The learning curve is STEEP, and a lot of how it goes for the scribe will depend on the judge you have.
While it is a HUGE advantage for the show organizers and competitors, my advice would be not to use it at a show until the organizing team, judges and scribes have had the opportunity to train with it for several hours using actual horses and riders doing full tests at different levels. And test rides on training day should include things like riders retiring, riders being eliminated, riders making errors that require deductions, and total system failure where the program or the device goes completely off line.
As the scribe, you are solely responsible for trouble shooting any problems so you need to be prepared to handle them, quickly, and you need to know how to enter WDs, eliminations, etc. correctly, because generally the scores are publicly available online the second you press “submit.”
The program I’ve used involves writing on a tablet with a stylus, and the biggest challenge was writing fast enough while staying legible. Way harder for me than I had imagined. I would prefer a system that allows you type instead of writing with a stylus I think.
Another big challenge with this specific program was that the scribe only sees one box / movement at a time, and it’s time consuming to move back and add comments / change scores for previous movements on the fly, as judges sometimes ask.
Communication with the judge ahead of time is essential. They need to keep their remarks BRIEF. I ask them to always include the movement number, along with the score and remark. So when there is a complete system failure (and it’s a when, not if) I have a piece of paper and pen ready and immediately switch to just writing movement #, score and comments the old fashioned way. Then, when the system is back online, I enter and submit them electronically.
Basically the process should be seamless from the judge’s perspective, so it falls entirely on the scribe. Pressure!!! If you are fairly new to scribing or find it hard to keep up the traditional way, e-scribing may not be for you. But definitely the way of the future so worth it for judges, scribes and show organizers to invest some time in training.