"What's This Pattern Contest I Heard About?"

Categories and Prizes | Rules

It's an open challenge to create some great new designs for Conversant sites.

You create a new Conversant site, give it a cool look and some great features. Create a pattern file with the built-in wizard. Submit your pattern here.

There are three prizes available, one each for the best patterns in three different categories. Each category has a different sponsor!

We've tried to keep the rules and categories fairly simple.

Categories and Prizes

  • Business Blog

    Prize: 60 GB iPod and $50 iTunes Gift Certificate

    Sponsor: Terry Frazier

    Description: The pattern which is the most useful to business bloggers will win the top prize. This means flexible page design, easy and flexible display of complementary content (flickr photo-streams, rss reeds, blog-rolls, etc), user-friendly, standards support, cross-browser compatible. "Business friendly" does not mean boring.

    Want more details on this category?

  • General Use

    Prize: 30 GB iPod

    Sponsor: Clark Venable

    Description: Visually appealing, shows off some of Conversant's unique features, and easy for new users to understand and administer. If your pattern meets that description, you'll have a good shot at this prize.

  • Most Modern

    Prize: One year free Conversant hosting under the "Domains Hosting" plan

    Sponsor: Macrobyte Resources

    Description: This category is for anybody feeling edgy and playful. Go all-CSS. Use AJAX techniques wherever it makes sense. Push the limits as far as you want. Keep it appealing and attractive, stylish and thematic. Do it right and you could win a year of free hosting! (Note: we'll even help you with this stuff, if you run into difficulty. Post your questions on the support site.)

Rules

To win one of the prizes, you'll have to follow these rules:

  • sponsors, their employees and families may not enter the contest, but everyone else is welcome
  • you may enter as many patterns as you wish
  • all patterns must include:
    • a weblog on the home page (made from a Weblog II page)
    • link to the rss feed
    • discussion area (at least for weblog comments)
    • search engine (via AQP)
    • full description in the pattern file
    • screen-shot preview image in the pattern file
  • look both ways before crossing the road
  • you may revise your pattern submissions as often as you like
  • decisions of the judges are final
  • Macrobyte gets royalty-free, non-expiring permission to use any patterns submitted for the contest in free-conversant or to distribute for others to use on their own sites and/or Conversant servers. (For example, your pattern might be offered to new users when they set up a site.) Macrobyte is not under any obligation to use any patterns submitted by anyone.
  • brush your teeth after every meal
  • no adult-themed patterns will be accepted
  • each pattern will be reviewed for completeness and 'appropriateness' before being made available on the contest site
  • the contest will end at 12:01 AM on June 1, 2006, or two weeks after the twelfth pattern is submitted (whichever is later)