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Old 09-27-2006, 07:13 PM
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Tutorial contest?

Do you think if we held a tutorial contest similar to the retouching contest we have here every month, anyone would enter?

Would you?
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Old 09-27-2006, 11:12 PM
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Re: Tutorial contest?

Don't know if I would enter, I guess it would depend on what we are creating a tutorial for and whether or not I felt I had something to offer everyone. So, yes, maybe.
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Old 09-28-2006, 02:01 AM
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Re: Tutorial contest?

Sounds interesting. Couple of questions.

Would they be for a specific topic (as chosen by the contest setter)?
Would there be any specific form the tutorials had to conform to?

It would certainly be a good way of building up an excellent set of tutorials which would be of use to members long term.
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Old 09-28-2006, 04:07 AM
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Re: Tutorial contest?

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Do you think if we held a tutorial contest similar to the retouching contest we have here every month, anyone would enter?

Would you?
.... Depends on the prize!!!

Kidding aside .... I think it's a brilliant idea!!

Beside what Gary has already said, another advantage would be to disprove the belief that it is a difficult thing to do ... it isn't!!

Just think... where would we all be if nobody had ever bothered to write Tutorials???
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Old 09-28-2006, 08:49 AM
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Re: Tutorial contest?

Doug, I've always had a problem trying to post a tutorial using the Tutorial creator. Seems to have something to do with Macintosh and the creator's java script. I've tried using Explorer, Safari and Firefox and all have failed for me.

Does the creator use MS's version of java?
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Old 09-28-2006, 08:49 AM
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Re: Tutorial contest?

I like the idea. It might be good for all of us who have never made a tute to give it a try.
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Old 09-28-2006, 10:03 AM
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Re: Tutorial contest?

Gary:

Yes, the not-hidden-at-all agenda is to build up the tutorials. Secondly would be (as Alcar pointed out) to inspire the publishing-shy.

So I'm thinking no specific topic at all, just relevance to RP (ie: no "how to bathe a cat" tuts). And no given form or format.

Swampy:

Firefox should work fine, we've already had several tuts submitted by Mac users. Safari will not work, it has to be either IE or a Mozilla-based browser. PM me and we'll get this ironed out.

Flora:

I know you were kidding, but would the prize need to be grander than what we use over in Studio? I personally think writing a tut is trivial compared to a typical Studio contest, but that's me.
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Old 09-28-2006, 10:25 AM
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Re: Tutorial contest?

Might be easier for people to judge and vote if we were given a specific task to write a tutorial for.

The winners tutorial being the one that gets archived (plus others of outstanding merit perhaps).

By focusing the theme, we can build up a library of tutorials in topics that we may be currently short of, which will be of benefit to all members.
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:27 PM
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Re: Tutorial contest?

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but would the prize need to be grander than what we use over in Studio?
... No... absolutely not .... I think the quality of prizes used in Studio is just great and would be just as great for the Tutorial Contest!!

Still uncertain about:

1)
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So I'm thinking no specific topic at all, just relevance to RP...
Advantage: Tutorials on different Topics in the same Contest.
Advantage: Archiving several Tutorials per Contest beside the winner.
Disadvantage: makes voting more difficult...

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Would they be for a specific topic (as chosen by the contest setter)?
Advantage: equal chances.
Advantage: easier voting.
Disadvantage: a bunch of Tutorials on the same topic ... What happens to the non-winning Tuts??

What do you think?
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:44 PM
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Re: Tutorial contest?

Considering we'd probably get 10 or so entries, tops, and remembering my blatant agenda, I think we'd be better off with 10 random tuts rather than 10 ways of looking at Mt. Fuji, if you know what I mean.

I'd not even considered not keeping all the tuts up. I wouldn't even mind open kibbitzing (again, back to my agenda).

Then, at the end we'd have 10 (or however many) new tutorials, and whoever submitted a tutorial during the alloted period could vote on the winner, just as over in the Contest forum.

Voting could possibly be based on things such as novelty (not already commonly available), execution, accessability (how clear is it), etc.

Just thinking out loud. Remember, though, that I'm more interested in getting several good tutorials up than in traditional contesting.
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