Some Tweaks and Changes

July 7, 2008

Well, it’s monday morning, and we thought we would release some of the improvements you guys have been asking for.

  • Contests in “Web Page Design” now default to 10 days long, with no fast track upgrade available

This has been a leading complaint from designers and contest holders, web page design layouts just take longer. Keep in mind that contest holders can declare a winner at any point.

  • Re-enforced the need for feedback to Contest Holders across the site

Contest holders now see a heading indicating that they need to leave feedback at the top of a contest, along with new reminder emails if the contest is unhealthy.

  • Clearly indicate a designer has withdrawn all designs from a contest

Previously when a designer had withdrawn all designs from a contest, the contest holder would have no idea what had happened or where the designer had gone. Now a list of withdrawn designers is shown at the bottom of a contest listing (see here). Additionally, designers now have the ability to “unwithdraw” designs.

  • Removed “credit card” as a payment option, added Moneybookers.com

You would not believe how many people have contacted us asking how to pay designers via credit card. Also we have added MoneyBookers.

12 Responses to “Some Tweaks and Changes”

  1. psygn Says:

    The web design contests will be a lot more competitive now, but why the fast track unavailability?

    Those were my honeypots ;)
    They typically had less entries and competition in them. I suppose you had too many complaints from the contest holders demanding more time because of the lack of entries — LOL.

    Great to see that you guys are trying to enforce the contest holders to stick to their part!

  2. ulahts Says:

    Aaaha, great points there for all of you.
    Look at these contest pages, how gorgeous they look.

    Back in time…when all the Advisors had to moderate those forum pages, awaiting 3 months for a contest holder to take a decission, contests lasts forever, no control over submissions, no reporting, no beautifull thumbnails, no security, without a cool profile page – which is still in develop BTW … and now, it’s a grown up, maturity has put his fingers all over and i believe that it still holds the same sensitive and nice feelling when you meet with.

    JOIN THE COMPETITIOOOONS!
    :D:D:D

    Cheers fellows, nice touches…and it’s a very nice system here.
    Will be back more alive i hope after my problems will be solved and gladly take part of this community.

    Cheers
    Emi

  3. Nadia P Says:

    “quoting They typically had less entries and competition in them. I suppose you had too many complaints from the contest holders demanding more time because of the lack of entries — LOL.”

    I don’t think it would have been the contest holder, after all, they are the ones that upgraded to ‘fastrack’ :-)

    I don’t agree that the fast track contests received less submissions psygn, the majority I”ve seen are always flooded, particularly if held by one particular contest holder. They are very popular, a winner is declared almost immediately and payment made just as quickly.

    I think the fast turn around contests are the more fun to join because you know that it won’t drag itself out.

    I for one, am against the longer default of 10 days. At the moment, the contests seem to be really dragging it out. If we now have to wait for 10 days and then a couple more weeks for a winner to be declared, a contest could run into month/s :-( As long as the contest holder is aware that they can close early, I suppose that’s the best possible option for all concerned.

  4. psygn Says:

    “I don’t agree that the fast track contests received less submissions psygn, the majority I”ve seen are always flooded, particularly if held by one particular contest holder. They are very popular, a winner is declared almost immediately and payment made just as quickly.”

    I think I may have confused myself with banner/other graphics category! Fast Track contests from websites do get a lot of submissions.

    I actually agree with Nadia P in regards to 10 days being too long, but I told myself to experience the new system before I judge it.

    Six days is often more than enough time, actually.

  5. KimKiyaa Says:

    I’m also pretty against the 10 day contest. I think it drags on a contest way longer than it needs to be. Most designers don’t need that much time to create a webpage. It’s not necessary. I think just adding an “extension option” for contest holders would be a much better solution.

    I’m also against taking out the fast track contests. There are a few contests holders that regularly come here and look for designs for their clients. They can’t wait the 7 days (now 10 days) to get their designs. The fast track contests have been fine up until now getting well over the average number of entries, I don’t see the need to change them.

  6. Art Says:

    When someone with drawls his entries from a contest, it would be better, if you provide a button which gives the option to the designer to completely with drawn from that particular contest (even thought the CH can see who are withdrawn from his contest).
    So no more annoying list of contest entered, which confuses a lot in our control panels.

  7. imagineinternet Says:

    I have to say that we strongly oppose taking away the fast track option. We are about to post our 100th contest, and 90% of those have been 1-3 day contests that get GREAT results. We have even been more for the “fastrack” option without really complaining, and now you take it away? I just don’t see the reasoning.

    “leading complaint from designers and contest holders”? First, why wouldn’t a contest holder just run the contest for the standard amount of time?

    Second, If a designer doesn’t want to join a fast contest, then that is their choice, they don’t have to enter. There is in fact a long list of designers that prefer and thrive on short contests. When we don’t post a contest for a week, we get emails asking where we went!

    I just don’t get it guys. I know I only see my little part of the contest holder puzzle, but you have really taken away a great feature.

    Joey

  8. psygn Says:

    Bring Fast-Track back!

    Vote for the option here: http://99designs.uservoice.com/pages/general/suggestions/11090

    Let your voice be heard! :)

  9. ansys Says:

    I am also against the 10 days long contest because it take lots of time to declare the winner and also i don’t think even if the contest holder is aware of declaring the winner anytime between the contest they’ll just wait for the end date.


  10. As far as all the questions you’ve received from clients about how to pay designers Via Credit card. If the designer has a PayPal account, the Client may Pay via credid card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover, Diners Club) without having to have a paypal account them self :)

    I’ve had that request myself on several occasions. Simple solution is for the winning designer to provide the client with Buy Now button preset with the winning amount. If the client does not have a paypal account, they are also prompted with the option to pay Via Credit Card.

    Problem solved :)


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