475 votesSean Dever commented
This is from a recent contest's rules section...
From the top ten (10) Remix entries, as determined by popular vote, the Artist and the Sponsors and their designated appointees will, in their sole discretion, select three (3) Remixes as popular vote winners (“Popular Vote Winners”) based on the following criteria: Originality (0-25 points), Creativity (0-25 points), Concept (0-25 points), and Musicality (0-25 points). The Popular Vote Winners will each receive: one (1) year Pro Status to Indaba Music (ARV $50.00 USD per Pro Status) (“Popular Vote Winners Prize”).
This section shows that the Judges are only listening to the top 10 popular vote remixes.
So, the issue seems pretty clear...
Any early entry will have the advantage. If mixer A submits early after 2 or 3 hours of work (something I've seen posted), and mixer B takes 2 weeks to produce a product that kills it, and submits just before the deadline... Mixer A has a distinct advantage. Mixer B put in time and effort that mixer A did not. Yet the scales tip towards A. Most members have lost interest in listening, commenting, or voting on a song they've been hearing for 3 weeks when someone submits just before the deadline. This needs to change if professional quality is to be endorsed.