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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dreamscapes2011-07-20 12:33 pm
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Heads-up: submission bounties changing

Hello, fabulous creative people!

As many of you know, we have a "bounty" on submitted themes and styles, offering Dreamwidth points for themes/styles that get accepted and committed as system styles for others to use. Right now, the bounty is the same for both themes and styles: 60 points (2 months of paid time) for each.

[personal profile] fu and I have been mulling this over for a while, and we've realized that this isn't exactly comparable -- someone who makes a style should get more of a bounty than someone who makes a color theme, since the former takes a lot more time and effort. So, starting August 1, the bounty on themes and styles will be:

30 points for every theme
90 points for every style

The bounty for styles will be increasing immediately, and will affect any style committed from now on, no matter when it was submitted. Any theme submitted to [site community profile] dreamscapes before August 1 (just submitted; it doesn't have to be converted or committed to the codebase) will get the old bounty; any theme submitted after August 1 will get the new bounty.

I know this might seem like we're penalizing theme makers -- that isn't what we intend at all! Most people seem to be making themes in batches, though, and we don't want the points tally to get too huge -- that can start to affect our revenue. At the same time, we want to keep offering a token of our appreciation for people who help to expand our theme offerings as well as the people who are creating new system styles. So I think this is a good balance between the two options.

Thank you all for the awesome themes you've been submitting, btw. It makes me so excited that nearly every code tour has a ton of new pretty things for people to look at and use!
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[personal profile] matgb 2011-07-20 05:05 pm (UTC)(link)
I approve this change. While I've stalled recently, my style is taking me ages, and splitting the code up to make it themeable is also annoying.

But once I've got the Style right, I can knock out plenty of Themes very quickly, always seemed a bit daft that a new set of colours got proportionately more reward.
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[personal profile] foxfirefey 2011-07-20 05:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Seems more than fair to me!
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[personal profile] yvi 2011-07-20 05:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I was quite surprised to see that they were equal to start with. I think this is a more appropriate ratio.

Now I only need to submit my own colour themes :)
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[personal profile] ninetydegrees 2011-07-20 05:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Great change!
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[personal profile] musyc 2011-07-20 05:58 pm (UTC)(link)
This seems fair to me! Styles are much harder than themes, so they should get a proportionately higher reward.
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[personal profile] boundbooks 2011-07-21 12:03 am (UTC)(link)
Sounds fair to me!
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[personal profile] kerravonsen 2011-07-21 12:27 am (UTC)(link)
It seems fair enough to me.
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[personal profile] rising 2011-07-21 01:10 am (UTC)(link)
Absolutely more than fair to me. The fact that it's there is more than enough — I know a lot of places that just don't offer anything, and I've always felt like a valued contributor here (and still do!). You guys do rock. A lot. <3

And yes, themes are really often made in batches. I know that there are times I submit twenty or more themes in a few days, whereas styles are a LOT MORE EFFORT. This makes a lot of sense.
Edited 2011-07-21 01:14 (UTC)
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[personal profile] baggyeyes 2011-07-21 02:21 am (UTC)(link)
This makes sense to me.

[personal profile] gone_fishing 2011-08-04 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
I'm really late in commenting to this, but I just wanted to say this is fine by me. Making a layout is much harder than making a colour theme, so I think it's perfectly fair to give more DW points to the layout makers. I wish I knew more about making layouts, myself...
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Question again!

[personal profile] ninetydegrees 2011-12-18 03:11 pm (UTC)(link)
What about stuff which get resubmitted, reworked, etc. by their own designers?

For example I submitted a style before August then withdrew my submission then resubmitted it with different code, different graphics, different themes, etc. after August. To me, it counts as new both because it's changed quite a bit and because I think the new point system is fairer (also, I don't need the points). But that's me. The case came up with rising and laitaine. Both weren't happy with some themes they made so they retagged them as draft. If they resubmit any later on, which system should be used? Pre-August or new? Or should I simply ask them what they prefer? I know laitaine's fine with whatever.
Edited 2011-12-18 15:12 (UTC)
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Re: Question again!

[personal profile] ninetydegrees 2011-12-18 03:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Ok, great, thank you!