A) I like the idea of the contest.
B) (addressing the drama, don't read if you don't care to) I don't like the arguing. We all play games to get together and have fun, drama=bad. Certain people on this forum have strong personalities (like Josh and BB). If someone says something that you disagree with (like the mono-system thing that Josh said), consider heavily whether it is relevant to jump on the argumentative bandwagon. I may disagree with his sentiment, but I understand his thought process and can admit that while I don't agree, he is right. It is his perspective, and we are all entitled. If you disagree with me, ignore it and move on.
C) But as Josh said, don't just offer critiques or complaints. Offer solutions and and be constructive.
D) My solution is to have more than one contest.
D1) The other system challenge like Josh is talking about. Personally, there are many systems that I neither know nor care to participate in, but if there were a month with Warhammer 40k, OWoD, certain GURPS, Shadowrun, or a few others, I would participate.
D2) The Homebrew competition. Not my cup o' tea, but many of you seem interested. Do it, but I will not be in that one.
D3) D&D. There is always a lot of potential here, that is why there are so many of these forums, like was said earlier, the OP for this competition would have to be multi-caveat (limit level, PRC, books et alli). There is also the issue of going back in time to 1st, 2nd, or limiting it to 3.0, but not 3.5.
Since there seems to be interest in each of these three here, I doubt there would be an issue of finding someone to run each.
*condescending tone* was that so hard?