[openbeos] Re: Icon Design Contest submission

  • From: "Jorge G. Mare (a.k.a. Koki)" <koki@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:09:59 -0700 PDT

> Stephan wrote:
> >Something on "winner"... it isn't clear at all wether the contest 
> > will have
> /one/ winner. The purpose is more that of >brain storming. It might 
> very
> well happen that we take one set that most people liked and add a 
> design
> property from >another set which many people liked as well (if 
> possible).

Different people seem to be making different interpretations of the 
same thing. Haiku announced a contest (headline quoted from haiku-
os.org: "Announcing the Haiku Icon Contest"), so that's what it should 
be. And contests have clear winners; that is the nature of any contest.

> The vote is to help
> determine the new design, not to choose a specific set of icons.  If 
> it had
> been the latter, a full set of icons would have been required.  The 
> "winner"
> should be the Haiku OS community as a whole.

This was never stated in the official announcement of the contest, 
which is what people will go by with.

If this was not supposed to be a contest, then it would have been 
better articulated by announcing a "Haiku Icon Debate", "Haiku Icon 
Counsel" or the like, clearly stating that submissions would be subject 
to discussion by the community, and that the final artwork could be a 
combination of various submissions.

Leaving things too much open to interpretation is an invitation to 
confusion, and I think this is what is happening here.

Perhaps the (internal) communication leading to the decision-making 
would be best done off the list before anything is announced to the 
outside world. I think this would best serve the goal of Haiku, as it 
would present a unified message that is easier to follow.


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