Indeed, before the file restrictions, clueless people routinely put there Gif animations in the Flash > Animation gallery, movie files in the Flash > Movies one or game screenshots in the Flash > Games one!
The file restrictions being not retroactive, there are still lot of miscats in these galleries, and Age2003 made a contest to motivate people to report these as much as possible.
I already reported a number of miscats before (see my Essay on miscats, based on my experience) and I plan to continue (when the backlog of devWatch deviations to look at will be killed).
I supposed I would loose, having not much time, but I played the game for a while, before real life took too much of my time to continue.
To be honest, I was helped by a pair of Greasemonkey scripts I had done before and I improved for the event: one allowing to see the type of the download file when clicking next to a suspect file in the gallery browsing page, and providing a direct link to the report page. And another showing this file type in the report page, pre-filling the form, and providing a button getting all deviations in the Flash gallery from that deviant and allowing to get the file type of these deviations on demand (too long and hazardous to get them all at once): when a deviant starts to do a miscat, we often see many similar miscats in his/her gallery. Although I saw some flashers also doing animated Gif lazily putting them in the Flash gallery.
File types are useful for miscats in Flash, or in Animation galleries, where a JPG file is a sure sign of a static image! But also elsewhere: in Resources, an image in the Action scripts of the Gimp is a no-no. In Photographies, a Gif image is highly suspect! Etc.
I don't see this as cheating: as I wrote, I make these scripts available to any serious reporter willing to use them, and I still do the job manually, not trusting bots for this kind of task. I just regret I couldn't do more (but I will be back! ). And I spent many hours on the task, partly writing and refining my scripts (but that's just fun!), partly doing the manual report (but lot of the boring part was done by them...).
And Age2003 agrees with me on this, the important part is to have lot of work done!
So, I won a 1 year subscription (wow!), and a Fella plushie (I chose it over devWear, I always loved plushies and my children will love it!). Yay!
- Listening to: Peter Gabriel
- Reading: Persepolis
- Watching: My devWatch backlog!
i wondered about greasemonkey scripts for when i commented on peoples miscats (never did it though, couldnt learn greasemonkey stuff) didnt think to use it for the reporting page.
very clever, thanks go for the great job, and congrats go for winning the contest.
Fella plushies are so cute! I love my one
The good thing is such violations are no longer possible, so with each (individual) campaign of reports, the overall number will go to zero!