All the entries are tagged, except the reminders, most links in the (future) sidebar go to a tag page, so I would appreciate it if you would tag your posts as well.
It seems to me we should all give out awards the same way. This is what I propose:
- 1-3 entries: 1st Place
- 4-6 entries: 1st, 2nd
- 7-9 entries: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
- 10-14 entries: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Mod's Choice
- 15-19 entries: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Mod's Choice, Honourable Mention (aka 'Fourth Place')
- 20 entries and up: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Mod's Choice, Honourable Mention, extra categories like 'Best Use Of Text'
Personally I prefer voting in comments, because if somebody makes a mistake, I can just reply to their comment so they can rectify it. Also you cannot edit polls once they're posted, when you use a non-text poll people can see the outcome and when using a textpoll you still need to count votes, so polls are not really an option for me. Having said that, I am not forbidding you to use polls for the voting.
Now, counting the votes. Very simple, the icon that got the most votes wins first place, etcetera. If there's a tie, you count the points that each of the icons involved in the tie got, like so:
* for every 1st place: 3 points
* for every 2nd place: 2 points
* for every 3rd place: 1 points
If you've still got a tie between two icons, that's fine, they get joined placing. If there's still a tie between more than two icons, I recommend you post a tiebreak vote.
The default is that all the comments on every post are screened. You can change this when you post, for example for the post with the winners. It's a good idea to disable comments when you post a reminder to avoid people posting their entries in a comment on the post with the reminder and not the challenge post.
You might want to become a member of:
* icontest_needs (Great for when you need votes and to break ties.)
Let's say you make a mistake. Don't worry, there isn't a mistake I haven't made. In the past I've forgotten to screen comments on the voting post, miscounted votes, missed that somebody voted for themselves, put the wrong challenge number on the banners, messed up the deadline in the challenge post, forgotten to post the winners. The most important thing is to be honest, with me, with the other co-mods and last, but not least, the members of basic_icontest.
If you need my help, or you just want to ask something, comment in my journal or comment on this post. Comments on this post are screened. :)