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From: Thomas de Groot
Subject: TC-RTC: Renewed homepage to become operational
Date: 30 Dec 2014 12:29:07
Message: <54a29a93$1@news.povray.org>
On the 3rd of January 2015  the renewed TC-RTC site will become 
operational. Amongst the improvements, most notably will be the 
possibility to run two Challenges at the same time and of different 
lengths.

Challenge 1 will remain our familiar one of four months, this time 
without any mid-challenge break.

Challenge 2 will be dedicated to short periods on specialised topics 
(e.g. CSG, Cube Variation), selected  methodologies (e.g. Matrix, Media, 
Subsurface Scattering), or just quick fun (e.g Stickmen, Train Faces, 
Blob Madness). Challenge 2 will run for a couple of weeks in general 
followed by the familiar period of voting. However, Challenge 2 will not 
be in constant use and in-between sleep periods will ensure that people 
get enough time to work on Challenge 1. We do not want to over-exert our 
members!

Topics for Challenge 2 can be selected from the topics list or can be 
brought forward by every member through the appropriate channels.

Starting on January 3rd, we will run a short test on the site, one week 
upload (from 01-03 ca 18:00 hours to 01-10 ca 18:00 hours) followed by 
two weeks voting (from 01-10 ca 18:00 hours to 01-24 ca 18:00 hours) and 
focussed on Challenge 2. Start/end hours may be different of course. A 
test topic will be launched and we want to ask you to upload to it as 
with an official Challenge. Please report any difficulties or unwanted 
behaviour so that we can report back to Colin and have them corrected. 
We do not expect issues with Challenge 1 but if something untoward 
happens there please let us know.

Last but not least, we wish you all the best possible things and 
inspiration for 2015!

Regards,
Stephen & Thomas, Administrators


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From: Thomas de Groot
Subject: Re: TC-RTC: Renewed homepage to become operational
Date: 30 Dec 2014 15:12:45
Message: <54a2c0ed$1@news.povray.org>
As Paolo has just correctly mentioned to us: Challenge 2 can also be 
used for short code contests :-)

Thomas


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From: jhu
Subject: Re: TC-RTC: Renewed homepage to become operational
Date: 31 Dec 2014 07:15:00
Message: <web.54a3a243d7f8d2e5d19b0ec40@news.povray.org>
Excellent! Although I still think 4 months is a little long for just an image.


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From: Thomas de Groot
Subject: Re: TC-RTC: Renewed homepage to become operational
Date: 31 Dec 2014 08:14:49
Message: <54a3b079$1@news.povray.org>
On 31-12-2014 8:14, jhu wrote:
> Excellent! Although I still think 4 months is a little long for just an image.
>
>

However, since we increased the Challenge from 2 to 4 months, the number 
of uploads have increased proportionally too! It seems that most 
participants need the 4 months to have the time to think about, build, 
and finish an image.

THomas


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From: Stephen
Subject: Re: TC-RTC: Renewed homepage to become operational
Date: 31 Dec 2014 08:55:44
Message: <54a3ba10@news.povray.org>
On 31/12/2014 08:14, Thomas de Groot wrote:
> On 31-12-2014 8:14, jhu wrote:
>> Excellent! Although I still think 4 months is a little long for just
>> an image.
>>
>>
>
> However, since we increased the Challenge from 2 to 4 months, the number
> of uploads have increased proportionally too! It seems that most
> participants need the 4 months to have the time to think about, build,
> and finish an image.
>

Now with the Second Challenge available. We will be running shorter 
Challenges alongside the four month one. That should keep DrNo happy. :-)

Speaking of him and his "roll your own" software. And full credit to 
him, for that.
We must remember that it is a "Rendering" challenge not solely a 
"Raytracing" one.
Never the less, I am sure we can show a little bias and have a short 
code Challenge soon. :-D

What sort of time should be best for that sort of Challenge? Bearing in 
mind the the voting period is fixed at two weeks.

-- 

Regards
     Stephen


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From: s day
Subject: Re: TC-RTC: Renewed homepage to become operational
Date: 1 Jan 2015 13:05:01
Message: <web.54a544f5d7f8d2e55cd054390@news.povray.org>
Thomas de Groot <tho### [at] degrootorg> wrote:
> On 31-12-2014 8:14, jhu wrote:
> > Excellent! Although I still think 4 months is a little long for just an image.
> >
> >
>
> However, since we increased the Challenge from 2 to 4 months, the number
> of uploads have increased proportionally too! It seems that most
> participants need the 4 months to have the time to think about, build,
> and finish an image.
>
> THomas

Great news, thanks for the effort you put into this Thomas/Stephen.

For me the 4 months works well, of course if I ever complete an image in 2
months I would be wishing it was shorter but I could always work on a second
entry or with the new format take part in one of the shorter challenges which
sound very interesting.

Sean


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From: s day
Subject: Re: TC-RTC: Renewed homepage to become operational
Date: 1 Jan 2015 13:05:01
Message: <web.54a545f1d7f8d2e55cd054390@news.povray.org>
Stephen <mca### [at] aolcom> wrote:
> What sort of time should be best for that sort of Challenge? Bearing in
> mind the the voting period is fixed at two weeks.
>
> --

For me about 2 weeks seems a reasonable length to generate an image, I think any
shorter than that and the risk of too few or low quality entries will be a
problem, I think it would be nice to have some POV only type rounds like
CSG/Blobs/short code rounds but these need to be few and far between so as not
to often exclude other renderers especially as the main competitor to the site
does not use POV.

Sean


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From: Christian Froeschlin
Subject: Re: TC-RTC: Renewed homepage to become operational
Date: 3 Jan 2015 22:26:35
Message: <54a86c9b$1@news.povray.org>
On 30.12.2014 13:29, Thomas de Groot wrote:

> On the 3rd of January 2015 the renewed TC-RTC site will become
> operational. Amongst the improvements, most notably will be the
> possibility to run two Challenges at the same time and of different
> lengths.

Sounds great, thank you!

And congrats to Miss Piggy for winning last month's challenge 2 ;)


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From: Stephen
Subject: Re: TC-RTC: Renewed homepage to become operational
Date: 3 Jan 2015 22:46:34
Message: <54a8714a@news.povray.org>
On 03/01/2015 22:26, Christian Froeschlin wrote:
> On 30.12.2014 13:29, Thomas de Groot wrote:
>
>> On the 3rd of January 2015 the renewed TC-RTC site will become
>> operational. Amongst the improvements, most notably will be the
>> possibility to run two Challenges at the same time and of different
>> lengths.
>
> Sounds great, thank you!
>
> And congrats to Miss Piggy for winning last month's challenge 2 ;)
>


Shhhh!  ;-)

-- 

Regards
     Stephen


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From: Stephen
Subject: Re: TC-RTC: Renewed homepage to become operational
Date: 4 Jan 2015 14:47:04
Message: <54a95268@news.povray.org>
On 01/01/2015 13:04, s.day wrote:
> Stephen <mca### [at] aolcom> wrote:
>> What sort of time should be best for that sort of Challenge? Bearing in
>> mind the the voting period is fixed at two weeks.
>>
>> --
>
> For me about 2 weeks seems a reasonable length to generate an image, I think any
> shorter than that and the risk of too few or low quality entries will be a
> problem, I think it would be nice to have some POV only type rounds like
> CSG/Blobs/short code rounds but these need to be few and far between so as not
> to often exclude other renderers especially as the main competitor to the site
> does not use POV.
>
> Sean
>
>


Good, that fits in with needing to have a two week voting period. So the 
shortest time span will probably a four week minimum.

-- 

Regards
     Stephen


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