- Posted: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:51:57 +0000
Avatar Arena Rules
We want Avatar Arena to be fun. (indirectly, that means fair)
We want Avatar Arena to have quality avatars.
The goal of avatar arena is to choose the avatars that the most number of people agree on as "that deserves to win". We can't get everyone to agree, but we can get a maximum number of people. We are constantly working to improve the algorithms and system so that the system will get closer to this goal, so be prepared for changes.
How Avatar Arena Works
We want to give everyone as much opportunity as possible to compete. There are many, many really cool avatars on Gaia and by having a cycling system where there's a new competition every week, we hope to give everyone a better chance to win.
To make sure everyone gets the same amount of time to get voted on, we separated Avatar Arena into 'Submission Phase' and 'Voting Phase'. That way, everyone starts out with 7 days of chance to get votes.
Avatar Arena weeks start on Mondays at Midnight PST. Users can submit for the upcoming contest as long as they enter before that time, past midnight the submissions will be entered for the next upcoming contest.
After a week-long voting period, the winners will be calculated at 7pm (again, PST) on Sunday evening, and the top 10 entries, from both the Original and Cosplay arenas, will be archived and put on display for all time. Winners are determined by a computer using an algorithm that uses an average that has been weighted to mitigate downvoting (people who vote maliciously and unfairly).
Note that while the submissions for Contest 1 is in voting phase, a new submission phase for Contest 2 starts concurrently.
While avatars are in submission phase, they are not public for viewing.
When you submit your avatar, Gaia will take a snapshot of your current avatar in a different location. (It's like a photo). Which means you may change your avatar outfits as you like and it will not affect the avatar submitted for competition.
After voting is over and the winners have been decided, the top 10 avatars will be permanently saved (archived), and the rest will be moved to your personal avatar gallery found here: http://www.gaiaonline.com/arena/mystuff/