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Sonic Hacking Contest 2017 NOW LIVE http://sonichacking.org

#46 User is offline Super Egg 

Posted 03 October 2017 - 08:11 AM

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Howdy Folks, it's time to get as hyped as you can be, because we've got some really great news for you that is bound to excite and make you feel all tingly on the inside!

We now have the Sonic Hacking Contest Website up and running, mostly. While it is still under construction, the site is accessible and the Front page is there to remind everybody how this shindig is happening, assuming you haven't been reading the rules in the thread here.

The site is responsive to screen size, so it will both run on your favorite computer AND your handy dandy mobile device, which is new, but also means that the site mobile friendly! Why'd you play Sonic hacks when your on the go is beyond me, but that's a cause I can fully back.

Lastly, Submissions will be open soon. A tentative date will be given when we have one, but it should be within the next two weeks. To also segue a tiny bit, Submissions are still due by October 22nd. If the site isn't up, we'll figure something out.

So, that's it. Go back home and finish up those hacks kids, you've got 19 days to do it! Good luck, and maybe procrastinate a tiny bit less.

Almost forgot, a link to the new site.
This post has been edited by Super Egg: 03 October 2017 - 08:11 AM

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:29 PM

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Okay, people are asking, what's going on with the website, the deadline is the 23rd and it's still not up?

Quick explanation. Cinossu, our site developer, did get his rather troublesome laptop back very recently from repair, but it had to quickly go back in for some rectification work. He's had it back for a few days now and has been getting the submissions side of things up as soon as he can.

He is hoping to get stuff up by this weekend, but as this year's site is a complete re-code and not just redecorating the old site, some features may not be available in time for the opening this year, such as the teams function. If some site features are not implemented for this year's contest (many things will be sorted in time for the Contest Week), they will return for next year's Contest, which should not have serious delays like what has happened this year.

We know just having a week to submit simply isn't going to do well for a lot of people, even if you've had since December last year to work on an entry. Therefore, the judges have decided to allow a time extension of an additional week to compensate, so our new deadline for submissions will be the end of Sunday 29th October and the deadline for updates will be the end of Sunday 5th November.

The Hack Expo deadline which is the end of Sunday 12th November and the Contest Week from Monday 20th November to Sunday 26th November remain unchanged.
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Psst. Hey. Guess what.

We're finally live.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 03:20 AM

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Feedback regarding the new site: I'm rather surprised that I have to create a new account for the hacking contest this year. It's not very clear that you need a new account just for the hacking contest site, as when you try to login, you are only told this: "Log in with your Sonic Hacking Contest account below. If you do not have one yet then click here to register." I attempted to log in with my Sonic Retro and SSRG accounts (as I had done years previous), thinking "My Sonic Hacking Contest account is either my Sonic Retro Account, SSRG Account or both, right?", before finally clicking the 'Register' link and being told the importance of having a new account for this contest. Not very intuitive. I also can't use my current username (which I'm using on both Sonic Retro and SSRG) as I can't have a space or dots in it? Wouldn't it make more sense to be consistent? I know you can link an account afterwards, but this currently feels a bit disjointed.

EDIT: I had to settle for DA_Garden as a username. I also don't appear to have a profile image after verifying my account, either. Is this right? Also, just a quick heads-up, but logging out on a page that requires account access presents you with an unpleasant 403 page. You should probably make it redirect you to the homepage or something?
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Posted 18 October 2017 - 07:19 AM

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A similar thing: why do I need to log in just to give it a quick look if I'm not even downloading a single thing? I could check out what was available in past years' entries, but not today. Will they be visible for those who don't log in after some time?

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 07:48 AM

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Entries are not visible for anyone until the Contest Week.

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Cross-posting from SHC front page...

So it's been a good number of hours since the site went live, and.. what's this? The site is still working without going down?! Already the improvements are showing! It's a miracle, etc. If there's anything that proves this is a complete recode rather than a large scale modification, it's that.

That said, we've had a few more teething issues, so I thought I'd go through some of them now to clear some things up and the status of their fixes.

Help! I keep being logged out, especially during the verification process!
If you're on a public connection that is constantly changing IP or your browser has rotating user agent data, this could be the issue. If you're unable to solidify this, or it's something else, contact us on Discord and we'll see what can be done for you. Keep trying and persevering otherwise, as this is one of the few we do not have too much to go on other than this.

I uploaded my ROM but it says 404 when clicking Download to test!
Whoops, this one was a caching issue. An older file where the link was slightly different was in place, but now should be fixed and your download should be accessible to test. If it's still not working, try hard refreshing (Ctrl+F5).

I get the message "An Unknown Error Occurred" occasionally when uploading Media or my ROM
It shouldn't be occurring very often, if at all, but usually a second attempt should fix this.

Why do all my Media entries have a caption of their filename? How do I change this?!
I guess this is something that isn't quite clear, and I'm not 100% sure how to make it more obvious. Click into your Media to preview it properly, and from here the caption should be editable just as everything else is on the entry page.

When I tried to Save and Mark As Complete it was telling me I needed a banner image, a download, and at least 3 media items. I already have this, so what gives?
Whoops. My bad. This was a silly little coding error that has since been fixed. Sufficed to say, I was checking a variable of user data that didn't exist(!)

How do I delete Media items? I made a mistake!
You can click down on a Media item and drag it over the Delete Media Item block. Where is this block, you say? It replaces the Add New Media Item block when you begin to drag a Media item!

So I can upload images and music for Media but, what happened to YouTube links...?
Again, this is a whoops on my part. This is something I actually completely forgot about as a possibility until this morning. This is something that should be implemented before the end of the day as an option from the Media upload dialogue.
(13:53 BST EDIT): YouTube videos can now be used as Media! Make sure to hard refresh (Ctrl+F5) to reload all files, and then click Add New Media Item to see the new choice available.

Hopefully this answers questions people are having about the site at the moment. Have more questions? Join us on Discord and report them in #site_issues (link in the footer)!

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:16 AM

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View PostSpanner, on 18 October 2017 - 07:48 AM, said:

Entries are not visible for anyone until the Contest Week.

It makes sense, since I was surprised the site was announced live so soon, but it's the way the message on the links was worded what confused me; I thought they wouldn't be available at all.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 09:43 AM

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As said on the first post of this thread, the Contest Week is when entries are made available to the public.

We've only had the site up a few days and already we've recieved a good number of submissions to both the Contest and Expo, so keep that up! Just remember that we now have uploading fully working, so if you have a ROM then do upload it to the site, the off-site linking is generally preferred for large files such as Generations mods for example.

Also regarding deadlines, the submissions deadline of the end of Sunday 29th October (where we must have a playable submission by this date) and updates deadline of the end of Sunday 5th November (where you get a week to finish things off and fix any bugs found) apply to Contest submissions ONLY. If you are submitting to the Hack Expo, you only get one deadline, which is the end of Sunday 12th November, as we do not judge those entries. If you can't make the submissions deadline for the Contest, your entry will be moved to the Expo, meaning you get extra time to get your entry done, and you get exposure for your entry, with the expense being your entry won't be judged. You've had since last December to make an entry though, so I would hope most people won't have to miss out on getting judged!

Please also note, as it's happened a few times, you cannot have the same entry submitted to both the Contest and Expo. It's one or the other. If you want your entry to be judged and be in the running for trophies, it's the Contest. If you don't want to be judged, go for the Expo.

Stay tuned for further updates regarding the contest and this website which is ever changing, new features are being added regularly. If you have any questions, use the forum threads or Discord which are all linked at the bottom of this page. If you aren't a full member of SSRG or Sonic Retro but want to submit, instructions for getting validated are in a previous news post. We've already had a few people ask to get verified, so don't hesitate to ask!
This post has been edited by Spanner: 20 October 2017 - 04:36 PM

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Can't sign up because my name isn't at least six characters, so guess I'll sit this one out.

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 11:20 AM

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View PostJaxTH, on 21 October 2017 - 10:15 PM, said:

Can't sign up because my name isn't at least six characters, so guess I'll sit this one out.

You could perhaps do an underscore? Or maybe talk to us and we MIGHT do a rename for you manually.

We've had a good amount of submissions to the Hacking Contest already as well as the seperate, unjudged Hack Expo but do remember that in order to actually be judged for the Hacking Contest, we need a fully playable ROM to be submitted by the end of Sunday 29th October. If you don't do this, your entry will be moved to the Hack Expo, which has a longer deadline of the end of Sunday 12th November, but your entry won't be judged.

Remember that if you submit for the Contest, you will get an extra week to polish your entry and fix any bugs, the deadline for that is the end of Sunday 5th November. Judging will commence after that date.

If your entry does not meet the Quality Control Criteria, it will be either moved to the Expo depending on what you do have or rejected from the entire thing. Sorry, but we've got standards to keep this year!

We want as many people to submit as possible, but remember, if you are not a full member of Sonic Retro or SSRG, you have to contact a judge for validation. This can be done in the following ways:
• Send an email to shc[@]sonicresearch[.]org with your SHC username, as well as your forum account(s).
• Send a Direct Message to the @shcontest Twitter account with your SHC username and your forum account(s). Our DMs are open.
• Private Message a Judge on SSRG or Sonic Retro with your SHC username. Obviously you need an account that can PM with this method, but if you can't, the above two options will work, especially email.


As we have the Quality Control Criteria in place this year we may decide to get rid of the full member requirement next year. But for now, if you aren't a full member of either site and want to get involved, please ask!

Anyway, let's keep up the good work here, if you have questions or any issues you can contact us using the forum threads, email account or Discord server which is linked at the bottom of the page. A good example that we've already had to deal with is someone making another account because they put the wrong email address in. If you contacted us about it, we would have been able to change the existing email address for you. No need for another account whatsoever.

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View PostSpanner, on 22 October 2017 - 11:20 AM, said:

View PostJaxTH, on 21 October 2017 - 10:15 PM, said:

Can't sign up because my name isn't at least six characters, so guess I'll sit this one out.

You could perhaps do an underscore? Or maybe talk to us and we MIGHT do a rename for you manually.

Went with the underscore. If my name could be changed that would be ace.

#58 User is offline Super Egg 

Posted 27 October 2017 - 01:32 AM

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Hey kids, friendly reminder!!!!

YOUR HACKS ARE DUE BY THE END OF SUNDAY!!! GET YOUR STUFF SUBMITTED BEFORE THEN TO ENSURE YOUR HACK WILL MAKE IT INTO THE HACKING CONTEST!!

This is the one time that I will tell you guys not to procrastinate.
This post has been edited by Super Egg: 27 October 2017 - 08:20 AM

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 11:08 AM

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Tonight at Midnight EST is the first deadline for the Contest. What does this mean, exactly? I've been hearing some confusion about this, so let us clarify a few points:

No new submissions will be possible for the Contest.
This one is a no-brainer; "Add New Entry" will not be possible for Contest entries anymore. Expo entries will of course still be open until Sunday 12th November.

Entries in the Contest that do not have a playable/fully runnable build will be moved to the Expo.
This is something that we will be checking on explicitly come midnight and tomorrow. You might not have your completed description or all media entries as of yet, but you must have a playable build of your entry. Remember, the last week given is to give your entry that last minute neatening up and fixing bugs, not to complete your entry altogether. If your entry is found to not meet this point then it will be automatically moved over to the Expo instead.

You do not need to have your entry Marked as Complete at this deadline.
I've seen some confusion here, so let's clarify this point explicitly. The Marked as Complete is for the final deadlines only, not this stage of them. Even if you have already marked an entry as complete, you can still make changes to it up until the final deadline dates. This applies to both the Contest and the Expo.

When you have uploaded a ROM or changed the offsite link, make sure to save.
This is very important. You must save after uploading or changing the offsite link, otherwise it will not be updated with your entry and the previous download or link will be there instead!

Please note that unlike previous years, there will be no list of submissions in the Contest posted until after the Update Deadline has expired. This is because we will be doing Quality Control Criteria checks during the week, so some submissions that do not meet that criteria may be moved to the Expo or removed altogether.

I hope this clarifies some points about the deadline tonight. When in doubt, don't be afraid to come on to the Discord and message us in the #site_issues channel, or PM us on the various forums about!
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Posted 29 October 2017 - 09:26 PM

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Alright boys and girls, we're close to hitting that time!!!

You've got till Midnight EST to submit your hacks for the Contest!!! Hurry up and have a playable entry before then, because there is no guarantee the website will let you submit after that time!!!

This is not the time to procrastinate, so get on it!
This post has been edited by Super Egg: 29 October 2017 - 09:27 PM

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