Just a couple thoughts:
The first one really isn't about the contest as much as it is about the horrible copy used to promote it. Seriously, who writes this shit? I've seen better written for hemorrhoid cream.
And doesn't anyone proof anything? "Yu culd win L$10,000, L$3000, L$2000, or L$1000 for your snapshot!" OK, maybe someone's "O" key was stuck, but come on!
Ooops. I spoke too soon. Here's the "corrected" copy:
*UPDATE: The misspellings have now all been corrected. Third time's a charm!*
Now on to the rules.
Instead of posting the rules on the Forum as was done previously, they're now posted to the Wiki, which is good. Before, the rules would poof when the contest was over and there had been some grumbling about that. This should satisfy those people, as long as they don't poof from the Wiki that LL likes to delete pages from.
One of the things that I immediately noticed about the current entries is that they're all different sizes. Gone is the requirement that all entries be no larger than 500×500 pixels, not that everyone followed that rule, anyway. Some of the winning entries from past contests did not keep to it.
Also gone is the prohibition against altering snapshots using external photo editing tools except for image sizing. Go for it, Photoshop pros!
Those paranoid about LL grabbing as their own all of the content that users have created because of the admittedly horrible rewording of the TOS will be happy (?) to know that it extends to at least some content uploaded through SLs web properties, as well: "Uploading an Entry constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such Submission in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes, except where prohibited by law."
There are all sorts of new eligibility rules: You have to be at least eighteen years of age; if you're not, you have to get Mommy or Daddy to fill out paperwork (I'm sure they'll be thrilled). You cannot have won a prize from Linden Lab within the last twelve months. And for some inexplicable reason, "Canadian residents will be required to answer an additional mathematical question in order to claim their prizes"!
"... exercising undue influence to obtain votes, including but not limited to, purchases and/or bribery, is strictly prohibited." Does this undue influence include aggressive lobbying on feeds, Twitter, Plurk and Facebook that we've seen in past contests? And how does LL plan to monitor this? Are they going to be watching Marketplace, L$ and other transactions?
Those concerned about their RL privacy might be well advised to read this and then read it again: "... by participating in the Contest, the Winner(s) hereby give Sponsor and its affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies full permission, right and authority to use their likeness, photograph, name, hometown, and Entries, or any other information that they provide about themselves, the prize, the Contest, or Second Life, for the purposes of advertising and promotion (in any media, including but not limited to in print media, television, film, video, radio, internet or otherwise) related to the Contest, Second Life or the Sponsor, without any further notification or compensation to you other than that set out herein."
The Limitations of Liability section is an interesting read. "By entering this contest, you agree that Sponsor and its affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies, and each of their directors, officers, employees, agents and assigns, shall not be liable for personal injuries, death, damages, expenses or costs or losses of any kind resulting from participation or inability to participate in this Contest or acceptance of or use or inability to use a prize or parts thereof including, without limitation, claims, suits, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light (whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory." *tries hard to imagine how personal injury or death could result from uploading an image*
So, lots of new rules that few will read and fewer will heed. Go read the whole thing for a laugh some time that you're bored.
In the meantime, send belated congratulations to the winners of the previous contest, as shown on the website:
October 15, 2013
July 05, 2013
Got that, folks?
Using gender-based slurs against women who disagree with you is sexist.
What would we call using homophobic slurs against someone that one disagrees with?
May 27, 2013
Nice try, Moaner.
You can try to explain it away, but the simple fact is that using anti-gay slurs in a misguided attempt to malign those that you don't agree with only serves to perpetuate the negative connotations associated with those words.
When 49 percent of students and 45 percent of teachers in elementary schools regularly hear the term "gay" used in a disparaging manner by other students (as in "that's so gay") and 26 percent of students and teachers report hearing students use outright homophobic slurs ("fag", "lesbo", etc.) , something is very, very wrong.
"Fag"? There are few words that are more humiliating that one can call a teenaged boy, gay or straight. It's obvious that you've never felt that sting.
Now, I don't see the NRA attacking gay people. Do you really think that you hit them hard by calling them "gunfags"? Or by saying that they must suffer from some latent or repressed homosexuality?
Ferguson is a man who is quite used to smearing his opponents and thought that it would be acceptable to do so in front of an audience of investors. He's since learned that it isn't. I don't agree with him and I certainly make no apologies for him, but he's just one of a long line of right-wingers who have tried to dismiss Keynes because he was childless.
What's your excuse again? That you're just "point[ing] out that their speech and behaviour shows a certain insecurity regarding their own sexuality"? And you can't do that without reducing yourself to using slurs?
For someone who seems to consider herself an intellectual powerhouse, you've shown yourself to be anything but.
As a supposed LGBT ally? You may just do more harm than good just by opening your fucking mouth.
P.S. You're the dolt that doesn't "get it".
May 15, 2013
April 20, 2013
Mona. Dear. I'm sure you mean well (hell, I hate the NRA, too, and unlike you I actually reside in the nation where its lobbying regularly holds legislation hostage), but... Do you see nothing wrong with your statements here?
It might be one thing if you were attempting to reappropriate pejoratives to use them in a positive way (although, unless you're a "fag" yourself, I think it really isn't your place to do the reappropriating).
But no, you're clearly using these words in a derogatory manner. And, yes, I personally take offense.
"Fag" and "faggot" are two very emotionally charged words, as I'm sure you well know.
I had them flung at me on an almost daily basis during a rather painful period in my life, beginning in grade school and all through high school and beyond, by "friend" and foe alike. That was well before I admitted to myself that I was gay.
Years later, even hearing gay men call each other "faggot" (I knew a number of them who on occasion did) made me cringe.
I myself used the phrase "fag hag" for a time to denote female friends of my own or of other gay men. I don't any longer. It's demeaning and disrespectful to them and... well, I think we've covered the "fag" part already.
Those words are still regularly thrown the way of myself and others, and while they no longer have the power to hurt me the way that they once did, they are most often meant to offend, and offend they do.
I also take exception to your use of the word "gay" as an insult. A word embraced by the gay community as a positive, affirmative term has now been reappropriated as a general term of disparagement by primarily young people, even as others cry that "the homosexuals" have forever "ruined" that "perfectly good" word.
The casual use of homophobic language is "too often seen as harmless banter instead of the offensive insult that it really represents. ... To ignore this problem is to collude in it. The blind eye to casual name-calling, looking the other way because it is the easy option, is simply intolerable."
One would think that someone who is sensitive to such things as the "rape culture" would be sensitive to these things ("homophobic culture", etc.), as well.
Well, dear Mona. FAIL. EPIC fail.
P.S. You might consider that your use (and that of your friends) of the word "retard" and its variants is equally offensive.
P.P.S. It's taken some time for the idea of marriage equality to gain the acceptance that it has thus far. But even I, as a gay man, can understand how some of the older generation might be slow to support it. I hardly think it makes them "stupid".