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13 December 2009 @ 12:45 pm

general lims info.

general lims info.

Q) How does a lims competition work?
A) Sign-ups begin, and end with voting for the first challenge. After that point, each week one or two people are voted out of the round based on the objective quality (as much as humanly possible, that is) of their submitted icon. You must enter every week unless you use a skip. Eliminations occur weekly until there is one iconmaker standing, the winner.

However, the goal of this community in particular is to have an enjoyable round that teaches all the iconmakers how to improve their work through constructive criticism, and in general celebrate the fun that is iconmaking. The eliminations add an extra bit of competitiveness, but don’t take them too hard. A lot of people will be eliminated before the round is over! Please note, though, that if you can't handle constructive criticism, this community is probably not for you.

Q) How long does a round last?
A) However long it takes to get down to one last iconmaker standing. Two people will be eliminated every week until it gets down to only a few iconmakers, then one person will be eliminated every week.

Q) How long does a challenge last?
A) Five days (Thursday to Monday). Voting lasts two days (Tuesday to Wednesday). Both close at 9:00pm PST of their respective last day.

Q) What is a skip?
A) The ability to not enter for a challenge and not be eliminated. You are given one skip automatically when you join the round, and if you promote the community (during the period the round is open) you gain an extra skip. When you are out of skips, you must enter a challenge or be eliminated for not entering.

Q) Where do I tell you I’m skipping?
A) Preferably in the most recent challenge post.

Q) Do I have to tell you I’m skipping?
A) No. I will automatically use a skip (if you have one) to carry you through to the next challenge if you don’t submit your entry. Telling me is nice, however. ;)

Q) Do I have to follow the theme of a challenge?
A) No. You can do whatever you want with the caps provided – if the theme is Jedi and there's a non-Jedi is somewhere in the image, you can still icon that non-Jedi only if that’s what you want.

Q) Why are caps provided in advance?
A) starwars_lims is based off of lantis_lims (now closed), which does that. The reasoning is that the purpose of a lims is quality, not necessarily speed. Giving caps weeks in advance but still having the challenges weekly allows a fairly fast-paced competition that is still manageable if you have limits on your time or if you’re not around for challenge (the caps being provided early means you can submit early for challenge).


Q) Can I submit early?
A) Yes!

Q) Is there any limit to how far in advance I can submit early?
A) No. As long as the challenge caps are posted for that challenge, it’s fair game. If you’re around it’s preferable you enter an icon when it’s weekly challenge comes up, however, just for organizational purposes.

Q) Where do I submit early?
A) Preferably in the most recent challenge post, stating what challenge the icon is for.

Q) What is stock text/a text brush?
A) Text which font, words, placement (relative to all the words in the phrase or letters in the word) and general design is not your own, but was done by someone else. Text brushes, for example, can come in sets of song lyrics. (There is also an expanded explanation here.)

Q)Why are stock text and text brushes banned?
A) Because voting can weigh heavily on how well done the text is, as well as how it interacts with the image. The vote should be based on your work, not someone else’s.


Q) What should a Least Favorite vote be?
A) It should be solely based on technique, not personal preference. Your remarks should be constructive criticism with the goal of helping the person improve their work, through a fairly detailed analysis of why a particular technique does not work (whether that technique be cropping, coloring, blending, etc). LF votes require an explanation of this sort.

Q) Give me an example?
A) “The icon is too dark, the character is barely visible and the text unreadable” “The character’s face is oversharpened, to the degree his eyes look distorted” “Coloring is flat, so the character fades into the background – needs more contrast” etc. Be as specific as possible.

Q) What should a Favorite vote be?
A) I think here it’s even harder to be objective than with a LF vote, but try to vote on technique. What icon is striking to you? How well was the technique done? Reasons for F votes are not mandatory, but are very much appreciated.

Q) Give me an example?
A) “Coloring is clear and crisp” “Cropping draws the eye to the character immediately” “The blending of the two separate caps into the same icon is seamless” etc.

Q) Can I vote for only Least Favorite or only Favorite?
A) No. You must vote for both in order for your votes to count. However, you have the option of leaving a comment(s) for any icon (instead of or in addition to voting) that will not count towards the icon’s score. The iconmaker will receive them along with their icon’s votes. The comment will be anonymous, the same as the votes.

Q) I can't vote, it's too hard to pick two Least Favorites!
A) You have the option of voting for just one LF and one F if you can't decide on two of each.

Q) Can I vote based on the theme of the caps?
A) No. Iconmakers are not required to create their icon based on the theme, so voting on that basis would not be fair to them. Cap themes are for the moderator's convenience (coming up with types of caps), not a rule.

Q) What happens if I vote incorrectly? (For example, there are no icon numbers entered, the vote remarks don’t match the icon (the comment remarks are about it being b/w, but it’s colored), the LF vote is too vague/based on personal preference, etc.)
A) I will ask you to correct the specific problem that I see. If you do not reply to my comment or edit your comment by the time voting closes, none of your votes will count for the sake of fairness (an equal number of LF and F votes, so an equal chance for the participants of winning, losing, or at staying in).

Q) What exactly is concrit?
A) As stated above, concrit is what LF votes consist of - it is constructive criticism that is intended to help the iconmaker improve. There is a guide on what concrit is and how to give it here - the 'How to Give Good Concrit' guide.


Q) Can I join a round while it’s in progress?
A) No. You can enter a round until the voting for the first challenge of the round is posted. After that, you have to wait until the next round.

Q) What do I need to know about bannermaking?
A) Banners are made for members' choice and mod's choice (if it exists). They must include the icon itself, the iconmaker's name, the challenge number, the round number, and the community name. You gain an extra skip for bannermaking, and should try to complete the week(s) you're assigned by the end of the round. You will also be given posting access so you can post the banners to the community when you make them.

Q) I don’t want you to give me a PM/comment in my journal with a reminder to submit. That okay?
A) Yes! Reminders are there to help you, not irritate you. You can opt out of such reminders permanently, or ask me to not do so for any challenge.

Q) I have a question that’s not included here or need a clarification.
A) Comment here or to any post with your question (preferably here, naturally, unless your question is related to something specific in a post). I do get emailed every time anyone replies to any post I have made, so I will (barring lj difficulties) get your question quickly and answer it as soon as possible.
sith_romantic on February 10th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
Do you accept affiliates other than a few listed in the profile?
oba: sw - luke wtih a lightsaberobaona on February 10th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
Yep. Do you have a community you want to affiliate with this one?
sith_romantic on February 11th, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
Yes. anakin_icontest, please? We are weekly challenge community devoted to Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. 2 years old, more than 100 participants, currently on the Challenge 61.
oba: sw - luke wtih a lightsaberobaona on February 17th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
Added to affiliates. :D (Sorry for the delay!)
sith_romantic on February 17th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! :) I added you too here.
hydrogen_helium on March 13th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
I'm still a bit confused. Does "round 1" in the challenge post refer to the entire cycle of challenges posted, or does round one just mean round one for that challenge? That is, when an iconmaker is eliminated from a challenge, they can't post in a different challenge labeled "round 1" because they're all counted together?

If it was somewhere in the FAQ and I missed it, I'm sorry.
oba: sw - leiaobaona on March 13th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
It's not, and that's an excellent question!

The 'round' is the cycle of challenges. A round begins with sign-ups and ends with the last iconmaker standing, the only person left not eliminated. 'Challenges' are the weekly submitting/voting cycle, where participants submit icons, those icons are voted on, and then participants are eliminated. Once eliminated, a person cannot enter any challenge until a new round starts (when sign-ups begin, and the process starts over).

I hope that makes sense - if not, let me know and I'll try to be clearer. Some lims will call the round a 'session' and the weekly challenges a 'round', but I don't do that here.

Edited at 2010-03-13 12:55 pm (UTC)
hydrogen_helium on March 13th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
So, once rounds are labeled "round 2", the slate is wiped clean?
oba: sw - leiaobaona on March 13th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yes. When round 2 begins, the slate is wiped clean.
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oba: firefly - danceobaona on January 15th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
Stock images are allowed. :) Just no Star Wars images besides those provided.

Edited at 2011-01-15 09:29 am (UTC)
Bloody Jack Flint: Geordi Hushrhye on January 29th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
Are we allowed to use text brushes that we created ourselves?
oba: fringe - oliviaobaona on January 29th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, since it's your own work. :)
Bloody Jack Flint: Sirius Tiny Text Hushrhye on January 30th, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)
I am so full of questions :)

Are tiny text brushes (made by others) allowed? For instance, like the one on this icon *points up*
oba: spn - castiel lightsobaona on January 30th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
Ask as many questions as you like!

No, it's not. It's illegible, but it's still considered text (see the name). I don't think it would be a good idea to start judging text brushes in whether they're legible or not, so it's safer just to rule that problem out. :)
Aspiring screenwriter.ladyhadhafang on November 13th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
What exactly are the conditions for being eliminated, so to speak? I'm...mostly a little confused, I'll admit. :)
oba: fringe - olivia (look)obaona on November 14th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
Whoever receives the most least favorite votes for that challenge is eliminated. (In this community, least favorite votes are +.) Votes count against each other - so if you had two least favorite and two favorite votes for your icon, they would cancel each other out. Does that answer your question? :) I hope that makes sense.
Aspiring screenwriter.ladyhadhafang on November 14th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
Ah. Okay. :) So does it mean I can't participate in the other challenges of the round, or...y'know? :)
oba: fringe - olivia (look)obaona on November 14th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Yes, once you're eliminated, you can't participate. You can post in the alternates post, but not in the round itself. :)
Aspiring screenwriter.ladyhadhafang on November 14th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
Ah. Okay. :)