FAQs for Contests

Pre-sourcing, In-sourcing and Post-sourcing indicate the lifecycle stage of sourcing and procurement of any goods or services. These lifecycle stages provide a method to distinguish the type of projects and makes it easier for the Procurement League community members, practitioners and experts to review projects based on their interest, experience and expertise.

For example

Pre-sourcing – This is the stage in procurement before procurement teams go to market with a sourcing request / RFx. The type of work involved and resultant problems here can be related to design of RFxs, supplier due diligence models and templates, pricing models, market data, demand management and market basket models etc. Essentially anything that helps the procurement team put together the sourcing request to go to market with.

In-sourcing – This is the stage in Procurement process when Procurement teams have reached out to market with some sort of a request package. The activities and problem to be made into contests here revolve around – supplier discovery and price discovery. Proposal evaluation models, Contract T&Cs, Value Engineering, Project plan templates, SLAs etc form a good start here to be staged as contests.


Post-sourcing – This is the stage in Procurement process when Procurement teams have completed sourcing which essentially means that they have a finalized supplier, finalized award and T&Cs in place and day to day procurement and payment transactions take place. Multiple projects are created in this stage varying from – compliance checks, reporting and data analysis, supplier value management and relationship models, customer satisfaction and supplier satisfaction measures, user satisfaction check lists etc

When you create your contest (project), you get to decide the award that will inspire procurement practitioners and procurement league community members to solve the problem.

For a small problem, maybe $5,000 will be all it takes to inspire someone to solve it. A complex problem in a specialized sector or area for example research report on CRO providers or creating pricing model for a complex automotive assembly or developing a custom classification schema could be much higher.

Whatever amount you can realistically raise or find your business to sponsor.

The award is only granted when an individual achieves the desired goal or breakthrough.

The Procurement League platform provides you with all the tools you need to create and manage a contest.

For fully sponsored contests, Procurement League charges a platform fee of 10% of the prize amount.

We can also help you with almost every aspect of your challenge from contest design, prize design, to marketing your contest and building a community of procurement practitioners to solve your business problem and more. Talk to Procurement League team to learn more about how we can help make your procurement challenge / the contest a successful one.

All the great crowdsourcing projects started with a breakthrough improvement: eauctions to considerably shorten the price discovery process, virtual payment cards to significantly improve business payments for adhoc buying requirements.

If you know the process or procurement solution breakthrough you want to achieve, you can use the procurement league contests platform right now and get started. Build the contest, invite and engage the community of passionate procurement practitioners.

If you’re inspired by the concept of a crowdsourcing procurement project, but you’re not sure where to start, Procurement League Team can help with the design, marketing and complete administration of it.

You decide what process, solution or service breakthrough needs to be accomplished to solve your procurement problem and determine a winner.

You choose the judges and the evaluation criteria. Our judging interface allows you to nominate the judges which have been recognized by the community as experts, oversee the recommendations, and select the final winner. You remain in control.

Upon contest winner(s)’s receipt of full contest award from contest owner, the work product, including without limitation of all intellectual property rights in the work product, will be the sole and exclusive property of contest owner, and contest owner will be deemed to be the author thereof.

Depending on the type and complexity of the contest, we recommend few weeks to may be a month or more for your contest to run. That’ll give time for the procurement league community to discover it and for practitioners to develop the right solutions. There are several factors to consider when deciding about the duration of a contest, such as the type of contest and solutions seeked, the contest award, the number of contestants and the degree of difficulty.

Crowdsourcing is not a very widely accepted method of sourcing complex projects in Procurement. Procurement League is the first platform of its kind to globally ‘open-up’ the sourcing process in true sense. We understand what it takes to create and run a procurement crowdsourcing project. We’ve created a platform that makes whole process so simple that anyone can run it independently without any significant training or support.  Our platform helps you handle the creation, the judging, the proposal submission process, promoting the content among Procurement League community.

Crowdsourcing in Procurement provides a powerful new way to do research or solve a problem. Instead of relying on an internal research team or hiring expensive consultants, you open it up to the whole world. You only pay for success and also you pay once but you achieve access to multiple competing proposals and solutions from practitioners who also face similar problems.

A great Procurement League contest would meet some of the following attributes:

  • Address a Procurement problem that a lot of practitioners would like to see solved
  • Excites the community to jump in and solve the problem while still seeming achievable
  • Encourage – community engagement, collaboration and competition
  • Address a problem area where there is an opportunity for change and success can easily be measured
  • Has clear, simple rules so procurement practitioners and contest participants understand how to participate
  • Inspire a new way to think about a procurement and sourcing problem
  • Spark discussions, imaginations and encourage a lot of people in searching for the solution

The contest owner decides the winner. Every contest will have clearly defined evaluation or winning criteria. An objective judging team and process will be put in place to help the contest owner decide the winner.

Prize amount is awarded to the winner immediately with a mail notification. The balance gets displayed into his/her Procurement League wallet. He/she can transfer the amount to his PayPal account anytime. This transfer time can take up to 1 week.

No, the contest owner can’t compete in his/her own contest.

Your account will be charged before the contest is published and visible to the Procurement League community for them to review and participate. The platform fees must be paid in full before the contest can be published. 

Questions that are extremely off topic, or of very low quality, may be removed at the discretion of the community and moderators. Over time, closed questions that are not useful as signpoints to other questions may also be removed, as well as questions which have no significant activity over a very long period after being asked. If you want to improve a question to keep it from being deleted, click the update button beneath it. Users can delete their own questions if the question:

  • has no answers

Simply click the delete link underneath the question.

Questions can also be deleted by the community. Moderators can delete any question, additionally, any answer that accumulates enough offensive or spam flags will be automatically deleted.

Once a post has been deleted, it will disappear for all users except developers, moderators, and adming for the app.

First, make sure you’ve asked a good question. To get better answers, you may need to put additional effort into your question. Edit your question to provide status and progress updates. Document your own continued efforts to answer your question. This will naturally bump your question to the homepage and get more people interested in it.

If, despite your best efforts, you feel questions aren’t getting good answers, you can help by offering a small award money using the contests functionality.

Decide if the answer is helpful, and then...

  1. Vote on it(Like answers that are helpful and well-researched, and dislike answers that are not. Other users will also vote on answers to your question.


Please do not add a comment on your question or on an answer to say "Thank you". Comments are meant for requesting clarification, leaving constructive criticism, or adding relevant but minor additional information – not for socializing. If you want to say "thank you," vote on that person's answer, or simply pay it forward by providing a great answer to someone else's question.

A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of connecting experts with questions they will be able to answer by sorting questions into specific, well-defined categories.

Tags can also be used to  help you identify questions that are interesting or relevant to you.

Clicking on a tag below a question brings you to a page that shows all questions within that tag.

As a general rule, you should avoid creating new tags if possible. Even if you have sufficient reputation, you should only create new tags when you feel you can make a strong case that your question covers a new topic that nobody else has asked about before on this site.

Each question may only contain 5 tags at a maximum, so choose the ones that best describe your question.

We’d love to help you. To improve your chances of getting an answer, here are some tips:

Search, and research

...and keep track of what you find. Even if you don't find a useful answer elsewhere on the site, including links to related questions that haven't helped can help others in understanding how your question is different from the rest.

  • Pretend you're talking to a busy colleague and have to sum up your entire question in one sentence: what details can you include that will help someone identify and solve your problem?
  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation are important! Remember, this is the first part of your question others will see - you want to make a good impression. If you're not comfortable writing in English, ask a friend to proof-read it for you.


Include all relevant tags

Try to include a tag for the topic, category, area of expertise, area of interest your specific question relates to. If you start typing in the tags field, the system will suggest tags that match what you've typed.


Proof-read before posting!

Now that you're ready to ask your question, take a deep breath and read through it from start to finish. Pretend you're seeing it for the first time: does it make sense? Try reproducing the problem yourself, in a fresh environment and make sure you can do so using only the information included in your question. Add any details you missed and read through it again. Now is a good time to make sure that your title still describes the problem!

Post the question and respond to feedback

After you post, leave the question open in your browser for a bit, and see if anyone comments. If you missed an obvious piece of information, be ready to respond by editing your question to include it. If someone posts an answer, be ready to try it out and provide feedback



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Whether you've come to ask questions, or to generously share what you know, remember that we’re all here to learn, together. Be welcoming and patient, especially with those who may not know everything you do. Oh, and bring your sense of humor. Just in case.

That basically covers it. But these three guidelines may help:

  1. Rudeness and belittling language are not okay. Your tone should match the way you'd talk in person with someone you respect and whom you want to respect you. If you don't have time to say something politely, just leave it for someone who does.
  2. Be welcoming, be patient, and assume good intentions. Don't expect new users to know all the rules — they don't. And be patient while they learn. If you're here for help, make it as easy as possible for others to help you. Everyone here is volunteering, and no one responds well to demands for help.
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We're proud to be a large, user-driven space on the internet where name-calling, harassment, and other online nastiness are almost non-existent. It's up to all of us to keep it that way.

In summary, have fun, and be good to each other.



We’re excited to have you here, but we do ask that you follow a few guidelines when participating on our in our Procurement League Community.

Be honest.

Above all, be honest. If you see misinformation, vote it down. Add comments indicating what, specifically, is wrong. Provide better answers of your own. By doing these things, you are helping keep Procurement League a great place to share knowledge of our craft.

While you’re doing all of those things, we also require that you...

Be nice.

Whether you've come to ask questions, or to generously share what you know, remember that we’re all here to learn, together. Be welcoming and patient, especially with those who may not know everything you do. Oh, and bring your sense of humor. Just in case.

For specific guidelines, see: Be nice - principles and practice.

Do not use signature, taglines, or greetings.

Every post you make is already “signed” with your standard user credentials, which links directly back to your user page. If you use an additional signature or tagline, it will be removed to reduce noise in the questions and answers.

Your user page belongs to you — fill it with information about your interests, links to stuff you’ve worked on, or whatever else you like!

Avoid overt self-promotion.

The community tends to vote down overt self-promotion and flag it as spam. Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not all) happen to be about your product or website, that’s okay. However, you must disclose your affiliation in your answers.

If a large percentage of your posts include a mention of your product or website, you're probably here for the wrong reasons. Our advertising rates are quite reasonable; contact Procurement League sales team for details.


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Remember: don't feed the trolls! Replying to abusive, off-topic, or inappropriate content only encourages it – whereas flagging allows removal without providing undue attention.

Flagging a question or answer or a comment:

To flag a question or answer, click the “report abuse” link at the bottom of the post.

In the dialogue box, mention the reason for flagging abuse.

You must specify a reason for flagging. The most common cases are listed in the comment flag dialog box:

  • rude or offensive
  • not constructive / off-topic — a comment that does not try to improve the post it appears on, or which introduces a topic unrelated to the question or answer
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If you see a post where many comments should be deleted, especially if there's an ongoing discussion, there’s no need to flag each comment. Flag the post for moderator attention, and use the “other” reason explain what's going on.

You can always delete your own comments without flagging for moderator attention; simply click the “delete” button that appears under the comment.

Contacting a site moderator

The usual way to contact a moderator is to flag problematic content. If the content or behavior is not in a place where you can conveniently flag it directly, please flag any post by the user in question and leave a custom reason explaining what you think should be investigated.

If the issue is too complicated to explain in a custom flag reason or if you feel that there is an issue that urgently needs attention from Procurement League Team you can also email us directly.

Thanks for taking the time to contribute an answer. It’s because of helpful peers like yourself that we’re able to learn together as a community. Here are a few tips on how to make your answer great:

Pay it forward

Saying “thanks” is appreciated, but it doesn’t answer the question. Instead, like the answers that helped you the most! If these answers were helpful to you, please consider saying thank you in a more constructive way – by contributing your own answers to questions your peers have asked here.

Have the same problem?

Still no answer to the question, and you have the same problem? Help us find a solution by researching the problem, then contribute the results of your research and anything additional you’ve tried as a partial answer. That way, even if we can’t figure it out, the next person has more to go on. You can also like the question or set an award by creating a contest on it so the question gets more attention.


Answer the question

Read the question carefully. What, specifically, is the question asking for? Make sure your answer provides that – or a viable alternative. The answer can be “don’t do that”, but it should also include “try this instead”. Any answer that gets the asker going in the right direction is helpful, but do try to mention any limitations, assumptions or

Write to the best of your ability

We don't expect every answer to be perfect, but answers with correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar are easier to read. They also tend to get liked more frequently. Remember, you can always go back at any time and edit your answer to improve it.

Answer well-asked questions

Not all questions can or should be answered here. Save yourself some frustration and avoid trying to answer questions which...

  • ...are unclear or lacking specific details that can uniquely identify the problem.
  • ...solicit opinions rather than facts.
  • ...have already been asked and answered many times before.
  • ...require too much guidance for you to answer in full, or request answers to multiple questions.
  • ...are not about procurement and sourcing related topics.

Always be polite and have fun

It’s fine to disagree and express concern, but  please be civil. There’s a real human being on the other end of that network connection, however misguided they may appear to be. We’re here to learn from our peers, not yell at each other.


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What constitutes harassment?

Our Be Nice policy applies everywhere on our sites.

Systematic and/or continued behaviors that afflict or demean someone in a way that would make a reasonable person fear for their safety or the safety of those around them constitute harassment. Following a user or a group of users, on or offline, to the point where they start feeling that it is not safe to post online or are in fear of their safety is harassment.

Ok, I'm being harassed; what do I do?

Please use  our contact form, Try to be as specific and clear as you can, and provide links to relevant posts, comments, chat messages, etc. We recommend that you also  flag them  in the meantime, if you want to make sure they are removed and/or handled faster — we'll still have a look even if a moderator has taken action before we get to your report.

What happens once i submit a report?

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