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    Blizzard Art Contest weird submission experience

    I was expecting a confirmation page after clicking the "submit" button and waiting for a long time (I'm using Firefox), but didn't see any.

    Checked my email and got "Contest submission recieved" replies from a *******@prod.shaw.ca address (I submitted the same file more than once by mistake). I was expecting something more official looking like contest2006@blizzard.com or something. Weird.

    They even misspelled "received". Anybody with the same or similar reply?
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    dude, i submitted, or thought i submitted, nothing shows up, no reply email, and the submit page never went away.

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    I am not saying that this is the case but this is the only relevant info I could come up with.

    Your email reply sounds far fetched and quite removed from the issue that has been happening but..

    suspicious reply in relation to a Blizzard Art contest with suspicious and wrong activity related to Blizzards most played game (meaning theres a good chance someone submitting artwork plays World of Warcraft) means I'm gonna pass the info on to you.

    again, I wouldn't worry much, but it wont hurt to show this to you if you haven't seen it already.

    click the link
    http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/news/rss-09-2006.xml

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    EDIT: jrr, you should've received an auto-reply. Someone at polycount said he got one and he lives in Boston.


    I emailed both tech support and contestquestions@blizzard.com yesterday about this and I received a reply from a tech person today. The response basically was to forward contest related stuff to the contestquestions address and that he doesn't think that the prod.shaw.ca "is a valid blizzard email address, however there have been some competitions that have been hosted by other companies. As far as I know the art contest if hosted by us ..."



    I'm not worried about this...oversight or web design bug but it would have been nice to get a confirmation message stating that your art is in good hands: "Thank You for giving Blizzard a fine example of your hard work", etc. Or at least, something in the rules that explains what to expect after submitting ("Check your email from suspicious looking sender."?).

    Good luck anyway to other contest participants. Probably best not to submit at the last minute.
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    it finally worked, 7th try.

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    Maybe you should keep hitting the Submit button until you get O D T's screen shot.

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    well after 3 days of trying to upload, i've given up.

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    well I got the email...but I never got the screen.. it just timed out... and trying to submit again now..sucks balls...

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    wow if I'm the only one who managed to submit then I've won!!
    just kidding... I think if you keep trying then it should work, and if you make your image smaller then you won't have to wait so long in between tries.

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    This is royally pissing me off.

    ODT: How big was your image?

    EDIT: Okay, finally got it submitted! Took about 10 tries?

    I think what might help is to reload the submit page after every fail, like, hit back and redo the process from the beginning (yes, refil the submission form). Don't just hit submit over and over again.
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    my image was 200K in the end, so it uploaded&failed faster than a 1MB image
    I didn't reload every time and it worked eventually....pasting everything in every time just sounds like a huge waste of time to me.

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    I tried about 5 times befoe i finally got the success page. I then received a e-mail confirming the acceptence of my image.

    I think it got sent twice becuase i got two e-mails
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    And what kind of reply email did you receive ?
    Was it the "Contest submission recieved" mentionned in the first post ?
    After 20 tries, i got no success page, and only 2 confirmation emails (the same described above)

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    I got two confirmation emails for one of my images.. but the other one I didn't get the second email address.. and also that's the one I didn't get a success submission page too.. wonder if they received it... :<

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    Maybe there's so many people trying to upload the server is shitting itself?

    I tried mine 3 times last night, have to keep trying i guess.

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    re

    Still trying to upload : / Hope other's are having better luck with the servers.

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    I've tried several times all day to upload my image with no success...The servers must be swamped with submissions coming in! I hope they extend the contest so everyone who's been struggling with this gets a fair shot! Any ideas on how we could do this???I think if enough people complain we could get in...I worked too hard for this b.s.!

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    Gather an angry mob and go to the Blizzard company here in California, Irvin. Just a suggestion...
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    there there tyranx.. I literally gave up too.. I got one in but.. other one I am not too sure.. it's oo...weird.. ended up just sending an email to the above email address with a link to my image.. been trying for almost 24hours now.. sucks.. i can feel ur frustration!

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    RE: Reduce your FILE Size!? Last chance.

    Hey guys try Xeon's tip it might work about the submit page refresh.

    It took me 2.5 hours but it finally got through. As the servers got slower I desperately shrunk my file size from 600 to 120k in hopes to be recieved. KEEP trying!

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    WWWHHHYYYYY!!!|???

    hey Bumskee, whats that e-mail? Blizzard's site is SLOWWW....

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    sucks balls!! wonder if magic man got his through..

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    Get used to it, Blizzard has everything hosted on precarious servers compared to the overwhelming traffic they receive.

    Turned out nice, Tyranx, by the way, kinda looks like Act 4 with a different twist.
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    Thanks Evil, I sure as hell hope they give an extension of some sort.

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    The sad part to all this, I think, is a lot of people who have actually successfuly uploaded their piece(s) panicked because they didn't see the confirmation, then swamped the server with identical files. Leaving the last minute people out.

    Blizzard should run another week as an extension and set up mirrors if they need to.

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    well, I'm officially past the time it was to close, so my only hope is that they will admit their mistake and give some kind of extension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumskee
    sucks balls!! wonder if magic man got his through..
    No man, didn't tried about 20 times today, but no cigar, oh well I didn't get to finish it to the stage I wanted anyway.

    Hope you do well Min!

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