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Lennard
08-14-2010, 01:24 AM
When does is UU or a sponsor of the site host another contest ? like the eleuke contest of July, 10 ...
Is there any regular date like first day of every second month or smth. like that when theres a contest ? :confused:
Thanks guys, have a nice day....

Dougf
08-14-2010, 04:01 AM
Unfortunately, UU may hold off hosting contests for a while. The winner of the Eleuke was subjected to some pretty hurtful cyber-bullying on youtube, among other things.

nickman2
08-14-2010, 07:04 AM
Some People just aren't cool sometimes.

rjamesak
08-14-2010, 08:37 AM
Warning: When you put yourself out there for the world to see, you will hear what they have to say. "Sticks and stones" comes to mind. We should expect that sort of thing on you tube and ignore it.

masoncade
08-14-2010, 08:48 AM
Warning: When you put yourself out there for the world to see, you will hear what they have to say. "Sticks and stones" comes to mind. We should expect that sort of thing on you tube and ignore it.

that's right. alot of people just don't get why we put our songs and covers and such on youtube. we aren't trying to "be cool" and say "im so good at music", it's just having fun doing what we wanna do, which in this community's case is play ukulele, and share it with everyone. it's just for kicks. but alot of people don't get that, and you have to be prepared for the hate. it really is unfortunate that people would do that to the winner. it's not right. she was so very graciously given an eleuke because she made an entertaining rock video, and obviously had a good time doing it. the people that bully, in my honest opinion, don't belong here. this is a constructive, happy, and supportive community whose objective is to help others, support others, and make them feel at home, while having a blast strumming away. ill step down from my soapbox now.

MagliteL13
08-14-2010, 10:17 AM
Is having fun too much to ask? :)

masoncade
08-14-2010, 10:22 AM
Is having fun too much to ask? :)

not at all(:

Lennard
08-14-2010, 08:10 PM
You guys are right, If you put up your video to youtube, you will earn anykind of feedback. To be honest with you guys, I also think the winner has not played the most difficult song among all the guys that uploaded their video, but the judges have had their reasons to decide like they did. So stop the madness ! :-P ...

seeso
08-14-2010, 09:02 PM
You guys are right, If you put up your video to youtube, you will earn anykind of feedback. To be honest with you guys, I also think the winner has not played the most difficult song among all the guys that uploaded their video, but the judges have had their reasons to decide like they did. So stop the madness ! :-P ...

Let's not rehash that old stuff anymore. Please.

Lennard
08-14-2010, 10:03 PM
i wont...:-) c ya

Dougf
08-15-2010, 05:24 AM
Warning: When you put yourself out there for the world to see, you will hear what they have to say. "Sticks and stones" comes to mind. We should expect that sort of thing on you tube and ignore it.

Words DO hurt, which is why there are laws against slander and libel. And these were not your run-of-the-mill negative comments, and although I described what occurred as "pretty hurtful", it would probably be more accurate to call it "vicious and mean-spirited", not to mention cowardly, since a newly created, anonymous account was used.

I'm not sure there is an easy answer for this, but it is certainly not to be blamed on the judges, the contest, or the judging criteria.

seeso
08-15-2010, 06:26 AM
The decision to hold off on contests had more to do with the complaining done on UU's forums. The stuff on Autumn's videos just added to it.

telebob
08-15-2010, 06:42 AM
That's truly a shame about what happened (re: complaints, etc.) in this contest... but competing for 'best' is always subjective and not everyone will and can agree. Winners were chosen by the judges and its done. I enjoyed watching and listening to all of the videos. Peace! :)

Skitzic
08-15-2010, 05:28 PM
It's a shame, but I can't say I didn't see it coming. It's a shame that everyone needs to lose a very cool aspect of the site over bad sportsmanship.

:(

RKNNDY
08-16-2010, 10:35 AM
Unfortunately, UU may hold off hosting contests for a while. The winner of the Eleuke was subjected to some pretty hurtful cyber-bullying on youtube, among other things.

Man... If I let some of you guys bully me online, can I get an eleuke too?

Lexxy
08-16-2010, 12:57 PM
Man... If I let some of you guys bully me online, can I get an eleuke too?

No please dont start it again :/

seeso
08-16-2010, 01:21 PM
Man... If I let some of you guys bully me online, can I get an eleuke too?

It is precisely because of comments like this that UU has chosen to hold off on contests for now. The implication that the winners were not deserving of the prizes that they won goes against what UU is all about.

Nelson-Fritata
08-16-2010, 07:20 PM
I would expect all of my fellow ukers to treat any video posted online with the respect it deserves. As someone said wether you think it's good or bad is subjective, but if you don't have anything good to say about the video, don't say anything at all unless the poster is looking for constructive critics! I've posted a couple of videos myself and recieved nothing but good feedback. That's not because im an amazing player or anything, i think i was lucky to have the "right kind of people" leaving me feedback.

mrplatypus70
08-23-2010, 02:07 AM
I was really disappointed by the comments on the winner's video and on the forum for the contest. Playing music and especially the ukulele is about having fun and just enjoying it!! The kids in the winning video were clearly having a lot of fun and I think that energy had a lot to do with the judges picking that video. To discourage the winner when her video was a fine example of having fun with music is just plain wrong! You should be ashamed of yourselves, nothing in the contest rules said anything about the winner being the best player or playing the hardest song. I always found the ukulele community to be much more positive and supportive than guitar players, who tend to criticize other players often unfairly. If the ukulele community is changing in this way I for one would be greatly disappointed.

ukecantdothat
08-23-2010, 09:11 AM
Personally, I think some people are watching waaaaay too much "reality" TV. Ugly diatribes of this sort seem to be on the rise, exponentially, in the last few years. That's the cynic in me speaking. The optimist in me is tuning up my uke right now for a mighty strum!

:nana:

bornagainjeeper
08-23-2010, 11:26 AM
I too am holding off on a contest i was intending to hold, with a $250 uke prize...ironically the contests topic is all about good will, something I'm ashamed to say is lacking in some folks around here lately....Not an attempt to punish folks but as someone mentioned somewhere "They (I in this case) don't have to GIVE something away)" I hope i hear something heartwarming soon enough, that i may change my mind. Maybe i'll just give away a prize to the Person i find being NICE on the forums...infact check the contest pages IT HAS been done

RKNNDY
09-04-2010, 06:16 PM
It is precisely because of comments like this that UU has chosen to hold off on contests for now. The implication that the winners were not deserving of the prizes that they won goes against what UU is all about.

Easy seeso, I wasn't trying to strike a chord (HI-YO) with you. I was just saying that I'd be too busy celebrating my good fortune at winning a cool new uke to bother doting over the comments on my video. And besides, ukulele videos constantly get bumped to the top of youtube's suggested videos queue. It's just a matter of time before trolls take over any popular video.

seeso
09-04-2010, 06:33 PM
Easy seeso, I wasn't trying to strike a chord (HI-YO) with you. I was just saying that I'd be too busy celebrating my good fortune at winning a cool new uke to bother doting over the comments on my video. And besides, ukulele videos constantly get bumped to the top of youtube's suggested videos queue. It's just a matter of time before trolls take over any popular video.

I know you weren't trying to start anything with me. UU is not taking a break from contests because of YouTube comments. Please read the entire thread. UU is taking a break because of posts on UU.

Lennard
09-04-2010, 09:30 PM
everyone who plays Ukulele at this contest deserves a price !!!!!!!! BUUTT someone who use a loop machine and more hours of editing than hes actually practising for the song does NOT DESERVE A PRICE !!!! its a Uke contest and not an editing contest !! You can play with a mate or alone...

lochtessmonster
09-08-2010, 10:05 AM
Lennard~ I think that it's the final result that matters. If it comes out sounding right in the end, that's really what matters. If the end result fits the contest it was intended for, then what difference is it to anyone else but the person holding the contest in the first place? The only one who can set that kind of precedent is the person putting the contest on. They have the right to say, no effects, or single take videos only, or whatever. But I can honestly say that I would be confident anyone on this board would likely take those things into consideration.

UU is about love and community and bringing together people with a common thread of interest.

But like I said, it's not up to you to choose the contest restrictions unless you're the one putting on the contest. I'm sorry you feel that way.

Lennard
09-08-2010, 11:58 AM
nicely said :-) ...I see your point now, but I think we should keep this a pure Uke contest as well as a low budget contest, so that everyone can take part and upload a video. Otherways the guy with the biggest stash of money wins ? Is that really what you want ? You said: "UU is about love and community and bringing together people with a common thread of interest." UU contest is not about bringing people together if they allow people to increase their chances with using as much other stuff as possible, because it has nothing to do with equal chances and the origin of the Uke...you see my point of view ?... c ya

Dirka
09-08-2010, 07:46 PM
Haven't been around or a while, so I missed the Drama, but I still wanna butt in a little.


Otherways the guy with the biggest stash of money wins ?

I don't think that could happen here on UU. Heck, if I had the fanciest Uke, the bestest recording gear etc. I probably still wouldn't win against* the many awesome ukers on this board. Not that that would stop me from having fun. Actually, the opposite might be true, I bet any jury would love to see people shredding Dolphins or Panjoleles (check it out - it's awesome! (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?34807-Another-Hack-Build)) like there's no tomorrow.

Even if people, as you put it, "use a loop machine and more hours of editing than actually practising for the song", they're giving it their best shot at making a good vid, and deserve to win the contest just like anyone else.

How did I get on that soap box? Sorry, won't happen again. Taking out my uke now :o

*man that just sounds wrong :D

Moby
09-12-2010, 05:18 PM
Man I clearly missed all this drama, but here's my two-cents on the matter:

Ukulele is about love and acceptance. The reason that I began playing ukulele in the first place is because it put a smile on my face the first time I heard it, and it still puts a smile on my face today. Jake said something about his views on the ukulele that I'd like to share with ya'll and that I think really touches on the essence of ukulele.


Sure, learning any musical instrument can be a great challenge, but here's a little secret – the ukulele is one of the easiest instruments to learn, as well as one of the most affordable. This tiny, four-string instrument is a universe of joy and healing, with a childlike quality about it that returns us to our youth and energizes our mind, body and spirit. Finally, I believe that everything in our universe is connected. We are all intertwined in a web of energy. Music helps us to tap into that energy and discover things we never thought possible by allowing us to express ourselves. And, by simply expressing who we are, we project positive energy back into the universe, which ultimately makes this world a better place.

Frankly all this talk about people hating on each other here disturbs me, I'm here because the community on UU is known for being accepting of everyone, helpful, and just downright awesome. So let's get over this old hate, and bring back that awesomeness and that spirit that I know is in every single one of us ukulele players.

Peace, Love, and Ukulele!

bobj
09-20-2010, 02:53 PM
I am so sad to hear about the negativity. I just joined UU, and that rock ukulele contest was the first contest that I watched.

There were so many truly great videos, and they were of very different styles. It was obvious that the judging would be subjective. That is totally fine. All of the winning videos, were deserving. I really, really enjoyed watching them. Some of them made me smile and bop my head, a couple others actually gave me goose bumps. (silly, but true.)

I am not surprised that a bad apple pops up occasionally, but hopefully that will be the remote exception.

Great work on all your videos. It amazes me that there are so many talented people inside my computer box.

bobj