If you are not familiar with this initiative, it works like this. Every month the PHPClasses site nominates all packages that implement innovative features or solve problems in an innovative way. In the next month the users vote on the package that they consider more innovative from those that were nominated.
In the following month the results are announced. The authors of the winner packages are entitled to choose a prize from a list of several provided by sponsors. The prizes consist in valuable goods that interest the developers in general, like IDEs, software tools, books, etc..
All nominees with votes are entitled earn prizes even if they do not win, as long as there as enough prizes provided by the sponsors.
Nominated packages will get special attention in the site podcast. Some authors may be invited to the podcast to talk about their work, and so get further recognition.
Sponsors do not have to pay anything to participate in this award. They only need to commit to give away up to one prize per month.
Therefore, to incentive every developer to submit their packages now, the JSClasses site is going to give away a special prize to at least the top 5 authors that submit more packages until the award is started.
Unfortunately the original elePHPant plush toys do not seem to be produced anymore or otherwise seem to be hard to find. Therefore the PHPClasses site started producing their own plush toys based on the current mascot logo of the site, design by Ifat Amit.
Currently a prototype is still being developed but hopefully it will be in production soon. Here you can see the current version of the prototype, which is coming close to the final version. The PHP logo is still missing and other changes may still be done to make it more faithful to the original design.
Once these plush toys are produced (hopefully in the next weeks) it will be possible to give them away as symbolic prizes to the top 5 submitters of the award challenge phase.
Keep in mind that the purpose of this initiative is not to attract contributors that will submit a quantity of components without much quality. Therefore only the submitted packages that are considered notable will qualify to count for the top submitters in order to get the challenge prizes.
Authors of notable packages will be notified by e-mail, so they realize that their package was considered notable.
Please post a comment if you have further questions about this initiative.
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