Teething Issues

Posted by Cinossu @ 2017-10-17 18:10:15 User Image
As always, with any new site, there's teething issues.
DNS propegation might cause some of the Verification process to break. Just keep trying, and it should go through eventually. It's still trying to point to an old server in some places, so.. yeah.

Keep persevering!

Welcome, finally, to the Sonic Hacking Contest 2017!

Posted by Cinossu @ 2017-10-16 15:07:29 User Image
Welcome, one and all, to the Sonic Hacking Contest 2017!

This post (and site opening) has been a long time coming, and I can only apologise for its tardiness. A mixture of technical difficulties ranging from broken technology, long repair times, to servers misbehaving, coupled with various bouts of illness are to blame, and for that I can only apologise.

But enough with the theatrics, welcome! While not all of the site is working as of yet, the majority of the necessary functionality is. Let's go into some more detail, shall we?

Account registration is separate to your forum accounts this time.
Whereas before you would log in specifically with your Sonic Retro or SSRG forum account, now you register on the site itself and then verify instead. Once registered, your account starts off as unverified. Unverified accounts will have some privileges on the site, but for now there is nothing for them to be able to do.

In order to submit an entry, you need to Verify your account.
In the user dropdown menu on the top navigation bar, you will currently see two buttons to verify your account with your Sonic Retro or SSRG forum accounts by going to a specific authentication form on those forums in question. Once verified, your account will then allow you to submit an entry to both the Contest and the Expo from the top navigation bar. 

You need to be a full and unblocked member of either forum in order to become automatically verified.
If you aren't, while you can still link your accounts to your SHC account, you will still be marked as unverified. While the site currently does not have a messaging service, there are some methods of which you can use in order to attempt getting your SHC account verified and able to submit entries:
•  Send an email to shc[@]sonicresearch[.]org with your SHC username, as well as your forum account(s).
•  Send a Direct Message to the @shcontest Twitter account with your SHC username and your forum account(s). Our DMs are open.
•  Private Message a Judge on SSRG or Sonic Retro with your SHC username. Obviously you need an account that can PM with this method, but if you can't, the above two options will work, especially email.

As we have the Quality Control Criteria in place this year we may decide to get rid of the full member requirement next year. But for now, if you aren't a full member of either site and want to get involved, please ask!

You can make as many entries as you want.
Once verified, you can make as many or as few entries as you want to the Contest and the Expo. Just click the Add New Entry link in the appropriate menu. The page that appears is your entry page, and you can edit each entry's elements directly on the page.

Media has been expanded to include music this year.
You can upload MP3s, OGGs, as well as VGM files this year for your entry.

There's much more about this site that's still under development and will be expanded on during the time of the contest. Stay tuned for more information, and once again, welcome!