Ten Million Post Avatar Contest

Discussion in 'Ten Million Post Contest' started by Doctor Q, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    MacRumors has passed its ten millionth forum post. To celebrate, we are having a Ten Million Post Avatar Contest.

    Create a new, original avatar, enter the contest following the contest rules, and you may win the coveted prize: MacRumors bragging rights!

    You'll also win a "contest winner" badge [​IMG] next to all of your posts, the right to use your winning avatar whether or not you have 500 posts, and your place among our Past Contest Winners.

    Winners will be chosen in four categories:
    1. Best Static Avatar, General Theme
    2. Best Static Avatar, MacRumors or Ten Million Theme
    3. Best Animated Avatar, General Theme
    4. Best Animated Avatar, MacRumors or Ten Million Theme
    Finalists will be selected in each category by the moderators based on technical skill, creativity, humor, and theme. The winner in each of the four categories will be chosen by a public poll among the finalists.

    Making an avatar

    Avatars can be created with almost any graphics or image editing program. If you don't already have suitable software you can search the forums (particularly the Design and Graphics and Mac Applications forums) for recommendations.

    Feel free to ask questions or provide general answers in this thread, as long as each avatar submitted for the contest is that user's own original work.

    We're not giving special prizes for avatars created using an iPad, but please share your experiences if you do use an iPad app!

    Entering the Contest

    The contest submission period begins today and runs through June 13.

    To enter the contest, see the rules in the next post. To see the contest entries, watch the threads in the Ten Million Post Contest forum.

    We're holding the contest just for fun. We hope you enjoy creating avatars, seeing what others come up with, and helping select the winners!
  2. thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Contest Rules

    1. Dates. The Ten Million Post Contest submission period is 13 days, from today (Tuesday June 1) to end of day Sunday June 13 (midnight eastern time).

    The polls for selecting winners will be open for 3 days, from Wednesday June 16 to end of day Friday June 18 (midnight eastern time).

    2. Eligibility. Any active MacRumors member can enter the contest and win the contest. Contest entries are by individuals; no team entries. You do not need to have an avatar, or be eligible to have one, to enter the contest. You can enter in all 4 contest categories but can win in at most one category. MacRumors administrators and moderators may either participate in the selection of finalists or participate in the contest but not both.

    3. Originality. Contest avatars must be new work done by you. You can submit as many dissimilar avatars as you want but we suggest that you concentrate on quality, not quantity. Please don't enter multiple similar avatars. Submit what you think is your best work.

    4. Contest avatars. Each avatar competing in the contest must be the first and only attachment to the first post in a thread in the Ten Million Post Contest forum.

    5. Avatar size. Avatars must be within the size limits for forum avatars: jpeg, gif, or png files, at most 75x75 pixels and at most 30,000 bytes (29.3K). Oversize avatars are not eligible.

    6. Comments. Anyone may post comments in contest threads. Comments do not affect judging. Standard forum rules apply.

    7. Etiquette. All contest entries must be family-friendly and in good taste. Do not campaign for your avatars or against other users' avatars.

    Judging Criteria

    Contest avatars are to be judged by technical skill, creativity, and humor.

    Avatars with a MacRumors and/or Ten Million theme are to be judged on their interpretation of that theme as well.

    Evaluations are not to be based on thread title, post text, which user created them, or opinions other than your own.

    How to Enter the Contest

    To enter the contest:
    1. Double-check that your avatar is at most 75x75 pixels and at most 30,000 bytes so it won't be disqualified.
    2. Click here to start a new thread in the Ten Million Post Contest forum.
    3. Give the thread any title you want.
    4. Use the Manage Attachments button to upload and attach a single contest avatar. Do not attach any other files. You may convert your avatar to an inline attachment but this is not necessary.
    5. You may not use IMG/TIMG/URL tags to link to an image elsewhere on the Internet or even at MacRumors. Your contest avatar must be attached to your post.
    6. One contest avatar per thread. If you want to enter another avatar, start another thread.
    7. Optional: Describe your avatar, how you made it, where you got the idea, etc. The forum system requires that you include some text in a post so you can type "my avatar" if you have nothing else to say.
    8. Submit your new thread!
    9. Do not edit your contest post after the June 13 deadline or it may become ineligible. Threads submitted after June 13 will not be eligible for the contest.
    You do not have to indicate which contest category your avatar is for. If your avatar has a MacRumors or Ten Million theme (in the opinion of the moderators) it will be judged in one of these contest categories:
    Best Static Avatar, MacRumors or Ten Million Theme
    Best Animated Avatar, MacRumors or Ten Million Theme
    Otherwise it will be judged in either of these categories:

    Best Static Avatar, General Theme
    Best Animated Avatar, General Theme

    Contest Winners

    1. Finalists. After June 13 the moderators will check eligibility, identify the category for each avatar, select finalists in each category based on the Judging Criteria, and prepare polls to let members vote for the winning entries. A forum member can have finalists in multiple categories but at most one avatar per category.

    2. Voting. All active forum members who joined before June 2010 are eligible to vote once in each of the four categories. (The cutoff date is to prevent cheaters from padding vote counts by re-registering or getting friends to join.) Users should vote based on the Judging Criteria, not based on personal popularity, member status, or other factors not related to the contest.

    3. Winners. When the polls close, vote counts will determine the contest winners. The final vote counts shown in the poll may be reduced after the polls close once votes by ineligible users are removed.

    To prevent one very talented user from dominating the contest, winners will be determined by the MACS system (the MacRumors Algorithm for Contest Selection): Contest avatars will be sorted by eligible votes and secondarily by contest thread number (the thread submitted earlier ranks higher). The first avatar in the list wins in its category. Other avatars in that category and other avatars by that user are then removed from the list and the procedure is repeated 3 more times.

    4. Ties. Because of MACS there can be no ties.

    5. Rules. It is your responsibility to follow the contest rules to be eligible to win. If you have comments or questions about the contest rules and procedures, post them in this thread. If you don't follow the rules your contest submission may be disqualified without notification.

    6. Prizes. The four winning users get four prizes:
    1. Bragging rights.
    2. Use of your winning avatar. Even if you are not yet avatar-eligible (user title 6502a or higher) you will be allowed to use your winning avatar. This is the only way in which you can have an avatar without having 500 or more posts.
    3. Contest winner badge. The [​IMG] icon will appear next to your posts (under your user title) as long as you remain an active forum member.
    4. A permanent place in our showcase of Past Contest Winners.
    7. Problems. Should unforeseen circumstances arise or rule interpretations be necessary, the moderators will make the decisions. We'll do our best to keep the contest fair and fun!

    Good luck, contestants!
  3. Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    Gosh, I must be tired after work...so many rules to read...I'll pass, thanks. Good luck to all participants..!
  4. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    so many rules
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008
    I'm close to 500 posts anyways, and I suck at drawing, so I'm going to pass.:p
  6. macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Anyone got a TLDR? I'm guessing you just have to make an avatar and submit it before a certain date? :D
  7. macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    So, how much money do we win?:confused::D
  8. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Depends on how much and how many people will pitch in.
  9. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Are we allowed to use the Macrumors logo as part of the Avatar?
  10. macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2006
    prize is kind of lame

    I might be new to online contests but bragging rights? A post on a forum page? Might as well give you a copy of Windows 95...

    Seriously, this is a bit lame.
  11. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Oh, I guess you didn't get the memo that the contest isn't mandatory.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Yeah I can see your point of view, but If you're a forum junkie then that medal would be really awesome :D
  13. macrumors 68000


    May 12, 2009
    USG Ishimura
    It isn't? Wth? It should be!
  14. thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Yes you are.
  15. macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    Ok, what do I win? :p
  16. macrumors 65816


    Feb 23, 2010
    Lagrange Point
    Are we allowed to use the Google logo in a blender?

  17. macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2007
    Montreal Canada
    Are we allowed to modify any apple icons for our own use?
  18. thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    A free Internet link to click on. While supplies last.

    Only if the top is on securely.

    Fair use rules applies. It's never been an issue in the past.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    I don't know about you guys, but I want one of those badges aha :D
  20. macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    So where do I post my winning avatar? Do I upload it here in this thread?
  21. macrumors 68040

    Eric S.

    Feb 1, 2008
    Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    The buttons on your avatar don't even function! :rolleyes:

    Just like my dog, I like my avatar even though it's not a prizewinner.
  22. Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
  23. macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    God I want one of those blue badges! Haha.
    I've got a few ideas, let's just hope I've got the technical ability to fulfil them!
    Good luck everyone, I'm looking forward to seeing some great 'tars.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    Are we allowed to use our contest avatars as our regular avatars (before june 13th)?
  25. thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Sure. That's the reason that the contest rules require that avatars be within certain size limits - so they can be used as your forum avatar.

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