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So, remember this? It's still on. The date we threw around was the end of March or April 1; I think if we can get organized, I'd like to start sometime this week (maybe even Monday the 27th if we get everything together). Since I want people to actually participate, I've reconsidered and I don't think I want it to seem fake by putting it on April Fools Day. We'll probably have some special reskin that day anyway.

The main hangup right now is that...we don't have a name for the contest. The rules and things are essentially decided, but we need a good title for the competition. Please put suggestions here. MoneySign has expressed interest in creating a logo for the contest, so all we need is a good name for him to use. --—rc (t) 22:19, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

The absolutely up-to-the-minute latest word is that Monday is probably not a go, for obvious reasons. As much as I hate to do it, I'm going to take MoneySign's advice and put the start of the contest off until the 2nd (a week from today). That is, I hate putting the contest off, not taking MS's advice. --—rc (t) 04:15, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

I think I will combine some of the suggestions and go with The Oscar Wilde Memorial Award for Literary Excellence. Thus giving homage to our hero and giving it an (in)appropriately formal title. Any objections, state them now or forever hold your peace. Winners will be named Official Poets Lowrate for the Most Excellent Order of Uncyclopedia, in addition to getting a Tompkins-endorsed "You Write Good" sticker and $30,000. --—rc (t) 19:13, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Image Suggestions

Apperantly MoneySign has reserved the right to make to logo. In hopes of defying him, I was gonna make a logo. Exept it turned out crappy and should probably be used as the award, if nothing better turns up. I could also change winner to participant (if that would be more suiting). --Brigadier General Sir Zombiebaron 20:20, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Votes for Logo/other Images

Name suggestions

  • The Noble-Imperial Piece Prize for Literary Excellence (NIPPLE) (previously suggested by Famine)
  • The Poo Lit Surprise (previously suggested by Gwax)
  • The Demonstrative UNcyclopedian's Creative Essayist Award (DUNCE Award) (previously suggested by Famine)
  • The Oscar Wilde Award. Most literary awards are named after a famous writer.--Rataube 23:04, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
  • How about "un conteste", making it sound like one of those Latino languages?--<<Bradmonogram.png>> 00:17, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
  • "Your write good, sticker?" Tompkinssig Smallturtle t o m p k i n s  blah. ﺞوﻦ וףה ՃՄ ண்ஸ ފއހ วอฏม +տ trade websites 00:25, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
  • We could just go with The Great Uncyclopedia Writing Contest, it's obvious and I kind of like how overstated it is. --Sir gwax (talk) Signuke 13:29, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Or maybe the Uncyclopedia Memorial Writing Contest. --Sir gwax (talk) Signuke 13:29, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
  • How about the Bullitzer Prize? Or the Bullshitter's Prize, if profanity is Somebody Else's Problem?--Jordanus 21:39, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Sorry, but Her Majesty's Royal Flying Rat's Ass is already taken!--Sir Slackerboya CUN VFH (talk) 06:30, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Votes

  • I'm For the Poo Lit Surprise Award. -- Sir Mhaille Icons-flag-gb (talk to me)
  • Sorry to be such a dickwad, but I'm not liking the The Oscar Wilde Memorial Award for Literary Excellence name... So... Against that one... --⇔ Sir Mon€¥$ignSTFU F@H|CM|+S 21:01, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
  • I vote for Un Conteste. I don't know why, but I like it.--Spin 23:07, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Comments

RC: This is going nowhere, if people don't start voting, you could just pick the one you like most yourself.--Rataube 09:24, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Structure

I think this is a good idea, but i've got a few suggestions. Perhaps we should have the competition initially be thematic, that is we have a list of categories, and people initally enter their articles in there. Then, the best articles (depending on the amount of entries) would move on to the next round. It would be kinda like a dog show, where they have "best in breed" then "best in group" then "best in show." --Jsonitsacsig jsonitsac talk to me crimes against humanity01:28, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

We do have a few different categories, but I'm reluctant to have more or to stage different rounds because I really don't know how many entries the contest will generate. If it's successful we can always have more competitions in the future and introduce more themed categories. --—rc (t) 01:44, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Again, the structure has already been determined, we're just looking for a name. --Sir gwax (talk) Signuke 02:56, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

It's set in wiki language, not in stone Gwax. I think it would make for a stronger overall contest, less apples competing against oranges. If we get a ton of entries, that would probably be the best, and most efficient way of organizing and judging them.--Jsonitsacsig jsonitsac talk to me crimes against humanity16:34, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
"If." It remains to be seen whether we'll get a dozen great articles per category or three stubs and an advertisement. --—rc (t) 08:26, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Photoshop

I think we should prohibit visuals or media other than text to be entered. Allowing those things would put some people at a disadvantage, unless you did a seperate contest for those things. --Jsonitsacsig jsonitsac talk to me crimes against humanity01:28, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

I disagree. Images have always been an integral part of Uncyc articles. Moreover, there's no need to manipulate an image to work it into the article - sometimes a plain picture ganked from somewhere on the web will get the humor across just fine. Plus, permitting visuals (and even audio) allows for more creativity, if anyone wants to go that route. And, finally, I just don't want to scare people with too many guidelines. There are currently very few rules for contest submissions because I want people to have free rein over their work. --—rc (t) 01:44, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

The contest is about the whole package and image free articles just aren't as good. Besides our goal is to encourage the best possible content, not make a playing field that is level for strong and weak contributors. --Sir gwax (talk) Signuke 02:56, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Ok, mabye I went a bit too far with no images, but last time I checked, this was a writing contest, not a photoshop contest. I agree that a good manipulated image can enhance an article, however, not everybody has those skills to PS and image. A bad PS job could easily torpedo an excellent article, and I think we need to be focusing more on writing than on anything else.--Jsonitsacsig jsonitsac talk to me crimes against humanity16:34, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
As I said, photoshopped images are not necessary for a visually amusing article. Some of the best image applications I've seen have been plain, unedited pictures with humorous captions or just excellent placement within the article. --—rc (t) 08:22, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
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