Thursday, August 14, 2008

Removal of two designs for plagiarism complaints

It's with a heavy heart, and a hesitant finger that we disqualified two designs from our site today. The reason for the disqualification was because of several concerned parties that the two designs in question were too similar to other designs found on the internet.

This is especially painful for us, since one of the designs was a personal favourite of mine. However, in light of the similarities to previously published works from other people, we had no choice but to remove both designs.

As some of you might know, we've questioned quite a few of you with regards to the originality of your designs. This is a serious concern to us.

While some of you might have borrowed inspiration from other places and still drawn the design yourself, at the end of the day, what we're looking for are original ideas.

If you feel that you would like to discuss this further, I've prepared a thread on our forum about this topic here.

Good luck to the rest of you for the contest!

PS: Since I'm piling on the bad news, I might as well also re-issue our earlier warning with regards to fraudulent votes. We'vev received a high-number of these in the past few days, and even if YOU voted for your OWN design with only 1s and 5s, we will still disqualify your vote in the spirit of the contest.

PPS: I promise a happier post tomorrow :)


StreetFX said...

I guess everybody really desperately wants that A4 size tablet!haha

chak said...

Streetfx: Heh. Trust us, it wasn't an easy decision to make, but we really want the winner to win on merit, and also support fairplay among voters.

StreetFX said...

The highest vote win?

chak said...

Yup, that's right...

However, we have been pruning the votes for spam accounts and people we suspect are trying to game the system, so you can be sure that the results will be fair, and a true reflection of the popularity of the card, and not the design :)