I haven't partaken of any of the comps because of time, but I do like looking to see what cool things everyone what is doing.
Before commenting on this I re-read the rules for the conversion death match. I think the inestimable Mr. Klokk has his finger on the real question, "What is the intent of these competitions?"
Clearly, the simplest interpretation of the intent is to encourage forum participation. And perhaps it's fair to say the secondary goal is to encourage and recognize the growing skills in our community. So, is that end served better by allowing ringers/pros to compete with the hobbyists?
It seems to me that as long as the pros (whoever they are) aren't let loose to run roughshod over everyone else then their skills and contributions add luster to the competition.
Based on the comp rules this isn't necessarily a problem.
Originally Posted by from the rules
11. Winners from the previous month are able to participate in the next month's Deathmatch, but are not eligible to win in consecutive months.
Unless there is a revolving group of pros trading off victories there would seem to be enough opportunities for the hobbyists to compete as well. And besides, would it be worth the accolades for a pro to best the hobbyist competition every month? If things were that static then perhaps these rules should be reevaluated again.