Specifically, although I understand everything that has been said, it isstill unclear to me how Haiku plans to come out >with a new icon set.
Statements such as "we will discuss" and the like are good generalities,
but do not clearly define how you will come up >with the icon set that Haiku needs, given that no single icon set is chosen from the contest.
So, artists will submit their work, people will vote (or rate) the icon
sets, and then what? Will you mix and match the >best rated (don't know if that is viable)? Will someone (from Haiku?) create an icon set based based on the submissions >and the feedback from the community? What am I missing?
We have had several creative people in past who wanted to collaborate on
icon set design. The problem has been that we haven't had a solid set of
guidelines for these people to follow. Through the contest it is expected
that a solid set of icon guidelines will be developed. These guidelines
will answer questions such as:
Use shadow? Use black outline?
>From these guidelines a collaborative effort is expected in developing a
full set of icons. There are quite a lot to be made. Also it will allow
for future expansion if needed.
It could be possible some of the existing designs could be tweaked to the guidelines. Regardless, the icons would have to be tweaked anyway when converted to the new vector format.
The final approval process still needs to be discussed and will most likely be done by the developers.
Expecting people to follow/read all the posts on mailings lists and forums
is not realistic.
Let's first clarify, this list is the main discussion area. If someone wants to post an article on another web site about the contest they should be reading this list. Responsible journalism requires that you double check your information thoroughly. Also, they should be asking permission before quoting people or other articles. These are realistic expectations.
Which is why, if you think in terms of both building/growing the communityas well as that of presenting the project to >the world with a
consistent/clear message, it is much more effective to have a single unified
(official) voice to the >outside world.
If that requires the decision-making process to be closed, so be it.
I believe you underestimate the value of community input. Stephan has been making the final contest decisions taking in consideration
valuable input from the community.
In the case of the icon contest, the people will still have a chance to
influence the outcome of the contest by voting, >so although the decision process may not be open, the contest itself is.
"Influence the outcome" and "providing valuable input" are two different things. We wish to insure the latter. This will not be accomplished through close-minded decisions.