Utilising the Judging fast start

The Judging fast start is a new, powerful tool that allows you to simplify the initial setup of your program's judging by breaking into a few easy steps:

To get started with the Judging fast start, open the Manage workspace, navigate to Judging > Manage, and click Judging fast start


The first step of the Judging fast start is to select which judging mode you'd like to use. The options available to you are: Qualifying, Top pick, VIP judging, Voting, and Gallery. To learn more about these judging modes and how they work, see our guide: Understanding judging modes.


Once the judging mode has been selected, you'll be prompted to provide a name for your judging stage. This naming convention will apply to the panels, score sets, and rounds that are configured during this process. 


You can rename your judging panels, score sets, and rounds at any time via Judging > Settings in the Manage workspace by clicking on your desired option in the navigation.  


If you've opted for VIP judging, your next step is creating your scoring criteria. These are the numerical scoring devices that your judges will use to evaluate the entries they will be assigned. You can learn more about scoring criteria here: Scoring criteria.

When using the Judging fast start, you can configure the label, maximum score, and minimum score directly from the view provided. If you'd like to set a custom increment and/or weight, click the Advanced link as shown below. 


Multiple scoring criteria can be created from this view. To adjust an existing criteria, click on its label. Further customisation of the scoring criteria, such as aligning it to a specific field, editing the control, or adding hint/help text for your judges, can be done via Judging > Settings > Scoring criteria

Note: you can apply a weight of 0 only if the score set calculation is set to 'Mean'.


Selecting the entries that are to be evaluated using your created score set and scoring criteria is as easy as clicking your desired checkboxes. Simply select the categories, chapters, and/or tags that you'd like to be evaluated. For more information on how tagging can be used to configure your judging stage, check out these guides: Using tags in your judging configuration and Tags in Panels: Any, All, or None.


When choosing which judges should be included in your judging stage, you have three options: 

  • Any users with a role
    This allows you to blanket assign all users with a specific role or roles to your judging. 
  • Invited judges
    Using the provided advanced search, filter to a role and then select only your desired users to participate in the judging. 
  • Adding judges
    You can invite new judges to the platform by listing their email addresses in the provided field. 

From this page you can also select the Add myself to the panel checkbox. This allows you to test your judging configuration

Tip: you can use the Invited judges option to choose judges who have already been added to the platform in addition to inviting new judges.

For addition resources and information on adding judges to your program, see our guide: Adding judges.


Select which judging round this configuration should occur within. If no judging round has been configured or you'd like to set up a new round, simply click New judging round


You can learn more about judging rounds here: Round configuration.

Once you've finalized your setup, click Finish to save. When the setup has been completed, click the Manage judging button to navigate to your judging dashboard. 



  • You can move between your completed steps of the Judging fast start by clicking their titles in the progress map prior to clicking Finish
  • By default, the name applied to your judging stage's score set will be the judging mode you've selected, i.e. VIP judging 1, or Qualifying 2. To update this or any other step of the judging process configured using the fast start go to Judging > Settings and choose the proper area.  
  • If the Any users with a role option is selected in the 'Judges' step of the fast start, the platform will apply the required judging permissions to the selected roles if they don't already exist. 
    Note: this does not apply to the guest role.

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