The January cS Award and The December cS Award Winner Mike | January 4th, 2012

Last summer, we announced that we would issue a monthly cS Award to honor quality work by designers and writers in the crowdSPRING community.

January cS Award

The cS awards are designed to celebrate the incredibly talented designers and writers in the crowdSPRING community and to encourage high quality work as well as community-oriented behavior. The most successful Creatives on the site are those who understand how to listen closely to a Buyer, how to read and interpret a project brief, and how to respond to a Buyer’s feedback with appropriate and creative revisions to their entries.

Typically these Creatives are rewarded with high scores from Buyers, so this month we want to focus on the Creatives who submit the greatest number of high-scoring entries. So for the January cS Award, we will award $1,000 to the Creative who receives the greatest number of 4 and 5-star ratings on their submissions! All crowdSPRING writers and designers will be eligible for this award, but you must compete in at least 5 projects and submit at least 10 entries during the month of January.

Good luck everyone  - we look forward to seeing your January entries receive tons of praise!

 

And now…. the December cS Award Winner….

We are thrilled to announce that the December $1,000 cS award will go to colewitte!

colewitte is a new member of the community and joined crowdSPRING just this past fall.Since then, he’s submitted work to 23 projects and already has his first win! colewitte is a wonderful professional,and we are proud to have him in our community.

Thanks to everyone who participated in December, and congratulations to colewitte on winning the cS Award!

 

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  • Guest

    I wonder, what has this particular award been given out for? What’s the achievement that’s been awarded? Number of failed attempts to win a contest? This is ridiculous.

  • fsystemdesign

    Good for him, let’s try to have a little decency and respect for others. Also it is a great thing what cs did. Keep up the good work.

    Fsystemdesign(new member on CS too)

  • Guest

    I agree. I don`t understand the matter of award.

  • http://twitter.com/rosskimbarovsky Ross Kimbarovsky

    As we wrote in our post announcing the December award a month ago:

    “the award will go to the Creative who joined the site in 2011, and
    receives the highest average buyer score for the month. To be eligible,
    you must compete in at least 5 projects and submit at least 10 entries
    for the month.”

  • http://twitter.com/rosskimbarovsky Ross Kimbarovsky

    As we wrote in our post announcing the December award a month ago:

    “the award will go to the Creative who joined the site in 2011, and
    receives the highest average buyer score for the month. To be eligible,
    you must compete in at least 5 projects and submit at least 10 entries
    for the month.”

  • http://twitter.com/rosskimbarovsky Ross Kimbarovsky

    As we wrote in our post
    announcing the December award a month ago:

    “the award will go to the Creative who joined the site in 2011, and
    receives the highest average buyer score for the month. To be eligible,
    you must compete in at least 5 projects and submit at least 10 entries
    for the month.”

  • http://twitter.com/rosskimbarovsky Ross Kimbarovsky

    As we wrote in our post
    announcing the December award a month ago:

    “the award will go to the Creative who joined the site in 2011, and
    receives the highest average buyer score for the month. To be eligible,
    you must compete in at least 5 projects and submit at least 10 entries
    for the month.”

  • http://www.webthread.com.au/ Nookster

    It’s not rocket science… did you read the post?

  • Ispljuni

    14 projects and two wins. Where is my reward?

  • http://www.fazteck.co.uk/ Ink toners

    Congrats to winners. thanks for sharing this contest with me however i am very busy these days otherwise i will participate in this competition.

  • Anonymous

    @fsystemdesign thanks much for saying so and welcome to crowdSPRING! We celebrate a different Creative every month with the cS awards and are proud of all of the winners!

  • Guest

    Why are you guys complaining? do you work, earn your money and don’t cry about awards you didn’t deserve.

  • Greco Creations

    Ross, 

    I understand the challenge you face in trying to fairly and effectively disburse these awards.  I think the issue some creatives have is that the criteria used to select winners do not seem to reward hard work or talent…the two most common ways to measure individual merit.  

    For example, “hard work” could be measured based on the average number of projects submitted to [or total entries submitted] per month, averaged over the period since joining.  Talent is obviously much harder to gauge.  But again, maybe you could simply compare the average rating [0-5 stars] per entry during a particular month, or since joining.  

    Of course there are many valid reasons to issue awards, but I do agree that the criteria for December’s award was not well thought out.  Basically, whoever wins 1 award and receives a 100 rating gets the cash…that’s not exactly a very telling statistic.

    While CS is not a democracy, I feel most creatives might just prefer that you give any proceeds from defunkt/refunded projects to one of the creatives who actually worked on it…based on some relatively objective criterion.

    Having said ALL that, I personally plan to keep doing what I’ve been doing since I joined…my best possible work, combined with some patience and finger-crossing.

    Talent, hard work, and good luck to us all.

  • http://twitter.com/rosskimbarovsky Ross Kimbarovsky

    Good points – appreciate you taking the time to write. The challenge with measuring “work” based on projects or entries (total numbers) is that we encourage the wrong type of behavior. Simply encouraging people to participate doesn’t help them or our community. We focus on factors that would incentivize good participation. For example, we look at the average SCORED entries so that people are incentivized to do their best. We want to reward quality – always – not just quantity. 

    The criteria for December…didn’t require any wins. It required participation in a minimum of five projects and at least 10 entries. We’re mindful that setting the criteria too loosely will lead to confusion – and making it too easy won’t incentivize the right behavior. And of course, there will be months when the criteria is better/stronger than other months.
    It’s an evolving process and we’re learning every month – and hopefully, improving every month…

  • Greco Creations

    Thanks for the added info Ross.  My redirect:

    1 – I agree completely in rewarding quality over quantity.  That said, I have noticed that buyers are quite varied in their approach and diligence regarding scoring entries…so even that criteria is far from foolproof.  So, as you said, I guess we’ll have to hope that it will improve.  Alternately, you could simply return to issuing applicable proceeds directly to the participant with the highest average rating from each defunct/refunded project…at least that approach has a logical consistency that would surely be more popular amongst most of us.

    2 – does the criterion of receiving “the highest average buyer score for the month” refer to the individual star-ratings for each entry, or the rating given to creatives during the wrap-up of awarded projects?…I assumed you meant the latter, which would require a win would it not?

    I look forward to wrapping up this point…and now, I’m off to work on some current projects.

    Take care,

    Rob

  • http://twitter.com/rosskimbarovsky Ross Kimbarovsky

    Rob,

    Yes, buyers do have varied scoring criteria – but over a period of 30 days with at least 10 entries, the variance becomes less important. 

    As for “highest average” – it was for entries, not the wrapup rating. No wins were required for the cS award that month – we were focused only on the quality of the work (scores) as opposed to the rating one would get in a project wrapup.

  • Greco Creations

    Thanks for clarifying Ross.

    Minor stuff aside, you guys have created a terrific platform, and I’m quite happy to be a part of it…Period.

  • http://twitter.com/rosskimbarovsky Ross Kimbarovsky

    So glad to hear – and very happy you’ve taken the time to share your thoughts and ask questions in the blog.

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