On a somewhat related topic, does anybody else feel that it should not be against the rules to have the style number written on the caps? I leave it on in spite of the rules for two reasons: 1) it verifies that the cellar people don't mix up the entries I send in and 2) in every competition in this state, a label immediately goes onto the cap.
I've come full circle on this. I don't think it's much harm, especially since online competition software tells you what your entry numbers are. If someone wanted to cheat, they could just tell their judge friend what their entry number is. Although, I think nearly everyone is honest. Perhaps the bigger risk is a judge noticing that a bottle is so-and-so because of the cap or something, not on purpose, but just because they know.
Anyway, a few days ago I was thinking that as an organizer I wouldn't want most entries to do this - mostly because I want the sorting staff to use the bottle labels. If bottles were had cat numbers on the caps, I think some would start to get lazy and not read the labels, just go by the caps. Maybe I'm overthinking it. I certainly wouldn't care if someone wrote the style in small characters. I'd just think twice before encouraging everyone to do it.
On the other hand, it would make it easier to divide bottles for different groups of staff to process.