Prior knowledge should not be a factor when judging notebooks.
If notebook entries appear to be made at a different time than the activity described, that may suggest the entry is not a complete record of team and project assignments and/or is not a record of the entire design and development process. That determination may lead to lower scores in those categories on the rubric.
If the notebook contains falsified entries (e.g., falsified dates) that may also lead to lower scores in those categories. If the judges determine the falsified entries are egregious that may result in the notebook being removed from consideration for awards and may be reported as a Code of Conduct violation.
I am asking this question on behalf of a volunteer judge that has volunteered at about 10 events this season and is preparing to judge at our State Competition.
This judge has observed teams turn in notebooks that are over a month out-of-date, and then 2 weeks later the same team turn in a notebook that has been updated. This judge feels that this is contrary to the line in the rubric that requires the notebook to "Provide a complete record of team and project assignments".
What should a judge do that has prior knowledge of some (but not all) teams (obtained through judging)?