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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #100 on: May 26, 2012, 06:04:13 AM »
If you are struggling with the new format then you can still use the old format but I'd like it if you could try to use the new one, it does look difficult but once you get around it it's fine. Try copying the last code on the previous post as a way to make it easier, simply replace the 'Image URL Links' with the URL of the image and it's done then.  :)
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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #101 on: May 26, 2012, 08:21:52 PM »
I have just uploaded one of my buildings to the swap shop to try this out.

It's great!

I made it easier on myself by copying your code direct to the message window and then pasting the same link repeatedly over the "Image URL Links ".  I then Previewed to see the result and make sure I had it right.  Finally, I changed the image numbers on each slot and previewed to see the final result.

It is very easy to do and has the distinct advantage of giving a complete overview of the post on screne, no more scrolling down checking and rechecking that you have the images required and no repeats.

It will make viewing and comparing contest entries easier too.

Really Excellant.  Thankyou for your clear and concise instructions.
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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #102 on: May 27, 2012, 05:57:38 PM »
I tried copying your code, but I only got gray lines, no photos. What did I do wrong? When I use both height and width the pictures show up....

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« Reply #103 on: May 27, 2012, 11:58:36 PM »
Saltpastillen

It really is easy, as I said in my post immediatly above yours.

Drag your curser over the three lines of code given by Samoht04 to highlight it.

Press Control-C to copy the code.

Go to your upload window and Press Control-V to paste the code (or right click and select paste).

Now copy your first picture link from photobucket, or whatever medium you use.

Return to the upload window.

Highlight the first occurance of  " Image URL Links " and press Control-V to paste the link.  Remember to include the spaces at either end of " Image URL Links " .

Repeat the process until all ten " Image URL Links " 's have been replaced.

Preview.  Make ajustments by changing picture numbers if necessary.  Job done.

I'm not certain what you have done wrong, but as you are getting the grey lines I surmise that the program is not "seeing" your links.  This is likely to be because you have a space before and after the link.
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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #104 on: May 28, 2012, 04:53:24 AM »
@ Wai

Thanks! And I did figure out the problem too - after what felt like hours of frustration.

@ samoth04

I really like how the new format looks! Like Wai said, great when scrolling through! In future I will probably use it in the Building Contest thread, but use the regular view in my upload thread.

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« Reply #105 on: June 05, 2012, 03:33:58 AM »
Sadly the only SMF Mod which Carl can use that does what we need doesn't actually seem to do the slideshow option using arrow keys, or at least Carl and I can't work it out.

Are you sure? I tried your slideshow and could use my left and right arrow keys to navigate, plus I could click and drag the images around.

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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #106 on: June 05, 2012, 05:48:12 AM »
Are you sure? I tried your slideshow and could use my left and right arrow keys to navigate, plus I could click and drag the images around.

I know it works now, I just haven't edited that. Carl and I think that it just doesn't work in Previews which was where it was tested rather than actually being posted. So that's why we thought it didn't work.
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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #107 on: June 11, 2012, 04:25:49 PM »
Is there going to be a June contest?

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« Reply #108 on: June 12, 2012, 03:06:51 PM »
Is there going to be a June contest?

Sorry but no there won't be. Due to personal reasons Lilygirl has not been able to get as much free-time as she needs to create the June Contest and so will be using what time she can to plan the July Contests. I would have created a Contest however I've realised finally what the date is and what that means - GCSE History Exam on Nazi Germany in like 8 Days time and then the week after that my first Geography Exam. So I'm trying to limit stuff to get revision in there. We are planning something interesting soon though to make up for the lack of a June Contest.  ;)
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« Reply #109 on: June 12, 2012, 03:13:44 PM »
We are planning something interesting soon though to make up for the lack of a June Contest.  ;)

Oooh, like the sound of that!

Good luck for your exams samoht, and I hope lilygirl's ok.  :)

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« Reply #110 on: June 12, 2012, 04:14:03 PM »
Good luck with your exams Thomas!  Looking forward to your next contest. Hope Lilygirl and her nooboo are doing well.  :)
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« Reply #111 on: June 13, 2012, 07:28:32 AM »
After the contests are over, are we supposed to go back and unlock our threads?  :)
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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #112 on: June 13, 2012, 11:37:36 AM »
After the contests are over, are we supposed to go back and unlock our threads?  :)

If you have the option to do so then you may, I sometimes go through them all after a while and do a mass unlocking.
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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #113 on: August 06, 2012, 06:20:23 PM »
Due to the Forum now offering a different style option, which can be a Green Theme or a Blue Theme, I am currently in the progress of reorganising and redesigning the contest theme which is currently blue and despite working for my own theme of choice (Blue) it needs to work well for both themes and therefore it is being changed. Hopefully everything will be sorted by the time the next Contest is posted. It may be delayed if it is not completely ready by then, so just letting you know in advance.
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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #114 on: October 05, 2012, 07:36:19 AM »
We will no longer be running the Long Contests, this is due to lack of participation in the Long Contests. Also both Lilygirl and myself have had really busy personal lives at the moment and don't have the time to run the extra contests - especially if they have a low participation in.

I want to stress that "I'm not good enough" is not an excuse to not enter the Contests. It doesn't matter how good you are, if you look at some people's first entries and then you compare them to the ones they are uploading now then you will definitely see a vast improvement in their building skills. This is just a friendly competition, it's also a way for you to practice your building skills and improve. It's always said but it's the participation and the effort that counts not the winning. So please do just have a go at taking part!  :)
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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #115 on: November 10, 2012, 04:23:23 AM »
There has been a change in the rules that allows you to build and take screenshots in any of the Official EA Store Worlds. You may not use the Content included in those Worlds however. The change in the rules is due to the fact that entries should not be judged on their surroundings but solely on the entry itself. Please continue to judge entries on what is on the lot and not behind the lot.

  • Only FREE Store Items are allowed, the Items must be free during the time that the Contest is running and the poll is open.
    • Registration Rewards are allowed. Any promotional Content is banned, such as the T-Mobile Items or the Dr. Pepper Items.
    • Once a Store World becomes available in Retail Stores it's content may be used may be used. At this moment only Barnacle Bay and Hidden Springs are available in Stores.
    • You may still take screenshots and build in any Store Worlds as long as none of the content from them is used.
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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #116 on: November 18, 2012, 05:58:14 PM »
Hello guys! Just wondering if we can submit a sort of video slideshow (adhering to all the rules, 10 image max, etc, etc) for the contests. Just to clarify, it would not be an actual video but a collage of images one after the other. Thanks!

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« Reply #117 on: November 18, 2012, 06:16:39 PM »
You do know that collages count for more than one picture if more than one picture is used.   Also the preferred method of a contest entry is to use the highslide thumbnail method that's available using the [ hs][/ hs] bbcode. 

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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #118 on: November 18, 2012, 07:33:40 PM »
You do know that collages count for more than one picture if more than one picture is used.   Also the preferred method of a contest entry is to use the highslide thumbnail method that's available using the [ hs][/ hs] bbcode.

Sorry I should've clarified, I meant a a slideshow of just ten images. No more so it adheres to the rules but allows for another method of entry.

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« Reply #119 on: November 19, 2012, 02:06:18 PM »
Can I just ask why we aren't allowed to use store items (except the free ones)? Since the forumers do the voting, no one actually needs to download the house to vote or rate it, so I'm a bit confused at the reason for this rule. Please enlighten me :)

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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #120 on: November 19, 2012, 04:17:13 PM »
Can I just ask why we aren't allowed to use store items (except the free ones)? Since the forumers do the voting, no one actually needs to download the house to vote or rate it, so I'm a bit confused at the reason for this rule. Please enlighten me :)

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It's mainly due to the wealth factor. Some people are unable to spend the same amounts of money on the Store as others and we already have advantages for those who can afford Expansions and Stuff Packs due to extra content and more choice. We'll never get a completely level field but we will try to keep it as fair as we can.

For example if there was a Sci-Fi themed contest then those who are able to spend money at the store to purchase the Futureshock Sets and the Lunar Lakes World are at a distinct advantage since the items in those are perfect for a Sci-Fi theme.

Does that make sense?
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« Reply #121 on: November 21, 2012, 02:37:53 AM »
It's mainly due to the wealth factor. Some people are unable to spend the same amounts of money on the Store as others and we already have advantages for those who can afford Expansions and Stuff Packs due to extra content and more choice. We'll never get a completely level field but we will try to keep it as fair as we can.

For example if there was a Sci-Fi themed contest then those who are able to spend money at the store to purchase the Futureshock Sets and the Lunar Lakes World are at a distinct advantage since the items in those are perfect for a Sci-Fi theme.

Does that make sense?

Ahh yes. I understand. And that seems very fair. Thanks for explaining :)
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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #122 on: November 24, 2012, 10:05:45 PM »
Had some extra time so I created a small example of what I mean -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJnn-2Ya6ls

Would that be something we could do for the contest or the forum in general. Thanks :)

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« Reply #123 on: November 26, 2012, 02:59:10 AM »
All entries must be submitted with the same format of a maximum of ten images, so you can't use the video.
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Re: The Building Contests - Rules and Instructions
« Reply #124 on: January 06, 2013, 11:13:36 AM »
The new rules for Building Contests 2013 are up, please follow this link to review the rules. There have been some changes and alterations to the rules and methods.
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