What's te post count before someone who isn't new can speak then?
Scott, you were the first to respond to the thread with "Oh god no. Not this one."
Regrettably, I have spent the better part of my afternoon searching the term "judge" on the forums, and the closest item of relevance I found was this thread
, which is a forwarded letter from a judge who was treated harshly in St. Louis in 2004, and even this judge recommended preselected judges:" "... if you expect everyone at every event to judge the same, then don't pick judges randomly. I would suggest using judges who have experience and know exactly how the whole event, not just one venue, will be scored."
With respect to the (ir)relevance of judges in the slam movement, NPS has evolved into something teams of poets train for year-round...
... still, I'm glad we have the ear of Mr. Mlekoday, member of the championship team (congratulations). I agree in spirit when he says this proposal "... isn't slam," but I disagree that there is one interpretation of slam. For example, when the group piece "No One Knows" debuted circa 2000, it rippled through the community long enough to have an impact on me when I got into slam five years later; now, the poem would be dismissed as do-wopping, gimmicky crap by many (myself not included). Still, it might've been considered brilliant at the time because it was among the first times anything like that was done at NPS.
We are constantly exploring the limits of poetry, and that does involve tweaking the show in many ways (like bringing back repeats) to make slam's appeal more broad - not just in the host city, but in the realm of poetry, performance, art and entertainment. The intention of this idea is to legitimize the event (NPS) and perhaps draw more people to the competition AND the festival and the movement. When the tide comes into the bay, all the boats come up.
It's tough to be passionate about driving a discussion and not sound like I'm evangelizing this proposal. I'll be honest and admit the likelihood of this passing in the next five years is about the same as me making finals stage, but I encourage everyone to think about it, consider the competition and everything we put into it. Wouldn't you hate to spend three months to several years preparing for NPS and then get a crappy score because a judge didn't like your goatee, or that you reminded someone of an annoying co-worker? I know it's part of the random nature, but if the competition matters so much to repeal no-repeat and tweak bout rotation and other such stuff, doesn't it make sense to bring up the level of competition in all facets of NPS?