2nd Mozilla Throbber Contest
Wednesday May 12th, 1999
That's right, the second Mozilla "Throbber" contest is
now underway. What's a "throbber", you ask? The throbber
is the animation on the toolbar that cycles when the
browser is actively retrieving data. Recently, we have
heard numerous complaints regarding the English phrases
in the winning animation from the last contest. We
decided that the easiest way to address these complaints
would be to hold a second contest. This new contest is
open to everyone (except MozillaZine staff), but
determining the winner is going to be a little different
this time around. All submissions will first go through
an "elimination" phase. We at MozillaZine will pick our
20 favorite entries, and we will present them to all
mozillaZine members for a vote. The vote will occur via
a new "wishlist" functionality (which we will be
publicly testing before the true contest vote).
The winner and runner-up will each receive a gift
certificate (store and prize amount yet to be
determined), and the 20 finalists will all receive
T-Shirts from mozilla.org. Click here to see the image on the T-Shirts.
First, some disclaimers. There are no guarantees that
the throbber will be used in perpetuity. There is always
the possibility that a spec will change, or
mozilla.org's needs will change, or another factor will
weigh in to require a change to a new animation (as
occurred with the previous winning entry). Essentially,
we cannot make any guarantees about how long the winning
entry will be in the mozilla code as the default. Also
note that this contest applies to the Mozilla code only,
not to any Mozilla-derived Netscape product. (And or course, if we choose something offensive or illegal, mozilla may not be able to use it at all.)
Please send your entries to
animationContest@mozillazine.org. Do not post
links to them in the talkback forum of this article.
Attach your entry in GIF format, your name, and include
in your message your full name and a physical address to
which we could send a prize. Also include your T-Shirt size, in case you are a finalist. We will send a brief
verification of receipt to all entrants, so please have
a valid Reply-To. If you do not want your email address
made public, please be sure to make a note of that in
your submission. If you do not receive a verification of receipt from us within a few days, please feel free to follow up.
Here are the rules for the contest:
- The animation must be 32x32 in size. 2 animations
are required for apprunner, one 32x32, and one 16x16
(for text only navbars). For this contest, we will only
judge the 32x32 animation, and the winner will then have
to create a 16x16 animation in a similar style (you can
do this in advance if you want, but the 32x32 image will
be the only one judged in the contest).
- For this contest, the animation must be 30 frames
long, and the first frame will be used as the "resting"
frame, for when the browser is not actively retrieving
- the speed of the animation can run anywhere between
3 and 8 frames per second (since this particular aspect
of the spec hasn't been ironed out, the final result may
be slower or faster than your animation, but you can use
this rule as a way to gauge the fluidity of your
- The animation should preferably be in the web-safe
palette, although you have some palette flexibility with
the new cross-platform interface. Try to use non-websafe
colors sparingly if you do.
- There should be no text in the animation. Mozilla
will be used on many platforms and localized to many
languages, so your animation should be as
culture-neutral as possible. However, use of the word
"Mozilla" or the letter "m" is allowed.
- The animation should be Mozilla-related. You don't
have to use the little green mascot or the big red
Mozilla, but it should be a good representative of
Mozilla in some way.
- If you submit multiple entries, each should be
drastically different than your other entries. Please do
not submit 100 color variations (or even 2) of the same
animation. If you do send variations on a theme, only
the first will be judged.
- The contest ends June 10 at 12:00pm EST. No
preference is given to entries that arrive early, so
take your time to make it perfect. Soon after the June
10th deadline, the 20 finalists will be put online for
the final vote.
- MozillaZine makes no guarantees regarding copyright
protection for your work. If your work is stolen, you
agree to not hold MozillaZine or mozilla.org
responsible. If you are concerned about copyright
protection for your submission to the contest, you may
want to reconsider submitting an entry, because anything
can happen to your work once it becomes publicly
available on the Internet.
- By submitting an entry, you give mozilla.org the
right to use your entry in their Mozilla
- MozillaZine administration reserves the right to
archive all entries for display on mozillazine.org.
#17 rule you forgot
Thursday May 13th, 1999 1:51 AM
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the throbber can't have anything to do with the Netscape logo (such as the N)