The 2013 Stonemason Catalogue Contest

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  • kyoto kidkyoto kid Posts: 16,146
    edited December 1969

    ...I'd check it myself but FB is blocked on my system. Do you have a DA account?

  • Geminii23Geminii23 Posts: 590
    edited December 1969

    Kyoto Kid said:
    ...I'd check it myself but FB is blocked on my system. Do you have a DA account?

    Yes it is in my signature but you can search for geminii23.deviantart.com

  • kyoto kidkyoto kid Posts: 16,146
    edited December 1969

    ...thanks for the link. Excellent.

    Also love the Easter bunny one.

  • WildscarWildscar Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Geminii23 said:
    Wildscar said:
    Isikol said:
    Geminii23 said:
    This is totally unrelated to the contest, but I just wanted to share this fun news:

    So a render I made this week using Stonemason's Dark Places Back Alley called Predator Vs. The Zombie Apocalypse is getting a ton of traffic on FB. Someone had reposted my image (fortunately giving me credit) on Stan Winston's School of Character Arts official page. 1300 likes and climbing! https://www.facebook.com/StanWinstonSchool

    This is the biggest exposure I have gotten with any of the art, music or video editing I have done so I am super happy and grateful! Thank you to Stonemason once again for his amazing work. This new picture wouldn't have even been possible with out his amazing 3D architecture.

    Thanks.


    just gave the 1308 like ;)

    that's awesome man. Gratz. I as well just gave 1538. so its still growing.

    Thanks man! I just checked today and it jumped up to 1700! I wish they had shared my original deviantart posting though because it cites all the credits for things used such as Stonemason, Swidhelm and Smay.

    yeah I hate Facebook for that reason. I have tried to just post links to my images on Facebook and noted they don't get as many likes if I post them right to Facebook. and that sucks cause Facebook resizes them not making them look as good.

    Gratz again on the recognition.

  • J GugliuzzaJ Gugliuzza Posts: 101
    edited December 1969

    Hey Geminii23, I just checked it out, awesome, way to go!!

  • Geminii23Geminii23 Posts: 590
    edited December 1969

    Hey Geminii23, I just checked it out, awesome, way to go!!

    Thank you!

  • BnomSandyBnomSandy Posts: 7
    edited December 1969

    Geminii23 said:
    This is totally unrelated to the contest, but I just wanted to share this fun news:

    So a render I made this week using Stonemason's Dark Places Back Alley called Predator Vs. The Zombie Apocalypse is getting a ton of traffic on FB. Someone had reposted my image (fortunately giving me credit) on Stan Winston's School of Character Arts official page. 1300 likes and climbing! https://www.facebook.com/StanWinstonSchool

    This is the biggest exposure I have gotten with any of the art, music or video editing I have done so I am super happy and grateful! Thank you to Stonemason once again for his amazing work. This new picture wouldn't have even been possible with out his amazing 3D architecture.

    Thanks.

    As a huge fan of both the Predator franchise and zombie movies, I am totally digging this. Very Cool.

  • StonemasonStonemason Posts: 482
    edited December 1969

    hey guys..so sorry this is taking so long,. .I've been trying to find an easy way to get these images in a place we can all easily vote on.. apparently the forum software wont handle so many images as part of a poll. which means I'll need to manually upload each image.. which is going to take some time. anyone who has uploaded more than one image to these forums will know what I'm up against

    if anyone knows of some simple html code for image voting I could put it up on my site, or even another site I could upload them to that already has a voting function,? otherwise I'll put Sunday night aside and upload everything manually

    or alternatively we could just vote on the images as they are.?

    thanks
    Stefan

  • GeddGedd Posts: 2,473
    edited April 2013

    Well you could put the images on another site with an 'ID' number so they would be easy for people to view and sort through, then have the voting/poll here, although DAZ has been killing any polls and I'm not sure their polling feature would even accomodate such a large number of items.

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  • Jason GalterioJason Galterio Posts: 915
    edited December 1969

    How about a list of the links to the specific post pages?

    Then if someone wants to vote, they have to quote the line of that link?

  • sfaa69sfaa69 Posts: 254
    edited December 1969

    I think I have already evaluated the entries and know which ones to vote for.

    The question I have is: do we vote for just one or do we vote for the top 5, or 6, or what, with the order of winners determined by the total number of votes?

    And who can vote, only those who submitted entries or the community members at large?

    And If you, Stefan, have made your picks, are those winners still eligible for the community portion of the contest?

    No matter what, any voting thread should be restricted to votes...no comments, no extraneous talk, no extra images...just votes.

  • gero_1478aba0a9gero_1478aba0a9 Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Googled "polling website" and got a bunch of links for different types of online polls available.

    This free one seems to allow you to build the poll mechanic here:

    http://pollcode.com/

    Googled "gallery website" for gallery code.:

    http://galleryproject.org/

    You'd just want something that allows you to upload all the pics in one go without any fuss. I guess they'd have an option for basic numbering.

    Cheers

  • MiloMilo Posts: 317
    edited December 1969

    Coppermine gallery web image system has a plugin for voting. I don't know anything about it though

    http://forum.coppermine-gallery.net/index.php?topic=62496.0

  • Geminii23Geminii23 Posts: 590
    edited April 2013

    Hi Stefan,

    I am not sure if you use Wordpress for your website, but there is a plugin called Simple Photo Contest that might work for you.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-photos-contest/

    I use Wordpress and am definitely willing to help out. I could also set up a temp word press site that you could administrate for the contest if that will help as well.

    Post edited by Geminii23 on
  • kyoto kidkyoto kid Posts: 16,146
    edited December 1969

    ...but is it compatible with Magento and Daz Forums?

  • zawarkalzawarkal Posts: 1,005
    edited December 1969

    Here is a possible idea?.? Since you have such an amazing turnout in your contest, maybe you could consider throwing more prizes into the mix. And, if you would use a pre-judging method to separate the entries into three distinct voting categories (similar to how Daz previews images that it allows to be posted on the facebook page), you could create the 'quality entry' category which would be eligible for the prizes already mentioned for the community vote. Then you could split the remaining images into the beginner group and the intermediate group, providing additional prizes at these levels. In this way those of us who believe we had no chance of winning actually get a chance to walk away with a prize.

  • Geminii23Geminii23 Posts: 590
    edited December 1969

    Kyoto Kid said:
    ...but is it compatible with Magento and Daz Forums?

    Well, no. But I believe that that is the main issue that Stefan is having is the limitations on the DAZ forums. So this would be a seperate Wordpress site that we could setup and then we would need to register the 252 people via emails to do the voting.

    This suggestion was only an alternative to Stefan having to do this on his own website on the chance that he doesn't use Wordpress.

  • sfaa69sfaa69 Posts: 254
    edited December 1969

    Actually, quite a few less than 252 since that was the number of entries and most people entered twice.

  • MADMANMIKEMADMANMIKE Posts: 379
    edited December 1969

    sfaa69 said:
    Actually, quite a few less than 252 since that was the number of entries and most people entered twice.

    Good point. Although I only entered once as when I was half done with my second render I took a look at some of the other entries and decided it would be a wasted effort..

    The prizes are just too good, they drew everyone out of the woodwork..

  • IppotamusIppotamus Posts: 1,256
    edited December 1969

    I think we are a close enough community that whatever is easiest for you and quickest at this point.
    If you want to leave it as is and start the voting. I think we can pull that off. :)
    If it's just too much or too difficult you could just choose all the winners yourself.
    I'm easy. :)

  • Jason GalterioJason Galterio Posts: 915
    edited December 1969

    I don't want to sound negative, but one thing does concern me.

    Moving the voting off the "neutral" forum site makes the chance for abuse increase.

    If things get out of hand, then this will turn to an even bigger logistical nightmare.

  • Blaine91555Blaine91555 Posts: 148
    edited December 1969

    alternatively we could just vote on the images as they are.?

    thanks
    Stefan

    That sounds reasonable to me. Is it possible to just remove all posts that don't contain entries? No sense in over complicating things.

    You could number each qualified entry post and have a complimentary thread where folks could vote by number.

  • fayriefayrie Posts: 55
    edited December 1969

    whatever would be easiest works for me.... if it would be easier to have all who made images post them in a new thread i would be fine with or we can just wade through this one also :)

  • MADMANMIKEMADMANMIKE Posts: 379
    edited December 1969

    I know that on other forums it's possible for moderators to split threads; they could just take all the relevant posts and create a new thread from them..

    But then that's on common message board systems.. I don't know if they thought to add that feature when they decided to build this one from the ground up..

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,861
    edited December 1969

    Splitting 252 posts, scattered around a thread this long, would not be a simple solution, regardless of whether we were using the old software or this new software. Plus of course splitting would mean this thread would lose all the images that were spilt out, which would make the coversations somewaht irrelevant, as the comments would be about posts that are no longer in the thread.

  • FSMCDesignsFSMCDesigns Posts: 1,264
    edited December 1969

    Here's an idea, why not just let Stefan look thru the entries and pick the winners which i thought was the original plan instead of community voting. Popularity contests are rarely based solely on artistic merit.

  • SzarkSzark Posts: 8,789
    edited December 1969

    The first page explains it all.... ;)

  • MADMANMIKEMADMANMIKE Posts: 379
    edited December 1969

    chohole said:
    Splitting 252 posts, scattered around a thread this long, would not be a simple solution, regardless of whether we were using the old software or this new software. Plus of course splitting would mean this thread would lose all the images that were spilt out, which would make the coversations somewaht irrelevant, as the comments would be about posts that are no longer in the thread.

    Then delete all of the irrelevant posts. The point is to make things easier..

    Frankly I couldn't begin to pick out images to vote on as there are soo many non-entry images posted in this thread that I stopped following it after the first week..

  • DavageDavage Posts: 74
    edited April 2013

    Deleting all non relevent posts from the original thread seems a good way to go about it. As the contest was going I saved all entries to a folder every day so I already have my votes sorted out using Acdsee tagging them a 1 though 5 rating, so now I just have to pick my top ones from the 5 rating category. But I do believe only people who entered should be allowed to vote once for each position. ie... one vote for 1st one for 2nd, 3rd, 1 for for for community favorite...etc.. and not for their own piece. And I agree about the no comments comment when voting. Best of luck sorting this out Stonemason. Haven't there been contests like this before on these forums? How were those handled?

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  • Satira CapriccioSatira Capriccio Posts: 522
    edited December 1969

    Deleting all non relevant posts from a COPY of this topic would be ok, but I wouldn't want any post deleted from this topic.

    However, it's not really fair to ask the mods to "fix" this. Instead of making Stonemason find a solution, we could repost our images to a new topic. That is ... if we want to participate in being judged by the community. Not everyone might want to be judged by the community.

    Give us a week or so to do so ... not like any other way will be quicker. After all ... isn't everyone else who entered checking this topic daily?


    Some contests used the DAZ ArtZone (which doesn't exist anymore) to submit entries. Others have used an entry only topic and a separate discussion topic. I believe most contests on the DAZ forums tend to have fewer entries, and there aren't usually a lot of non-entries posted.


    Davage003 said:
    Deleting all non relevent posts from the original thread seems a good way to go about it. As the contest was going I saved all entries to a folder every day so I already have my votes sorted out using Acdsee tagging them a 1 though 5 rating, so now I just have to pick my top ones from the 5 rating category. But I do believe only people who entered should be allowed to vote once for each position. ie... one vote for 1st one for 2nd, 3rd, 1 for for for community favorite...etc.. and not for their own piece. And I agree about the no comments comment when voting. Best of luck sorting this out Stonemason. Haven't there been contests like this before on these forums? How were those handled?

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