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nic
09/17/08 09:36 AM

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This month's Scavenger Hunt is a 60-point Google Street View (SV) hunt with a focus on finding words in SV imagery. The hunt starts on Wed September 17 2008 at noon EST, and will last two weeks.

Only Google Street View imagery is accepted, and the imagery must depict a clearly readable word from the category list.

The top 5 contenders will receive a free copy of Off the Map: The Most Amazing Sights on Earth as Seen by Satellite from our friends at Google Sightseeing:
The first place winner will also receive a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate.

The category list for this hunt is here.

Good luck!
kjfitz
09/17/08 10:13 AM

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Please be sure to enter a regular VGT map category besides just the scavenger hunt category.

thanks!


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milwhcky
09/17/08 03:50 PM

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The hunt includes 'Ferarri'... I assume you mean 'Ferrari'
kjfitz
09/17/08 04:31 PM

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Oops. My bad. You are correct.


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kjfitz
09/18/08 09:16 AM

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milwhcky
09/18/08 04:07 PM

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nic
09/24/08 12:50 AM

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For the URL truncation problem, I've fixed this one the server side. URLs were being truncated to 255 characters, which was too small for some Google Street View URLs. I've changed this field to be 500 characters in length, so you thankfully shouldn't have to do the workarounds Kevin (kjfitz) mentions.

Let me know of any other problems.
Sam034
09/25/08 01:35 PM

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Hello,

I wonder how I can submit several maps for the same category like user Tyco have done in "french municipality".

Thanks for the answer
Sam
kjfitz
09/25/08 03:16 PM

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Hmm. You are not supposed to be able to. I removed the hunt category from one of them. We'll need to audit all the other categories before we award the winner to make sure there aren't others that accidentally made it through. With the URL length bug a many submissions were getting rejected early in the hunt and many people were having to submit and re-submit the same maps until the URLs were correct. That's probably why he accidentally submitted two.


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Sam034
09/25/08 03:33 PM

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ok, I supposed that was a bug but i'm not sure.

Thank you for your answer, this scavenger hunt is really interesting
kkeps
09/25/08 06:38 PM

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Hello,

Since I am new, I want to know: are the top 5 contenders the people with the top 5 highest points or anyone in 5th place or higher. Thanks.
nic
09/25/08 08:40 PM

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kkeps -- The top 5 people by points (if there are ties for 5th, all 5th place winners will get the prize).
kjfitz
09/27/08 07:38 PM

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The moderators have discussed the Google submissions which are all the same type of reflection of the Google car. Since the actual sign on the car is the same "word" being submitted in each map then we deem them all duplicates of the original submission:



Please refrain from using other people's posts to submit your own nearby variation. It really isn't in the spirit of the game.

In the future we now feel forced to add paragraphs and paragraphs of special rules and disclaimers, detailed descriptions and warnings.

For instance:

1) A word is a word... a word isn't characters extracted from the middle of another word. We've deleted credit for these types of posts.

2) If a word is on a poster on one side of a door the grabbing a second instance of the word off the same poster or the same poster posted a few feet away is really stretching the spirit of the game. There is one instance of a second poster nearby the first being submitted. Since it is technically valid we'll let it stand but if more show up we reserve the right to delete credit for all of them.

3) Posting a fuzzy blob of text that is supposed to be the word on hopes that it'll get accepted is not within the spirit of the hunt. We've deleted credit for those.

Thanks,

Kevin


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milwhcky
09/27/08 08:29 PM

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As always with the hunts, you guys have the difficult task of deciding what's good and what's not. I appreciate the extra effort to keep this hunt fair and fun.

Google's low resolution FuzzyView scenes make this hunt even more straining - on the eyes and on my patience. I've probably had less than a 1% success rate of going to a site with a known business or sign and finding a usable submission due to Google's decision to shelf the high resolution cameras.

Also, you can delete my Mickey Mouse mural submission. I worked my butt off to find it, but it honestly isn't legible. If I didn't explain it in the title or description, no one would have a clue what that scene is about.
microscopicxp
09/27/08 10:03 PM

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This is understandable. It's good to know that you all are putting time and effort into making the competition fair for everyone. Thanks for the information.
neotrix
09/28/08 01:47 AM

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I agree with this decission. that's ok and makes the competition fair.
kkeps
09/28/08 02:17 PM

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Yeah, I was the one that submitted the map of a duplicate "Le Tour" poster. Now I know not to do that any more to make this a fair game for all. Also, thanks a lot for not removing it.
Parabellum
09/28/08 05:12 PM

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Nice to see everybody being good sports here. This is a great site, isn't it?

Thanks nic!


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nic
09/28/08 11:59 PM

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I'm thankful everyone is good sports about this! Great hunt so far!
adrbr
09/30/08 06:17 PM

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The 'Word Hunt' Street View Scavenger Hunt, it is being very interesting, in the next theme, my suggestion would be the person with 'vehicle' (bus, truck, bicycle, boat, motorcycle) ...

Thank you ! Virtual Globetrotting: Explore Your World.


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kkeps
10/01/08 04:54 AM

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Well it seems my "Le Tour" submission was removed as a dupe. I guess it was inevitable... Anyway, this was a great Scavenger Hunt, can't wait for the next one!
nic
10/01/08 09:04 AM

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Sorry kkeps -- we remove it to be consistent with the other maps we rejected as dupes.
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