i'm really thinking that the size dimensions should stay the same, but there WILL be a bit more leniancy than what was offered earlier.
animated signatues are still a no-no in my mind... as i think that an animated signature is nearly a completely different breed than an un-animated one, and including both into a contest would not be fair. especially since people who use paint.net and other 3rd party software(software other than photoshop rather) wouldn't have an opportunity to submit anything animated. gotta keep things as fair as possible, while not completely nazi-tizing everything.
without question anything innapropriate should not be entered, for obvious reasons.
SOTW was closed earlier because moderation was a "bit" shorthanded, and flaming and the like was getting much too out of hand. us moderators aren't here to handle EVERY single little confrontation, not in my opinion should we be handing out warnings for miniscule things. it's deciding the line between everything that makes things much too complicated, thus SOTW was closed and discontinued for the above reasons.
rules govern everything, if there wasn't rules nothing would work - but at the same time too many rules can create trouble, and people rebel. while the new SOTW rules WILL be more leniant, there is no chance that rules are just going to be removed. the rules that i've come up with, in my opinion, level things off for everyone - and will help people using "other software" still have a fighting chance. the previous rules did more than just protect everyone's feelings, they protected them to the point where anything deemed "out of line" would be taken upon with a sharp scolding and a warning. finding the perfect line is what we've got to work on, so for now i think we'll stick with the current rules i've posted above - and we'll go from there.
i know i'm coming off maybe a bit strong in this post, but i'm just letting everyone know that all the previous flaming and everything that had gone on in the past is not tolerated, and if it happens again things will be put into motion. i know this hasn't happened yet but: please don't argue with the moderators, give suggestions(as you have been doing) and things will be thought about.
hopefully this cleared some things up for people - i'm starting the SOTW now!