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Netscape 6 Themes Contest Underway!

Wednesday August 9th, 2000

With the release of Netscape 6 PR2 comes the start of the Netscape 6 Themes Contest. Grand Prize is a Philips Plasma-Screen TV, Second Prize is a Sony Digital Camera, Third Prize is an iBook Special Edition, and the prize for Honorable Mention (10 awarded) is a Diamond Rio PMP300 Special Edition. You may also find your skin included in the final release of Netscape 6!

If you're interested in creating a Mozilla skin, why not submit it to the contest as well? You might just walk away a winner. Visit the Themes Contest page now to learn more about the rules, the prizes, and detailed instructions and tutorials on how to create a Mozilla full-app skin.

The contest ends September 30th, so get to work!

UPDATE: There are also versions of the page translated into Japanese, German and French.


#1 Cool!

by Dan6992

Wednesday August 9th, 2000 6:16 PM

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That TV is worth almost $10,000. I am definitely going to enter, but I need to know if can we submit entire chrome packages (XUL, JS, CSS & images) or just the CSS and Images (i.e. skin)?

Dan

#2 Re: Cool!

by Ben_Goodger

Wednesday August 9th, 2000 6:19 PM

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Just CSS and images (and XBL). essentially what's in the modern/ and classic/ folders today.

#3 Prize Substitution

by Tanyel <tanyel@straightblack.com>

Wednesday August 9th, 2000 8:16 PM

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If I won the grand prize, could they just give me enough iBooks to equal the value of the television?

#9 Re: Prize Substitution

by samfish

Thursday August 10th, 2000 12:09 AM

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Do they fall apart that fast?

#10 Re: Re: Prize Substitution

by Tanyel <tanyel@straightblack.com>

Thursday August 10th, 2000 12:46 AM

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I do not think so. I like Macintosh computers and software.

#4 Cool

by Tekhir

Wednesday August 9th, 2000 9:29 PM

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I'm going to take a month off from work a build the coolest skin on earth.

#5 About the Rule

by markpeak

Wednesday August 9th, 2000 9:38 PM

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In Rules Page, No.3.

Thay say 'Note that you should not change the bookmarks, task bar and the default "My Sidebar" tabs.' What does it mean? I cab change the style of bookmarks, taskbar and sidebar but cannot change the content, right?

#6 Wow

by kerz <jason@mozillazine.org>

Wednesday August 9th, 2000 10:06 PM

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That is an amazing skin they have on the top of the front page! Why have a contest, when it's clearly the winner!

#7 Re: Wow

by ratman

Wednesday August 9th, 2000 10:32 PM

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i wish there was some way i could download it.

as an xpi!

#13 Re: Wow

by Martyr

Thursday August 10th, 2000 6:24 AM

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Ah contraire. You can't have a winner without first having a contest.

#8 Japanese Information is Available

by ryuzi

Wednesday August 9th, 2000 10:34 PM

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<http://home.netscape.com/ja/themes/> there is Japanese information.

is threr other language version?

#11 Question

by Tanyel <tanyel@straightblack.com>

Thursday August 10th, 2000 1:17 AM

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Why is the approximate retail value of the third prize higher than that of the second prize?

#12 Re: Question

by bratell

Thursday August 10th, 2000 5:06 AM

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To teach people that it never pays to be number two? :-)

#15 Re: Question

by Salsaman

Thursday August 10th, 2000 10:16 AM

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Yes, and because trying to make the third best NS6 skin is harder than trying to win.

#16 Re: Question

by FrodoB

Thursday August 10th, 2000 10:45 AM

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I wondered that, too.... Maybe they assume that to enter such a contest, people will already have computers, but people won't necessarily have digital camcorders?

If it was possible, and it isn't, I'd rather have a big screen TV (non-plasma), the digital camcorder, AND the iBook, which would still cost significantly less than the plasma TV. :)

#18 And, in fact, you can...

by andrewmeier

Thursday August 10th, 2000 1:11 PM

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From the rules, it looks like you can substitute the estimated cash value of the prize in American Express Gift Cheques. They can be used almost the same as cash (except they are traceable in case they are stolen)

#19 Re: And, in fact, you can...

by FrodoB

Thursday August 10th, 2000 2:25 PM

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I quote....

No prize substitution except by Sponsor due to unavailability (in which case a prize of comparable or greater value will be awarded) or as follows: winners residing outside of the United States will receive the retail value of the prize in American Express Gift Cheques; if winner resides in a country in which American Express Gift Cheques are not freely negotiable, a substitute prize of comparable or greater value will be awarded.

Clearly, winners inside the United States have no choice as to their prize. And winners outside the United States have no choice as to whether they get Gift Cheques or not.

Is it weird to want to win 2nd place in a contest, because the 1st place prize is much less usable? I could find MANY uses for a digital camcorder, but a plasma TV is, well, a plasma TV. :)

#20 Re: Re: And, in fact, you can...

by Dan6992

Thursday August 10th, 2000 6:30 PM

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"I could find MANY uses for a digital camcorder, but a plasma TV is, well, a plasma TV. :)"

But you can sell the TV on ebay for $4,000-$6,000 and have enough for the digital camera and a new computer.

Dan

#21 Re: Re: Re: And, in fact, you can...

by FrodoB

Thursday August 10th, 2000 6:53 PM

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Well, yeah, but you think I'd actually do that? :) I mean, sure, it's impractical, but it's one helluva bragging right. :)

#27 Re: Re: Re: Re: And, in fact, you can...

by Dan6992

Monday August 14th, 2000 5:09 PM

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"sure, it's impractical, but it's one helluva bragging right"

My thoughts exactly :) Plus it would be a huge pain in the a$$ to sell something that expensive on e-bay.

#14 Expanded Contest

by aengblom <aengblom@gwu.edu>

Thursday August 10th, 2000 7:20 AM

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Anyone thought of creating a number of other contests to highlight Moz's/Netscape 6's flexibilty, opened source, etc.? Themes are great, but what about "most usefull feature", "most bug fixes", etc., by a non-paid member of the Moz community. If opposed, you could just send me a prize and I'll shut up ;-) .

#17 NeXT Theme

by pretzelgod <epg@pobox.com>

Thursday August 10th, 2000 11:49 AM

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I posted this request as a response to the article about the direction the Classic skin should take, but i'm posting it again because this seems like a more appropriate place.

I don't have the graphical talent, so the only thing i can do is beg someone to make a NeXT skin, with NeXT icons, colors, widgets, etc.

#22 what a waste of time!!!

by pbreit

Friday August 11th, 2000 2:06 PM

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this is exactly what i would expect from mozilla: a complete waste of everyone's time.

everyone who ends up spending time on this would be doing mozilla a much bigger favor finding and fixing bugs.

one of internet explorer's primary advantages is the absence of a distinct appearance. it just seems like part of the os. mozilla should be like that as well.

#23 Re: what a waste of time!!!

by FrodoB

Friday August 11th, 2000 2:26 PM

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>this is exactly what i would expect from mozilla: a complete waste of everyone's time.

Tell that to the winners of the contest.

Seriously, why is Neoplanet so popular if everything has to blend in with the OS all of the time? Although I agree that Mozilla should default to the Classic skin, skinning is a good thing, because not everyone agrees with you. Heck, we get it for free with XUL, so why not?

#24 Re: what a waste of time!!!

by gwalla <gwalla@despammed.com>

Saturday August 12th, 2000 9:35 PM

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> one of internet explorer's primary > advantages is the absence of a > distinct appearance. it just seems > like part of the os. mozilla should > be like that as well.

Somehow, skinning hasn't hurt WinAmp any. There are *no* skins for WinAmp that make it actually look like a real Windows app. Even the "Windows 95" and "98" skins are crude hacks, and don't really fit in with other parts.

I agree with you, however, that reporting and fixing bugs would be a whle lot more productive.

#25 Re: what a waste of time!!!

by danielhill <danielhill@hotmail.com>

Saturday August 12th, 2000 10:13 PM

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It's not MOZILLA, it's NETSCAPE.

#26 Re: what a waste of time!!!

by Tanyel <tanyel@straightblack.com>

Saturday August 12th, 2000 10:55 PM

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People were complaining about the appearance of Mozilla. I think this is Netscape's way of solving that problem.

Also, there are people who, like me, would not spend time fixing bugs unless they were being paid. However, they might try to make the web browser look good in exchange for an expensive prize.

Finally, while this is what you would expect of Mozilla, it is not what I would expect of Mozilla. If it was a typical Mozilla contest, the grand prize would probably be a T-shirt with a screenshot of the theme ironed onto it. The second prize would probably be a T-shirt with a picture of the television on it.

#28 test

by mozineAdmin

Monday August 14th, 2000 6:42 PM

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test

#29 Skins available now?

by Foobarbaz

Sunday August 20th, 2000 8:00 AM

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The skin contest is/will be great. But are any skins available for download RIGHT NOW? I can't find any around the Netsape site or here...

I'm sure there will be a site once the contest ends, but I'm not that patient...

#30 x.themes.org

by Tanaaln <olympictram@yahoo.com>

Monday August 21st, 2000 6:14 PM

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There are a lot of cool 'themes' here... <http://x.themes.org/viewr…sources.phtml?type=chrome> and there is obviously something wrong with how mozilla displays stuff in text boxes. the text doesn't display correctly.. I have to either go back and highlight it to make what I'm typing appear, or wait for it to randomly draw what I've been typing. Quite frustrating, really. Does anyone know if this is a reported bug? Just noticed it when I was typing this message...

Scott

#31 Re: x.themes.org

by neuron

Tuesday August 22nd, 2000 12:45 AM

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We should probably just take a dive into Bugzilla, but I've also encountered such problems. The saddest thing was when I tried to build a "reflowing" textarea - extending and contracting whenever the textmass is modified. Works in explorer; and that's not my primary target for the finished app (an xml-editing thing).