In order to make sure all contest judges and hosts know what they are doing, you must now pass the Judge Exam to be allowed to judge or host a contest. It's an easy test. Quite simply, you judge the following cards in a mock contest (say whether they are broken or badly designed, and make a decision on which card is better), and give the reasoning behind your verdict in a PM to .Saber. Including a rubric is optional, but using a rubric does not mean you opt out of having to give actual written reasoning. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to ask below.
The practicalities of this will be fairly simple. Every 6 weeks, 2 new cards will be posted for exam entrants to judge based on card design. If you pass this test, you will be eligible to judge until the next 2 cards are posted. Then, everyone who passed previous exams will have to pass this exam as well to renew their judging eligibility. However, anyone who passes the exam 3 times will not have to retake the exam a fourth time and will be listed under "permanent judges". This will save time for those who have proved they are competent enough to judge contests on multiple occasions. I will keep a tally of how many times each member has passed the exam next to their username, as well as whether their time as a judge has expired or not. Also, its not totally useless to take the exam when its about to change to new cards, since it will add to your tally.
If any accepted judge expires in the middle of hosting/judging a contest, they will have to pass this exam again before they are allowed to judge and score the cards in the contest they are hosting/judging. However, if said host/judge doesn't pass the new exam within 2 weeks of it being posted, then the contest will have to be locked and aborted (refunds will be given by the host and if not a mod).
Card Requirement: Make a Level 6 WATER Monster.
Next Exam: 10/14/2014
Remember that you must talk about Card Design when judging these cards. Read the Guide to Making Cards in the RC section for help on Card Design.
Effective 10/4/2014, .Saber has resigned from CC duties and will no longer be administering this exam.
DO NOT send your exams to him.