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On Design Contests in FLOSS

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It seems to be somewhat popular to hold a contest, if a FLOSS project needs a (new) logo or other seemingly singular asset.

Proponents may bring up that a contest would:

  1. lead to large range of choices thanks to the shear number of participants.
  2. generate publicity, as both the announcment and outcome of the contest may seem newsworthy.
  3. attract new contributors to the project.
  4. Demonstrate commitment to openness, community-building and meritocracy
  5. The community can vote on the result, democratically.
  6. At least the winner, if not other participants, too, gets a portfolio piece out of it.


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