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Title: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on September 12, 2004, 05:38:05 AM
We're proud to announce the Theme Contest has begun!

In essence, contestants have until October 31st to submit their themes.  In turn, these themes will be judged for quality and style.  The winners will, of course, then be awarded prizes.

If you don't think you could ever develop a theme, (but how can you know until you try?) this means you should keep an eye on the contest.  It might just be that someone enters a theme you would prefer over the one you're using now.  If not, your comments might help nudge a theme to be that much better!  And when November comes around, you can help even more by voting on the entries.

But if you're interested in developing a theme, this means you need to get to work.  Who knows, you might even get the first place prize ($100 and a Charter Membership) or at the least the recognition of a job well done.  And remember, if you need any help... there's nothing in the rules against asking here for help.

More information can be found here:
http://www.simplemachines.org/about/contest.php

And, before submitting any entries, please read these rules - you cannot win unless you read them:
http://www.simplemachines.org/about/contest.php?rules

Thanks for your continued support,
Simple Machines
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: fastforum on September 13, 2004, 05:22:50 AM
Hmmm... i smell SMF 1.0 official release with a kick ass skin...very near :)

Ok i´ll join... let´s kick some butt...hehehe...








Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: LostProphecy on September 13, 2004, 05:47:14 AM
ooooh sounds like a good idea to me ;) *flexes typing fingers to start making a theme*

is there any more definitive marking criteria then the few words that you have listed in the main contest page?
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on September 13, 2004, 06:47:20 AM
Currently, nothing more definative, but if you have any questions or comments I'm more than willing to ammend the page or provide the information for you ;).

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: LostProphecy on September 13, 2004, 07:04:45 AM
ok *thinks for a moment and reads again*

alright... two questions...

"features in an innovative way"....  in features, i'm not quite sure i understand the meaning *really doesn't want to sound like a blonde* ;) but i thought i better check, cause you don't get answers if you don't ask them right ;) when you refer to features are you refering to innovative use of say the set up of your header and useful links (and example ~ online user list)... is that what is meant by innovative features??

and just one more question... will any competition penalties or like mark downs by given for a template that has a high load time due to images and the like??

that's all i've got for now *grins*

~Jessi
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on September 13, 2004, 07:19:21 AM
Well, innovativation in features can mean many different things.  For example, presenting the calendar in a different, and more intuitive way, would be something I would consider as innovative.  Innovative just means new, cool, and rethought.  A new way to look at things ;).

That doesn't mean a theme that looks mostly like other forum software can't win - it just means that if it does things (like mark unread ^_^) in a way no one thought of before, but that makes so much more sense than the current way... well, it will of course do that much better ;).

But, that's not all that counts.

As to size... well, a theme that has too many graphics, unoptimized, and takes like 15 minutes to load on 56k... might indeed do worse than a comparable theme that loads much faster.  Eye candy is great though, and there's no reason a theme can't be for "high bandwidth people" only ;).

But.. I wouldn't say there are any penalties for things like that.  Rather, bonuses for it being optimized for lower-end bandwidth users too...

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Vinoth on September 13, 2004, 07:46:02 AM
i am against, i donot design any themes and u must also keep contest for others who cannot design themes well.

one more request, after the submission you must have voting panel so that members can vote and choose the best.

Members with min 25 posts can only vote, in the contest. so that we can avoid fraud voting.












Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: LostProphecy on September 13, 2004, 07:50:07 AM
ok unknown :) thanks for your comments :)

well i think i may not be "code gifted" enough to make those sort of changes ;) but hey :) it's worth i try ;) i'll just try and win on my "eye candy" ;)

you never know though... i'll just stuff around with things and you never know what i may come up with :P
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Elissen on September 13, 2004, 09:41:39 AM
They have to start somewhere, right? I'm pretty sure they will have more contests in the future and maybe they will be for other things, like best buttonsets, best usage of SSI/SMF_API ect ect.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Burpee on September 13, 2004, 10:06:46 AM
Hmm...
Well, $100 and a Charter Membership for something that is potentially 50+ hours of work isn't much... are there any other fun bonusses possible? :D

Also, I somewhat disagree on the way you guys set this contest up. I don't think you're going to get the best possible theme with this, as this forces people to create a theme as a one man project... If you guys could somehow push people to work together on a project like this I think the outcome of this contest would be of a much higher quality...

Quote from: [Unknown] on September 13, 2004, 07:19:21 AM
Well, innovativation in features can mean many different things. For example, presenting the calendar in a different, and more intuitive way, would be something I would consider as innovative. Innovative just means new, cool, and rethought. A new way to look at things ;).
I've been thinking up a new calendar but I haven't quite figured out how to do it... One of the problems I would like to work together on with other people...
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Knippy on September 13, 2004, 10:50:11 AM
Yay another thing I'll enter and be rejected.... again ... jk

It's worth a shot! I got some ideas :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Tomer on September 13, 2004, 11:18:05 AM
Quote from: Vinoth on September 13, 2004, 07:46:02 AM
i am against, i donot design any themes and u must also keep contest for others who cannot design themes well.

one more request, after the submission you must have voting panel so that members can vote and choose the best.

Members with min 25 posts can only vote, in the contest. so that we can avoid fraud voting.

Would never work, anyone could bribe a few users $5 to vote for them.

Quote from: Burpee on September 13, 2004, 10:06:46 AM
Hmm...
Well, $100 and a Charter Membership for something that is potentially 50+ hours of work isn't much... are there any other fun bonusses possible? :D

Also, I somewhat disagree on the way you guys set this contest up. I don't think you're going to get the best possible theme with this, as this forces people to create a theme as a one man project... If you guys could somehow push people to work together on a project like this I think the outcome of this contest would be of a much higher quality...

Quote from: [Unknown] on September 13, 2004, 07:19:21 AM
Well, innovativation in features can mean many different things. For example, presenting the calendar in a different, and more intuitive way, would be something I would consider as innovative. Innovative just means new, cool, and rethought. A new way to look at things ;).
I've been thinking up a new calendar but I haven't quite figured out how to do it... One of the problems I would like to work together on with other people...


Don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure groups are allowed. But lets wait for [Unknown].

The contest wasn't made for the prizes, it was created for users to officially 'showoff' their work, and the prize is like 'sweet candy' at the end. :)

Another thing, I'm pretty sure it doesn't take anyone 50+ full hours to complete a nice theme.

Quote from: Knippy on September 13, 2004, 10:50:11 AM
Yay another thing I'll enter and be rejected.... again ... jk

It's worth a shot! I got some ideas :)

Thats the spirit. :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Burpee on September 13, 2004, 11:52:03 AM
Quote from: Tomer Dean on September 13, 2004, 11:18:05 AM
Another thing, I'm pretty sure it doesn't take anyone 50+ full hours to complete a nice theme.

I thought the idea was to make a great theme ;)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Tony Reid on September 13, 2004, 01:19:41 PM
It certainly took the dev team more than 50 hours to create this wonderful forum, and you dont see the dev team moaning about about giving it away for free.


QuoteHmm...
Well, $100 and a Charter Membership for something that is potentially 50+ hours of work isn't much...

frankly I think your taking the p*ss
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: bostasp on September 13, 2004, 01:37:32 PM
I think $100 and a Charter Membership for first prize is actually quite generous.

It's a way to get more involved in the project, to show us your creative side, and to give us something to look at :). Quite frankly, if you create a theme purely thinking about how many hours size up to the prize, then you shouldn't be participating in the contest.

I believe you can work in groups on a design.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [MiNX]Tek on September 13, 2004, 02:40:28 PM
One man can make a good theme, with group work, there is a higher change of some of the members leaking info and code to another group. This happened to me with a Halo 2 mod I am workign on, grrr. Anyway, I have a kick ass idea.. but... I will have to do TONS of research on here on how they came up with that speech bubble theme, cause, it's conna completely change the look.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: roboter88 on September 13, 2004, 02:46:30 PM
I like to see an ANSI oldschool pcBoard style SMF Theme :)
images
http://images.google.de/images?q=ansi%20art&hl=de&lr=&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi
http://images.google.de/imgres?imgurl=http://ansiart.org.ua/pics/sda/1992/pm-frozn.png&imgrefurl=http://ansiart.org.ua/gallery.php%3Fpicture%3D271&h=400&w=640&sz=5&tbnid=ydwP5w81n7EJ:&tbnh=84&tbnw=134&start=16&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dansi%2Bart%26hl%3Dde%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26sa%3DN
pcboard related
http://archives.thebbs.org/ra107c.htm
http://www.all-science-fair-projects.com/science_fair_projects_encyclopedia/Bulletin_board_system
http://software.bbsdocumentary.com/IBM/DOS/PCBOARD/
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: fastforum on September 13, 2004, 03:13:46 PM
Quote from: [MiNX]Tek on September 13, 2004, 02:40:28 PM
One man can make a good theme, with group work, there is a higher change of some of the members leaking info and code to another group. This happened to me with a Halo 2 mod I am workign on, grrr. Anyway, I have a kick ass idea.. but... I will have to do TONS of research on here on how they came up with that speech bubble theme, cause, it's conna completely change the look.

Speaking of chat/speech bubble theme,... they removed the signatures .... i tried that in my forum.... people liked it but they were complaining about their signatures being removed.... ii had no choice but to put back the default theme...hehehe

chat/speech bubble theme + the signatues would be great...


Dear Mr. Unknown... is there any judging criteria we should be looking at?

like: loading time, color harmony, design, functionality, Usability, new features, standards compliance, Originality, No bug theme, People´s Response and the percentage for each criteria....

Just a suggestion...we should have a Theme Hall of Fame and an "SMF BLOOD, SWEAT and CODE" shirt (something like that) ...hehehe









Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [MiNX]Tek on September 13, 2004, 03:16:21 PM
Hmm... ::writes note:: must keep sigs.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Tomer on September 13, 2004, 03:55:59 PM
Quote from: fastforum on September 13, 2004, 03:13:46 PM
Dear Mr. Unknown... is there any judging criteria we should be looking at?

like: loading time, color harmony, design, functionality, Usability, new features, standards compliance, Originality, No bug theme, People´s Response and the percentage for each criteria....

Just a suggestion...we should have a Theme Hall of Fame and an "SMF BLOOD, SWEAT and CODE" shirt (something like that) ...hehehe


Don't think there are any official guidelines, but try to put yourself in the judge's shows, would you give good marks to a theme that takes 30 seconds to load, doesn't work proerly in IE, and is just a color change of the default theme?
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Ben_S on September 13, 2004, 04:04:25 PM
Quote from: Tomer Dean on September 13, 2004, 03:55:59 PM
would you give good marks to a theme that <snip> doesn't work proerly in IE.<>

Assuming it was standards compliant yes, if it doesn't work in IE then the people to moan at are M$.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: M70 on September 13, 2004, 04:49:46 PM
I like it more minimalistic but I have no idea about how to do it, so I beg for a FAST and CLEAN template, even if it doesn't win.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Ben_S on September 13, 2004, 04:51:58 PM
I have a great idea for a theme, shame I can't enter :(.

Oh well.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Burpee on September 13, 2004, 05:05:27 PM
Quote from: Tony on September 13, 2004, 01:19:41 PM
It certainly took the dev team more than 50 hours to create this wonderful forum, and you dont see the dev team moaning about about giving it away for free.


QuoteHmm...
Well, $100 and a Charter Membership for something that is potentially 50+ hours of work isn't much...

frankly I think your taking the p*ss

Quote from: bostasp on September 13, 2004, 01:37:32 PM
I think $100 and a Charter Membership for first prize is actually quite generous.

It's a way to get more involved in the project, to show us your creative side, and to give us something to look at :). Quite frankly, if you create a theme purely thinking about how many hours size up to the prize, then you shouldn't be participating in the contest.

I believe you can work in groups on a design.

I just personally think it doesn't feel like much... If I'm going to give my heart and soul in a project like this and I end up with $100 and a Charter Membership it just feels like relatively little to me...
Maybe next contest you guys can have a prize that will make people remember what they did... a tangible and symbolic thing... instead of seeing $100 added to your bank account...

But then again... you do also get the fame of having created the best theme...  which is a bigger award than that $100 and that Charter Membership...
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Jazhawk on September 13, 2004, 06:08:27 PM
Why fight it?  A.M.A. got this in a walk.  Go get em A.M.A.

-Jazhawk
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: PowerRomAttack on September 13, 2004, 06:14:11 PM
Ohhhhhhh i w/ill try!!
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [MiNX]Tek on September 13, 2004, 06:53:34 PM
Simple Machines isn't making big bucks (I assume) they spend all this time developing this forum, and then get donations. So $100 probably is alot. It's not like they're getting a salary with all the money their making.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on September 13, 2004, 06:56:32 PM
Quote from: Burpee on September 13, 2004, 05:05:27 PM
I just personally think it doesn't feel like much... If I'm going to give my heart and soul in a project like this and I end up with $100 and a Charter Membership it just feels like relatively little to me...
Maybe next contest you guys can have a prize that will make people remember what they did... a tangible and symbolic thing... instead of seeing $100 added to your bank account...

But then again... you do also get the fame of having created the best theme...  which is a bigger award than that $100 and that Charter Membership...

Well, perhaps that's true.  But, let's look at it another way - what about the people who have created themes, button sets, mods, and the like already?  Did they get even $50 for their work?  Did they get public recognition?

No.  They just made a good theme, for everyone.  For free.

The purpose of this contest is *not* to pay someone to make a theme.  If we wanted that, we'd go hire a professional design firm or something for a few hundred.  No, the purpose of this to to give people making themes a reward for their work - maybe not the hugest reward, but it's better than nothing.

Now, I don't know if you'd ever release a theme for free (no payment at all) but there are many people here who would.  And, for those people who don't win... it may be like they just did that.  But, for those who do win (or at least come close) there will be something more.  Something a little more official.  Something maybe they can even brag about - they won a contest and made the best theme.  Or maybe, they almost won - even though they didn't have as much as experience as the people who did as well as they did.

I'm happy to develop this software for free, but if some group came around and said they'd give $100 (which really isn't enough to cover the time I spend on this in even a day at what I'm regularly paid...) to the best free forum software they saw, and they picked SMF... it wouldn't hurt.

Of course, I wouldn't do it just for the $100.  After all, I'm doing it now and I don't even get anything - and many people in this community are like that.

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: spaceant on September 13, 2004, 07:32:51 PM
Quote from: fastforum on September 13, 2004, 03:13:46 PM
Speaking of chat/speech bubble theme,... they removed the signatures .... i tried that in my forum.... people liked it but they were complaining about their signatures being removed.... ii had no choice but to put back the default theme...hehehe

If you're referring to the chat bubble theme I made, the option for signatures is available (with a very simple modification to the code) in the latest version found here:
http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=16524.0
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Big P on September 13, 2004, 08:00:11 PM
Quote from: [Unknown] on September 13, 2004, 06:56:32 PM
maybe not the hugest reward, but it's better than nothing.
lol. hugest! :)

[Unknown] is right, thousands of people design and develop Open Source projects for free, and they spend far more than a, meaningless by comparison, 50 hours on it.

I think this is a great idea, and a great way for the members of this forum to participate in showing their appreciation. The prize may be  more of a added bonus than anything else, so I would suggest not even thinking about it while designing your theme. It'll probably be better that way!  :D
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Tom on September 13, 2004, 08:41:29 PM
There are many costs that you are not taking into account, such as lawayers.

But lets focus on the contest, shall we? :)

I can't make themes, but I look forward to seeing what people can pump out.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: whiterabbit on September 13, 2004, 09:41:54 PM
Hey! sound good.
It will be a good kick start :D
So that means the template stuffs are pretty much settle.
well.. now I can do some messy things with my template :P without
having to concern much about any heavy changes in the next release, can't I ???

.....
umm.. I disagree with some people here.
The competition commonly is for anyone who are ready to enter
and/or want to enter.
If you think you're not ready or do not want to compete on this one
I believe in the future SMF team may have something else that might fit yours.

And I believe most of the people who work on open source or free software,
we work for pride not for prize (still good to get one,tho :P ).
If everything is for price, what do you think? how you can get SMF for free ;) 

The donation, it almost follow its literal definition.
It's a way people can show their appreciation, and
the developers will be proud that their creation is appreciated.
.....

A little suggestion
Could you be a little more specific about the rules.
for example
Is it allow or not to use some graphics from SMF package such as those little icons?
(the button set should not count, since creator should create one for your own theme)

And it would be nice to give extra points for the theme that is a valid XHTML,
cross browser support, and/or something that will encourage the creator to
take the care to create an interoperable Web page.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on September 13, 2004, 10:12:54 PM
Quote from: whiterabbit on September 13, 2004, 09:41:54 PM
without having to concern much about any heavy changes in the next release, can't I ???

Basically; templates from RC1 will be compatible until 1.0.

QuoteThe competition commonly is for anyone who are ready to enter and/or want to enter.

Another good point; I enjoy things more when there's competition.  But maybe that's just me.

QuoteCould you be a little more specific about the rules.
for example
Is it allow or not to use some graphics from SMF package such as those little icons?

That should be fine, although original graphics will be better - assuming the graphics are better too ;).

QuoteAnd it would be nice to give extra points for the theme that is a valid XHTML,
cross browser support, and/or something that will encourage the creator to
take the care to create an interoperable Web page.

Well, I thought it best to avoid making such clear-cut statements, but of course entries will do better if they address these concerns.

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Vinoth on September 14, 2004, 01:44:25 AM
Lets see unknown.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [MiNX]Tek on September 14, 2004, 04:26:19 AM
Quote from: Vinoth on September 14, 2004, 01:44:25 AM
Lets see unknown.
???

Anyway, if your going to complain about getting a $100 for creating somthing cool for the benifit of others and giving yourself some self achievment of somthing that people with appreciatem, then just don't bother entering! Simple.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: bloc on September 14, 2004, 06:20:09 AM
Can we use themes already posted - or do it have to be unpublished ones?

Not thinking about my own ( already got others in the works.. ;) ) , but there are already some great themes, and I'm wondering if they can join the contest ( if the authors wish of course)...?
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Anguz on September 14, 2004, 06:20:48 AM
Quote from: Ben_S on September 13, 2004, 04:51:58 PM
I have a great idea for a theme, shame I can't enter :(.

Oh well.

Ditto. I'll still make it anyway though. :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: CP on September 14, 2004, 08:52:12 AM
*Rant Begins
I am sorry, but I am totally amazed how this thread has gone.
An offer for the members here that "wish" to contribute their work and "win" a Charter Membership = $50 and $100 US.
For what? Nothing.
Most people here are eager to contribute to this site that gives them this software and even more for those that choose to be members and pay the small fee. (Trust me, it is small compared to some boards)

What is with complaints about the finances and how they are attributed amongst the staff or not? I'm sorry but what does that have to do with the price of tea in China and why should this be your business to know? Do you have some small take in this company? I do not really think that is important nor the original intent of this thread.
Why do people choose to take things off of topic and pursue their own sense of gratification rather than sticking to topic at hand and opening another thread for their babble on the finances and their allocation?
*Rant Ends

Great idea here [unknown] and I am sorry this thread does not appear to be a more positive response to this contest.   
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Jazhawk on September 14, 2004, 09:14:47 AM
Quote from: CP on September 14, 2004, 08:52:12 AM
*Rant Begins
I am sorry, but I am totally amazed how this thread has gone.
An offer for the members here that "wish" to contribute their work and "win" a Charter Membership = $50 and $100 US.
For what? Nothing.
Most people here are eager to contribute to this site that gives them this software and even more for those that choose to be members and pay the small fee. (Trust me, it is small compared to some boards)

What is with complaints about the finances and how they are attributed amongst the staff or not? I'm sorry but what does that have to do with the price of tea in China and why should this be your business to know? Do you have some small take in this company? I do not really think that is important nor the original intent of this thread.
Why do people choose to take things off of topic and pursue their own sense of gratification rather than sticking to topic at hand and opening another thread for their babble on the finances and their allocation?
*Rant Ends

Great idea here [unknown] and I am sorry this thread does not appear to be a more positive response to this contest.   


I join you in your rant.  

How in the world did we get here from there.  Like spoiled babies.  It's a token of appreciation guys.  It's a chance to show off your artistic abilities and not a shot to get on the Letterman show.  Sheesh.

-Jazhawk
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on September 14, 2004, 12:40:51 PM
Quote from: Bloc on September 14, 2004, 06:20:09 AM
Can we use themes already posted - or do it have to be unpublished ones?

I see no reason why not.

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: dave on September 14, 2004, 02:51:23 PM
Quote from: spaceant on September 13, 2004, 07:32:51 PM
Quote from: fastforum on September 13, 2004, 03:13:46 PM
Speaking of chat/speech bubble theme,... they removed the signatures .... i tried that in my forum.... people liked it but they were complaining about their signatures being removed.... ii had no choice but to put back the default theme...hehehe

If you're referring to the chat bubble theme I made, the option for signatures is available (with a very simple modification to the code) in the latest version found here:
http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=16524.0

Your THEME ROCKS thanks so much wow
amazing work

hope they let you enter this in the contest :)

keep up the innovative work
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Oldiesmann on September 14, 2004, 04:05:07 PM
Whoever said that $100 and a charter membership isn't much - it's actually more than you think. Charter members get a lot of other benefits that general users don't get, including dedicated support and advanced releases (ie you get the latest release earlier than everyone else...).
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: artsykimberl on September 15, 2004, 01:48:30 AM
Winners of everyone can be one for a other week. ;)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [MiNX]Tek on September 15, 2004, 02:19:10 AM
Quote from: CP on September 14, 2004, 08:52:12 AM
*Rant Begins
I am sorry, but I am totally amazed how this thread has gone.
An offer for the members here that "wish" to contribute their work and "win" a Charter Membership = $50 and $100 US.
For what? Nothing.
Most people here are eager to contribute to this site that gives them this software and even more for those that choose to be members and pay the small fee. (Trust me, it is small compared to some boards)

What is with complaints about the finances and how they are attributed amongst the staff or not? I'm sorry but what does that have to do with the price of tea in China and why should this be your business to know? Do you have some small take in this company? I do not really think that is important nor the original intent of this thread.
Why do people choose to take things off of topic and pursue their own sense of gratification rather than sticking to topic at hand and opening another thread for their babble on the finances and their allocation?
*Rant Ends

Great idea here [unknown] and I am sorry this thread does not appear to be a more positive response to this contest.


Going on what you said, why didn't you just make a new thread about this one? It would go along with what you said in not (yet again) changing the topic. It went from "The Contest" > "Lame Contest" > "Complaining about the complaining of the contest." Geez, do it or don't.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: morph on September 15, 2004, 01:20:31 PM
And then we have complaining about the complaining about the complaining... its a never ending cycle.. but anyways, if i have some time to come up with a theme and think about it i may enter. can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. good luck!
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Travis on September 20, 2004, 08:48:36 PM
Sounds cool. I would like to make a fall theme, but I am afraid I am not good with PHP :'(. I could make a site, just not a forum theme. But I may try it.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on September 20, 2004, 08:52:36 PM
Quote from: Travis on September 20, 2004, 08:48:36 PM
Sounds cool. I would like to make a fall theme, but I am afraid I am not good with PHP :'(. I could make a site, just not a forum theme. But I may try it.

Well, you do know that you can even enter themes made with my YaBB SE theme converter (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=16842.0), right?  I will tell you that doing it this way won't do as well, but you can at least get started this way and if you made it look really good you could still get first place ;).  And anyway, it would still be an entry, that's enough in itself ;).

As said on the contest page and things linked from it, if you want help just ask.

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Azzaka_Meets_Alice on September 27, 2004, 07:07:42 PM
Quote from: [MiNX]Tek on September 15, 2004, 02:19:10 AM
Going on what you said, why didn't you just make a new thread about this one? It would go along with what you said in not (yet again) changing the topic. It went from "The Contest" > "Lame Contest" > "Complaining about the complaining of the contest." Geez, do it or don't.
;)

Now that is the best thing I have read in any forum. Don''t just ****** about it. Change it! I ask you, What is a life where you have choices but never make them? And what kind of life would you lead if you complian but never do anyhting about it?

Answer those and you may feel enlightened.

Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Azzaka_Meets_Alice on September 27, 2004, 07:10:20 PM
Quote from: Travis on September 20, 2004, 08:48:36 PM
Sounds cool. I would like to make a fall theme, but I am afraid I am not good with PHP :'(. I could make a site, just not a forum theme. But I may try it.

Ok, but a Forum is just another style of Website. Design the base and then get some help with the coding. In the end what do we have to lose. If anything by then end of it you may even learn something about PHP coding. Either way we all win.  ;D

Personally I'm with you Bud d, I have no idea about PHP coding but i'll give it a whirl.

Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on September 27, 2004, 07:23:40 PM
Quote from: Azzaka_Meets_Alice on September 27, 2004, 07:07:42 PM
Now that is the best thing I have read in any forum. Don''t just ****** about it. Change it! I ask you, What is a life where you have choices but never make them? And what kind of life would you lead if you complian but never do anyhting about it?

A life without choices is not a life; choices are what make life life.  Obviously if you lived only complaining... you'd be a winer, by definition :P.

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: RCHawaii on September 27, 2004, 08:06:27 PM
Quote from: roboter88 on September 13, 2004, 02:46:30 PM
I like to see an ANSI oldschool pcBoard style SMF Theme :)

oooh flashbacks of RoboBoard (The first graphical gui bbs) and ansi wildcat boards :D
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: bloc on September 27, 2004, 08:28:42 PM
Quote from: [Unknown] on September 27, 2004, 07:23:40 PM
Quote from: Azzaka_Meets_Alice on September 27, 2004, 07:07:42 PM
Now that is the best thing I have read in any forum. Don''t just ****** about it. Change it! I ask you, What is a life where you have choices but never make them? And what kind of life would you lead if you complian but never do anyhting about it?

A life without choices is not a life; choices are what make life life. Obviously if you lived only complaining... you'd be a winer, by definition :P.

-[Unknown]
I would say we all make choices about everything. It is making the right choices that count. Taking the risk of failing in trying something new, is a challenge...afterwards you can make choices in terms of giving up...or getting it right ;) :P

(okay, it is getting a bit late where I am sitting..3 at night )
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: The_Altered1 on September 28, 2004, 09:06:42 PM
I'm jumping into this a bit late in the game, but I'll whip one up. Just a couple of things first:

1: Will this be based on the RC1 or the RC2 versions.....( I like to move/create and re-write templates extensively ) Chances are any skin that I create will only be good for the current version that it is skinned upon; I see that the RC2 version has already been handed to the charter members.

2: How will the submissions/screen shots/progress updates....etc. be handled.

I look forward to competing with this community so best of luck to everyone. This will be interesting  ;D
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Anguz on September 28, 2004, 09:56:40 PM
Welcome ;)

Well, I'd say you can safely work on RC1, since it'll probbably work on RC2 too, but if not, it'll be minimal what you need to update, and also, you can't waste any time waiting for that to come out. Go ahead and theme with what's available now :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: The_Altered1 on September 28, 2004, 10:08:32 PM
Here is a sample fullscreen image of the postview. I call the skin "Evolver"  ;)

http://imagehost.darkernet.co.uk/i/sample_smf.jpg

PS: sorry so fuzzy, but I had to reduce the image to under 100kb for the free image host.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on September 29, 2004, 03:11:20 AM
The requirement is that it work with RC1.  Even if it did not work with RC2 (although that would be nice and probably do better...) it wouldn't be a big deal.

Submissions should be done to contest@simplemachines.org... all other paraphanelia can be posted here, or handled any way you'd like.

Looks great ;).  Thanks,
-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Daniel D. on September 29, 2004, 08:00:22 AM
Quote from: The_Altered1 on September 28, 2004, 10:08:32 PM
Here is a sample fullscreen image of the postview. I call the skin "Evolver"  ;)

http://imagehost.darkernet.co.uk/i/sample_smf.jpg

PS: sorry so fuzzy, but I had to reduce the image to under 100kb for the free image host.
Give me that theme!! ;D
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: The_Altered1 on September 29, 2004, 08:07:51 AM
 :) Right now the entire theme is complete and functional with re-writes of every template; But, it is skinned using a beta smf board and freaks out when applied to the current version. I am converting it to RC1 as I speak.

I will let you all know when completed - projected time ( 4-7 days )

Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Oldiesmann on September 29, 2004, 09:03:50 AM
Very nice :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: trenchteam on September 30, 2004, 05:26:36 AM
very very nice! Great Job@ I want the theme too! ;D
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Trekkie101 on September 30, 2004, 11:02:58 AM
Hi, although all i really know what to do in PHP is connect to a Data Base im going to try and make a theme, im just asking if there are any particular hard bits.  :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: The_Altered1 on September 30, 2004, 06:02:02 PM
Having the determination to even try and make a theme for the first time is a major big step. I congratulate you. As with anything new, there will always be hurdles. This forum has great support and a very active community to boot. So if you run in to anything that you have a problem with, help is not far off.

Congrats once again, your on your way.........and the great part is that you have chosen the best board to start on.  8)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Trekkie101 on October 03, 2004, 08:03:53 AM
Thank  ;D

Its not easy getting the colours right or the images for that matter, it may take a while.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: webguy on October 04, 2004, 03:26:00 AM
I want to join, but I can't see myself getting a theme done in one month.

If there are enough requests, or even just mine, would a consideration for a small say 1 weej extension be out of line?

Thanks.

P.S
this forum looks really good.
I haven't yet installed it, but reading about the features, the buble theme- extremely cool!, the fact that it's free and more has me eager to try it out.

Thanks for making it free software :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: webguy on October 04, 2004, 04:32:25 PM
whoops.
Just realised that asking for an extension is totally unfair.

Sorry.
I'll get done what I can, I've no problem releasing a theme after the contest is over :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on October 04, 2004, 05:37:24 PM
Well, if someone comes up with a theme that's really awesome the day after, we can't really say "too bad person who got 1st, this guy's is late but better..."

Sorry.... but, you're right, wouldn't be too fair to those working already.  If this goes well, and we hold another contest, hopefully that time you can start early ;).

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: digit on October 09, 2004, 09:33:58 PM
http://www.treasurenet.com/f/

http://www.worlddatabase.com/

is this considered an entry?
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: digit on October 09, 2004, 10:27:39 PM
I'd be willing to trade my prize in for the right to clean up the block of text that includes the copyright. :-)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: digit on October 10, 2004, 12:07:42 AM
.... NOT that I wouldn'nt mind giving due credit!)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: andrea on October 10, 2004, 02:37:20 AM
Quote from: digit on October 09, 2004, 09:33:58 PM
http://www.treasurenet.com/f/

http://www.worlddatabase.com/

is this considered an entry?

Not yet. You must email a zip of the full theme files to the submission email address (see 1st post). Read the contest rules well to make sure your submission is valid.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: andrea on October 10, 2004, 02:39:41 AM
Quote from: digit on October 09, 2004, 10:27:39 PM
I'd be willing to trade my prize in for the right to clean up the block of text that includes the copyright. :-)

You can discuss this *after* you have won a prize. This neither the right place nor the right time to discuss such a question. The contest rules cannot be changed here.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Max Shanly on October 10, 2004, 01:41:30 PM
I am looking for a Theme Partner, I need some one to help me code whilst I'll make the Graphics.

Is this allowed [Unknown]?

Max|Linspired
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on October 10, 2004, 03:52:01 PM
You'll only get a single prize...

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Oldiesmann on October 11, 2004, 10:31:57 AM
Yes, but we will only award one prize as [Unknown] said - regardless of how many people worked on a theme. So before you ask someone to help you it's a good idea to work out what you would do if you were to win, so there are no misunderstandings or hurt feelings if you do win.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on October 14, 2004, 04:08:08 PM
Getting closer to the deadline...... October 31st.

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: c0Ld on October 14, 2004, 04:35:15 PM
Hm...I'll have to try. I probably won't win, since this'll be my first skin for SMF I'll have to go and edit a currently existing one to how I like it, since I'm not sure of all the tags. Can we make themes based on actual games? I promise I'll put the copyright for the game somewhere...in small text...:P
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on October 14, 2004, 04:48:36 PM
As long as you're not infringing copyrights, etc... it's fine.  IF they could sue you for making the theme, I'm afraid we can't take it.

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: c0Ld on October 14, 2004, 04:51:36 PM
Nah, theres themes for invision, phpbb, etc. Just talking about starcraft, they enjoy the advertisement.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: † ÐëepÇuT¹ † on October 15, 2004, 11:18:47 AM
Holy CRAP why didn't you guys PM people about this! I just read this and MAN am I gonna make the wildest theme. 100$ WTF thats sweet! what if the person who creates a theme doesn't have a credit card or will you send a check??? MUHOAHAHAHA. I will need to put my Cinema 4D (3d program) in work for this one!.

AMA GET OUTTA MY WAYYYYYYYY (lol, joking).

Btw I don't think making polls is such a good idea, after all people can just change their IPs and vote again and again for their theme!

Lets all take a momment to thank Mr. Unknown.




Done :).
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: andrea on October 15, 2004, 11:25:02 AM
Quote from: † ÐëepÇuT¹ † on October 15, 2004, 11:18:47 AM
what if the person who creates a theme doesn't have a credit card or will you send a check???

Sure a solution for that will be found. Awaiting your contribution!  :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on October 15, 2004, 01:12:15 PM
Quote from: † ÐëepÇuT¹ † on October 15, 2004, 11:18:47 AM
Btw I don't think making polls is such a good idea, after all people can just change their IPs and vote again and again for their theme!

They won't count for as much, exactly for that reason.  But, we'll mainly go off people's comments...

Sadly, this is why the real voting/judging basically has to be done by the team.

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Hoolio on October 15, 2004, 03:01:05 PM
hey unknown just allow people that have over 500 posts be able to vote in polls
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Meriadoc on October 15, 2004, 04:23:51 PM
Quote from: Hoolio on October 15, 2004, 03:01:05 PM
hey unknown just allow people that have over 500 posts be able to vote in polls
dang it, i think that keeps me from voting, and I'm a team member! ;)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Winters on October 15, 2004, 04:27:29 PM
Me, too. Well, no, I'm not a team member, just a person who tries not to spam, but only post when they really have to say something...
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: codenaught on October 15, 2004, 04:31:00 PM
nah, let everyone vote as said here

QuoteYour theme will be shown publicly, and people will have the chance to vote for their favorites. This public vote will have little impact, however, and the real judging will be done by the team members themselves.

The vote isn't the deciding factor anyway so I don't see the reason to punish those who haven't discovered SMF as long ago as others and those who don't have as much time to post on here.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Burpee on October 15, 2004, 10:07:31 PM
The ultimate vote that we can cast is to give a well thought through and properly argumented opinion about a theme.
Those who can't do that, won't be casting a real vote... those that do have something "extra" to add will be making a difference in the eventual outcome of this contest...
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on October 15, 2004, 10:42:56 PM
I think even better than a vote is a theme... no theme is too small ;).

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Golden_Helmet on October 17, 2004, 03:22:36 AM
Well, i made my very first SMF theme. As i said in the contest e-mail, i based it off the Classic YaBBSE Theme that came with RC2, and all images are the originals from that theme exept for catbg.gif, which i hijacked from one of my IPB themes.

http://dhost.info/clanboards/ That's my forum thats running my theme. I call the theme "Darkness Prevails" because, as you can all see, it's quite a dark theme ;)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Trekkie101 on October 17, 2004, 06:13:48 AM
My submission is nearly ready, although ive got all the graphics to do which is a very boring job if you cant make them  ::) Ill manage i suppose.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: andrea on October 17, 2004, 06:15:02 AM
Quote from: Golden_Helmet on October 17, 2004, 03:22:36 AM
Well, i made my very first SMF theme. As i said in the contest e-mail, i......

Great that you participate in the contest Golden_Helmet.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: andrea on October 17, 2004, 06:15:41 AM
Quote from: Trekkie101 on October 17, 2004, 06:13:48 AM
My submission is nearly ready,...

Great - awaiting your submission!
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Mystica on October 17, 2004, 09:06:19 AM
one little question... i've got a theme that i made a while ago and will modify a little bit for the contest, i've made said theme in 6 different colors, so the only difference between the themes is the style.css file, the boardindex file (for the fader colors) and the buttons of course. now... should i only submit one of the colors of the theme? or all 6 as different themes?? or one theme and screenshots of the other 5 color variations?
i'm also working on a new theme for the contest, i might choose to make that one in different colors too. so, do different colors count as seperate themes? and do i need to send all of the color variations or are screenshots enough?  ???
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: andrea on October 17, 2004, 10:01:36 AM
Quote from: Mystica on October 17, 2004, 09:06:19 AM
one little question... i've got a theme that i made a while ago and will modify a little bit for the contest, i've made said theme in 6 different colors, so the only difference between the themes is the style.css file, the boardindex file (for the fader colors) and the buttons of course. now... should i only submit one of the colors of the theme? or all 6 as different themes?? or one theme and screenshots of the other 5 color variations?
i'm also working on a new theme for the contest, i might choose to make that one in different colors too. so, do different colors count as seperate themes? and do i need to send all of the color variations or are screenshots enough?  ???

You are permitted to submit several themes to the contest (but can win only one price). So if I were you I would submit all themes as individual (complete) themes, since by this your chances to win a price can only increase...

P.S. A submission must be a fully functional theme (at least working with rc1) that's why I wrote (complete) theme.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Burpee on October 17, 2004, 10:14:37 AM
Quote from: andrea on October 17, 2004, 10:01:36 AM
You are permitted to submit several themes to the contest (but can win only one price). So if I were you I would submit all themes as individual (complete) themes, since by this your chances to win a price can only increase...

I wouldn't do that...
If you submit them separately, one person will vote for the blue theme... one person will vote for the purple theme... one person will vote for the green theme...
If you submit one theme, you'll get 3 votes on that one theme...

I'm not saying that you shouldn't share all the themes you made!
You can still share them, you can just try to see which one will be the most likely to be voted for and enter that into this contest.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: andrea on October 17, 2004, 10:20:58 AM
Quote from: Burpee on October 17, 2004, 10:14:37 AM
If you submit them separately, one person will vote for the blue theme... one person will vote for the purple theme... one person will vote for the green theme...
If you submit one theme, you'll get 3 votes on that one theme...

That is your interpretation. You do not necessarily get 3 votes on your one theme.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Mystica on October 17, 2004, 11:01:22 AM
thanks andrea, i was planning to send them all anyways, i just wasn't sure if i should send them as seperate themes or as one theme with different color options... i guess i'll send them in as 6 complete themes then, as soon as the modifications are finished  ;D
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Burpee on October 17, 2004, 12:14:18 PM
Quote from: andrea on October 17, 2004, 10:20:58 AM
That is your interpretation. You do not necessarily get 3 votes on your one theme.

I'm just stating that, strategically, it's better to enter one theme into this contest.
Let me explain... it's kind of like when you create a poll... If you have:
[ ] Yes, because of this
[ ] Yes, because of that
[ ] Yes, because of them
[ ] Yes, because of whatever
[ ] No

Which do you think will get the highest percentage of votes if 50% of the voters that intend to vote vote Yes and 50% of the voters intend to vote No?

It's the same with American elections... The Democrats and the Republicans both try to get just one person in office (except Ralph Nader, but what he's doing just proves my point) because it gives you a higher chance of getting the highest percentage...
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Trekkie101 on October 17, 2004, 01:21:32 PM
im with Burpee he has the best idea, you may get more votes if you submit one colour.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: andrea on October 17, 2004, 02:17:46 PM
That's up to you guys - submit 1 theme if you prefer.

But *submit* a theme  - and don't only make hypothetical discussions here.  ;)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: bloc on October 17, 2004, 02:24:07 PM
But what if you choose the wrong color-version and get no votes..? (...) :) Submit them all I say...

edit: sorry , Andrea, did not see your post there... *agreed with Andrea*
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Trekkie101 on October 17, 2004, 02:24:56 PM
I am going to, i maybe wont be good enough for the competition but i will submit some poor excuse for a theme, i like your themes andrea im gonna use the light green on my site, im trying to make a green and black theme.


@ Bloc
True!
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Ben_S on October 17, 2004, 02:59:24 PM
You could be inovative and provide an option for users to pick a stylesheet in their profile.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on October 17, 2004, 03:43:37 PM
If you want, I can even show you how to do that ;).

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Alexandre P. on October 17, 2004, 11:15:54 PM
That's what I was thinking: why not to submit one theme with multiple choices for the colors? :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Meriadoc on October 17, 2004, 11:41:07 PM
Quote from: [Unknown] on October 15, 2004, 10:42:56 PM
I think even better than a vote is a theme... no theme is too small ;).

-[Unknown]

i was thinking the same thing!

Great to see we're getting more submissions! :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: bloc on October 20, 2004, 01:34:33 PM
Its getting near :) ...one question though - how do you plan to showoff the themes for the poll? Screenshots? ..or a test-forum? 
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Oldiesmann on October 22, 2004, 06:45:42 PM
Someone will install them on a board for people to enjoy probably (I will if nobody else does).
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Trekkie101 on October 23, 2004, 08:08:07 AM
Cool like test forums, that sounds cool.  :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Burpee on October 23, 2004, 09:56:13 AM
Or just install all those Themes on this board... so we can test them while we surf these boards ;)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on October 23, 2004, 05:59:22 PM
I'll admit we've gotten less entires than I was hoping for...

If you're planning to submit one, you'd best do it soon; only a week left.

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Trekkie101 on October 23, 2004, 06:00:38 PM
Sorry i gave up, ill do it when 1 comes out sorry  :'(
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: andrea on October 25, 2004, 07:46:11 AM
This information is the reply to a contest question which was asked in the german forums:

Question: must submitted themes have an own button set?

Answer: Submissions not necessarily must have new buttons and icons - but for the buttons (or icons) which are used they must have the permission of the original author.




And here is for fairness the same good link which I gave in the other forum:

Here is a simple rectangular button set posted by bostasp *with PSD's* which is easy to colorize to a different color:
http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=4449.0
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Petra on October 25, 2004, 07:18:29 PM
I am brand new to SMF and all the theme making, never made on in my life.

SMF gives us these great forums for free, they make a contest for us which I think is great and fun and I think fun is what this is about.

Also will we learn a bit while working on our Theme.
$ 100 plus charter membership free, what more do you expect.

I for one will have a go, if I do not win fine, if I win fine, my reason for doing this is learning & sharing and giving a bit back of what we got for free.
Petra
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Anguz on October 25, 2004, 07:31:14 PM
Good luck. :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: codenaught on October 25, 2004, 07:59:13 PM
I will do my best to enter this contest. I already have made a theme but I will need to polish it up and probably create my own buttons for it. I hope to see my theme in the contest.  :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Trekkie101 on October 26, 2004, 12:19:20 PM
Betetr hurry then its nearly finsihed. Go Everyone! Thme like youve never themed before. :D
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Oldiesmann on October 26, 2004, 02:12:29 PM
5 days, 10 hours and 44 minutes to go :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Trekkie101 on October 26, 2004, 05:11:46 PM
Thats wrong now  :D
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Anguz on October 26, 2004, 05:17:11 PM
Quote from: Trekkie101 on October 26, 2004, 05:11:46 PM
Thats wrong now :D

It was wrong 1 minute after he posted it... ::)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Oldiesmann on October 26, 2004, 06:21:05 PM
:P
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Abedie on October 27, 2004, 11:20:35 AM
Hi,

I can't quote all postings parts this is a respond too, so I just make this one post.
- Seen the amount of chit chat, I hope the results are placed in a new topic.

- Another motivation to add a good free theme could be the following. I've seen on several other places, people that where very good in theming, helping fellow members showing their knowledge, making free themes for the project they like, growing out to their own business, using their free themes to advert their work.

- I suggest the voting should not be restricted to the amount of placed postings, as there are people that do read up and post seldom. I would restrict the voting to people that are a member from the date of yesterday or before. Setting the posting number to 25 minimum, rules out 6612 registered members. (Yep I counted them ;) )
I think it's more honest to give a weigth on votes of people that use the voted theme in real on their site within the 7 days followed on placing their vote.

- I could open a list on one of my sites with the themes, but I think it's in the interest of SMF to have a theme-list on their own site in combination with their download section, because what happens something go wrong with me or my sites? I think it wisdom to keep it here.
I will volunteer to do some work for it (like I do for the portal/cms-list) if thats whats needed to keep the list up to date.

Friendly (themed) greetings,
Abedie
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Oldiesmann on October 27, 2004, 11:40:06 AM
Wow... I just did some checking, and we've got 4515 members who have never even posted here, some of whom have been members for well over a year... Maybe it's time for some pruning ;)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on October 27, 2004, 11:52:22 AM
Quote from: Oldiesmann on October 27, 2004, 11:40:06 AM
Wow... I just did some checking, and we've got 4515 members who have never even posted here, some of whom have been members for well over a year... Maybe it's time for some pruning ;)

Just because they don't post doesn't mean they don't read.  Some people sign up just for the email announcements.  It would be stupid to delete them.

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Oldiesmann on October 27, 2004, 12:02:00 PM
True... Wasn't thinking about that. Ok, well how about pruning anyone who falls under the following category?

They haven't posted since they joined, they've been here at least a year, they've never visited the forum since they joined and their email address doesn't work anymore

I'm sure there are a few who fall under that category... :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on October 27, 2004, 12:08:12 PM
We do that regularly.

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Oldiesmann on October 27, 2004, 12:20:00 PM
Ah. Those are the most annoying types too :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Abedie on October 27, 2004, 12:29:40 PM
Just to keep uptodate the portal/cms list I'm member of several boards on the interesting parts. I don't post but got email response on postings.
I post the 'list' 20+ times and removed some postings from me, so whats the actual counting say about the value of the number of counting as edited posting are not counted?
They maybe not post but could be emailed about the contest and upgrades etc.

My 2 cents,
Abedie
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: c0Ld on October 27, 2004, 10:22:05 PM
Update on my gaming theme: I'm working on it, but slowly due to school. I'm hopeing to be able to find some spare time to finnish+submit. Sorry if it's not done on time =(
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Knippy on October 28, 2004, 10:43:24 AM
With me moving into a new house and the software i want to use being on another computer (at my old house) I havent even started  yet.. I wonder if I am gonna get it in on time.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: babylonking on October 30, 2004, 04:50:34 PM
Finally i finished and sended my lovely theme  :P
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Anguz on October 30, 2004, 06:08:00 PM
Great!
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: bloc on October 30, 2004, 07:47:04 PM
Quote from: babylonking on October 30, 2004, 04:50:34 PM
Finally i finished and sended my lovely theme :P

Exciting! Looking forward to seeing it all.. :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Cypher7 on November 01, 2004, 08:56:57 AM
Cant wait to see all the submissions!
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Legolass on November 01, 2004, 12:18:42 PM
me too!

i'm sorry if this has already been asked but i started to read all the posts in this thread and it went off on a rant a bout rubbish prizes (i think they are fine as if you really enjoy doing it then it isnt a chore is it? i'd do it for free if i was good enough!)

anyhoo - the question! how soon are we likely to be able to see the entries?
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Trekkie101 on November 01, 2004, 12:40:07 PM
Well its finished i think.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Oldiesmann on November 01, 2004, 01:28:39 PM
Yes, the contest has officially ended. I don't know when the entries will be made public though.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Tom on November 01, 2004, 04:21:24 PM
I look forward to seeing the entries.  :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: andrea on November 07, 2004, 02:47:42 AM
Totally were 26 submissions of 6 authors entered. The public vote will run this day and is here:
http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=19483.0
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Sector9 on November 08, 2004, 04:24:46 PM
Are these themes downloadable elsewhere?
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Oldiesmann on November 09, 2004, 09:18:51 AM
Not at the moment (at least not that I know of).
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Pause on November 10, 2004, 07:16:28 AM
It doesn't come up with the option to let me vote :|
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Oldiesmann on November 10, 2004, 12:26:30 PM
The public vote poll wasn't up very long, mostly due to lack of action on our part.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: [Unknown] on November 10, 2004, 12:36:23 PM
Quote from: Oldiesmann on November 10, 2004, 12:26:30 PM
The public vote poll wasn't up very long, mostly due to lack of action on our part.

What ever do you mean?  It was only supposed to be up for a short while, not like a three week poll or something.

-[Unknown]
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Oldiesmann on November 10, 2004, 12:44:01 PM
I know, but I think people were expecting it to be up longer than a day :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: yexusbeliever on November 15, 2004, 04:41:40 AM
Well certainly this is sad for me.  I just found out about SMF last week, so I did not even get the chance to take time to enter in this contest. :(  Darn.... :'( :( :(



Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Anguz on November 15, 2004, 04:51:40 AM
Well, you can still create themes, and when the next contest is announced, submit them. :)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: andrea on November 15, 2004, 05:09:25 AM
In fact you don't have to wait for contests to publish themes for SMF.  ;)
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: Anguz on November 15, 2004, 05:14:10 AM
Quote from: andrea on November 15, 2004, 05:09:25 AM
In fact you don't have to wait for contests to publish themes for SMF. ;)

I guess I wasn't clear on that point, but it's like Andrea says. What I meant is that you can make your themes, publish them and when the next context comes, submit them.
Title: Re: Announcing Our First Contest
Post by: xplorer69 on December 16, 2004, 07:51:49 AM
i was wondering why it was down