Open letter for discussion:
I just noticed some changes made on the Awards wiki page that directly affects how Crescents are awarded for DB competitions. Everyone, you can check out the changes here: https://wiki.darkjedibrotherhood.com/view/Awards If you’ll note the “Upgrades at” column, you’ll see the numbers have been changed from a standard 10 participants, based on the level of Crescents involved.
Now, I have some serious concerns as to these changes.
I’d like to ask the MAA Staff, and whoever approved such changes, why they felt it was necessary to make it more difficult to earn/award already impossibly hard to get Crescents?
Even at a quick glance of past DB-wide, DC-run competitions, the average participation numbers are waaaaaaay below the amounts set in these changes. Maybe one DB-wide competition in fifty gets over ten participants, and that’s generally when there is little effort involved, meaning they’ll be lower tier to begin with.
Diamond and Ruby Crescents are already two of the least awarded medals in the DB. In 12 years (since Crescents became a thing) there have only been 370ish Diamond Crescents awarded. For comparison, there are almost three times as many Gold Novae awarded) I’d like to know the rationalization behind making these even harder to obtain. For a club that, I’m sorry, is struggling with increasing member activity and participation, why are we lowering the rewards rather than raising them?