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Reviving the WordPress 2.0 Theme Competition (81 posts)

  1. kineda
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    *** NEW URL ***

    http://www.arenawp.com

    Unfortunately, I didn't read the link on here about domain trademarks: http://wordpress.org/about/domains/

    Matt brought this to my attention after I sent him an e-mail about the new competition. So to avoid any conflicts of interest with the trademark, here's a new url:

    http://www.arenawp.com

    Please update your links, and posts! Thanks!

  2. kineda
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    New WordPress Theme Prizes!!!

    Stuart Tan has kindly donated two prizes! The first prize is an Apple 30GB Ipod with Video Playback from Amazon.com. The second prize is a Sandisk 2GB SD Ultra II Secure Memory Card.

    Our third new prize comes from Phoenixrealm. David Peralty of Phoenix realm has donated a $50.00 iTunes Gift Certificate for the design that has the “The Best Use of Colors.�

    Thanks again to both our new sponsors. Looks like we’ll be able to add new categories afterall!

  3. tswartz
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I offered some hosting from asmallorange as a prize, but I guess hosting is needed anymore. Makes sense I guess -- just wanted to make sure you actually got my email. :D

  4. stuartsg
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I certainly hope that the prizes will spur on a little competition. Any updates on the number of entries so far? I've only heard there were 20+. I've already sent out some notices on my internet related blog to see if anyone else is keen on the competition. Still, I think there might be a need for bigger and more interesting prizes. Any feedback on prizes on a wishlist? I might be able to solicit some, or provide them. Hard work should be rewarded! ;)

  5. WarAxe
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm sure that as the deadline approaches the entries will ramp up... so I surely wouldn't fret.

  6. kineda
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Less than two weeks to go. Plenty of new prizes and updates!

  7. kineda
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Three new theme categories added:

    Best Two Column Design
    Best Liquid Design
    Best gracefully degrading AJAX integration

    1 week to go! :)

  8. Piggy
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Is it today (1st May) that we get to see then entries?

    Anyone know?

    Apologies if this has already been answered.

  9. DesignPastor
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    today is the day ...

    from http://www.arenawp.com: All themes must be submitted by May 1, 2006, 12:00pm PST. This will allow enough time for everyone to re-submit their themes. It will also allow time to find a qualified panel of judges for the competition.

  10. LaBella
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    yeah... when will the public be able to see all the themes?

  11. DesignPastor
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    i guess we will have to wait for the judges verdict ..

    # Winners will be announced on May 15th, 2006.

  12. Piggy
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    *puts stoopid head on*

    So does that mean we won't see any of them or be able to download them to try out until the 15th of May?

    I was under the impression we'd be able to see/download/try out on the 1st.

    This is all getting very confusing.

    *removes stoopid head and puts normal head back on*

  13. LaBella
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Piggy, no you're not the only one.
    I was under that impression too.
    I think they should have explained that a little more clearly if that is the case.

    The Public was so excited that May 1st was "D-day" and nothing yet.

    That should have been made more clear. Definitely.
    So dissapointing. :-(

  14. Piggy
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Well, I see that the competition blog has been updated to say the compo is closed.

    It would have been nice (not to mention reassuring) if some of the comments and questions left had been answered (including my own). Oh well.

    It's also been confirmed that theres yet another two week wait before we can try out any of the themes - apparently they'll be available after the judging has been completed.

    To be honest, I'd have thought we could try them out when the compo closed for new entries (especially as we all had the date of May 1st thrown at us so often), especially given the fact that we've all waited so long already.

    Allowing us to play around with the themes would have no impact on the judging and would also allow us to make up our own minds too.

    Anyway, yet another delay has just about caused me to lose any interest that I had remaining. It's really surprised me that hardly anyone else (apart from LaBella) have voiced this opinion too.

  15. yuh
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    nopt because noone else wrote here a comment to does mean that we dont think the same way. i also hoped that we can see screenshots or test those themes withe a new theme viewer, but thats completly wrong, and its okay so.

    they made their own rules and had a lot things to do and its hard to write this now for me, but take it or leave it :/

    cértainly it wouldnt do anything if the community could test and see those themes in action, the judging will work in the background until a winner is announced. but i feel like you now that im, gonna lose some interest - but after all, im honestly, i will also take a look again on the page at the 15.5.2006 and see whats getting new, whats getting hot and who won all those featured prices.

    ( perhaps there are so many wonderful amazing themes sent at the last day, that made it the jury impossible to announce a winner in each categorie....that sounds great, doesn´t it? )

    i can understand both sides, even then when the makers let us wait with a statement such a long time and don´t answer anyones question immediatly. so let us wait together and see how they judge those themes for each categorie, the party begins round 15.5, gogogo

  16. kineda
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    It's impossible for the judging team to judge all the themes that were sent in last minute, or for that matter the themes sent in prior to the last day of submission. I think we had about 20 themes submitted at the last hour. I'd like the judges to have a first look before the community so that there are no biases from comments made from the general public regarding who should win. It'd be easy for someone to say.. OMG XYZ THEME IS SO GREAT IT SHOULD BE THE GRAND WINNER! And then everyone jumps on that bandwagon.

    It was also said that judging would take two weeks, and then the themes released. It's clearly stated on the site from the beginning. As an inbetween, I'm offering the screenshots of each theme, and then releasing them with a theme viewer to follow.

  17. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 7 years ago #

    If the judges can be swayed by comments like that... they shouldn't be a judge. It means they can't be impartial.

    That aside, I don't think any one expected a decision over night.

    But I do think people expected to be able to browse and d/l themes as time went on. I checked out the site awhile back.... and never returned - because I couldn't view the themes. I lost any and all interest in it right then and there. Which is a shame, since my blog is now retired, I no longer have a use for any of the themes I might have found. So, now we get screen shots.... which means we'll get comments like OMG XYZ THEME IS SO GREAT IT SHOULD BE THE GRAND WINNER! based solely on some screen shot. Hardly seems fair.

    I see no reason to not release the themes.... if you are worried about comment influences, don't allow comment.... meanwhile people are shut out and may start looking else where.... OR... open it up and have a "People's Choice" award.... at least then we'd be able to see the creativity out there.

    -tg

  18. Piggy
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    TechGnome - My sentiments EXACTLY!

    I think it's a great shame, especially given the amount of time we've all already waited (as I already said).

    And you're quite right - the judges shouldn't be judges if they are so easily swayed by anyones comments.

    The Typo & WordPress 1.5 theme competitions (as well as others) have quite happily released themes as they were submitted and I see no reason whatsoever for this competition to have operated any differently.

    For goodness sakes, it's a competition. Not some secretive project.

    Kineda, please open up a little. Before more of us lose interest. I, for one, won't be bothering to check again in a fortnight. I've been checking in too often already (and when you don't reply to comments, it makes me wonder why I bother).

    I will check back soon to see the themes in action (not screenshots - what a waste of time that will be) and in my mind at the moment, I couldnt care less who wins or doesn't. Sadly, I dont care any more. Congrats will be in order, but I wont be interested by the time the results are announced. It's all taking rather too long.

    Why else? Because I won't have had the opportunity to look over them myself and going by past experience, I certainly won't be relying on someone elses judgement on who is the greatest and the best.

    As TechGnome says, open them up to a 'Peoples Winner' - if nothing else, it would be a fantastic opportunity for us mere mortals to give our opinion too - and what's the betting there would be wildly differing results?

  19. kineda
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks for a good solution. Give me a couple of days to finish the theme viewer as well as upload all the themes to the server. Sound reasonable?

  20. Piggy
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Kineda - Yay! Thanks for listening to us.

  21. DesignPastor
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    kineda, did you ever get back to brad from administry concerning his WP 2.0 Theme reward of hosting?

    i have never heard back from you. i would appreciate a response.

    thanks.

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