I thought that instead of just being mad and sad about abandoned contests on the Sims 3 site, I should put my energy into a rant!
Lately, I’ve participated in several contests that were completely abandoned by the hosts, or they were closed unexpectedly with no explanation and without choosing any winners at all. I believe it’s doing a lot of harm to the community–not just to the participants who work hard and never get the recognition they deserve.
That’s what it’s about for me. I don’t enter contests to win gifts–I can buy things for myself and give and receive gifts with friends and contests are not necessary for that at all. For me, it’s about gaining recognition for my hard work. I put an average of 100 hours in on building a house and 2 to 5 hours on a sim. I’ve tried posting in the Creative Corner, but it seems you have to be “popular” to get replies in that forum, and I’m not one of the “cool kids” so people just ignore my work if I share it there. So I started entering contests to get some recognition for my work.
However, 9 times out of 10, the host abandons their contest and no one is chosen as a winner 😦 There are some participants who cannot purchase simpoints, so it hurts them in that way as well as not gaining the recognition they deserve.
Yesterday a host closed their contest while I was preparing my entry. I had posted to inform the host that my entry would be ready soon, and then went to work on the sim and in-game photos that were required. When I got back, the thread had been changed to “closed.” I was so mad! I was so mad I almost swore!!! I was so mad I was shaking. Other people I trust confirmed that they saw the thread change to “closed” after I had posted about preparing my entry. The host apologized to me and sent me a little gift (which I thanked her for) but that’s not what I was in it for. So I’m still upset. I think it was incredibly rude to close the contest that way, especially when the host knew more entries were coming. The host said to me “It was closing soon and there was only one entry (at the time) anyway.”
The contest still had a week left, and who knows how many other players were working hard on their entries. I spent money to purchase the items needed for my sim, and others may have done the same. At least two prominent members of the community were promoting that contest, and surely more entries would’ve come in the last week. Most people take their contest entries seriously and put a lot of time into preparing their materials and creating their upload. I accepted the host’s apology and didn’t argue the false claim that it had been closed three days earlier because I don’t want to fight or cause drama. But I am upset about the whole thing.
I feel discouraged about contests because most hosts just abandon them and I don’t even get a chance to lose, let alone ever possibly win. I wont participate in anymore contests unless I know the host has experience and a good reputation for hosting contests. Otherwise, I’m just wasting my time… But then, how can I ever gain some recognition for my work if I’m not one of the so-called “cool kids”???
I also care about the sims 3 community and when these things happen, it harms the whole community. Now there’s a lot of people who feel the way I do, that they wont enter contests anymore. These jerks who abandon contests are ruining the fun and making everyone feel bad!! And there’s not a damned thing I can do about it but sit in my corner and rant about it…