Here Comes the FLOOD Audree | March 2nd, 2010

From time to time here on crowdSPRING, a design project will get “flooded” with entries by one creative. We are often asked by buyers and other creatives if this is acceptable. Well, no it’s not. To help clarify, we have compiled some FAQ’s about flooding. We hope this will help everyone understand the problem better.

What does it mean when someone is “flooding” a project?
Basically, it is when a creative uploads a bunch of entries at once, and they all have
a similar look and feel.

How many entries is considered flooding?
We do not have a set number where we draw the line, because each project is different. However, we suggest that creatives enter 1 to 3 of their strongest different concepts, and wait for buyer feedback. From there, they can develop one of the current designs or submit a fresh idea.

Another way to provide options for the buyer and keep flooding down, is to offer designs on dark and light backgrounds in the same entry. If their designs receive no feedback, the creative may want to consider taking a whole new approach – or moving on to a different project.

Why is flooding against the Standards of Conduct for Creatives?
Flooding is unprofessional behavior and competes with other creatives by wrongful means. It is not fair to have the the work of one creative take over the gallery and overwhelm the buyer.

What’s wrong with having a lot of ideas?
Having a lot of ideas is great! But to perform well (and in the guidelines) here at cS,
the best route is to pick the strongest ideas and make them look fabulous!

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  • monsterleo

    Thumbs up..let’s hope the message is heard.

  • monsterleo

    Thumbs up..let’s hope the message is heard.

  • davebowman

    Audree/Crowdspring… thanks very much for this clarification! Now, for a sidebar on flooding in writing contests?

  • davebowman

    Audree/Crowdspring… thanks very much for this clarification! Now, for a sidebar on flooding in writing contests?

  • shumphrey

    so true, and I agree, thanks for considering this stuff

  • shumphrey

    so true, and I agree, thanks for considering this stuff

  • o_O

    I’d like to suggest an option for creatives here at cS to take it into our own hands and have the ability to flag designers who flood, abuse the system….whatever.

    Instead of having to go through the hassle of bugging you guys over one person, utilize the community to police ourselves.

    Maybe, maybe not.

    I hope the message is received, it’s up to the flooding hooligans to stop their shenanigans.

  • o_O

    I’d like to suggest an option for creatives here at cS to take it into our own hands and have the ability to flag designers who flood, abuse the system….whatever.

    Instead of having to go through the hassle of bugging you guys over one person, utilize the community to police ourselves.

    Maybe, maybe not.

    I hope the message is received, it’s up to the flooding hooligans to stop their shenanigans.

  • TheNutz

    The flooding it’s about a bunch of entries at once with the similar look and feel? Because I saw a lot of designers who uploaded 10 different concepts at once. Is that not a flood?

  • TheNutz

    The flooding it’s about a bunch of entries at once with the similar look and feel? Because I saw a lot of designers who uploaded 10 different concepts at once. Is that not a flood?

  • Audree

    @davebowman – WIth writing entries, it’s harder to tell. FIrst of all, the content is written, not visual. It’s also not visible in the gallery, so there is no way for others to report if the content is too similar. Also, a naming project is different than a blog post, for example. Because writing projects are still SO new, we are going to keep an eye on it. But you are right that it looks like an issue in certain projects.

    @ o_O – It’s best that flooding is reported to us, because we can contact the flooder personally and help educate them about it. In almost every case, they do not flood again. But new people arrive every day, so the education continues.

    @TheNutz – Like I said in the blog post – we ask that creatives post their strongest entries first (2 or 3 at once) and wait for buyer feedback. If you were to see 10 at once, we would ask that you report it to us so we could reach out to the creative.

  • Audree

    @davebowman – WIth writing entries, it’s harder to tell. FIrst of all, the content is written, not visual. It’s also not visible in the gallery, so there is no way for others to report if the content is too similar. Also, a naming project is different than a blog post, for example. Because writing projects are still SO new, we are going to keep an eye on it. But you are right that it looks like an issue in certain projects.

    @ o_O – It’s best that flooding is reported to us, because we can contact the flooder personally and help educate them about it. In almost every case, they do not flood again. But new people arrive every day, so the education continues.

    @TheNutz – Like I said in the blog post – we ask that creatives post their strongest entries first (2 or 3 at once) and wait for buyer feedback. If you were to see 10 at once, we would ask that you report it to us so we could reach out to the creative.

  • Jeff Quigley

    FLOODING VS LOVING

    Here’s something else I’ve started to see here as well. It may not be “flooding”, rather I call it “LOVING”.

    Now that we can’t see ratings and buyer comments in the gallery of other entries I’ve recently noticed a huge jump in the number of “heart” votes. Hmmmmm, FISHY!

    From the gallery it can look as if an entry has gotten many “heart/love” votes, but dig a bit deeper and you can see it’s more than likely the creative person voting for themselves. To those inexperienced, the number of hearts displayed can be deceiving and a deterrent from submitting an entry.

    Much like a mind game, this should have rules as well! Maybe a creative can only “heart” their own design once – based on IP address so they can’t log out and then enter as ANONYMOUS and vote again (nice try some of you). I find this trend growing fast – literally started noticing it this week and it’s snowballing.

    “LOVING” – What a term, I want a nickel every time someone utters it! ;)

  • Jeff Quigley

    FLOODING VS LOVING

    Here’s something else I’ve started to see here as well. It may not be “flooding”, rather I call it “LOVING”.

    Now that we can’t see ratings and buyer comments in the gallery of other entries I’ve recently noticed a huge jump in the number of “heart” votes. Hmmmmm, FISHY!

    From the gallery it can look as if an entry has gotten many “heart/love” votes, but dig a bit deeper and you can see it’s more than likely the creative person voting for themselves. To those inexperienced, the number of hearts displayed can be deceiving and a deterrent from submitting an entry.

    Much like a mind game, this should have rules as well! Maybe a creative can only “heart” their own design once – based on IP address so they can’t log out and then enter as ANONYMOUS and vote again (nice try some of you). I find this trend growing fast – literally started noticing it this week and it’s snowballing.

    “LOVING” – What a term, I want a nickel every time someone utters it! ;)

  • neenoxavier

    Thanks for the information

    But,

    if the buyer asked you to submit different forms of the same submission , for example with different fonts , is that a problem to submit that ….??

  • neenoxavier

    Thanks for the information

    But,

    if the buyer asked you to submit different forms of the same submission , for example with different fonts , is that a problem to submit that ….??

  • Audree

    If the buyer is asking for the revisions, it is not flooding. We can see the buyer’s comments, so we will know if this is the case.

  • Audree

    If the buyer is asking for the revisions, it is not flooding. We can see the buyer’s comments, so we will know if this is the case.

  • andot

    Thanks for the information

    But,

    if the buyer asked you to submit different forms of the same submission , for example with different fonts , different color, etc. is that a problem to submit that ….??

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