

  1. More variety in the writing categories. Best Article, Illustrated Article, Noob Article and Rewrite are all worthy categories, but I'd like to see some more offbeat or creative ones. For example, we could have a theme category - Best Article about a US President, for example, or Best Article on a Country. This could help flesh out a particular area of Uncyc that needs help. Or we could create a pool of ten or fifteen images and make a category in which the writers would have to choose at least three of them and create a coherent article with them. Note that adding more categories may be contingent on getting more award funding, since the four we already have are perfectly good in themselves. —rc (t) 06:55, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    I support this idea, so long as we still have a best rewrite category. That is always useful, as evidenced by all the rewrites being superior to the originals this PLS, yet again.--<<Bradmonogram.png>> 22:22, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    Yeah, Best Rewrite is excellent - it not only adds good content but it also removes mediocre content in one fell swoop. —rc (t) 00:36, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
  2. Option to post submissions anonymously. Making everyone post their articles through a sock or with the help of an admin would be too much trouble (though I considered it for the first PLS), but we should make it clear that it is an option if any of the writers are concerned about judge bias. —rc (t) 06:55, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  3. Keep rotating organizers and judges. This is a good thing, I think, for all involved. Let different people participate in different ways each time, as we've been doing already. —rc (t) 06:55, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  4. Best 'Chopped Article, rather than Best Illustrated Article, to encourage the next gen of 'choppers and their flagrant disregard for leaving found pictures unretouched. --Sir Modusoperandi Boinc! 07:22, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    Seconded I agree with everything Modusoperand just said about things. --Brigadier General Sir Zombiebaron 03:43, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  5. Worst written article. I'm not talking about a blank page or an article that says I pwn you heXXORed NOOBS fuck you blah blah blah' but something that is written bad in a good way. Do I make any sense? ~Jewriken.GIF 10:26, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  6. Keep it a secret until just beforehand- So no-one can start working on their articles before the time-period. I'm not suggesting this was a problem this time round or anything, it just seems like it could be. --Sir Jam 12:43, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  7. This may not be feasible, but... a larger number of judges would mean a fairer, more rounded result. -- Hindleyite Converse 13:22, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    I can't speak for all the judges, but <emoticon for face with tongue sticking out>. Also, I agree. More judges would damp out the votes of the insane and easily bribed. /me babbles incoherently and gazes out window at my brand new Lexus. --Sir Modusoperandi Boinc! 13:31, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  8. Best audio - we need more people getting out there and recording. --14px-Stupcarp_for_sig.png» >UF|TLK|» 14:51, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    Actually, yeah, I like this idea. But would they have to write the article as well? —Braydie 14:53, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    Depends on the article, I guess. Unknownfile's reading of Woodchuck definitely deserved a prize of some kind, despite the fact that I wrote most of the article. --Strange (but) Untrue  Whhhy?Whut?How? *Back from the dead* 17:30, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  9. All the "best rewrites" should have "before" and "after" links to show how much they've improved.
  10. More Categories - specifically one for UnNews, UnBooks, HowTo and so on - all the major namespaces. --Composure1 00:45, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
  11. A People's Choice Award - Let expert judges still pick the actual winners, but let everyone also vote on a "people's choice" of best articles, sort of like it's done on VFH. --Composure1 00:45, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
  12. Best Image Just a straight up VFP style image-ho-down. Would be nice, since I can't write for beans. --Brigadier General Sir Zombiebaron 03:42, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

Silly suggestions

  1. $1 million prizes. Just to head that one off at the pass. —rc (t) 06:55, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    You're so silly, Rc. Tompkinssig Smallturtle t o m p k i n s  blah. ﺞوﻦ וףה ՃՄ ண்ஸ ފއހ วอฏม +տ trade websites 06:59, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    I propose this suggestion be immediately adopted and made retroactive to the second PLS contest.--Procopius 15:24, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
  2. Best usage of the word Canada in an article.~Jewriken.GIF 10:29, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    Your fascination with Canada is as absurd as mine with the mideast. I think we may have been switched at birth. --Sir Modusoperandi Boinc! 10:55, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    Then be grateful that it was I that got circumcised.~Jewriken.GIF 11:08, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    One: TMI. Two: Males born before 1975 here, in whatever country it is that I am from, generally got clipped. I was born in '74. --Sir Modusoperandi Boinc! 11:21, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    What does three-mile island have to do with anything? --Sir Jam 12:39, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    TMI = Too Much Information /me says, knowing that you're just messing with me. --Sir Modusoperandi Boinc! 12:50, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
    What's "Information", eh? --Brigadier General Sir Zombiebaron 03:36, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  3. Most incoherent article --General Insineratehymn 11:03, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  4. POOP! -- Tinymooose.gif » Sir Savethemooses Grand Commanding Officer ... holla atcha boy» 11:22, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  5. Start PLS about a week earlier. I wrote four half decent articles and moved them into the mainspace about a week before I heard that PLS was starting. Then when it started, I had ran out of ideas. Godsarnit. Icons-flag-au Sir Cs1987 UOTM. t. c 16:16, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  6. Most gratuitou use of the word "Belgium" in a serious satire article.--Witt, Union leader of Union member UNion Entertain me* 23:39, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  7. Best Benson related article - I just know I would win that one! --Composure1 00:47, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
  8. Could we create an award for "User of the Year who's name begins with 'bra'"? We could do one for both 2006 and 2005. Also, I'd like for the award to grant a new ranking above GUN: BUN. Someone else get to work on this, I'm too lazy busy. Thanks.--<<Bradmonogram.png>> 04:15, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
    I'm afraid User:BrawnyFanta has got you beat. -- Tinymooose.gif » Sir Savethemooses Grand Commanding Officer ... holla atcha boy» 04:52, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
    Nah, we'd have to alter that somehow so The Bard and The Bardiephraser can be included. Icons-flag-au Sir Cs1987 UOTM. t. c 06:01, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
    Oh, and The Bardiephraser2006, but I couldn't help but notice The Bardiephraser2006 isn't an actual user, unlike The Bardiephraser. Icons-flag-au Sir Cs1987 UOTM. t. c 06:15, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
    Damn straight! The Bardiephraser 15px-Quill.gif 06:30, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
    Wait, I'm not? --The Bardiephraser2006 15px-Quill.gif 13:18, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
    Okay, sorry. I just assumed you would want to make your own user page. The Bardiephraser 15px-Quill.gif 14:30, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
    Damn. --The Bardiephraser2006 15px-Quill.gif 15:05, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
  9. There's a hair in my soup. I hope it's mine. --Sir Modusoperandi Boinc! 14:39, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
  10. Rule 5) Nobody else can win except Zombiebaron Electrified mocha chinchilla. --Brigadier General Sir Zombiebaron 03:35, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
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