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Common Courtesy for Contests

Postby JoshWedin » Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:48 am

In the past, issues have arisen that we feel need to be dealt with before we enter the contest “season”. Keep in mind the following guidelines as you participate in current and future contests.

1. Someone has taken the time to write the rules, so take the time to read them. In fact, read them several times. Your questions might be answered simply by reading the rules again. Normally the host doesn’t mind answering your questions, but it can be frustrating to continually answer questions that the rules already cover.

2. Running a contest is hard work. The person or persons running a contest aren’t getting anything out of it. They are volunteering their time, energy and/or Lego to the contest. Don’t give them a hard time or they may not wish to run it again.

3. Refrain from criticizing the rules, guidelines, categories, or prizes. If you don’t like how the contest is run, feel free to run your own. But do not put down those who are doing so already. There is no need to complain about the categories, as no one is forcing you to enter. Even if you don't like them, look at them as a challenge. You will be surprised at the creativity inspired by a restrictive category. As for prizes, remember that donors are giving away Lego they could have kept. Hearing people ridicule the prizes they donated may make them reconsider doing so in the future.

4. Follow the rules. Don’t try to find loopholes or wriggle out of them by some kind of technicality. You can figure out what was intended by the rules, follow them. Do not ask for exceptions to be made for you. Also, do not ask that deadlines be extended because you are running out of time. This is unfair to the other contestants.

5. Remember that you are not running this contest. If you feel that entries are not within the rules or that other contestants are cheating, do not correct them. Feel free to contact the host, but do not publicly critique the other contestants or their entries. The host will let you know if they are within the bounds of the rules.

6. Do not complain when highly skilled builders and/or people with large collections enter the contest. They have just as much right to enter as anyone else. They have spent the time it took to build up their collections and skills. They deserve to be recognized. They did not get where they are by luck. It takes time, practice, and patience. Complaining about them only shows off your unwillingness to put in the time it takes to succeed.

7. Do not complain that someone “stole” your idea. You do not own a patent on innovative ideas that you may have discovered. If you don’t want the idea used, then don’t post it. On the other hand, if you want to use someone else’s innovative technique, consider contacting them first. That way any hard feelings are nipped in the bud.

8. Congratulate the winners. When the winners are announced, don’t complain or whine because you didn’t win. They did not win because they were “popular”, had “bigger collections”, and any other reason. In fact, many builders have been virtually unknown before winning a contest. They didn't win a popularity contest, they won because they built what the judges felt was the best entry.

9. Lastly, always remember its supposed to be fun. Let's keep it that way for everyone and we will be doing this for a long time to come.

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Postby Prince Imdol » Thu Nov 01, 2007 11:36 am

These are very thought out rules Josh. I will make sure to abide by these rules.


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Postby Formendacil » Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:59 am

Prince Imdol wrote:These are very thought out rules Josh. I will make sure to abide by these rules as well as remind other who have not seen them, or are acting out.


Actually, it would be better if you didn't make a point of being too nitpickety about the rules to others. If it gets bad and the Mods haven't noticed, then private message the Mods, but don't make yourself a policeman. Vigilante modding, like vigilante justice, is not a good thing.

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Postby Robin Hood » Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:34 am

I must say, Well Said! As a contest runner myself (albeit not a large one) I understand what you are trying to get across. I fully understand the frustrations that come during contests. It is awesome to see you put all this down in writing. Basically, it hits the nails on the heads. Again, well said.

Note to everybody: Read and respect this. It will make us all happier.

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Postby Spongey » Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:26 pm

Well said. The admins/other users who hold contests deserve a lot of respect. There wouldn't even be a CCCV if the admins decided to keep their sanity and avoid dealing with all of the questions/entries. We owe them a big hand.
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Postby SavaTheAggie » Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:31 pm

Spongey wrote:There wouldn't even be a CCCV if the admins decided to keep their sanity and avoid dealing with all of the questions/entries.


Wait... we can decide to keep it?? Why didn't you tell me! It was taken from me after CCC 1! Alrighty, which one of you has it?

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Postby ottoatm » Sat Nov 03, 2007 4:43 am

Glad to see so many positive responses to these rules - following these rules will be the foundation for a great contest!

The only message I would add here is to ask everyone to please be sure to read them thoroughly! :)
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Postby Quickblade22 » Sat Nov 03, 2007 8:16 pm

This is an excellent and well thought out list, Josh.
Vigilante modding, like vigilante justice, is not a good thing.

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Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:01 am

Josh,

I think these rules and comments show a great deal of experience in competition. Very well done. I hope these help to make the contests what they should be fun anda time for people to see what we are doing.

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Postby Bruce N H » Sat Apr 12, 2008 3:51 am

Hey,

I'm going to unstick this thread for now. I've put Josh's post and a link to this thread in the admin announcements thread. When the next major contest rolls around it will be easy to find this thread again and re-sticky it.

Edit: It's CCC time again, so let's all take another look at Josh's post, re-stickied for the contest.
Btw, this is also now in the FAQ for permanent reference.

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Re: Common Courtesy for Contests

Postby quaraga » Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:33 am

great rules in theory hope they work!
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Re: Common Courtesy for Contests

Postby JoshWedin » Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:23 pm

This is a good time to remind everyone of this thread. If you intend to enter the CCC, please read these simple guidelines.

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Re: Common Courtesy for Contests

Postby Unitronus » Sat Nov 20, 2010 6:46 pm

This is my first CCC I'm participating in, and I'm thankful for you explaining the rules a little more clearer now.
I'm not much of a pro, but I'll still enter and have fun. :D
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Postby rogue27 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:22 am

Quickblade22 wrote:This is an excellent and well thought out list, Josh.
Vigilante modding, like vigilante justice, is not a good thing.

100% agree with the underlined statement.....100% disagree with non-underlined statement. :wink:


Was thinking the same thing myself. :)


Anyway, rules look good. Basically don't be a whining self-centered megablok and treat everybody else with respect. Good rules for life in general.
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Re: Common Courtesy for Contests

Postby JoshWedin » Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:25 pm

I have "re-stickied" this thread as it is always a good reminder as we head into the contest season.

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