You make a lot of good points, but you forget that in all of the examples you provided, the icon DOES remain intact even though the positioning has changed. You STILL haven’t altered the icon itself. The meaning may change in the examples you provide, just as Coke slanting it’s logo at a 45 degree angle might make it look more “edgy”. They could put the Gatorade logo at 45 degrees on a pair of boxer shorts. Does that change it’s meaning? Would people suddenly not recognize what it is? We’re talking product and packaging design here. Whatever happens to the logo, it remains intact as the logo, it’s presented in a respectful way, and people still recognize it as such. I turned the logo less than 45 degrees and it still came across to everyone as the woot logo.
As I said before, if woot wants to change it then that’s their call, just like it’s their call if they wanted to change any entry submitted. We’ll see who’s right or wrong on that? I’m not even arguing the point. The fact remains that they haven’t rejected a single other person for simply moving or rotating the icon, so it seems they think it fits within the rules of this derby.
I’ll close out by saying I’m very proud of this entry and I really appreciate the votes it got. Hopefully the rules are so clear in the future that there will be no room for interpretation or confusion.