Originally Posted by boogiesnap
understood, but that is sorting by person. using historical data the reps would be sorting by numbers.
quite different IMHO.
doesn't really make a difference though probably because there is always the human factor. however, if you balance the tables by the numbers, it is possible, over time, every entry in every category, from every table COULD start getting the exact same totals.
It would be quite different if they sorted by age, eye color or their birth month. However, the sorting by person is done under the premise that their experience determines how they score. Individuals' scoring trends are still there in the sorting even though the numbers are not necessarily known. On the other hand, I know Reps who have a good idea who the black sheep are when they regularly attend contests, and more than a couple of organizers who blacklist judges who consistently score above or below the rest of the table. So perhaps more than a little is known, but probably not consistent.
I do believe there is a correlation between scoring and experience, and am thankful for the reps who go to great lengths to ensure tables are sorted thoroughly based on this variable. Hopefully, as data is collected from the new scoring system, light will be shed on the nature of the correlation, and yield more information that may help refine the table sorting process. In the end we all want the best food, and not luck to win the day.