The Best of the Worst Tournament (a working title obviously) is a proposed writing competition held by Uncyclopedia. The event's purpose would be to introduce a new format, a single-elimination tournament, among Uncyclopedia's established contests. The first of these events would take place over a three-week period, depending on the size of the tournament, sometime during the next year or so.
Ideas for such events could include:
A "standard" 8-person or 16-person open invitational tournament. Ideally, this could be open to writers from any humor website or foreign-lanuage Uncyclopedias.
A 12-person tournament for NOTM or WOTM winners. This would be held annually after the last NOTM/WOTM was chosen for the year.
A 6-person tournament for former WOTY winners. The second final round would have three participants instead of the normal two or postpone until 2012.
An 8-team tournament featuring collaborative writing groups (e.g. UN:IC, Upsilon Sigma Sigma, etc.) represented by a limited number of its members. Any random group of editors could also participate as a team.
A tournament to create Oscar Wilde-related only articles (e.g. "The Oscar Wilde Society proudly presents...") or based on another Uncyclopedia theme. Could also be used to create missing entries for incomplete article series such as Disney or Bloodbath.
A two-block tournament of editors from Europe and North America. The winners of each face each other in a final match. If played in teams, it could be styled along the lines of an "Uncyclopedia World Series" or World Cup.
An annual writing event, patterned similarly to The Rumble in the Jungle or WrestleMania, which could run from a single day to a week. Editors, either single or in teams, would compete against each other in a series of special challenges. These could be announced weeks beforehand by the organizers or, perhaps by a forum vote, at the start of the event. Suggestions for prior writing contests (e.g. Lollipop's "Survivor"-style competition) could be incorporated into this event. See here for further examples.
Who can enter and what are the rules?
In theory, a tournament would operate much like any other contest on Uncyclopedia. All registered editors, with exception to judges, would be eligible to enter open invitational and non-specific tournaments. Others, however, may be restricted to particular editors. A tournament for NOTM or WOTM would logically allow only those who had won the award during that year.
The rules are the same for both types of tournaments. Submitted articles can be of any topic or namespace. Editors would have one week to submit an article, either in mainspace or their userpage, to a panel of judges or a special VFD page (similar to Dr. Skullthumper's Hourly Writing Contest) where regular editors choose the winning article.
Note: There would be three judges per block. In an 8-person tournament, this would mean each group of judges review a total of six articles (three matches). Judges would have approximately 24-hours to judge each week's entries (if it becomes too much a workload maybe judging could take place in a special VFD?). The final match could be judged by all six judges (a combination of both?), a new set of judges or allow regular editors for vote (see above).
When is the Best of the Worst Tournament going to be held?
Since this is just a working idea at the moment, there are no plan to start a tournament any time soon. Hopefully such a tournament could be run sometime this year. It could be possible to hold an experimental 4-person tournament in the next month or so to see how it works (providing there are no other events scheduled).
First week of competition, opening rounds; entries will be locked and judged at the end of the week.
Second week of competition, semi-finals; entries will be locked and judged at the end of the week.
Third week of competition, final match; winners will be announced and articles will be moved into the mainspace.
Open challenge to face the original POTY. Played similar to War, participants will have one chance to submit an original photo against RadicalX. Contest will go on until RadicalX submits or there are no more challengers...