Thursday, 2 July 2009

Sign Competition results & possible downtime soon.

Okay. Just want to say a big thanks to everyone who submitted something for the competition, indeed an interesting selection of signs. There were some illegal or 100% photoshopped signs, which of course as the rules states, are not allowed. (Please don't message me or comment this saying you were not sure etc, it's closed now, the rules were there and could easily message me if you didn't understand, there will be another competition soon you can try =]). So it got boiled down to about 21 entries. Now, I am not sure if I should just choose the top 3, or stick them all on a page and let you guys vote for the best? The only problem with that is people trying to cheat it. Let me know your feedback on this blog and I'll think about the action i want to take. I wanna give the $250 plasma pack to someone who deserves it!

Good news on the server! Until MY servers actually get sorted with the old hosts they have put a spare in to help with the loads until mine are ready (same spec). The hardware is installed and they're spending tomorrow (as far as i know) sorting the software out and doing what they have to do to share the SQL load between 2 servers instead of 1. (The new server will do this also, but with 3!)

There will be some downtime when this happens, maybe an hour, maybe 2. Can't even give you a date or time at the moment, but when i know i'll post it here and flag this blog as updated.

Have fun =]
Ash


*Update* The downtime has happened, wasn't too bad? Took a second backup of everything. Crazy time in the Xat chat though. The 2nd server will be set up in the morning which will not require anymore downtime as far as I'm told. I'll update you again when i have more news.

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would like to vote on the winners

Cutters Dark Lady Kikayah said...

Well I think you should choose the top three instead of posting the pictures but that's just my personal opinion. As for the action to take: Jail possibly??? Merely a suggestion.

Shin said...

There was a rule about not using photoshop? All I saw was you have to be in the picture, you hold a sign (or write the message on your own self), and Reignofblood has to be in the message.

DarthSpongebob said...

go ash! o_O u should let us vote on them, and then choose the winners from the top 10 voted or something like that

Anonymous said...

I think you should just pick the top 3.We don't want to take any chances.

Lucidious Rage said...

lol he didn't say anything about NOT using Photoshop....

I quote:

"Task:
Write a message on a piece of paper (and hold it up) or on yourself and take a picture with you in it!"

As far as I was concerned there wasn't a limit of how you could "write" it on yourself, to me... I didn't see why using photoshop to "write it" on myself would be wrong. I kinda thought the idea was to HAVE FUN with it, and to submit something that was encouraging of RoB.

But... You know how Ash is... (and a LOT of people on here for that matter)...

The rules change as they see fit. (which by that statement along I'm sure just put my picture down to the bottom of the list, but oh well. If it is going to be a rigged competition anyway, then whats the point of participating? I'm beginning to understand why so many people don't even bother with these silly things.

Way to go on the social front Ash... (is the sarcasm dripping off of that statement enough?

For those that are interested in the original statement of the competition:

http://reignofblood.net/latestcomp.php

I'm pretty disappointed that suddenly it is made clear that photo-shopping wasn't allowed... I rather liked the picture I made, but... I guess that wasn't the competition...

It should have been labeled ... "This is a competition of whoever can read Ash's mind and make ASSumptions of what he means correctly.

Piss off. Pretty Lame.

I liked my picture... sure, it's got my ugly mug in it, and sure it is a picture of me when I was DRUNK OFF MY ASS! (In the Caribbean)...

BUT... I thought it was pretty damn inventive, frankly a hell of a lot more inventive then writing "I heart RoB" on my chest sticking my tongue out.

I added the banner, stretched and contorted it to make it look like a tattoo... and added some fangs for fun...

And it got tossed out like the garbage! Oh well... I guess I'm not someone who "Deserves it".... Nice Ash... REAL NICE.

Sad.

Oh well... If anyone wants a good laugh, I linked my picture to my name on this post, so have a click and enjoy a laugh! The big bad Lucidious Rage acting and looking like a nut!

Here it the link for it too: http://www.theprimalchaos.com/LucidiousRageReignOfBlood111731.png

As for the competition... stuff it if it's going to be run by rules which are NOT MADE CLEAR.

Sad. lol.

Anonymous said...

above comment>>
it was me in the picture, so f*ck you :)

and write a sign and take a picture... pretty clear the sign is supposed to b in the picture dumbass.
F*CK YOU.

Anonymous said...

Way to show your intelligence Mr. or Mrs. "Anonymous"... hide behind walls much? What big words you use! Do you know any that are more then 4 letters?

Loser.

DarkAsh said...

This is not a place to have witty fights, thank you!

Lukas Cytes said...

Photoshopping is the easy way out as far as I'm concerned. If you take the time to write out a piece of paper... hell that is as much effort as it takes to do a font overlay. You write it across your chest, neck, whatever... you've commited a better action of worth and support for the site. Just my two cents and I'm sure they don't count for much with most.

But you'd thought you'd be clever and it didn't pan out. So what? Even if you're entry was accepted how could you be so sure you weren't eliminated anyways? So rather than posting slanderous allegations you could have been a little more civil about the whole situation. I think you're first two paragraphs were fine but then after running around pointing your finger at individuals and whining about it really doesn't bring you any sympathy. You stated the effort you put in. I am sure that RoB appreciates that but there has to be some ways to narrow the selection with the multitude of entries that were recieved. Regretfully they've made a decision. But you stated in your post that you had fun doing it. And there in lies the point. Have fun!

tweet said...

yea it was a crazy time in the xat chat but i hope it all goes well

Vinu said...

Wow so much hostility, but i suppose that is the nature of competition. ^^;; But i must respectfully agree, if photoshop (or other graphic enhancement) is to be "illegal" it would have been better if this were clearly stated in the rules. Especially since digital enhancement of photos is so routine nowadays.

People cannot message you to clarify something that was never remotely touched upon. An example of something that might not be not understood: "When you say we have to be in the picture, what percentage of one's person is enough? Is an arm hanging out of a coffin enough, or does the face have to be showing?"

But contestants who see three plainly stated rules, where nothing about photo enhancement is mentioned at all, will not message you because they have no reason to suspect they didn't understand. It just seemed so simple. "Write a message... hold it up... be in picture... RoB... ok got it." Perhaps in future it would be good to state the rules from the beginning as clearly and directly as you did now that it is over? Just a suggestion.

Anonymous please don't be offended, there was nothing wrong in your picture. We realise your photo was only meant to be a simple illustration of the competition theme, and it was adorable. <3

Guildythewicked said...

Ash I think the only way to keep it fair is you should choose the winners. This way no popularity contest.

Anonymous said...

I think you should pick the winners Ash ... but post all 21 too just cause i wanna see them :p

crimsonlust said...

you know what... this is the dumbest comments that i have ever seen in my life since this blog started... to the whiney person... the one person is right, if you took enough time on your computer and transfered that onto a piece of paper you would have prob won the contest... no ash never said anything about photoshopping BUT it should be original. are you afraid of what you cant do irl to hide behind bs talk trashing another person that did take some time and summit something that she made no matter how easy it looked? as far as im concerned about the contest !! ASH LET THE RoB PEOPLE VOTE ON THEM!! that would be the best i think. it would be fun to see what people came up with anyway. and as far as cheating... yes there is alot of networking on here and also alot of people know what others look like and it might turn out to be a popularity contest in the end but it will get more people intrested in the contests if they knew the fellow people they play this game with was voting...well there are my 2 cents.. hope nobody puts me down like you guys are trying to put that girl's photo was used cause maybe unlike her i will NOT take BS from other mindless people :) thank you for reading and have a nice day :P

AngeliquePapillon said...

Well,I checked and my entry got read only yesterday when I sent it weeks ago.*finger crossies* but I have doubt

Mighty Thor said...

Screw it, let me pick the winner. I'm not indebted to anyone nor do I really care what people think about my decisions. If it is a good pic and fits the rules as written, it'll win.

Who cares about the PS thing? It's either a good pic or it is not.

Lucidious Rage said...

You're a very level headed person Lukas Cytes, and you make a lot of good points.

And yea... I did get a little pissy, I was annoyed that I had spent a few hours working on something not only to have it trashed but to be told that I wasn't "deserving" as he stated:

"There were some illegal or 100% photoshopped signs, which of course as the rules states, are not allowed."

That bit was the frustrating bit, because that really wasn't clearly posted. But then again, my picture isn't "100% photoshopped" it was 95% the real me and 5% RoB banner! lol who knows, maybe I didn't get disqualified.

Point was it was frustrating to have put in just as much (took me a few hours to get it just right with contorting, warping, angling, etc) I put it in thinking I'd at least get a laugh, but to be insulted for "not following the rules" was just a bit annoying and yup, pissed me off.

I'm not always the most level headed person, as much as I would like to think that I am. I knew I prob didn't have a chance to win because I'm sure there are a LOT MORE inventive people out there then me... it's just frustrating that apparantly I wasn't even given a chance.

Oh well, one day, I'll grow up, and live.

Thanks for making me see how silly I was being Lukas Cytes... you're right.

And it was fun lol

Daisy said...

I didn’t join this competition only because I was so busy IRL that I didn’t have the time to think of anything worth submitting…as far as the rules, they worked for me but then again I suck at photoshopping anything so I wouldn’t have tried it anyway…that’s just me though…for voting I think maybe you (Ash) and the staff should vote, as long as none of the staff entered…if they did than you just pick it because in the long run it was your contest…you are giving the prize and it should be the one YOU thought best…there is too much political crap on ROB for the populace to vote…I think we can all at least agree on that one…either way I would like to see all the entries as well…for shits and grins :)

~*Ithilwen*~ said...

Ash- just pick it yourself, but yes post all the entries so we can see them. For what it's worth LR- your pic is really sweet. The fangs are bangin'.

Vinu said...

I agree it would probably be best for Ash to choose, or perhaps Ash with a couple of trusted staff members. However if you could post the entries so we can see everyone's creative work too, that would be nice.

D3ath (59875) said...

W00t. You go Ashy!

Greep said...

Pick the winner: your contest, your rules, your choice.
But I'd like to see all the entries as well :) just for the fun of it. And put them all please, even the pictures which got disqualified, I'm sure they're worth a laugh or two.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I didn't realize that editing was illegal, but it doesn't really matter to me, because I didn't lose anything for submitting a photo, and I'm sure someone somewhere got a laugh out of it.

Plus, if you were like me and edited it on photobucket, then that's just more publicity for RoB.

But, to DarkAsh's questions, I think that you personally should pick the winner. I would, however, like to see the top three.

DarkAsh said...

It seems that i didn't write about the photoshop rule on the actual page, i apologise. But nevertheless...

"Write a message on a piece of paper (and hold it up) or on yourself and take a picture with you in it!"


I even gave an example.

Don't see how i could have made that more clear.

Lucidious Rage said...

Personally, I thought the "write it on a piece of paper" was a suggestion, ie... "you COULD do this"... not "you HAVE to do this".

Since I wasn't the only one who misunderstood... I'm guessing that it wasn't all that "clear" after all... such is the shit side of text though.

It is a little frustrating that it wasn't updated though since I know that there were people who even submitted their digitially edited pictures a month ago when it started. Seems to me like that might have been a flag that you might have asked yourself "hmm... was I clear on this, or shold I clarify".

I dunno, just food for thought, I know that by now I have no chance in hell, and I know that I most likely won't ever even try any of the contests again, it's just not worth the headache. So it's all resolved for me. I don't need plasma anyway, I would just end up putting it on the market to sell for RoB cash so I can build the biggest bank in RoB history. But then I'd have to change my name to Scrooge McDuck (I think that was his name anyway)

But... that would be fun :) (enjoy the following link - or clicking my name to see it)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcIszzV-WrY

Lucid - signing out.

Shinya said...

Ok, so... does this mean that as long as there is an actual hand-held sign, and the actual person is in the picture, it would be otherwise ok to photoshop some bats in the background (for example) or edit the photo to enhance colour or give certain effects, or does this mean NO editing of any kind whatsoever? Sorry I'm just asking for others who might be wondering about it. (I didn't personally enter)

Forgottenvampire said...

my I say I think that the fairest way of puting this to a close is to offer 2 prizes yours Ash for the one you choose and 1 for a popular vote..... maybe if people are fair then to people will win this then you have the best of both world

As for anything else It is all in the past but maybe a little more clear on the rules. Great competion though and I am looking foward to possibly seeing and voteing on those pics.

DarkAsh said...

If you had held up a written sign and photoshopped bats around you, that would be fine.

Lucidious Rage said...

LOL ok... I can't resist... I tried, I did try to .... but the play on words is just too damn funny NOT to share with people!

Ash, (And I HOPE that you have a good sense of humor, because this is DAMN FUNNY).... I would like to revise my photo entry for the contest.. I've made one which will comply with the rules....


Here it is!

http://www.vampirecovens.com/RoBGraphic.png
(You can also click my name to view it)

LOL... I hope I don't get jailed for this... and that you understand it was just GOOD "CLEAN" FUN! lol another play on words... clean! lol

RoB community... enjoy the laugh! lol

Anonymous said...

I love downtime i get more turns!

Anonymous said...

It never occurred to me that using stencils to trace perfect letters might not count as "written", but with everything else now i'm not sure...

Lucid it's obviously a photoshopped sign, but your "Sucks" message is pretty cute. xD Thanks for sharing.

hoolligan666 said...

I think you should choose the winner, and post all the contestants.
About the photoshop, I have to agree: if it is not clearly stated in the rules, you should not eliminate them from the contest.

Anonymous said...

If you want to involve everyone, maybe you pick the top ones and then we can choose the winner out of the chosen ones.
It'd be better if you picked it though...

kSp1cy said...

1st folks - perhaps we failed to understand a simple ENGLISH language instruction and read more into it than need be. If I may be so bold as to perhaps clarify what I had perceived as relatively simple instructions (for the record, I did not participate in the competition; therefore I have no vested interest.

1. Write a message on a piece of paper (This tells me locate a WRITING UTENSIL of some sort (pen, pencil, marker, spray can, paint)

2a.and hold it up (take completed sign and hold with one or two of your axial limbs employing those handy dandy digits at the end of those "stumps"

2b or on yourself (I would say you can place the sign on yourself via the sign you made or take that same "writing" utensil of choice and mark yourself up like crazy)

3. and take a picture with you in it! Have someone take a fresh new picture with one of those spirit capturing contraptions a.k.a. camera

Call me silly, but that is how I interpreted the rules upon initial reading of what was the edict proclamation given amongst us critters by our dark web master.

Perhaps, the lesson learned... When choosing to participate in any RoB contest, send a quick note asking if your idea is "kosher" with the rules before investing the time as evidently, one may do so for clarification

I would LOVE to see the ideas sent. Post them and allow people to vote. Then based on that voting, Ash could narrow down the winner as to what seemed maybe a fan favorite in which he can then show the top 5 based on voting but not necessarily in the order of the popularity vote

Ash would decide on the final winner but the community could assist by helping him narrow down what people may have liked.

Anonymous said...

We understand the simple english instructions. They were VERY simple. The problem isn't that we read too much into it, it's that we didn't read anything into it at all. We took the simplistic instructions of "write a message (on self or paper), include RoB in message, hold it up, take picture with self in it" to be all there was to it, and anything extra would be up to us. We had no reason to suspect that we were not allowed to spice up the photo with some nifty effects as long as those simply stated objectives were accomplished.

kSp1cy mentioned "spray can" and "paint" as examples of writing implements, but don't be too sure. The rules said "write", not "paint"--maybe this doesn't count as writing? But Ash replied that photoshopping some extras would be ok, if there is a manually written sign involved, so maybe some of the people who are concerned about editing their pictures weren't disqualified after all. Thanks for answering that question Ash.

AngeliquePapillon said...

whoah..thanks Ash for picking mine..I was really freaked out cos I didn't know if me drawing on my T shirt would be valid..THANKS THANKS THANKS

TisSeeWooNaTis1ca said...

Good Luck all

kSp1cy said...

I officially voted. Some great pics there and quite a few were very inventive in originality. It was very tough for me to decide as I narrowed it down to 6 that I either found amusing or original.

In the end, I elected for originality of thought.

Good luck to all who are entered!

Anonymous said...

I wish to vote!

Anonymous said...

Disqualified for being creative. mmmm not sure if I agree with that. The statement that led people to join the sign competition was very vague. I write with my computer all the time. It did not state, what implements were to be used and what implements that were not allowed. The size of the prize should dictate how the rules and regs should be put forth. What was put forth was *Have Fun With It" Giving "Some Ideas" on how to go about it.
Not legitimate rules. Ludicious Rage should not be disqualified.
Also, the players got to vote in the first round, so they should be able to vote for all subsequent rounds as well. Ash voting for us would not be fair.

~~Caelan~~

Anonymous said...

personally i say dont limit it to a top three 21 people top 6 at least based on whatever your judging on then have some voting, enough to give variety but little enough so no one can overwhelm substantially

Lucidious Rage said...

To Anonymous, FYI, He ended up including my (Lucidious Rage) pic in the contest, either out of generosity or guilt, or because it was the right thing, who knows why, but it's there. It doesn't have a chance of winning anything, but at least it's there lol

It is #3 in the list of pics to vote on.

The link to vote is on the bottom left of your main RoB window.

Here is the link addy for it: (Or just click my name)

http://reignofblood.net/signcomp.php

Thanks for your concern and for agreeing with my points :)

DarkAsh said...

It surprised me too when i saw it on the list to be entered that i made before i posted this blog.

NemesisALien said...

SO when is the cut off date/time for e comp?

Lucidious Rage said...

Damnit Ash, In 22 words you make me swallow
like 5 novels worth of writing, bitching, and complaining.

I guess I'm an asshole who over-reacted.

~Swallows pride~

Sorry for being a dick.

Anonymous said...

Just remember it is just for fun!!!! Right? Go with it and enjoy.

Vinushka said...

All of the above being said, Lucidious Rage is among the qualified entries. Congrats! Don't assume you can't win, there are 3 prizes and you could be one of them! I wasn't so lucky, somehow my image was overlooked or misplaced or i don't know what, and by the time i found out it was too late, the voting page was already up. Still, it was fun, and gave me a nice image to use on my profile. ^_^ Good luck everyone!

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