With all the talk of now being able to see more data and more of the tables scores, and how this may help balance the judges better, no one has mentioned the 800 pound gorilla in the room---the judges will most likely never see any of the score sheets. How will this help any judge to realize they are too harsh or too generous unless KCBS taps them on the shoulder 5 contests down the line and say "Your scores do not fit the mean average of the other judges"?
There are a lot of great judges out there, and there are a few total dooshbags, most of my contests judged are in Kansas, and I know a couple of judges that I prefer to not sit at the same table with them. Now expand that couple of judges nationwide and there really are quite a few that are not that great. Someone once told me to remember that even though medical doctors are mostly very well respected, half of them graduated in the bottom 50% of their class.
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