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Exhibition Alpha

Posted by taubz [send private reply] at March 11, 2003, 09:21:04 PM

It looks like the people regularly browsing TPU that are interested in the exhibition have all posted on the Who's Interested thread. Ten submissions is enough for "TPU Exhibition Alpha," so the exhibition hereby begins. :)


This will be an exhibition of the creativity of TPU members. Anything original and related to programming qualifies -- from ideas to source code to a finished product.

Works need not be 100% original. If you can explain how a project works to interested people, then it could still be a great thing to do, as long as you don't try to claim all credit for yourself.

Anything may be submitted to the exhibtion provided one doesn't violate scientific integrity. (No lying, plagiarism, etc.) So, you can submit someone else's work provided you give all the credit to that person. The obvious catch is that not everything is necessarily accepted. The *interesting* part of a submission must be your own work.

You must be in the "teen" category to submit something. No oldtimers.

Submissions are due April 30th. Seven weeks to prepare an entry should be sufficient. I don't think we're expecting anyone to create a release-quality program specifically for this exhibition.

Entries should be zipped/tarred up and emailed to me, tauberer@for.net, by that date with the following:
- Your TPU login name
- An explanation of the submission and why it is exhibition-quality
- If the work is not wholly yours, an explanation of what part of it is yours
- Instructions on compiling and operating the program, if applicable, in whatever OS/environment you are using

For this exhibition, there won't be any need to exclude anyone's submission unless it was plagiarized or inappropriate.

Posted by Psion [send private reply] at March 11, 2003, 09:48:15 PM

And, to emphasize, this exhibition will be used to help plan the process to use for future ones. Please make any suggestions here about the administrative process. Also, if you're motivated to go on an all-out advertising binge, please don't do it for this one. We will all have more time to work on it during the summer, and after the experience of this one.

About the submitting "other people's work" bit: I certainly don't think that should become a big part of things, and I'm starting to doubt whether it's appropriate at all in the first place. If our goal is to promote self motivation in actually getting into some serious coding, then exhibiting other software could become an easy way out of that that still provides positive encouragement. I know there are lots of people with a mania for "reading lots of source code," and I know that I never did that when I was learning. So.... I think it could raise some dangerous possibilities, and we should be careful about it.

Posted by ItinitI [send private reply] at March 11, 2003, 09:55:38 PM

What?! It can just be an idea?! Okee...I have better ideas...but I also have some modified standard AIML to go with it.

Posted by taubz [send private reply] at March 30, 2003, 09:10:23 AM

Reminder: One month left.

Posted by taubz [send private reply] at April 07, 2003, 09:14:40 PM

One submission so far!

Posted by taubz [send private reply] at April 28, 2003, 10:57:28 AM

*Someone* is going to be the defacto winner (not that there was going to be a winner) in a few days if no one else submits anything...

Posted by taubz [send private reply] at May 01, 2003, 11:00:43 AM

Two submisssions, can I get three? (Forget the deadline.)

Posted by Psion [send private reply] at May 01, 2003, 03:35:53 PM

The way this is playing out completely defeats the purpose. We can try this again when we actually have a good participant base. (Anyone who wants to gloat about how "this failed," I didn't want to do anything this early. It's all taubz's idea. :P)

And, taubz, in case you didn't notice, this thread is locked for non-admins. =)

Posted by taubz [send private reply] at May 01, 2003, 09:45:31 PM

I wouldn't call this an entire failure yet. Even if it produces nothing, going through the motions is a good way to prepare for a real attempt.

And, yes, I know it's locked. I didn't want to clutter the forum with lots of one-post threads.

- taubz

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