Well, my apologies for not choosing the best of the best as some expected, and I apologize for going a slightly different path by trying to encourage and inspire people who are "not as good" to keep practicing and keep doing their best, as well as being told many times that "you're the host, it's your choice," without receiving any guidelines or answers, after asking multiple times.
I also apologize to those "less skilled" who may feel they are indirectly reprimanded, I don't think that is anyone's intention. But we can't make everyone happy. And Kokeshicat is correct, not everyone is under the same level of skill even with the same amount of dedication and practice put into this creative hobby.
Kokeshicat is also correct about the "impact to the viewer, a story to tell and uniqueness," I've spent the last 2 weeks looking at each work of art and thinking about how it affects me and personality put in that I felt were unique, and I've summarized it for each winner, while waiting for a response/opinion. I was originally under the impression that the Oda would do the (main, for a lack of a better term) judging since he's the one who handles the screenloaders, so he has the final word, because that's what I kept saying and no one cared to correct me.
When people came to me about the controversies and negative things, I felt pressured by all sides. So I felt like I didn't have anyone to go to for help anymore after being left in the dark almost all month, or feeling pressured by people; even if there were other people who may have been willing to help. But I still felt like no one wanted to help me at that point already.
So I broke down under pressure and just jumped in blindly, trying to refer using the old contests since I got no clear answers all month. Not wanting to disappoint anyone, trying to come up with winners while considering these things and more, and making other adjustments to the contest via people talking/asking me to do so. Even though we can't make everyone happy, but I tried. I'm not blaming anyone. I was looking forward to doing this for a few months once I had time. I know this isn't a good response, but it's still an honest one.
Edited by Akreis, 02 February 2016 - 12:24 AM.