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Best miscat reporter in Flash gallery!

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 9, 2008, 8:35 AM

I was shocked today to learn that I won a little contest made by Age2003, the Flash gallery director, to clean up the Flash gallery of miscats.

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! :D). 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!
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FlameReaper Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
i gotta say, awsome work.

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.
philho Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the kind words.
11Broccoli11 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
I have nothing but respect and admiration for your work. Congrats.
philho Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I see you are a Flasher, I wish to have time to play with this software... Someday, perhaps.
Damaged927 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats! :boogie:
philho Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I worked hard on this contest (mostly because I don't like miscats!), so I am happy to win after all!
eldris Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:#1: Yay! Go you :D That must have really helped the GD out :nod:

Fella plushies are so cute! I love my one :D
philho Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, thank you, but I estimate we reported some 1000 deviations together, that probably scratched only the surface of the problem.
The good thing is such violations are no longer possible, so with each (individual) campaign of reports, the overall number will go to zero!
eldris Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, that was a sensible move by them. I didn't know they'd disallowed certain filetypes for that, but then I don't really browse that category let alone submit to it :giggle:
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