A couple of weeks ago we announced the launch of our new submission form. We mentioned that this was the first step in revising what we now see as a three step submission process: choosing a record to attempt, uploading the evidence, and finally, a community review of that evidence in order to determine the validity.
In the past, when someone submitted a record attempt we would show a simple confirmation screen (“Nice One!”) and then we wouldn’t display anything publicly until the attempt had been reviewed by the RecordSetter Council. After listening to feedback from a few of you, we understood that there was an anti-climatic feeling upon hitting the submit button, since you couldn’t see your attempt in any form. We also understood that the process lacked transparency, since it was not always clear what happened next. Lastly, we wanted to encourage the community to be involved in the process, weighing in on issues such as whether an attempt violates a rule, has improper evidence, or simply doesn’t beat the existing record.
Our solution was to create an ‘Under Review’ page for every record attempt. This page replaces the previous confirmation screen and makes your record attempt immediately available for you to review and share.
We wanted to keep our first version pretty simple. For that reason, we limited the functionality to some core features that will allow the entire community to have a voice in determining whether an attempt should be a world record. We display the evidence (video or image), the amount (“value”) and unit (e.g. “inches”) that the person who submitted claims to have achieved. We also allow any user to comment or share the attempt. The idea is that the community can comment on the pending attempt while it is still under consideration by the RecordSetter Council. For the first time, the RecordSetter community has a role in determining the fate of an attempt before it goes public as a world record.
Down the line we envision features that will allow users to edit their own attempt after it has been submitted, and for others in the community not only to comment and generate a dialogue with the person that submitted, but also to vote on whether an attempt should be approved.
The best way to check out an Under Review page is to set a world record. So, give it a try. If you need an idea, check out our challenges page. And, on that note, we hope to roll out a new feature to assist with choose a record in the coming weeks.
Let us know your feedback, thoughts, and ideas on the under review page in our forums.