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Expecto Patronum HP Icon Challenge
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Mod: adb777; Co-Mod/Banner Maker: mithborien

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expectocons was created on September 11, 2004 by adb777 and is a Harry Potter themed icon and graphic challenge community. Icon challenges will be held every week and larger graphic challenges every two weeks. There will be specific rules and guidelines for each challenge that must be followed as well as the overall general rules that can be found here. If you do not follow the rules for both the individual challenge and the general rules then as a result you icon may not be accepted for the challenge.

For most challenges there will be a first, second and third place winners and also a "Mod's Choice" award for the icon that I either like the most or impresses me. If you win you will also recieve a banner for your efforts that will usually be posted in a bunch every two weeks.

Also, you (the person reading this *waves at ya*) do not need posting access as all entries will be posted as a comment on the entry that involves the corresponding challenge for the icon you made. If you have a question about the challenge or something then they too shall be posted as a comment on that entry. The mods are the only people that needs posting access and are therefore the only people that have it. Of course, please friend this community instead to keep up with all the challenges.
  1. All icons must be 100x100 and less than 40 KB.
  2. When you submit your icon/graphics to a challenge include both the image (if small enough) and the URL in the post. For an example of submitting an icon see here.
  3. Do not make an icon/graphic using someone elses base or manipulated image. Make the entire icon/graphic, including the base, yourself. The only exception is brushes, textures or if the base is provided as part of the challenge.
  4. Unless otherwise stated, you may only sumbit up to 1 entry per challenge.
  5. Do not use an icon/graphic that you have used in a previous challenge. Make something new.
  6. Do not post your icon/graphic that you enter in the challenge anywhere else until the challenge you entered it in is over and the winners have been announced.
  7. If an image of a character is not provided in the challenge for you then use a picture of them in-character. If an image is used of them out-of-character unless oftherwise stated then the icon will not be accepted.
  8. Follow any additional specific rules that are with each individual challenge.
  9. Enjoy yourself and have some fun!
Note: Rules are subject to change at any time, of course, you will be notified
Submitting Icons:
  1. Submit the icon to the entry that contains the challenge you are entering as a comment. (All entries will be screened and only you and I can see them)
  2. All submissions must be made before the deadline.
  3. Here is how an entry should look:

    Icon url: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v395/green_n_silver2003/adb777-27.jpg
Submitting Graphics:
  1. Submit the graphic to the entry that contains the challenge you are entering as a comment. (All entries will be screened and only you and I can see them)
  2. All submissions must be made before the deadline.
  3. In some challenges, the graphic will be too large to sumbit like you would do an icon. In that case, if possible could you please submit the url of where the graphic is hosted, a thumbnail of the image that we can put in the voting post with the link to the larger graphic and also an url for the smaller graphic as well. I know it's a lot to ask but it would help the mods out greatly :). Therefore an entry would look like this:

    Thumbnail url: http://img363.imageshack.us/img363/6764/dvexpectoconsredbannersmall3ai.jpg
    Actual graphic url: http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/634/dvexpectoconsredbanner5tj.jpg

This is just to make things easier for me when the voting for such a challenge is posted. Then we can just copy and paste the thumbnails for people to view without having to
  1. You do not have to be a member to vote
  2. Anonymous votes will not be counted.
  3. Unless otherwise stated, when you vote you vote for three icons/graphics that you like the best (in any order) and you may only vote one time for each challenge.

    Example vote:
    7, 9, 15

Friday/Saturday - Challenge is put up and lasts until the following Friday at 7pm EST.
Friday - Voting is posted and lasts until Sunday evening at 7pm EST.
Sunday/Monday - Winners are announced.

Times may change slightly due to the two mods being on opposite sides of the world.
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