I don't know if i'm remembering that right, but didn't they actually tell why they made the change? Even if they are not quite there yet because maybe there is some things they didn't think about, i think its kind of nice they try to mix it up time after time.
I actually watched all the old 3rd Thursdays Episodes on Youtube and they Kind of startet out like this, giving deeper critiques to people and at some point it endet up being critique arena.
It's actually really nice to look out for the people who are not there yet instead of watching (mostly) the same 16 win every month. Even though there has been really lovely and great pieces!!! That being said!
BUT i agree, it was kind of nice having deadlines and stuff, i bet maybe it's possible to combine the two things.
I think i will actually try to take the time and come back to the past challenges... of 43 i made 3 😅
In the end nothing is stopping us from giving us deadlines ourselfes. People can change their behavior and it is possible to do stuff on our own to work on our portfolio. If Thats what we want. The World Wide Web is full of prompt lists, and challenges.
I alsways want to participate in Folktale week...maybe thats my chance though 😅