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Reviving the WordPress 2.0 Theme Competition (81 posts)

  1. kineda
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    With all the confusion of where the WordPress 2.0 Theme Competition is headed, I've decided to create a new site dedicated to reviving the competition.

    I believe the competition was very disorganized and the details of rules, judges and judging criteria were very vague. Deadlines were not met, and communication of events and e-mails that happened after the site disappeared seem vague and disconnected.

    I've created a temporary site to house the new competition: http://wordpress.kineda.com

    I'll move the site to a dedicated domain shortly. Let's not lose all the hard work of the creative WordPress community!

    To start things off, I'll be donating an Ipod shuffle to the competition to get things back in gear.

    Any questions about the new competition can be left here, at the new site, or e-mailed directly to terry@kineda.com.

    I hope this step gets things back on track! :)

  2. Piggy
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Glad to see someone is doing something about moving this forward.

    Well done you!

  3. Konstantin
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Maybe somebody new who is trying to fool us? who knows? :(

  4. red-star
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Im now a bit confused about this all. Would like to put a theme to a competition but no, i gues I better do not.

  5. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Well, Terry/kineda's been around here a while, seems to be an okay person. You could check the site etc. linked from his name....

  6. red-star
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I have done that, and also send a mail. There are more people out there who can be trusted, than whe sometimes think.

  7. shadow
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I will retract my offer to house it in the Theme Viewer then. I hate politics enough already :)

    Have fun...

  8. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Oh, had you offered to take over the competition already, Shadow?

  9. kineda
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Shadow - I'd still like all the themes published to the theme viewer when the competition is complete. The goal was just to revive the competition and create a central site to discuss and locate information. Hope there's no toes being stepped on. :)

    While I'm here, I'd like to publicly ask you to be a judge! Hope you accept the offer. :)

    Those worried about scam, can put their fears to rest. I've been a long time member of the WordPress community. I've created a couple of plugins for the software, and am even releasing a popular phototheme that many have expressed interest over. I'm also a dedicated user of the software myself as vkaryl (moderator) mentioned.

  10. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    [[OT: ooooh - be sure you post when that phototheme's released, Terry!]]

  11. Piggy
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    That photo theme is lovely! The new one is gorgeous too!

  12. kineda
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks for the compliments. Back on topic now...

    The judges are checking in!!!

    Currently we have:
    Dan Cameron of sc4ered theme fame and Bryan Veleso of Avalonstar.

    And just in... shadow has also agreed to be a judge and has kindly donated the following prizes:
    Prize #1:
    A 12 month webhosting package from FreshlyPressed.net - the people who really do know what WordPress is and how to support it. Valued at over £85.00

    Prize #2:
    The ZEN of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...124606-4498261

    Thanks all for your support and it looks like things are following back into place. :)

  13. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Very good! The spirt of cooperation is alive and well, and currently can be found on wordpress.org/support in this thread among others.

    [And I'm NOT being sarcasic or snide.... hard as that may be to believe.]

  14. WarAxe
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    This is gonna be cool! :-)

  15. kineda
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    New url for WordPress Theme competition:

    http://www.wordpressarena.com

    update those bookmarks! :)

  16. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks Terry. And just a reminder: ALL themes submitted to the original, now apparently defunct competition will need to be resubmitted to Terry/kineda. See specific info regarding submission, competition rules, etc. at http://www.wordpressarena.com.

  17. kineda
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Not a prob. :) A few more themes have been submitted. I hope we can round up some more sponsors as well to dish out a good list of prizes.

    In the end though, it's just about sharing the wealth of theme work to the WordPress community.

  18. apidevlab
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Just found this but wanted to know is there any specific requirements regarding the use of 'other' themes as a starting point?

    Nothing as obvious as Kubrick however it's not clear.

  19. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    If not specifically addressed, then I think not a problem. Most themes in the last couple of competitions began "somewhere" in another theme. I'm not sure, there may be a contact point on the wordpressarena site where you can email Terry.

  20. WarAxe
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Yeah, somebody post the answer to that question here if they find out. Please. :-)

  21. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Yeah.... then again, I'm going to send in a 3col that never saw the light of day in any wp theme before, so maybe to me it doesn't matter....

  22. kineda
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    There's not specific rule against using another theme as a basis for a new design, but you should definately give credit where credit is due. New themes based off other themes should be truly unique to the original and not just minor modifications of things like colors and fonts.

    My email is terry@kineda.com for anyone tryng to get a hold of me.

    Terry

  23. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks Terry.... I'll keep track of it in case anyone asks....

  24. Bhoney
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    More ppl need to start linking to the new theme contest site.The same attention that was given to the other (bogus) theme competition should now be given to this one.

  25. kineda
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks Bhoney. :) Yes, if everyone can spread the word about the new site, that'd be great. This is basically the only place that the new competition has been advertised, and I'm not sure the word is getting out to all the past partcipants.

  26. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I think a key element of the judging must be commenting the code.

    It's no use creating the perfect theme if someone can't figure out how to change what they want - after all, those themeing had to learn somewhere and comments made life easier.

    Please please please comment your code and your css - or put it in a separate file if you don't want the bloat.

    Don't assume that everyone will know - everyone will not.

  27. jasonj
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    so we can use any theme and then cutomize it?

  28. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm not judging so this is a guess.

    The submitted themes are going to get looked at by a lot of people.
    If a submitted theme is based on another but has just had a new image, a font change and a bit of color thrown in, it will be spotted. While I doubt that would be against 'the rules' (see above about attribution) and while it would get you a few more visitors you are not in with as good a chance as winning than another more original theme.

    Like I said - I'm not judging.

  29. kineda
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Podz pretty much nailed it about customizing an exisiting theme for entry.

  30. red-star
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Im gonna send in my theme in a hour or 2. Where can i see the themes already send in?(just got your mail!)

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