Better Than New Yorkers Caption Contest

People tired of their captions not being selected as finalists in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contests should know there's an alternative at that gives equal consideration and feedback for every caption.
Sept. 6, 2011 - PRLog -- Many of us have grabbed our keyboards and stared with great intent at the latest cartoon caption contest offered up by the New Yorker magazine and their creative freelance illustrators.  We disregard the first and second captions that come to our mind and we think of that perfect clever quote that we feel certain should be dubbed humor genius, and so we type it in with rooster like confidence.  We wait sometimes up to two weeks only to return and see that three captions that weren't ours were selected as finalists.  And while those three may have been mildly funny, they are far from the caliber of humor that we offered up with our caption. It's not fair.

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 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. 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 and give it a try. 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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