I am planning to work some more on my apps tomorrow and get some last minute changes implemented. However, I notice that:

The API Contest winners will be picked the first week of August.

...which includes tomorrow.

Will I be safe working on it tomorrow, or should I be worried about you guys looking over my app while its undergoing maintenance?

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    yes. ambiguous dates are of little value to the intended audience. When is the cutoff for an app or library to be considered? Commented Jul 31, 2010 at 19:53
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    If we have any influence, allow me to request the StackExchange Pantheon take a lazy Sunday. Eat ambrosia, lounge on a cloud, and allow us to put a shine on our stuff one last day :) Commented Jul 31, 2010 at 21:56
  • @Dave: couldn't have put it better myself. Commented Jul 31, 2010 at 22:15

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If your [app] isn't available at the end of the day tomorrow, its not getting considered.

The cutoff is the start of "the first week of August," so you have (roughly) until its August 1st or later across the entire Earth.

  • Do you guys know what day of the week you're judging the apps though? Commented Aug 1, 2010 at 0:47
  • @George - No. How long it takes for us to reach a consensus (and properly vet all the [app]s) is too hard to predict. We've given you a week in which it will happen, it won't get any more precise. Commented Aug 1, 2010 at 1:05
  • @Kevin: Completely NOT out of curiosity: if an app makes it onto the apps tab during Judgement Week, will it be considered, or did it have to make it there prior to Aug 1? Commented Aug 2, 2010 at 13:52
  • Do app updates count? What if I update my app during this week (today), will the update be considered?
    – Felix
    Commented Aug 3, 2010 at 15:22
  • @dave - i don't think that visibility on the apps tab is a criteria. it has been stated that efforts of merit will be considered regardless of popularity, which is the criteria for visibility on the apps tab. Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 21:40
  • @code where have you read "regardless of popularity"? Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 21:48
  • @system - there is a conversation with joel or jeff somewhere in here that talks about it. check joel's or jeff's activity and you will find it. Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 22:02
  • @system - or maybe it was robert. i don't remember and can't seem to find it. It may have been on the blog or on meta. in any case, visibility on apps tab was specifically excluded as a case for exclusion from consideration. Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 23:00
  • @systempuntoout: it states the judging criteria on Jeff's original blog post: "The entire Stack Overflow, Inc team will ultimately decide the winners based on order of awesomeness " It says they'll look at the votes, but it doesn't have to be the "winner" in terms of votes.
    – codeka
    Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 23:13
  • @code: the rules clearly state: "Only applications and libraries/wrappers listed on the apps tab of stackapps.com are eligible for consideration." blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/05/stack-exchange-api-contest Commented Aug 12, 2010 at 0:27
  • @dave - yeah, yeah, rules schmules. codeka found the conversation i alluded to. Commented Aug 12, 2010 at 0:53
  • @Dave: yes, your app/lib needs to be listed on the app tab, but the judging criteria is not related to your position on there. You could be #100 and still win if the judges believe your app/library is the most "awesome".
    – codeka
    Commented Aug 12, 2010 at 3:35

6 - 8 weeks

source of metrics


Looks like the judging's done!

Here's the current site-wide status/notification bar message:

API contest results have been decided, results to be published tomorrow.

UPDATE: We just passed midnight UTC time! If that notice was based on the same timezone that the whole Stack Exchange network uses, we should expect the results within the next 24 hours.

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    So much for getting sleep tonight! Commented Aug 13, 2010 at 1:11
  • Haha, I don't really know when "tomorrow" is to be honest. It's already lunchtime friday for me. That probably means the middle of the night. Not that I'm holding by breath, others have done far more outstanding apps than me ;) Commented Aug 13, 2010 at 1:21
  • @Far: ...and me. And it's Thursday evening where I am. Commented Aug 13, 2010 at 3:34
  • Thursday evening here as well and I'm waiting with bated breath to discover how the StackExchange Pantheon defines "awesomeness." I give my app(s) 5% chance of being in the top 3 (but I'll take it!) :) Commented Aug 13, 2010 at 4:20
  • If the winners are already decided why are they torturing us with this wait until "tomorrow"? Especially when we don't know what "tomorrow" means!!
    – Felix
    Commented Aug 13, 2010 at 11:25
  • @felix, it takes some time to draft a blog post i guess.
    – jjnguy
    Commented Aug 14, 2010 at 1:55
  • @felix refer to my comment on the other thread about the whole "tomorrow" thing. In case you don't want to go look, I'll say it again. Tomorrow is tomorrow, then when it's tomorrow it's really today, so it'll be released tomorrow, then when it's tomorrow, it's really today, so it'll be released tomorrow... you catch my drift?
    – Matt S.
    Commented Aug 14, 2010 at 3:06

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