A while back we added medals for the bi-weekly contests. Now, I'm announcing a few additional improvements to our bi-weekly contests and how they are run. There may be some overlap as current contests are completed first, but over the next few weeks the bi-weekly contests should be running smoother. Privacy and Restricted Access Recently, there was some concern over the fact that bi-weekly contest entries are public. This caused us to add a private submissions forum for the flash fiction contest, but rather than continue to implement this approach for all the forums, we improved the software's privacy functionality. You can now choose to make your submissions members-only, even within individual threads. This puts you in control of your submission's privacy and allows you to enter bi-weekly contests without worrying about the public's direct access. All you have to do is select a checkbox to anonymize your post when you’re submitting a thread. Automated Anonymization of Entries Until now, the contests have been run by messaging the contest admins the entries, which were then posted in a thread by the contest admin. This is done to ensure fairness during the public voting. After the contest, a winner was announced. It is now much simpler. You can now reply to contest submissions thread with your entry, rather than submitting via PM. It will automatically be anonymized. Once the contest poll expires, it'll automatically be de-anonymized, leaving each contest entry properly assigned to it's author, as it should be. This new functionality makes it much easier for the contest admins and also has the added benefit of having contestant’s entries in a post under their own name, rather than just posted by the admin. Progress Journal Privacy The progress journals now have added privacy options. You can lock a thread to prevent replies, make your log hidden from guests, or make it visible only by you and the forum staff.