As the title suggests, where should we go to make contests? Are contests, for that matter, even allowed on any of the Stack Exchanges?

For clarification on where I am going with this, let me bring up the Maps of the Fortnight series on the Alternate History Forum. It is a series of map contests regarding alternate history scenarios. That is pretty much where I am going with this question.

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    $\begingroup$ Like this? Or this? $\endgroup$
    – Secespitus
    Oct 15, 2017 at 7:36
  • $\begingroup$ If this is about Great lake earth again, I would advise you not to do it. This is your project, not a community project. Also, this is a question/answer site and while maps are cool, they are only appropriate here if they are part of a question. A map contest would not be appropriate in my opinion. $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    Oct 15, 2017 at 14:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Vincent People were asking for a world map, which is the whole picture at once. Since I can't draw and can't actually see mathematic equations, I HAD to ask. $\endgroup$ Oct 15, 2017 at 15:29
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    $\begingroup$ It doesn't hurt to ask. I'm just trying to figure out what your idea is exactly. $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    Oct 15, 2017 at 16:39
  • $\begingroup$ @Vincent jdailey1991.deviantart.com/journal/… $\endgroup$ Oct 15, 2017 at 19:32
  • $\begingroup$ As I thought, it's not appropriate. $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    Oct 16, 2017 at 14:52
  • $\begingroup$ This is your map, you can ask for help but it makes for a poor contest idea. A lot of skilled people are already working on personal projects or for clients. If they do a contest, they do it for fun or to improve skills. Yours have way too many constrains. $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    Oct 16, 2017 at 14:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Vincent How is it not appropriate? $\endgroup$ Oct 16, 2017 at 15:23
  • $\begingroup$ Read the comment above. Have you ever participated in a art/mapping contest before? I'm not saying you can't try, I'm just saying that I think it is a bad idea. $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    Oct 16, 2017 at 16:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Vincent So what else am I supposed to do? $\endgroup$ Oct 16, 2017 at 18:21
  • $\begingroup$ Assuming you can't find anyone that can help you: 1 learn how to do it yourself. 2 you pay someone to do it for you. That's what people usually do. $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    Oct 16, 2017 at 19:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Vincent Neither of which is remotely possible. $\endgroup$ Oct 16, 2017 at 21:53
  • $\begingroup$ Well, if you really like this and if your going to make a lot of maps, it's worth learning it. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/… $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    Oct 16, 2017 at 22:09

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If you want to make a contest, please get "community approval" first.

I read in MSE that community can decide the policy of what's acceptable themselves (some sort of individual states' law in US?), so if an event is approved, go ahead.

How to get community approval?

Simply post a meta, with the details of your event/contest. Of course, if you want approval by the community, provide reasons why you think this is beneficial for the community, instead of just throwing random bounties.

Be prepared to take criticism.

For example, in [Interpersonal.SE], we have a 50-day and 100-days celebration of the IPS site.

In [Writers.SE], we have a Writing Challenge. The user explicitly ask community approval first before going with the Challenge.

Although community can bend SE rules if they agree, if you want your proposal to go through, be cautious if you need to do so. Provide justification why you need to bend the rules (for example: posting a question that usually will be closed as too broad, or too opinion based).

If you decide to use main site, usual rules apply, because we don't want to confuse users about this site scope and rule (except if community agrees to give exception to contest posts).

Thanks for caring about Worldbuilding.SE, and I hope your contest can go well!

  • $\begingroup$ You mentioned Interpersonal and Writers. What about a Stack Exchange for cartographers? $\endgroup$ Oct 15, 2017 at 15:30
  • $\begingroup$ @JohnWDailey you mean: gis.stackexchange.com ? $\endgroup$
    – Vylix
    Oct 15, 2017 at 15:32
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, but it is specific for GIS software. $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    Oct 15, 2017 at 16:36
  • $\begingroup$ @johnwdailey Pretty sure there is an Area 51 proposal for a cartography stack exchange. $\endgroup$ Oct 16, 2017 at 6:54
  • $\begingroup$ @Bellerophon It's been deleted. $\endgroup$ Oct 16, 2017 at 15:24

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