Having spent some time in the competative 3-d modelling world, it is best that you do not divulge what you are working on until you are ready to get feedback or submit.
The allegations of copying and concept theft never ends.
I will say this, on more than one occasion I have been in competition with other 3-d designers and the more people that participate, the more often more than one person has the same idea. When the scope is narrowed in the competion (as in by giving a theme) the problem increases further.
The only resolutions I have seen have been:
pull both designs out of competition
let the design that is voted on the most (presumably the best executed version will win)
I favor the 2 choice. There is a fourth way, but that requires time and investigations by the company that end up making the contest running not worth the companies time.
Dibs’ on idea’s doesn’t work in internet based contests. I would not be surprised if 3/4’s of the derby entrants don’t read the forum threads.
A lot of this may turn out to be a strategy game (ie, early submitters vs up to the wire submitters)
At least the voting requires a prior woot purchase, that should help keep the gaming of the system to a minimum.
I do think the active vote totals being shown is a bit sketchy, I still would like to be able to sort by votes, but would prefer it not to show vote totals until close.
I applaud the woot staff for continuing to tweak the derby. Making the theme known 24 hrs before the site opens up submissions is a very smart thing to do. Hopefully this well allow some really nice designs to come out swinging.
I like the changes to the derby. I think it is wise not to make too many changes at once. But I look forward to seeing what the hinted change to the voting will be.
Last week there was a rule added with the one week shirt color restrictions:
"No printing on the backs of shirts. Two-sided designs will be disqualified. "
Previously in the blogs I saw where it was a case by case basis. Is the one sided rule now permanent, or was it just for that week as well? If permanent, what about a design only on the back of the shirt?
Also could you make the info on the submission page always available instead of only when submissions are accepted? It seems that the important rules are getting scattered all over.
I thought about being sneaky and trying to ask directly but I want all to have a chance to use different design elements.