[who] - amy

TOO_FOXY: hiatus or revitalization?

Remember this challenge? It was extended for an extra week and even after two weeks of sitting around, only six entries (by three makers, I believe) ever came in. (Thanks to those of you who actually entered.) People haven't been picking up their banners, either. We're generally a ghost town at this point.

Since then I've been letting this community sit around because of low participation. But I'd like to know what you guys think. I could either:

a) put the comm on hiatus until April-ish or May-ish or whenever people have more time to be around,
b) ask you guys to help me pimp this place out and look for fresh participants (I'll be on the lookout for places to shamelessly plug the community as well)

Which one would you rather we do? Remember, your opinion matters more than mine! All I do is manage, but you guys are the ones who really keep this place going. ♥ I could go either way right now. :)
[who] - amy

Winners: challenge 012

What a round! Turnout was excellent--the best we've had in a while--and every single entry was stunning. I'm sure it was tough on our voters to choose their favorites. In fact, we ended up having a 3-way tie for Most Original (technically the tie was broken with a second round of voting, but the votes came so close I decided it was best to consider it, for all intents and purposes, a tie).

Congrats to the winners! Winners, please leave a comment to let me know when you pick up your banner(s).

First place, Most Original, Best Color: invicta (for two icons)
Second place: alex494
Third place: misst89
Most Original & Best Crop: library_of_sex (for two icons)
Best Themed: alex494
Mod's Choice: beatsagain

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IMPORTANT NOTE: I was thinking of making one change to the way we vote on the winners of every challenge. How would you guys feel if we instituted a rule that no one voter may cast a vote for the same icon twice? (For instance, you really like icon #14 and want it to win first place AND best crop, you can only vote for it in one of those categories.) This would help prevent an icon from winning multiple places, and it would open up awards to more pieces. Let me know what you think in a comment to this entry!

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Keep entering challenge 013 ("doubled") HERE!
[who] - amy

Voting: challenge 012

Voting guidelines:
# non-members MAY vote!
# vote objectively and according to quality and/or originality
# do not vote for yourself
# do not ask others to vote for you
# voting closes Tuesday, February 8th at 10 pm EST
# use the following form to vote:

- When I'm tallying votes, first counts for 3 points, second counts for 2 points, and third counts for 1 point. All special award category votes count for 1 point each, but the winner of the special award is the icon with the most votes in that category.
- Since there were 24 entries, we will vote for three top places and four special awards. Later on, I'll pick either one or two mod's choice winners as well.

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[who] - amy

Challenge 013

Challenge 013
ft. talk show appearances

This challenge features several of Megan's talk show appearances. You're free to work in whatever style you choose, but here's the catch: you MUST use two images in your first icon entry (OR the same image twice). Your other entries do not have to adhere to this rule unless you want them to.

Entries: 06

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# due Saturday, Februrary 12, Saturday, February 19 @ 10 PM EST
# use any of the provided photos
# you may enter FOUR icons max in this challenge
# blending, animation, text, and textures are allowed and encouraged!
# all icons must fit LJ standards (40KB, 100x100px, gif/png/jpg)
# submit entries in a comment to this post; provide both icons and URLs
# all entries must be yours and newly-made for the challenge
# do not post your icons anywhere until voting is over
# suggestions? Leave them HERE.
[who] - amy

Challenge 012: reminder

Oi! There are only three days left to enter challenge 012 and there have been only 3 new entries since the day I extended it! Please head over to THIS ENTRY to submit a few icons and make this challenge more fun for everyone involved. It makes me sad to have to reduce the number of awards per challenge in order to balance out low turnout.