It's been a while since we ran a competition. So to make up for that, we have come up with something a bit different. The new Top MOC Competition will be a continuous month-by-month award to the most liked MOC on Rebrickable. To make this as fair (and automated) as possible, the rules are a little different to normal...
Each Round will typically go for one calendar month to keep things simple. A Round is just the period during which eligible MOCs are competing against each other. At the end of the Round, all eligible MOCs will be compared and the one with the highest Score will win. To give you an idea of how many MOCs you will compete against, there are currently 100-200 new MOCs approved on Rebrickable each month.
To get started, the first Round will actually run for two months or no new MOCs would be in the running for the first prize!
To enter the competition, simply submit your MOCs as per usual. Those with the most number of "Likes" at the end of each Round will win a prize. Everyone who has an approved MOC is automatically eligible to win (excluding admin-submitted and paid MOCs). There are no limits on the MOCs you submit, it is entirely up to the tens of thousands of Rebrickable users to decide what they like best. The more appeal your MOC has to as wide an audience as possible (including easy to use building instructions!), the more chance you have of winning.
The number of Likes accumulated during the first 14 days (2 full weeks) will determine the MOC's Final Score. This is so that MOCs can be submitted at any time of the month and still have the same chance as any others. A MOC less than 14 days old will not have a Final Score yet and will not be eligible for a Round until it is.
At the end of the Round, all eligible MOCs that have reached 14 days old and have not yet been checked in a previous Round will be compared and the one with the highest Score will win.
2015-11-22 - Your submitted MOC is approved
2015-11-22 -> 30 - As your MOC gains Likes you can watch the rankings
2015-11-30 - End of Round, but your MOC is not eligible for judging yet (as it's only 8 days old)
2015-12-01 -> 06 - Your MOC continues (hopefully) to gain Likes
2015-12-06 - Your MOC reaches 14 days old and the number of Likes it has is saved as it's Final Score
2015-12-31 - End of Round, your MOC is now eligible and is judged against other eligible MOCs
The first Round will run from 1st December 2015 to 31st January 2016, and will consider all MOCs that reach 28 days old in that period. Unfortunately MOCs reaching 28 days old before this announcement will not be eligible (we had to start somewhere!).
An up to date listing of the current rankings is available. It consists of two tables - those MOCs eligible for the current round vs those that will reach 14 days in the next round.
The number of Likes displayed next to a ranked MOC will continue to climb until it reaches 14 days at which point it will become it's Final Score.
Even if you are not a MOC designer, you can participate in the competition by Liking MOCs that appeal to you. Of course, you are encouraged to try and build them to see how well you like them :) I would suggest you consider all aspects of the MOC before Liking it - e.g. is it an alternate build? does it have easy to follow building instructions?
To keep an eye on the newest MOCs being submitted, you can use either:
A new page showing all eligible MOCs for the current round
New MOCs section at /home
New MOCs section at /mocs
RSS feed for new sets
Change your email settings to be notified of new MOCs using a threshold of 0%, using the frequency you are comfortable with.
There will be one prize per Round for first place. Most Rounds, the prize will be a LEGO set worth approx €50-100. This will vary from month to month, based on funds and availability. The winner will be able to choose from a list of potential sets from the shop.LEGO.com site. At times I may put a flagship set or two up for the prize instead. The winning MOC/designer will also be promoted throughout the site, increasing their visibility.
To make up for the lack of competitions recently, and the longer duration of the first Round, the initial prize (December 2015 - January 2016) will be a LEGO set of your choosing worth up to €200!
Update: The timeframe for accumulating Likes has reduced from 28 days to 14 days.