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General Description

The Firefox Support Video Contest is a project aiming to make using video screencasts for the majority of the knowledge base articles. This will result in better support for our Firefox users. A nice side-effect of this project is that both the community (our potential contributors) and the end-users will become more aware of

The contest will be announced on the SUMO blog, the Mozilla blog, SFX, and personal blogs. We will also keep the attention up by continuously blogging about the status of the contest.

Overall Goals

  • Get at least 50 screencasts for the Knowledge Base articles.
  • Define a quality standard for how to use screencasts in our articles.
  • Make better known to our community and users.

The Plan


The contest website should have a start page, showing a description of the contest, a large "Participate" button, and, preferably, a short list of recent/featured submissions to show what we're looking for.

We should start by making a few videos ourselves (meaning people at Mozilla) first and present that on the contest site as examples of what we're looking for. "This is what we made ourselves when playing around with the screencast software. You think you can do better than this?"

For this contest, we will not host the videos anywhere ourselves. We will instead recommend people to either use, which is an awesome, free application to create and upload screencasts on their server, or to host the videos on e.g. YouTube or their personal servers.

The page design can be kept simple by reusing the existing style. We basically just need a few divs and maybe one or two graphical buttons.

Prizes? T-shirts, fatheads, etc. We could have different types of prizes, e.g. "Most creative video," "most informative," etc. Suggestion to give something to anyone who submits a video that ends up in the knowledge base.

Needs decision

  • how can we make this interesting? (purpose, framing, prizes, etc)
    • a fun and creative way of helping mozilla with firefox support
    • creative freedom -- we shouldn't restrict people aside from the general guidelines above
  • legal/rules of contest
    • Seth working with legal
  • prizes (everyone that ends up on website gets t-shirt; grand prize for the best)

Action items

  • create SFX project/microsite
  • create a few videos ourselves to show what we're after
  • blog about it, obviously
  • decide on contest period
    • this depends on the required work to prepare the sfx microsite
  • decide on judges
    • whole marketing team + seth + interns?
  • figure out how to include videos in kb articles (placement, infrastructure, etc)
    • not required for Q2


  • legal approval -- DUE DATE: April 15
  • create site on Spread Firefox
  • blogging or PR schedule -- DUE DATE: April 15
  • seth may blog something before
  • investigate possibilities and write PRD -- DUE DATE: April 15
  • transfer white board idea to Sfx DUE DATE: April 15 to May 15
  • possible dates for contest mid-May to mid-June
  • winners determined by June 30

SFx Micros Site

  • static pages with information
    • purpose of contest
    • rules / legal
    • guidelines
      • recommend Flash, but not full-screen. viewable on regular screen, small file size
      • recommend Jing, but let them use whatever software
      • we cannot host software, so make it clear that entrants need to host it elsewhere
      • limit dimensions to 640x480, to reduce both screen size requirement and download size
      • avoid full-screen (full-desktop) videos unless needed for the purpose of the video
      • focus on specific tasks or problems (e.g. don't create one video covering e.g. how to use tabs and the download manager)
  • jslater might have an old microsite laying around that we can reuse for this, saving lots of time
  • David puts up content during contest (clear with Catherine)
  • David and Seth do some joke time videos

Technical Requirements

We can either do it the simple way, or the cool way. Therefore, this document contains the minimum requirements as well as optional, extra requirements.

Minimum requirements

  • A main contest page with
    • A project description
    • A large button to participate in the contest with e.g. the text "Create your own videos!"
    • Two or three "featured" submissions. We could handle this manually by editing the page. (Lucy pointed out that this might not be possible for legal reasons)
    • (See simple mockup of page [1])
  • A submission form for contest participants with the following fields:
    • Name
    • E-mail address
    • URL/title of article the screencast is for.
    • URL of the actual screencast.
  • A simple list of submissions so far. Depending on legal stuff, could be linking directly to the video URL (or even embed it on the page and only show 10 videos at the time).

Extra requirements

These are things that would make the site more interactive and cool, but probably not feasible.

  • A way to connect the list of available articles with the submissions. So, instead of just providing the name/url of the article chosen, the user would pick from a drop-down list of article, or choose "Other/None of the above".
    • Would make it possible to see how many videos have been submitted for each article.
    • We could use this to say e.g. "Article x has no submissions so far. By choosing an article with no other submitted videos, you increase the chance of your video getting accepted."
  • A way to pick a "featured submission" so it automatically appears on the start page.