In Regards to Deadlines:
This is something I should have covered earlier, but I had not anticipated that we'd be short on submissions this suddenly, and thus coming to a decision on what to do with these delays came a bit tricky for me, mainly because I know these delays does nothing but loses community trust and confidence in this contest as a whole. But also I feel it's important for the contest to have integrity and not settle for less than adequate submissions to push it ahead. Also, aggressive and persistent bumping is not only annoying, but communicates that we are desperate for submissions which will also cause the forum to lose confidence and trust in this contest, so we don't be doing that either.
The reality of the situation is with these contests, we do have to face it that mainly only Screenshot of the Week gets the kind of activity today that the forum usually expects and anticipates and that EotM is often a difficult contest to prepare for. My point is that we've grown to expect other contests to have the same level of hype and standards of SotW. I could see this as a very discouraging prospect for many people when other contests such as this one performs not as well.
Therefore, I'm developing a plan to deal with submission droughts and delays based on the following things to consider (It's marked as hidden since many people wants to skip the details and get straight to the point):
How we are approaching EotM that's gone past deadline:
So now that I've gone through the details, I figure it's best now to just get to the point. The contest from this date on will not go ahead until we have at least 3 submissions. This is what I feel what will make a fair amount for a healthy EotM. Once a deadline has past and we do not have enough submissions. The deadline will be delayed for a few days. If even after a few days that we still do not have enough submissions, the contest will continue to be delayed with reminders of how past due the contest is. As time continues, delay dates and reminders will be extended from weeks ahead to even longer. But reminders will always include how many days the contest has been delayed due to lack of submissions to remind people that it's still a living contest.
Fans of EotM will continue to be reminded that even though there are no obligations to submit an enemy, it is the only way to move the contest forward without sacrificing the integrity of the competition. Therefore the pace at which those reminders will continue will be as frequent or infrequent as necessary.
Thanks for understanding.