Yes! A sample contest! Everyone reads samples from e-books. That might be an awesome take on the hook contest.
You make a great point. I never used the loop forum for judges. Honestly I was too busy to check another group thing. Most of us are spread pretty thin already. If judges have issues, wouldn’t it be best to e-mail their category coordinator anyway? I can see where making comments on a public (even and invited public) forum would be problematic.