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:
#32 Re:2nd Mozilla Throbber Contest
by Adam Sjøgren <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wednesday May 19th, 1999 6:34 AM
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> Third. the "well, if MOST of the users can see it, then its ok." mentality is one > of the reasons why people are so annoyed with M$.
I'm on a 1 bit screen here - I think it is okay for designers of pretty things to ignore me - as long as the page is still _functional_.
The page still being functional is the direct opposite of "MOST users can see it" (which implies that it doesn't work for everybody); and I will silently ignore your sleazy attempt to put a "Microsoft camp"-label on me.
People with sub-24 bit displays will experience suboptimal graphics anyway - why give most people (if not now, and I think so, then certainly in the future) the prettiest, and the few the not so pretty (that still _works_)?
I'm not trying to make anyone change anything, I'm just trying to understand the motivations for the choices made.
Best wishes, Adam.