Feedbag #11: Exemplars vs. Reviews

Hello and welcome to this month’s edition of the Feedbag! Last month, we covered how to sell your local TOs on the value of feedback. This month’s question comes to us from of Portugal: When you perform exceptionally in an event or during your everyday judge activities, you may get an exemplar. The reviews meant to praise your work may have become rarer in a post-Exemplar world. I do not have the data for the entire judge program, this is just an assumption based on my experience and my country's

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Feedbag #10: TOtal Recall

Hello and welcome to this month’s edition of the Feedbag! Last time, we covered providing feedback to a judge while playing in their event. This month’s prompt comes straight to us from the comments section of last month’s article, courtesy of : I am of the opinion that feedback should also be solicited from the TOs perspective. In my area, TOs don’t normally send feedback via Judge Center or Apps. Feedback (if any) is usually given verbally. I find that writing down feedback facilitates

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Feedbag #9: The Other Side

Hello and welcome to this month’s edition of the Feedbag! Last time, we covered how to best approach providing feedback to your staff members. This month, we’ll be flipping things! (No, not !) I recently head judged an event where a couple of players who happened to be judges took the time to speak with me about rulings they observed me make. That feedback was really helpful, serendipitously leading to a great Feedbag question: Should I provide feedback as a player? If so, how should I approach

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Feedbag #8: Top Down

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Feedbag! Last month, we discussed how to encourage judges on your team to review each other. This time, we’ll look at managing teams from another angle, with our question coming courtesy of : I recently was Head Judge of a large event that had teams of judges. One of my goals of the event was to be able to provide a useful review to each team lead as well as several staff, but as the event began and issues began to manifest, I found myself pulled

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Feedbag #7: Leading a Horse to Water

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Feedbag! Last time, we covered the subject of review drafts. This month, our question is about how to help enable feedback when you’re in a leadership role: I’m team leading at an upcoming event, and I’d like to encourage my team to review each other. Do you recommend any strategies or approaches that have worked well in facilitating review exchanges and/or making sure that the reviews are actually written after the event? This question is actually

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Feedbag #6: Feeling a Bit Drafty

Hello and welcome to the sixth edition of the Feedbag! Last time, we covered the best approach for writing a tournament report about a tournament that had some tournament organizer trouble. This month, our topic will be drafts! No, not the kind that incinerate all your tickets on Magic Online! The kind that you write to share with your subject before submitting a review in Judge Center. I’ve seen this topic come up over the summer in discussions here and here, as well as in conversations

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Feedbag #5: TO Trouble

Hello and welcome to the fifth installment of the Feedbag! Last time, we covered how to have a conversation with someone who has provided feedback you disagree with. Our question for this month comes to us from “PO’d by TO”:   I'd like to write a tournament report, but my experience with the TO was largely negative. The event was poorly planned and managed. What should I do? To begin with, I’ll focus on the tournament report aspect. If the tournament organizer creates negative

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Feedbag #4: Disagreeing Agreeably

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Feedbag! Last time, we covered how best to handle delivering critical feedback to a judge who was acutely aware they hadn’t been performing to expectations. Our question for this month comes to us from Flummoxed-by-Feedback Judge: I recently received some critical feedback that I simply disagree with. I don't think the judge who reviewed me accurately perceived the situation. How do I defend my actions without seeming arrogant or overly defensive? When

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