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    • Challenge 1 Results

      5 years ago

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      Well, it took a week longer than it should have because I got distracted last Friday and didn't return to thinking about it until just now, but the results of the first Writing Challenge are in! The winner was @DustinMartin, who is now an admin of the group and will get to create the next challenge.

    • Challenge 1 - Overly Emotional

      5 years ago

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      The results are in from the last news item - well, they were in months ago, but I finally have time to do something with them - and overwhelmingly the position of those who commented is that we should move away from contests and change to a series of exercises and challenges. So here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to put up a prompt, and everyone can post as many responses to it as they wish, including me. This will last for 2 weeks (until Friday, Sept 13), at which point I'll pick the one I like the most - be it because they put the most thought in, or it made me laugh the most, or whatever criteria I feel like - not counting my own. Whoever wrote the one I picked will then create the next prompt, and so on. The hope is that this informal bi-weekly format will retain the best parts of the original contest format, while increasing group engagement and making it more fun to be involved.

      I'm not yet sure how to incorporate the Prize Pile into this format, because 26 prizes a year is a lot, but I do know one thing: whoever I pick to provide the next prompt will be made a group admin for the duration of their prompt, so that they can post their own news entries about it; and anyone who gets to provide 3 prompts will become a permanent admin of the group. And with there being multiple admins, and with the current prompter being able to promote the next one and demote themselves when appropriate, this group should be able to sustain itself if/when I become incredibly busy again.

      So let's jumpstart this, shall we? This is an idea I've had kicking around in my head for over a year, and it's time for it to see the light:

      Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write the most emo emo that's ever been emo'd. No form restrictions, no length restrictions, I just want the most over-the-top emo you can come up with. If you need some inspiration, check this out. Use the comments of this news item to discuss the contest or the new group format, and post your submissions in this group forum thread.

      Let the fun begin.

    • Check it out, it's April

      6 years ago

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      As I'm sure will surprise nobody, the ridiculously simplistic contest posted on April 1st garnered no entries at all. I'm glad that everyone realized it wasn't really a contest, though I actually did have an entry in mind for if people took it seriously for some reason.

      More to the point, I've noticed that participation in these contests has dropped off dramatically since we began. The number of entries has been fairly consistent, but they tend to be from the same people, and voting on them has significantly diminished. Between that apparent loss of interest, and my apparent inability to keep them running on time because holy crap busy, I'm thinking that the current format just isn't working.

      So we have some options. As I see them, these options are:

      1) Change the judging to a panel of volunteers who will confer with each other and choose the winners.
      2) Change voting in some other way, to be discussed in the comments of this news post.
      3) Make it no longer a series of contests, and instead be a series of writing exercises and challenges.
      4) Something I haven't thought of, to be discussed in the comments of this news post.
      5) Scrap the group and move on.

      There are 158 people in this group, so this is obviously not a decision I'll be making unilaterally. It's your group, so what would you like to do with it?

    • Contest 6 - Your Favourite

      6 years ago

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      The last contest ended up being unreasonably drawn out, because I clearly didn't have enough time to handle one with entries that long. I've only gotten busier since then, but you guys still deserve a contest, so here we go with the next one:

      Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pick your favourite word. It doesn't matter why it's your favourite word - it could hold a special significance to your childhood, you could like the way it sounds, it could use certain letters in a certain order - only that it is your favourite, and you explain why that's the case.

      Entries will be judged based on how persuasive an argument you present that your word is the best word to have as a favourite word. Email entries to me at chris (at) dimono (dot) net with the subject line Contest 6 - [yourusername] by Monday, April 15. Only one entry per person, so if I receive a second entry from you then it will replace the first one. My preferred method for receiving entries for this contest is in the body of your email.

      If you have any questions, or if there's anything I have failed to adequately explain, or even if you just want to exclaim your excitement for the contest, please leave a comment below. And above all else, have fun!

    • Contest 5 Results

      6 years ago

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      After way too long since voting actually finished, because out of nowhere I got crazy busy, it's time to announce the winners. As with the previous contest, scoring was as such:

      All first place votes receive 8 points, all second place votes receive 5, and all third place votes receive 3. This of course means that 8 3rds is equivalent to 3 1sts, and 8 2nds is equivalent to 5 1sts. I think that's a pretty good balance, but as with everything else related to this group, at the moment it's a work in progress. There were only 7 votes this time around, so the voting system may need some work.

      And the winners are...
      First place: With 32 points, Entry 2, by K_Bryan - Vermont and Zeta
      Second place: With 30 points, Entry 3, by DiMono - Out Of Nowhere
      Third place: With 28 points, Entry 4, by Nicodemous - Henchman

      Congratulations K_Bryan for winning the fifth RT Writing Contest! Please pick a prize from the Prize Pile. The names of the people who submitted each entry have been added to the webpage, as well as the list of winners and the scorecard.

      After coming in just about as close to first as you can get without going over, I'm going to go slink off to my corner and write some website code.

      Stay tuned for the next one! Which might actually stay on schedule!

    • Contest 5 - Voting Begins!

      6 years ago

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      After an unreasonable delay due to me being unreasonably busy, voting has finally begun! The entries may be found here. Vote by posting the three you like the most in the voting thread, and remember that you need to choose exactly 3 for your vote to be counted.

      Voting will continue until Thursday, February 14.

    • Contest 5 - deadline upcoming

      6 years ago

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      Good news everyone! I have the internet back, which means the contest can now continue as planned. Tomorrow is the last day to get your entries in, and I have 8 total so far, so be sure to send them to me at chris [at] dimono [dot] net by the end of January 1 for a chance at a prize from the prize pile.

      Also, if you received something for Christmas that you just simply don't want to keep, what better way to get rid of it than by adding it to the pile so that it can be chosen by a contest winner? The prize pile only exists due to user contribution, so if you have anything you can contribute, it will definitely help the cause.

    • Contest 5 - extended deadline

      6 years ago

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      Due to unforeseen circumstances, namely the fact that I won't have internet access at my apartment until cucumber, the submission deadline for the current contest has been extended until January first. That means if you come up with something appropriately epic over mass quantities of turducken, you'll still have time to turn it into an entry. Merry Kwanzmanacule!

      Addendum: not having access to internet from my desktop means I can't get to the email address to which entries are sent, which means I honestly have no idea how many entries there are so far. It will be like opening a present.

    • Contest 5 - Spit At Death

      6 years ago

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      The last contest was restrictive in form, which seemed to keep some people away from entering. This time I want to be as inclusive as possible, so there will be no strict form or length restrictions. And what will you be doing, exactly?

      Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come up with the most epic last words ever, and write the scene in which they get to be said. If the last words you come up with are only epic in context (i.e. "I said no mayo!"), you'll obviously have to write the scene that provides that context as well. I recommend including a title with your entry, and I also recommend not including the Last Words in the title, so that they will have their full impact when the reader reaches them.

      Entries will be judged based on how well they're written, and how badass the last words are. You may submit up to three entries for this contest, but you can only place once. That means if your entries are voted into second and third, your entry in third will be skipped over and the fourth-voted one will be raised up. Email entries to me at chris (at) dimono (dot) net with the subject line Contest 5 - [yourusername] - entry [1/2/3] by Friday, December 14. The voting process will be different (but still quick), and will be explained when the time comes.

      If you have any questions, or if there's anything I have failed to adequately explain, or even if you just want to exclaim your excitement for the contest, please leave a comment below. And above all else, have fun!

      Oh, and if you need some inspiration, Cracked has you covered (the usual caution about related articles when browsing Cracked applies)

    • Contest 4 Results

      6 years ago

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      After the two top-rated entries turned in literally identical scorecards, the run-off vote has concluded and it's time to announce the winners. As with the previous contest, scoring was as such:

      All first place votes receive 8 points, all second place votes receive 5, and all third place votes receive 3. This of course means that 8 3rds is equivalent to 3 1sts, and 8 2nds is equivalent to 5 1sts. I think that's a pretty good balance, but as with everything else related to this group, at the moment it's a work in progress. There were only 7 votes this time around, so the voting system may need some work.

      And the winners are...
      First place: With 37 points, Entry 5, by Nixorbo - Deathbed
      Second place: With 37 points, Entry 2, by knives_kill - (untitled)
      Third place: With 35 points, Entry 1, by CapDac - The Mind Survives

      Congratulations Nixorbo for winning the fourth RT Writing Contest! Please pick a prize from the Prize Pile. The names of the people who submitted each entry have been added to the webpage, as well as the list of winners and the scorecard.

      I was especially pleased this time around that every entry received at least two votes by somebody, which I choose to interpret as people getting better at this whole "brief writing for contests" things. Hopefully that trend will continue on with the next contest, which I will be announcing later tonight. Also, since knives_kill was tied with Nixorbo on points, I'm going to buy him a beer next time I see him. So he can still get something for doing so well.

      Stay tuned for December's contest!

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