Contest for the artistically/technically challenged


#1

How about a contest other than one that favors the Photoshop, digital camera, handdrawn-scrawl crowd? I’m talking words or concepts that ring true to the Woot ethos and contest specifics. C’mon woot, give the wordsmiths a chance!


#2

There already was one…we had a Haiku challenge not too long ago. To me, when there is a lot of text entries to read through, half of them being bad, it bores me. You should break out your “Paint” program and give it a whirl.


#3

Krull,
How about a grossest poo contest? Everyone can make a masterpiece of a grunt sculpture.

Then again, go sit on your glaive.


#4

Too many entries because it’s too easy to make a minimally-qualifying haiku. The more difficult the task, the fewer the entries. Off the top of my head, a few ideas for more challenging word-based contests:

Limericks
Sonnets
Short stories
Crossword puzzles (create them and/or solve them)

and a hybrid:

4-panel comic strips (great artistic skill not required!)


#5

How about EPIC POEMS? Yeah, you’re right, that is a horrible idea. Who thought up that one? Oh, darn…


#6

How about all the literary folks read all about photoshop & practice it. [;)]


#7

I like the limerick idea; not because I could write one, but I’d enjoy reading them.


#8

How about one graphic entry per contestant instead of the multiple entries we sometimes see.

And you can’t say all of the “entries” in a contest like #47 (combine two Woot-Offs) were actually worth the time it took to scroll by them.

Or the endlessly quoted images with some valuable insight like “sweet” or “nice one”.

Visual diarrhea is a pretty good analogy.


#9

poof, is there a word for this? i’ve heard of logorrhea… is there an equivalent form for this?


#10

I don’t think so, not that I’ve heard of. There’s a “rrhea” for fluids running from most of the other body orifices, but not the eyes.


#11

“sensoria” - plural form for the part of the brain that receives and coordinates all the stimuli conveyed to various sensory centers (not a “-rrhea” but close)

Don’t get me wrong - the photoshop contest is what immediately drew me to Woot as something unique. Just thought a brainstorm on other compelling contests might be worthy.

How about…

  • Podcast audio entries for the ADHD crowd, 20 seconds or less with synopsis?
  • Short slogans for the unsellable, often repeated items?
  • Video mashups for Woot’s first TV commercial?
  • One or two sentence business proposals for Woot spin-offs?

#12

Ew, wash that glaive.


#13

Sweet!


#14

how about an ad scripted for a Superbowl display…like about 15 seconds long? pictures and dialog?


#15

That’s what I’m talking about! Yeah, a storyboard or freeze frames with dialog and description, music cues, sound effects…Good one!