Please keep in mind that I'm not "scolding" you guys, or anything. I know that many of the people here are part of tons of different communities (myself included), and it's hard to keep track of all the rules for all the different comms. This is just a reminder, to refresh everyone's memory.
You must be a member to enter the contests.
This one is kind of a "duh", but sometimes people forget to log into their account, and then I don't know who you are! (Yes, this *has* actually happened several times.) So make sure that you are actually listed under the "members" list on the userinfo page, and when you submit icons, you're logged into the right account.
You may enter ONE (1) icon for each contest, unless otherwise stated.
And yes, we do override that in the contest rules quite often, so be sure to read EVERYTHING in the contest post!
Icons must meet the LiveJournal requirements (under 40KB, 100x100 pixels, and saved as .jpg/.gif/.png).
Luckily, no one has violated this one yet, but just a reminder ;)
The icon must be created BY YOU for THE CHALLENGE. This means no posting already made icons, and no stealing from someone else.
As I said above, I am a part of many, many icon communities (contest & otherwise), and I WILL often notice if you do this, and as I've shown here, I WILL call you out on it.
Do not use bases made by other icon makers. In other words, don't take a base, slap text on it, and enter it in the challenge.
This is further clarified here. Please keep in mind that textless icons ARE accepted, as long as they fit the contest rules, and truly look FINISHED. Again, see the linked thread.
All entries are to be posted as comments to the challenge entry. Please, submit all your entries in the same comment. It's easier for us to keep track of!
Some of you aren't doing this, and it would be really helpful to me when I'm posting polls if you would. So please keep it in mind. Please comment on this entry when you've read it--doesn't matter what you say, just comment. I want to know that you've taken the time to read it. ALSO--if you re-post your icons, because you want to add another one (or more) to your entries later, remember to delete your original comment!
Please DO NOT include your LJ username in your icon name. We want this to be anonymous!
This is definately a biggie. I've noticed that more and more people have been doing this lately. Now, we don't mind if your photobucket account has the same username as your LJ, and so the username is in the IMG SRC, but don't put your username in the actual FILE NAME itself. The file name can be accessed through Image -> Properties very easily, and we want to eliminate all possible voting fraud. (I know this one is kind of picky you guys, but please just go with it -.-)
Please include the URL of your icon under your entry.
LIKE THIS, EVERYONE:
Now, is that REALLY so hard?! Most of you DO follow that format, but of few of you just can't seem to get it, which is really annoying for me when I'm posting polls. So PLEASE REMEMBER THIS ONE!
Don't post your icon for public use until the contest is over.
This one is the same idea as #4. We want this to be ANONYMOUS.
Use only the cap/lyrics/etc. provided for you.
Also, as I mentioned above, read ALL of the challenge rules before entering! There's been some confusion with this past challenge, so don't forget to do that.
Don't vote for your own icon, please.
Because that's just dumb. Same thing with "fishing for votes". Just DON'T DO IT.
So...please try to keep those things in mind, everyone! If you think you might forget, then just check out the userinfo page before you enter to double check. Or--even better--put this post in your memories! Whatever will help you remember these things. They're not asking a whole lot, and they're pretty standard, as far as icontests go.
Polls & new challenge will be up soon! [Sorry they're late!]