2012 Theme Contest

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Submission of themes is now open athttp://c5addicts.us

Howdy folks. I'm getting started on planning a theme contest in March of this year, and thought I would let the community weigh in on it. That's what this is all about, using the community to help populate the Marketplace with high quality themes.

Some initial thoughts are:

Theme can be Free or Paid, but one copy must be submitted to contest demo site for community voting.

Scored by:
Originality
Complexity
Aesthetics
Features? (Menus, Blocks, Integrations)

Rules:
Submissions will only be accepted during the month of March.
Themes must install and function correctly to be accepted. Any issues will disqualify that submission.

Requirements:
Must be in the PRB by day X
Must include custom blocks
Must NOT be a port of an existing theme

Nice to haves: (These will get you bonus points.)
Should include HTML5 elements
Should be responsive
Should include custom templates for

Scoring/Judging: Based on 100 pts?
Judges rate 30/20/30/20 ? (based on the "Scored by" order from above)
Judges consist of non-entrant community members and outside parties.
Community-based voting on theme contest demo site.
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
Runner-up

Duration:
Submissions will be taken the entire month of March
Community voting will open April 1st (results are private so to not contaminate the voting/judging)
Judging will also commence April 1st

Prizes: (Here's where YOU come in.)
1 year FREE VPS hosting (1 site, 1 domain)
Possible core add-ons
Possible core swag
Possible community developers add-ons (Pretty please!)
Donated digital gift certificates

Anyway, please get me some feedback. Also, if any of you fine developers could pledge to donate some prizes, that would be excellent.

LucasAnderson
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frz replied on at Permalink Reply
frz
My take:
I'd look for ways to encourage quality over quantity this year.

best wishes

Franz Maruna
CEO - concrete5.org
http://about.me/frz
LucasAnderson replied on at Permalink Reply
LucasAnderson
Thanks Franz. I absolutely agree. This isn't another "30 in 30" situation. I'd actually be okay with "Only 1 submission per member, so make it good."
LucasAnderson replied on at Permalink Reply
LucasAnderson
Hey Franz, any chance we can get a promo page that we can manage setup on here like last year? Same deal, keep it hidden until you review?

Thanks,
lucas
JohntheFish replied on at Permalink Reply
JohntheFish
I won't be entering, but will donate a Magic Heading to the prize kitty.http://www.concrete5.org/marketplace/addons/magic-heading/...

Can I also suggest adding some games to the test site. Maybe that will help draw voters in and you can have a little games contest on the side.
LucasAnderson replied on at Permalink Reply
LucasAnderson
Interesting thought. Could you elaborate on your games idea? I love the idea of there being an incentive to vote.

Thanks for donating!
JohntheFish replied on at Permalink Reply
JohntheFish
I was thinking of my (free) games add-ons.
http://www.concrete5.org/marketplace/addons/concrete-bricks/...
http://www.concrete5.org/marketplace/addons/concrete-paving/...

These each have a block for the game and a block for the scores, so the theme test site could have (for each theme) either one page with a game and score, or spread the game and score blocks across pages so that each theme has each theme has a mini site so anyone playing the game has to visit at least 2 pages within the theme.

Not sure about the development on this last idea, but another way would be to limit play to one attempt at a game per theme, so if they want to have 3 attempts at a game, they have to view it under 3 themes. Maybe you could hack the controller for the game block with an on_load event so that it triggered a theme switch each time the block was rendered.
tallacman replied on at Permalink Reply
tallacman
Sounds like fun. Not sure whether scoring for complexity is a plus or a minus; something to strive for or eliminate? Also, custom block will drop me out as I can't site php to save my life.

steve
LucasAnderson replied on at Permalink Reply
LucasAnderson
That's a valid point Steve. I'll take a look at making that a "Nice to have."
JohntheFish replied on at Permalink Reply
JohntheFish
Is that complexity of the design, or complexity of the code?

Personally I would score something well for maximising the first while minimising the second.
LucasAnderson replied on at Permalink Reply
LucasAnderson
I think it's more of a 'design' term. It's probably the wrong word to use, but relates closely to custom functionality included with the theme. So, you'd get bonus points for including all the bells and whistles.
12345j replied on at Permalink Reply
12345j
what about custom templates counting as a custom block?
Mnkras replied on at Permalink Reply
Mnkras
depending on the complexity/functionality of the custom template it could.
mkly replied on at Permalink Reply
mkly
This sounds like fun. I like how you are always doing these contests. Keep me reminded and I'll throw something in.
Steevb replied on at Permalink Reply
Steevb
Mmmm, sounds good!

I think it should be at least HTML5, CSS3 and Responsive.
Mnkras replied on at Permalink Reply
Mnkras
Ill chip in, let me know if you want any of my addons :)

Mike
LucasAnderson replied on at Permalink Reply
LucasAnderson
You're damn right you're chipping in. Who else is going to code the theme demo site?
Mnkras replied on at Permalink Reply
Mnkras
>.<
PineCreativeLabs replied on at Permalink Reply
PineCreativeLabs
I'm in!! I have several ideas for themes, one I just started work on!
12345j replied on at Permalink Reply
12345j
I'll donate a couple of my add ons to anyone that submits a free theme with these features, and I can be a judge.
Mnkras replied on at Permalink Reply
Mnkras
"Community voting will open April 1st (results are private so to not contaminate the voting/judging)"

everyones a judge!
12345j replied on at Permalink Reply
12345j
whoops, missed that. how is there going to be a check to see if the theme makers don't vote for their own?
Mnkras replied on at Permalink Reply
Mnkras
I shall add that in ;)
pvernaglia replied on at Permalink Reply
pvernaglia
Hi, You can have copies of PUG+ PopUp Utility for prizes.
PauloCarvalhoDesign replied on at Permalink Reply
PauloCarvalhoDesign
Where can I submit theme?
Also will ad a couple of paid add-ons to the prize!
Mnkras replied on at Permalink Reply
Mnkras
Can't submit it yet, still working on it!
LucasAnderson replied on at Permalink Reply
LucasAnderson
As Mnkras mentioned, submissions won't open until March 1st.
LucasAnderson replied on at Permalink Reply
LucasAnderson
Submission of themes is now open athttp://c5addicts.us

An official page and announcement on concrete5.org is forthcoming.

Stay tuned for any updates, here, there and from @c5addicts on Twitter.

P.S. Any developers who want to donate prizes to the contest, now is the chance! You'll get mad props and links to your profile from what's probably going to be the hottest site on the Internets soon.

- Lucas
RadiantWeb replied on at Permalink Reply
RadiantWeb
very "bootstrappy" lol :-P like it.

I will donate a license for ProBlog, ProEvents, ProNews, Easybutton, and Quicklinks.

ChadStrat
LucasAnderson replied on at Permalink Reply
LucasAnderson
Thanks Chad!
TooqInc replied on at Permalink Reply
TooqInc
Can't offer much, but I'll throw licenses to all winners for the Beanstream Payment Gateway.
LucasAnderson replied on at Permalink Reply
LucasAnderson
Thanks!
SkyBlueSofa replied on at Permalink Reply
SkyBlueSofa
Sounds great!

I'll donate copies of Social Share, Page List Thumbnail Views, Page List Plus and Popular Pages to all winners.