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More TI Contests
Posted by Michael on 26 June 2006, 15:19 GMT

Just like last year, TI is offering several contests on 84silver.com, their promotion site for the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. The infamous GraphiTI contest is back and is now open to both teachers and students. Hopefully there will be less vote stuffing this year. There is also a $8,400 scholarship and an essay contest available.

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Re: More TI Contests
Person Dude  Account Info

Finally, some contests to enter. I have to think of something to do!

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 15:29 GMT

Re: Re: More TI Contests
Person Dude  Account Info

The Graphi drawing tools are IMPOSSIBLE to use!

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 15:54 GMT

Re: Re: Re: More TI Contests
slimey_limey  Account Info
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You can upload your own picture (just choose "upload a background image").

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 16:10 GMT


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Zarel  Account Info
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Do you think Spencer Dubya will upload the one he made last year? (See Web Page link) I don't think he's here any more. We should tell him about this.

Reply to this comment    27 June 2006, 03:12 GMT

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Person Dude  Account Info

WOW! That one is awsome! Where exactly do these go on your calc?

Reply to this comment    27 June 2006, 12:37 GMT


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Spencer Dubya  Account Info
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Hey Zarel, thanks for the heads up, I really appreciate it. I'm definitely game this year, and hopefully I'll have a bit of community support too. I went for the $8400 scholarship too, as I'm starting college this year and really need the money.

(For those that don't know, I made the image Zarel linked to in Photoshop, but much to my dismay, there was no upload form on the site. We found out that all entry participants had to use TI's cheap Paint knockoff to create their designs. So after much debate, I went forward with the contest, trying to copy over Tux (see link). It took close to two and a half hours, and what I didn't know at the time was that there was a short server-side session timeout. So when I hit "Submit", the design wouldn't go through. I tried it again, and it didn't work. I got pissed, bugged TI about it, and finally got to talk to their design team, who eventually determined the session timeout to be the problem. So I went ahead and submitted some real simple design that actually went through. Then to try to compete with the vote-stuffing undeserving winners (if you saw their designs, you'd wonder how they got two votes.) was impossible. So I just ended up rooting for Peter and DarkAuron who I knew and who had really good designs.)

I'll have to think of something new this year, but I do like the STS-109 idea...

Reply to this comment    27 June 2006, 16:39 GMT


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Spencer Dubya  Account Info
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<plug type="shameless">follow the URL.</plug>

Reply to this comment    29 June 2006, 23:14 GMT


Re: Re: Re: More TI Contests
Person Dude  Account Info

I found out something AWSOME about the ticalc.org website:
if you translate it into english while it is already in English, the words "About" are changed to "Butt"!
I am not jokeing! Try it!

Reply to this comment    7 July 2006, 20:22 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: More TI Contests
Person Dude  Account Info
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^see link^

Reply to this comment    7 July 2006, 20:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: More TI Contests
Person Dude  Account Info

It is too long to put as the URL.

Reply to this comment    7 July 2006, 20:34 GMT

Re: Re: More TI Contests
Coolv  Account Info
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Lol, this contest sucks. :)

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 18:09 GMT

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Nikky Southerland  Account Info
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Ummm... I don't see how that's funny.

Reply to this comment    27 June 2006, 01:24 GMT

Re: Re: Re: More TI Contests
bfr Account Info
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1. Like somebody else said, how is this funny?

2. Erm...did you even bother to take a look at the prizes?

Reply to this comment    27 June 2006, 16:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: More TI Contests
Coolv  Account Info
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To clarify: I was referring to the GraphTI contest. The person that won used a default background and put the words "Math Rox". They obviously knew nothing about graphics design and therefore they won unfairly. Another person spend a lot of time in "Searing Fire", but they lost.

I was also referring to how poorly the contest was designed (last year at least) and to the vote stuffing. To me, it was humorous to see that TI, being a large company, allowed such tomfoolery.

NOTE: I was not refferring to the scholarship contests or to the essay contests. Those were not humorous in the least. Sorry to anyone who may have been somehow offended by this comment. I did not think that it would be treated so critically. And yes, I did take a look at the prizes.

Reply to this comment    27 June 2006, 21:08 GMT


Re: Re: More TI Contests
angel cyreneq  Account Info

---<><>LOOK HERE, ATTENTION!<><>---

Cool, now I have your attention. Please check out my entry and see if you would be interested in voting for it. The website address is below. I had to put 4 spaces on the address so that it would display. Take them off so you can visit.

Please, I lost last year *sob*, not that I'm expecting to win this year, but I want to at least have a chance. Thanks.

http://w ww.84silver.com/contest_br owse_view.ph p?entry_id=ND Ez&page=1

Reply to this comment    14 July 2006, 23:18 GMT

Re: More TI Contests
Brian Clymer  Account Info

YEAH! more contests to enter, and the $8400 scholarship would be nice also!

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 15:35 GMT

Re: More TI Contests
slimey_limey  Account Info
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Less vote stuffing? From the rules (see link above):

> Visitors to the Website may vote only for one (1) design form each category during the Promotion Period.

Sounds like that's what they want too. One can only hope that they're cool enough to put technical countermeasures in place as well as legal ones.

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 16:12 GMT


Re: Re: More TI Contests
burntfuse  Account Info
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Yeah, I was surprised too considering last contest, now you actually have to sign up for an account and can only vote once. Good job TI, the voting's actually fair now...

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 19:30 GMT

Re: More TI Contests
CajunLuke  Account Info
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I say we have our own sub-contest, and we choose a submission we all like, and then we do a little vote-stuffing of our own, for the ticalc.org winner!

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 16:16 GMT

Re: Re: More TI Contests
CajunLuke  Account Info
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Or maybe not.  (Blast you, slimey_limey!)

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 16:18 GMT


Re: Re: Re: More TI Contests
slimey_limey  Account Info
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What did I do this time?

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 16:19 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: More TI Contests
CajunLuke  Account Info
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Your comment containing the relevant line in the rules was posted before my comment.  

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 17:48 GMT


Re: Re: More TI Contests
slimey_limey  Account Info
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Vote-stuffing is still vote-stuffing (which we dislike) no matter who does it.

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 16:20 GMT


Re: Re: Re: More TI Contests
CajunLuke  Account Info
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The idea was to fight fire with fire.  If everybody vote-stuffs, then you have to do it to win.  I really don't see anything wrond with it if everybody does it.  

(Cue trite comment about people running off cliffs - this is different.)

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 17:49 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: More TI Contests
Mike Slopsema  Account Info

Not nessisecarally, if someone feels strongly about a certian one then they are more likely to do it, but if there not so sure they are more likely to only prompt one vote or none

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 18:21 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info
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That's true, and there also shouldn't be much (if any) vote-stuffing this time around, since the system's much better.

Reply to this comment    26 June 2006, 19:32 GMT


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Zarel  Account Info
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Vote stuffing is still easy to do. It's not like it's absurdly hard to get an account, or use various proxies to get around the 1 vote per computer rule. I say we should still counterstuff.

Reply to this comment    27 June 2006, 03:01 GMT

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Kevin Kofler Account Info
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Counterstuffing is not a solution.
Just ignore the contest, it's just a waste of everyone's time.

Reply to this comment    27 June 2006, 23:50 GMT

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KermMartian  Account Info
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I couldn't agree more. Why does TI even bother? How many people actually buy these stickers?

Reply to this comment    28 June 2006, 13:05 GMT


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Matthew Baron  Account Info
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enough people to sell them and have a contest (two years running)

Reply to this comment    28 June 2006, 17:33 GMT


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KermMartian  Account Info
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But they never even sold the one from last year because it SUCKED so badly!

Reply to this comment    28 June 2006, 21:09 GMT


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Matthew Baron  Account Info
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I wouldn't buy them

Reply to this comment    28 June 2006, 23:40 GMT


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Coolv  Account Info
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"Word".

I also noticed that TI is NOT selling last year's winner. Lol. OF course, nobody would buy it... So...

Reply to this comment    28 June 2006, 20:58 GMT


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Person Dude  Account Info

its following me...
"WORD"!!!!!!!
I hear it everywhere!
What does it mean?
What unforseen secrets does this single word comtain in it's characters?

Reply to this comment    28 June 2006, 22:31 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: More TI Contests
Coolv  Account Info
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Heh heh heh...

If I told you, I would have to kill you! XD

Reply to this comment    29 June 2006, 04:05 GMT


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Person Dude  Account Info

FIRST YOU WOULD HAVE TO FIND ME!
XP

Reply to this comment    29 June 2006, 12:50 GMT


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Nick Ness  Account Info
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straight from wikipedia.com:
Word (Slang)
"Agreeing with something; Can also mean 'really'"

Reply to this comment    29 June 2006, 15:33 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info
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I've seen an emoticon on IPB and phpBB boards with a sign reading 'Werd'. Same thing, right?

Reply to this comment    29 June 2006, 19:18 GMT


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Matthew Baron  Account Info
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unfortunately yes

Reply to this comment    29 June 2006, 19:42 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info
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Yeah, but who's going to really stuff votes? Before it was so easy even complete n00bs could do it but now it actually takes a little effort. Besides, even if there is still vote stuffing going on, counterstuffing isn't going to make it fair.

Reply to this comment    28 June 2006, 19:38 GMT


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Roy W. Account Info
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Check out the 3rd placed entry. It looks like crap, really, it's just a very very fast map of the earth. It also has 200-odd votes for it. The kid lives in a town (Baggs, Wyoming) of 348 people. Either he's really, really popular on MySpace or he convinced the /entire town/ to vote for his entry.

Reply to this comment    6 September 2006, 04:39 GMT

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