Title: Too many contests.
Nids - May 13, 2007 03:52 AM (GMT)
I've been noticing that many of the new members we get have all started contests. Their first post would be in the Open Contests section rather then the introduction. Which is nothing wrong with that, but there seem to be many unsuccessful, contests either started. Not only that, the new members quickly join a contest or become a judge and when the application round ends and their model makes it to the next round, they aren't there.
I don't want anything to erupt, but is there a way we can put a new rule or something for the new members or for everyone?
kewtmew - May 13, 2007 05:24 AM (GMT)
Maybe a minimum number of posts? I think S2C has something like that...and a rule stating that you must have successfully participated in a contest (without dropping out) before you host one might be good too.
dell - May 13, 2007 06:35 AM (GMT)
I think if we have a number restriction that would turn off a bunch of members. My suggestion would be that you need a certain number of posts to start a contest. I mean, that's fair, right? Usually, when people join a forum the first thing they do is get to know others, not start a contest. Unless, of course, it's someone impatient.
slice - May 13, 2007 01:23 PM (GMT)
I think having a post restriction is a reasonable, but anything more than that would be a big turn off. I mean, some people are a lot better at hosting contests than they are at actually participating in one.
Not to mention, not everyone who joins the forum is a n00b to forums like these ^_^
I'm still kind of a noob here so I don't know if my opinion counts lol *hides face*
Jamie - May 13, 2007 02:58 PM (GMT)
That sounds good, except right now I'm still a newbie
owaiz - May 13, 2007 03:41 PM (GMT)
there are so many contests-lol
the post limit idea is fine
cocaineandkodak - May 13, 2007 03:47 PM (GMT)
Tbh i don't see what the problem is. The open contests sitting there that don't get filled up aren't harming anyone. If you don't like contest run by newbies, just don't join them lol:P
Haley0489 - May 13, 2007 03:52 PM (GMT)
I kinda agree with cocaineandkodak. Even though there are a lot of contests, it is summer after all and people have more time to host. Having a lot of contests to choose from isn't so bad. And if the n00b's start a contest and leave it, well -1 point from them. They probably won't be back to start another one anyway.
And like Slice said, not every n00b to this forum is a n00b to other forums/contests/hosting/etc
The only problem with having the post restriction is that you get spam. People who want to start their contest right away but don't have the posts, go around filling up the entire board with posts so that they can reach the post count and start a contest.
Nids - May 13, 2007 04:53 PM (GMT)
It creates more dropouts if the newbies entered. I also do agree with Cocaineandkodak. But yeahh
macthekat - May 13, 2007 05:00 PM (GMT)
Well I think like a 20 post cap would be fair - it would not create a lot of spam as 20 post is nothing - you can allways comment in the picture topic say hallo then you would have the first 10 post allready, but it would show that you are here to stay.
I personally wouldn't join a contest where the person hosting it had only 5 posts
maddierandom - May 13, 2007 07:44 PM (GMT)
I dunno on the post limit thing.
At Haley, Darli and My forum, we had a post limit thing to get into a certain board and then people totally spammed it up like MAJOR. saying.
and that's just spam, it gets them 20 posts but it's spam and so easy to ger the posts there might as well not be a rule!
Haley0489 - May 13, 2007 07:52 PM (GMT)
| you can allways comment in the picture topic say hallo then you would have the first 10 post allready, but it would show that you are here to stay. |
I don't think getting 20 posts is any way of determining if a person is going to stay here or not. They can get their 20 or so posts in the picture thread, open their contest and forget about it. I've been a member at plenty of forums, posted a little bit and then left because I preferred another forum, or forgot about it, didn't like it, etc. So getting 20 something posts in my opinion, isn't a way to tell they are here to stay. :unsure:
Jamila - May 13, 2007 09:03 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (cocaineandkodak @ May 13 2007, 10:47 AM)|
| Tbh i don't see what the problem is. The open contests sitting there that don't get filled up aren't harming anyone. If you don't like contest run by newbies, just don't join them lol:P|
I kind of disagree with that.
My example why:
I am wanting to start a really well thought out contest as soon as I can however I dont' want to post it if there are already tons of contest open. I am waiting 'til it slows down just a tad and if there are lots of newbies making up contest then there is no room.. does that make sense :blink:
RaggedDoll - May 14, 2007 01:35 AM (GMT)
As far as I noticed, most members will join contests host by reliable and more "reputable" members anyway so if a newbie joins and start a contest right away, chances are his/her contest will end up in the contest graveyard. Until the newbie gain more recognition around the board, joins some contests him/herself, its rather unlikely for members to be flocking to join his/her contest.
So there is really no harm in posting your contest in the Open Contest section now, Jamila, since you are already considered a reliable and reputable member, I'm sure your contest would have more chances of succeeding than say, a newbie one.
cocaineandkodak - May 14, 2007 02:23 PM (GMT)
Well said RD:] Thats what i was gonna say lol
Margarita - May 14, 2007 11:11 PM (GMT)
Mods talked about this awhile back, and we decided that it's better not to restrict people on this because it might turn new members off. Having a post count (like someone said) would just create spam. And there are some people who lurk long enough and who come from other boards who create quality contests. That's why I disagree with the rule that someone has to be in a contest to host a contest. I feel like the contests on sim contest are very similar in how they run (once you get through one or two scf contests you easily get the feel and the layout of them) and insisting that people join those contests to 'get' the pattern seems like it could squash some possible creative contets that would maybe refresh the board a bit.
With all the current issues on this board (drop outs, drama, etc) a couple of extra contests in the new contest section really doesn't set off alarms to me. :dunno:
Haley0489 - May 17, 2007 09:11 PM (GMT)
AmeliaPolsm - June 13, 2007 12:11 AM (GMT)
Another way is that you can only be apart of a contest or create a contest after a month. Just so you can get the feel of Sims Contests. Watch contests. Comment on contests. That would help build a reputation and get you familiar with the modeling enviroment. So you'll know what's expected.
Will - June 13, 2007 12:12 AM (GMT)
What? This topic has almost been dead a whole month.
AmeliaPolsm - June 13, 2007 12:13 AM (GMT)
LOL! I just thought to add in my say, even though it probably doesn't even matter :lol:
macthekat - June 13, 2007 06:48 AM (GMT)
I wouldn't have come back then I started to come here if I had needed to wait a full moth before I could do anything here
sweet6lou - October 14, 2007 03:35 AM (GMT)
I wonder if we can have some one view the contest and put them on a schedule here so people know when to start them like in S2C and Insim they have to be approved first and put on a schedule then there wont be so many.
xproffesor23 - October 14, 2007 04:08 AM (GMT)
Sorry, that sounds rude but that is part of the reason i don't like to participate much there. They have way to many rules and it's annoying to have to wait to post your contest which may be very successful anyways, even with all the other contests around. idk just in general I don't like the whole approval of contests and all, even though some people who post contests really haven't thought them out enough yet.