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Postby kelderic » Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:57 pm

The Phantom wrote:I already have something 3/4 built that wasn't ready for this years, and was only wondering if I should postpone it for a while. I'm pretty sure it wont fit a catagory, and if it doesn't fit, so what. I'm already entering it in another contest.


The only problem with building is early is that a bunch of bricks will be taken up, and sitting there for almost a year. However, if it is really great, then go ahead and keep it. It will either fit in a normal catagory, or in the misc catagory. :)

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Postby Athos » Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:12 pm

Winners tomorrow! :D

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Postby Bruce N H » Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:27 pm

Athos wrote:Winners tomorrow! :D


Hey Steve,

I hate to be the bearer of sad tidings, but, as per usual, the large number of entries will delay the announcement of winners. Perhaps next year we shouldn't give a date for the winners to be announced. I'm looking forward to announcing the winners myself, because then I'll be able to come out of my self-imposed silence on the tons of great MOCs we've seen this year.


The Phantom wrote:I already have something 3/4 built that wasn't ready for this years, and was only wondering if I should postpone it for a while. I'm pretty sure it wont fit a catagory, and if it doesn't fit, so what. I'm already entering it in another contest.



Phantom,

Please don't delay a MOC for the next 10 months in the hopes that it might fit a category. That would very much go against the spirit of the CCC, which is to encourage building, not to get someone to tie up their collection for a year. Also, as others have noted, we change the categories every year to encourage creativity, so what might have been a great entry for this year might not fit next year's contest at all. Also remember there are other contests throughout the year, some sponsored by the admins and others by forum members. Some of these contests are regular, such as the battles contest and the micro contest that have been held each year for a few years. Others come up sporadically, like when we held a chess contest to celebrate the new chess sets, or last year when LEGO donated a complete line of new sets to sponsor a contest.

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Postby Athos » Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:15 pm

Bruce N H wrote:
Athos wrote:Winners tomorrow! :D


Hey Steve,

I hate to be the bearer of sad tidings, but, as per usual, the large number of entries will delay the announcement of winners. Perhaps next year we shouldn't give a date for the winners to be announced. I'm looking forward to announcing the winners myself, because then I'll be able to come out of my self-imposed silence on the tons of great MOCs we've seen this year.


I suspected as much... :D

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Postby SavaTheAggie » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:32 pm

It's my fault, I'm sorry. I've been busy lately, and grading is really really hard this year.

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Postby Elephant Knight » Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:12 am

The Phantom wrote:I already have something 3/4 built that wasn't ready for this years, and was only wondering if I should postpone it for a while. I'm pretty sure it wont fit a catagory, and if it doesn't fit, so what. I'm already entering it in another contest.


Here is something you can try. Build the thing. Take pictures. Put them on your computur, but do not post them on the internet.

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Postby Asterios » Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:19 pm

Todays the Day good luck to all entrants,and glad i'm not in the judges shoes right now :P
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Postby Bruce N H » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:31 pm

Asterios wrote:Todays the Day good luck to all entrants,and glad i'm not in the judges shoes right now :P


Again, I hate to bear sad tidings, but the very large number of high quality entries means that judging will be delayed.

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Postby doc069 » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:00 pm

Bruce N H wrote:Again, I hate to bear sad tidings, but the very large number of high quality entries means that judging will be delayed. Bruce


All good things come to those that wait...

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Postby Lord Felix » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:47 pm

doc069 wrote:
Bruce N H wrote:Again, I hate to bear sad tidings, but the very large number of high quality entries means that judging will be delayed. Bruce


All good things come to those that wait...

Lee


Thats for sure. Perhaps in later years you should set a date for judging but not make it public, just say it will be done by (and give a far future date, like End of February). That way we don't get this "Why is it not judged yet!?" type posts.
It gets bigger and bigger every year; have you ADMINS considered adding more judges, and perhaps only for specific categories?
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Postby architect » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:15 am

Lord Felix wrote:It gets bigger and bigger every year; have you ADMINS considered adding more judges, and perhaps only for specific categories?


Having a group of admins grade each category gives a more balanced result. We could cut down the number of categories and prizes to reduce grading time, but I doubt anyone would want that ;)

Grading does vary from year to year depending on the number of categories and entries. For those who have been here for several years, you know that grading could take as little as two weeks or as much as two months. Showing a later date as an estimate would be better in the future. However I am sure we will still have many fans questioning when grading will be complete with or without a date.

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Postby Blueandwhite » Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:44 am

Honestly, you guys do a bang up job with this contest every year. Having to wait a few weeks is hardly a bad thing. Heck, it's only the third week of January! Given the amazing MOCs that this contest produces, I would rather see the judges take the time they need to ensure that everything works as smoothly as it has in previous years.

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Postby Athos » Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:59 pm

Erring on the side of estimating too late, would seem preferable. It'd be better received to announce results early, than late.

I thought the estimated date was too optomistic, when I first read it.

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Postby Asterios » Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:33 pm

out of curiousity any idea when winners will be picked and posted?
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Postby SavaTheAggie » Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:50 pm

The best answer, in all seriousness, without sarcasm of any kind and in the most gentle way is:

The grades will be done when they're done.

Our process is not a steady one - it will go fast for a while, and then it'll slow down, and then it'll speed up again. There is really absolutely no way for us to accurately predict when they'll be done. The best we can say is that the winners will be announced when we have them.

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