Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Nan, Nan, Nan....well, you go right ahead and draw it up in such a way everyone will be happy and there will be no hard feelings expressed. LOL! Be sure to do it in such a way no one will feel they aren't recognized because they are not in a "clique". After all, all of our members conduct themselves in a calm, cool, rational manner (forget the screams of "Why am I not getting more responses!?!?!" or "My poems disappear too fast!!!!! or "I'm leaving. Nobody appreciates me here!!!") Do it without making it look like a competition and we will have you on the next plane to the Middle East to solve their issues.
Kevin, the idea was good, really. It's just that, once it gets started, adjustments come into play. If the rule were "The best poems get recognized....period", that would be a good start. But what happens? As you stated in a later reply "perhaps there should be a limit to the number of times one can be nominated". Well, there's a change. What does that have to do with the best poetry? Now it's the best poetry from those who haven't been nominated too many times. There would be other adjustments and other changes and the final product would have little to do with "the best poetry....period".
Believe me, I've been there. My poetry group here funded and gave out prizes to high-school students for their poetic abilities in an effort to encourage poetry in the schools and draw new writers into the field. What happened? The poems came in and were graded. The best were set aside into a special pile for further review. One poem was selected as the grand prize winner. A poem was selected as the second prize winner....but wait! The first and second place winners were from the same school! That wouldn't work. The prizes needed to be spread out among different schools to insure their future participation. So what happened? Did the second-best poem get second-best? No...and who wants to be the person to tell the author that he didn't win because the first-place winner was from his school? Was that fair to him? No. So it wasn't the top five poems winning the top five prizes. It was the manipulation of the top poems in a way to keep the most people happy.....except of course for the authors of the poems that should have received higher recognition.
Competitions, judgings, gradings, and rule-manipulations are cans of worms. Again, I applaud the idea but I'll have to stick to the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" theory here.