#TFC12 is ready to kick off at last! Today’s expert judging panel consists of:
The panel’s judgment will count for 50% of the vote, with each judge representing one-fifth of that total. So if it is a 3-2 decision, for example, the victor will will receive 60% of the total points for the adjudicated portion of the contest. This shows the need for YOUR vote: in a close match, the popular vote may overrule a split judging panel.
This expert panel will be judging – and you will be voting on – the eight contests in the lower left ‘region’ of the TFC brackets, where @abuaardvark is the one seed. Judges and voters alike are encouraged to look at metrics such as: knowledge base; quality of argumentation; innovative thinking; humor, snark, facility with quips, and charisma; and responsiveness to followers. We are looking to crown the best overall natsec tweeter, so contestants’ full bodies of work on Twitter are fair game, but any work outside of Twitter should not be considered. Everyone is encouraged to make their decisions in their own way, and some of our judges have been kind enough to offer helpful advice or in some cases to outline exactly what they are looking for.
Today’s polls are open until midnight EDT, and we will post the full results tomorrow morning at 9am, along with the next round of polls. If you want to follow all of the TwitterFightClub action, we are using the new hashtag #tfc12, there is a full contestant list here, and Blogs of War has given TFC the full threat-stream treatment.
Don’t forget there is still time to submit your bracket for inclusion in the pool! Just get it in to firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday’s results post!