We’ve just made the Rating Queue functionality available for all jam hosts. When creating or editing a ranked jam you will now see a new section to configure the rating queue.
The Rating Queue is a special mode you can enable on ranked jams to help submissions reach a minimum number of votes in a fair manner. It works by requiring voters to rate from a random set of entries (default 5). Upon rating one of those entries, it will be swapped out with another random entry from the jam. This will prevent people from being able to directly rate a specific project, encouraging a fair distribution of ratings across all submissions to a jam. We strongly recommend using the Rating Queue for any jam where you want to collect public votes.
Additionally, there are now sections on Jam Guide regarding voting integrity with regards to Public and Contributors voting. Public voting is generally a bad idea, please read here for more information: https://itch.io/docs/creators/game-jams#jam-customization/ranked-jams/warning-about-public-voting