How do score sets work?

Often programs require more than one stage of judging. Score sets are the first step of configuration and help facilitate multi-stage judging processes.

Think of a score set as a container that, simply put, controls which judging mode is being used and what your judges are able to interact with. This container applies the rules and holds all of the relevant entries, scoring criteria (if applicable), assigned judges, and results. 

Here's an illustration to help conceptualise how score-sets work: 

Visual representation of three judging stages as containers

The above illustration demonstrates three stages of judging. Each stage must have its own score set to differentiate, manage, and control the judging stage. 

Note: even a program with only one judging stage requires a score set.

Multi-stage judging examples

Example 1: different judging modes used to shortlist and complete judging in three stages: 

VIsual representation of three judging stages using different judging modes as containers

In the above example, score-set stage 1 is using the Qualifying mode. Programs yielding high numbers of entries often use this mode to produce a shortlist of high-quality entries. Qualified entries are tagged by the program manager, which sends them through to Stage 2 of judging. 

Stage 2 is using the VIP judging mode to shortlist finalists. VIP judging requires the program manager to set up scoring criteria which judges complete per entry. The result is shown on the leaderboard where once again the program manager tags relevant entries to send them to Stage 3. 

The last stage is also using the VIP judging mode to find the winner(s). To keep the Stage 2 scores from combining with Stage 3 scores, a new score set is required, along with a new set of scoring criteria. Like Stage 2, average scores are displayed on the leaderboard from which a list of winning entries can be determined and tagged as "winner" (optional).

Using the 3-stage model above, the program manager will be able to find shortlisted, finalist and winning entries along with judges' scores and comments.  

Example 2: different judging modes used for different outcomes (can run at the same time): 

Visual representation of different judging modes with different ourcomes as containers

In the example above, the program is running a VIP judging stage and a Voting stage. These two different score set stages can run at the same time, have shared or different judges/voters and the results will be completely separate from each other. 


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