Just a quick question about Varsity and their judging procedures at major comps like UCA/UDA:
Is there any chance that social media feedback makes its way to the judges’ table? Like say, if the judges make a very unpopular decision in semis that riles up the masses — and most importantly, the masses kind of have a point — would that affect judging in finals?
I know that the answer should be no; the scores are the scores and that’s that. But we all know Varsity shows favoritism toward certain programs, usually the ones that spend of a lot of money because Varsity is very money-driven. And like any other business, they make money is through customers. So if a bunch of their customers were so upset with a judging decision that they left dozens of comments on the Varsity’s IG page — all of which Varsity took the time to delete, because it sounds like they’re sensitive to this stuff — I think it stands to reason that social media feedback might affect scores from one day to the next if it means appeasing their customer base (assuming the action is justifiable, like if the teams are separated by only a few hundredths of a point anyway).