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Question to contestidates: Can I have a cool title?
09-27-2007 at 08:23 AM
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Better question: What plans do you have for this year's Deadlies?
09-27-2007 at 08:35 AM
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IRT Rabscuttle's first question
The Master List of Contests has been such an invaluable tool than I can't not give you a title.

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I have plans for it, but it depends on factors that are as of yet uncertain (namely, if I will have a CC by then, who they will be, and if they want to run it or not.) Whilst I'm on the subject, this page is in need of an update.

(this is all, of course, assuming I am voted Director)

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09-27-2007 at 09:49 AM
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Okay, I'm torn between two of you, so I'll ask a tiebreaker question.

Question: How would you plan on incorporating the website into your idea of your department. I'm open to adding all sorts of things to the website, and challenges could, (And would be if I have a say.) be one of them.
09-30-2007 at 05:40 AM
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I think that the website should play a more active records system - while forum posts are great, if records for the contests could be kept on the website, that would be awesome.

A cool thought would be a contest write-up, depending on the type of contest available - for instance, the website could have some connoisseurs post their thoughts on all the

We could also have challenges like that old contest to write up a history for Beethro - the best articles could be inducted into the ofon (my newly-invented term for "official fanon" ;)).

No doubt, other content, such as graphical styles, could also be put on to the website, but I think that the website should be a bigger part of this community, so I would definitely try to support it.
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Ezlo wrote: How would you plan on incorporating the website into your idea of your department. I'm open to adding all sorts of things to the website, and challenges could, (And would be if I have a say.) be one of them.
Hmmmmm, tough one.
Well the most obvious way that the site would be incorporated into the department would be if as part of a challenge or a contest, some hosting was needed, the site would be used (well I could turn to Erik or Schik, but I feel guilty bothering them, and besides, they've got more than enough on their plates). Not that I have any contests or challenges that would do that at the moment, but it is a possibility.

Another way to incorporate the site into the department would be to use contests as a way kickstart the creation of content. For example, if you wanted to create a new section, and have lots of content to display right away, given proper consideration to how fun and entertaining it would be (making the contest enjoyable comes first, IMHO), a contest would be one way to do that.

But the best interaction that I can think of would be, similar to what has already been suggested, to conduct an interview with the Contest runner after the completion of the contest. I always intend to write and report in hindsight of the contest, but I seem to forget the points that I wanted to make when it comes around to writing it. Thus, this would be an excellent way to not only add content to the site, but wrap up a contest and provide to future contest runners. It might also be interesting to have a conversation with not only the contest runner, but the winner and commentators of a particular contest. Of course, it really depends on the contest, as having a interview over a tic-tac-toe contest would hardly be an engaging read.






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09-30-2007 at 07:45 AM
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Question: How would you plan on incorporating the website into your idea of your department. I'm open to adding all sorts of things to the website, and challenges could, (And would be if I have a say.) be one of them.


I would try and use the site to announce and record mostly. At any given time there should be a list of links to all active contests(assuming you wouldn't find that too hard) and results fo previous contests would be all saved there(maybe not all, just the official ones).
And I'm not sure wether this would fall under the Challenges sector, but I would "challenge" people to create hold reviews good enough to be accepted on the site(with a small reward, of course).

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Optimise This! was an excellent way, in my mind. My only regret was that it died out fairly quickly, mainly because I think people had a hard time deciding on what room to do next. Ideally, Optimise This! should be resurrected, and an architectural one of a similar nature should be started. If I was elected, I would ensure that there would be a person dedicated to keeping challenges like that running.

I would also create a position that would ensure contest summaries are put onto the website in a timely fashion, as well as filling in the gaps that already exist in the contest section. This would, of course, require approval from the Department of Constructions/Chief Editor, but I believe that would promote good cross-department relationships.

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It's one thing to create a room that is a challenging puzzle or a challenging hack-and-slash room. It's quite another thing to make a room that is fun, interesting, and difficult to optimize.

I'm thinking that a contest of making a room (or hold) that is fun to optimize might be intriguing.

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10-02-2007 at 08:38 PM
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Question: Can the future director explain what he is going to do with the old/missing list of Contestants?

More info here. (Apologise as I'm not going to copy and paste the whole text again.)

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10-04-2007 at 02:28 PM
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Question: Can the future director explain what he is going to do with the old/missing list of Contestants?

More info here. (Apologise as I'm not going to copy and paste the whole text again.)
You mean update the list to the present day, or keep it constantly updated?

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10-05-2007 at 02:12 AM
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Create a job for recording contest participants - as Erik said, jobs should be created for as many little things as possible. It would be a special duty of this job to finish the backlog. If I can't find someone to do it, I'll do it myself.
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You mean update the list to the present day, or keep it constantly updated?
Yes.

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It would be a special duty of this job to finish the backlog. If I can't find someone to do it, I'll do it myself.

And how would you solve the problem of the missing BACKRONYM participant list?

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I think the ideal solution would be to, ahem, convince someone who can read it to copy/let us read the submission thread.
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I'd poke the monkey.

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Regarding the dept of challenges - a very general question to the candidates:

What portion of your time would be spent on architecture/hold stuff and what portion would be spent on other stuff (forum, art, voice, etc)

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That's not up to me.

I really want to be able to run a department without running it. I feel that I should be able to set up broad guidelines for positions without enforcing any requirements. I should be able to say, "You're the Contest Coordinator" and leave it at that. If I feel that there should be a different type of contest, I might talk to him, but I want to be able to have people in my department that don't need micromanagement, so to speak.


Not that it's going to matter at this point, anyway.
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I really want to be able to run a department without running it.
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Tim wrote:Yes.

Well to deplete the current backlog, either me or the CC would work to get rid of it. For the future, I'd make it the task of the CC to be done, whether they want to have the task done by the current contest host (which I'd encourage) or assign someone separate to do the task is up to them. I'd also look into creating something a little more elegant than the current list, perhaps a database or the like. (depends on how well the current list parses)

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What portion of your time would be spent on architecture/hold stuff and what portion would be spent on other stuff (forum, art, voice, etc)
It would really depend on what took my fancy, and what other member of the department though. I wouldn't purposefully aim to create any of the the stuff that you mentioned, but should someone request that a contest be made focusing on a certain area, I'd be happy to have the department work with them.

EDIT: someone who isn't a up for election should probably bump this, as there's only 26 votes thus far.

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I mean that the Department shouldn't require my constant intervention. I shouldn't need to constantly drop in on people and tell them that they're doing the wrong job. I want to be able to just say "Here's a basic outline of your job." and have them do it. That doesn't mean I won't be open to helping anyone. Quite the contrary. I just don't want to have to tell someone how to do their job. I may be overreacting, but it's something I'm worried about with all the departments.
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I mean that the Department shouldn't require my constant intervention. I shouldn't need to constantly drop in on people and tell them that they're doing the wrong job. I want to be able to just say "Here's a basic outline of your job." and have them do it. That doesn't mean I won't be open to helping anyone. Quite the contrary. I just don't want to have to tell someone how to do their job. I may be overreacting, but it's something I'm worried about with all the departments.
You explained before. I just thought it was a statement worthy of being taken out of context.

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EDIT: someone who isn't a up for election should probably bump this, as there's only 26 votes thus far.
That's because many are still being indecisive?

If I was running for the directory, I'd already got rid of the backlog by now. I certainly didn't expect that all the answers were more or less like, well, "I would do it, but not now." So, yes, I'm still being indecisive what I'm going to vote.

In other news, I would write my Topic Picks for October, but not now. (I've got an headache right now, so that is a valid reason.)

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If I was running for the directory, I'd already got rid of the backlog by now. I certainly didn't expect that all the answers were more or less like, well, "I would do it, but not now." So, yes, I'm still being indecisive what I'm going to vote.
Good thing we're not competing for a directory then. ;)
Regardless, I wouldn't do that because I'm afraid that it would be seen as sidelining the election process and assuming responsibility of the department (remember snacko?). Maybe if it just involved scrolling through a topic, but poking people (which would be required in order to get the names out of submission topics) is best done when given a position of authority.

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