[Clipart] August2010 Clip Art Package & future suggestions

Leonardo Cunha laobcunha at gmail.com
Wed Jul 14 18:09:17 PDT 2010


I like the idea of "outdoor sports" or even "sports". The "sports2010" tag
looks good, I am not sure about "outdoor_sports_2010", maybe it is too long.
This is only my opinion...

Maybe I am wrong, but I am pretty sure that if the themes are well
announced, more people will participate, even if there is no "extra glory".
Any way, I am not against the rewards.

About the reward based on the number of downloads, it is important to
remember two things:
1) as you said, the images submitted first probably will get more hits;
2) as I previously noted, users can easily increase a counter by refreshing
the clipart page or using software to do that.

The idea of using quantity and quality of submissions as criteria are
viable. Maybe a balance between the two. Or even two separate results: the
best clipart and the user that submitted more cliparts.

A poll or some kind of rating system would be great to choose the best

Best regards,
Leonardo Cunha

2010/7/14 Brad Phillips <brad at bradphillips.org>

> Everyone,
> I want to send out my thanks to those who've contributed to the new monthly
> package releases.  I hope we can continue to grow these releases and push
> for new content!
> I've been wondering about next month's release.  August seems to be a bit
> of an "in-between" month, as far as seasonal or holiday themes are
> concerned.  I think this might be a good opportunity to branch out into a
> themed package that is a bit broader in scope.  What are your thoughts on
> possible themes for this new package release?  In researching notable events
> in August, I keep coming back to the kickoff of the American football
> season.  American football seems a bit specific to me, though, so I was
> thinking maybe we could announce an "Outdoor Sports 2010" theme that would
> also be somewhat tied to the seasons we're in.
> Do you think continuing with the theme/year tagging structure is still
> appropriate at this point (i.e. outdoor_sports_2010 or sports2010)?
> Also, I have been trying to think about ways of getting more artists
> involved in these new content pushes each month, and I wanted to propose a
> few ideas to you all.
> Firstly, I think a great way to entice new work from existing members is to
> devise a rewards system for those contributions.  Does anyone think it could
> be appropriate to incorporate an "Artist of the Month" feature for each OCAL
> release?  Perhaps a major contributing artist to the previous month's
> package could be featured in the next month's announcements, as well as
> occupying a portion of the landing page on Open Clip Art Library.  I know
> that contributing artist are already featured, via the "Artists" tab, but
> this is rather generic and dependent on amount of uploads and the length of
> time the user has been registered, rather than the quality or persistence of
> their contributions, in the current landscape.
> Some questions I have about this solution involve the selection of the
> 'Artist of the Month.'  How would this happen?  Could it be based on number
> of downloads that particular works have attained within the package for that
> month?  This seems a little biased to me, as the first uploaded works of the
> package have the most exposure & time to attain downloads.  Could each
> artist's number of original (non-remixed) uploads for that month be
> incorporated in the selection?  Could there simply be nominations each
> month, via the mailing list?  Could there be a poll on the packages page
> asking users who've downloaded the package to nominate their favorite works?
>  Or could it be based on ratings of individual clip arts?
> I also think that infrequent or passive users may not even realize these
> packages are open for submissions, at this point.  Perhaps, the 'Artist of
> the Month' homepage link could begin to spread word about the themed
> packages, or maybe we could simply announce each new package (in similar
> ways that we've done with the logo design contest) on the front page.
> If we can get general consensus on these ideas, I would be more than happy
> to begin implementing them in the next release!
> Cheers,
> +Brad
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