And by most definitions of fairness, we're right. Having a single or a few persons judge the humor of hundreds or thousands of submissions is just a hair better than spinning them in a barrel and picking the three that feel good in their fingers. That's why an application developer who also likes to submit captions devised a better way for those that want more than two weeks of misplaced hope. The cartoon caption contest at http://humorq.com works like this - Members are forced to vote from five captions for the three previous day contests before they can submit their own entries for today's contest. Overnight, the database goes to work scoring each caption and generating each member's humorq. A member's humorq is calculated by both how often their captions are selected, and how well they do at selecting the most popular of the five choices they had voted for. HumorQ.com host Bob DiPasquale says "We're using a selection method called crowdsifting to leverage a bunch of opinions about what's funny. Not only does every caption get a score, but every member maintains a number between 1 and 200 that lets them know how funny they are. I actually brought this idea to the New Yorker more than two years ago and while they agreed it seemed fair, they preferred their own method. Sometimes you just have to do things yourself".
We agree it feels good to have your name pulled out of a basket but we're using 21st century technology to host a better caption contest. If you want to know truly if you have caption talent compared to the masses sign up for free membership at http://humorq.com and give it a try.
HumorQ.com is currently non-commercial and pre-funded with a membership base approaching 300 members. DiPasquale is hoping to grow his membership into the thousands while searching for equity partners in time for a SXSW launch in 2012.
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A website that uses caption contests and a process called crowdsifting to put a number on how funny people are.