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Contest - New Landing Page!
« on: July 24, 2020, 02:54:19 pm »
Hey everyone.  Sorry for the long periods of being absent.  Hope you're all doing well, staying healthy, and staying sane.

It recently came to my attention we lost an iconic member of our community (DeathCow) a couple years ago.  I'm embarrassed it took me this long to realize it and to comment on it.  I've effectively shut myself out of the MUD world for years, only occasionally peeking back in, but not engaging as much as I should have been.  The two of us didn't always get along -- he was a quirky dude that loved exploiting bugs which was both a blessing and a curse, but he was instrumental in the early years of GreaterMUD, second only to Gardner.  His knowledge of the internals of MajorMUD was phenomenal and I'm thankful he shared much of that knowledge when we were trying to fill in the gaps in GreaterMUD.  He was just 37 years old when he passed in 2018, way too soon. :(

In a small, humble, and albeit late tribute to DeathCow's memory, I'd like to vow to replace our tired landing page at http://greatermud.com with something ... less noobish.  It doesn't have to be an elaborate masterpiece -- just something more aesthetically pleasing, maybe even professional (!!!).  For now, I'm thinking we replace just the landing page with all the existing links (and any new ones you think belong on it) so people can still navigate quickly, but I'm open to other UI flows.  Just html, css, images, and, if necessary, some javascript -- no php please.  Please don't use any trademarked or copyrighted imagery or text.  I'll post all reasonable (at my discretion) submissions on our site and everyone here can vote on them.  In the event of a tie (or if nobody votes  ;D ), I will choose the winner.  Maybe we give it a month before opening the voting?  August 24th we'll stop taking submissions and start the voting.  Voting goes for a week until the night of August 31st.

This page doesn't have to be dedicated to or have anything related to DeathCow, but a minor acknowledgement or Easter egg somewhere wouldn't hurt either.  I reserve the right to modify the final html, css, images, and javascript as I deem necessary or appropriate, but I will give any and all credit for the page to the person(s) submitting it.  If you don't know or haven't tried web design, this contest probably isn't for you.  Good designers and their designs will definitely stand out.  Collaborations between multiple people are fine as well, in which case all contributors will be given credit.

If you have ideas on reasonable rewards for the winner(s) please feel free to share them here.

Good luck to all! 

R.I.P. DeathCow


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Re: Contest - New Landing Page!
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2020, 03:06:40 pm »
This is a great idea Vitoc.

I've got no skills in this so I won't submit, but I do have a recommendation.

There are frequent requests in gossip for links to the GreaterMUD version of MegaMUD, MMExplorer, and the GMud dat files. If we could put links on the landing page I'm sure it would help a lot of people.


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Re: Contest - New Landing Page!
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2020, 04:53:24 pm »
I'll pay $100 to the winner.

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Re: Contest - New Landing Page!
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2020, 10:35:46 pm »
I'll pay $100 to the winner.
That's awesome.  I'll match it.  8)


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Re: Contest - New Landing Page!
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2020, 10:02:48 pm »
Posting the results of what has been submitted so far:






































If nothing submitted, we'll stick with what we have.  Fuck it.


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Re: Contest - New Landing Page!
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2020, 12:16:23 pm »
Posting the results of what has been submitted so far:





































If nothing submitted, we'll stick with what we have.  Fuck it.

I like it!

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Re: Contest - New Landing Page!
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2020, 09:00:39 am »
We did actually get a submission.



I think it beats what's here:
http://greatermud.com

Pending any other submissions, my vote is for the one submitted.


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Re: Contest - New Landing Page!
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2020, 07:44:15 am »
I also vote for the one submitted.