Template Competition Rules

We are running a crowdsourcing competition to create Instant View Templates for news websites and blogs. Everyone is welcome to participate!

The contest will end at 00:00 CET on June 18, 2017.


The goal of the competition is to use Telegram's Instant View Editor to create perfect Instant View templates for as many websites as possible before the contest ends, focusing on our suggested domains list.

For info on how to create templates and what the heck they are, kindly check out our Introduction and Sample Templates.


The first person to submit a fully valid and working template for one of the websites on our list gets $50-100 for each website they conquered ahead of the others.*

The winner will be the person who creates the greatest number of perfect templates (without valid issues) that cover the largest number of domains from our targets list. The winner will be awarded $10,000 in addition to the payout from their individual templates. For the second place, we will award a $5,000 prize on top of the payouts for the individual templates.

How to submit?

You can submit your template to the contest as soon as it covers a sufficient number of articles. Make sure you've enabled Track Changes for at least 10-15 different pages on the target website and all IV pages are generated correctly.

When ready, simply tap Submit to Contest next to a template in My Templates section:

Submit to Contest from My Templates

We strongly recommend that you make sure that your template satisfies all the criteria for a perfect template before you submit. If you revoke your template to make any adjustments and resubmit it later, the template will lose its place at the top of the list. You could still win in case all the templates that were submitted before your fix also have valid issues, but it's better not to take chances.

For the same reason, if you see that your template has some issues, it is best to fix them and resubmit as soon as possible.

Identifying winners

Anyone can check the results (but not the code) of any templates that were submitted for the contest. This means you can take a couple of links and see if a template processes them correctly into perfect Instant View pages (see detailed criteria here).

If you see any issues, report them using the Report Issue button. Click to select and highlight incorrectly parsed blocks in the source page or in the Instant View result and provide a detailed explanation of what is wrong (check the general criteria and detailed rules). The author of the template will be able to see all issues, fix and resubmit their work. Note that it is the date of the latest resubmission that counts for the purposes of determining the winner.

Telegram arbiters will check all issues, accept the valid ones and decline non-issues and duplicates. The earliest submitted perfect template for which no valid issues could be found by the end of the contest wins. (Telegram arbiters will naturally check all the winning templates after the end of the contest to make sure that they were indeed as perfect as they seemed.)

Share the work — share the prize

When a template wins the competition for a particular domain, the users who helped the author to identify and fix issues will get a share of the prize at the end of the contest. We will award $2 per each of the 25 most recently submitted valid issues. This money (up to $50 per winning template) will be deducted from the template author's reward.

This way, if a template wins after other users found many issues with it, the author may get only $50 and the rest will be distributed among their helpers. Authors who submitted perfect templates right away will get the entire $100 for each of their templates when they win.

For operational purposes, payouts to both template makers and their helpers who identified issues start at $200.

Criteria for a good template

To be considered in the competition, the template must fulfill at least these five basic requirements:

1. IVs must only be generated for pages that need them

Instant View pages work best with relatively static articles. Dynamic pages, such as the main page of a news site that contains ever-changing lists of links to new articles, would hardly benefit from the IV treatment.

You must make sure that your template only generates IV pages for articles and does not affect service areas of the website, as well as any other sections unsuitable for IV. You must also make sure that IV pages are not generated for articles that have content that is not supported in IV. If such a page were generated, it would result in unacceptable loss of information (e.g., IV pages currently don‘t support tables — if you generate an IV page for a wiki article with a table, the user won’t see any info from the table in the article).

Your template must have successfully passed automatic checks on at least 10-15 URLs from the target domain. Read more about automatic checks and tracking changes.

2. All essential content must be represented

Your IV page should show the entire text of the article, along with all the headings and subheadings, quotes, cover and other photos, videos, and other kinds of embedded content from the source page.

3. Unnecessary elements must be eliminated

Your IV page must display the pure content of the source. Remove any bits of interface, ads, and any irrelevant embedded content.

4. Template must process any of the pages it covers

Check whether pages with irregular elements are processed correctly. Pay special attention that various types of media, embedded elements, quotes, and separators are all displayed nicely. Check at least 10-15 different links before submitting your template to the competition.

5. No extraneous info may be added

Any attempts to add content that is not present on the original page will lead to the rejection of the template.

It is allowed to assign the username of the official channel of the website that published the article to the channel property. To be considered official, the channel must be named as such by the relevant company or person (on the website itself or on social media).

Perfect Templates

What's listed above are the general guidelines. If you're looking for more precise information on what a perfect template is (and is not), see the Perfect Template Checklist.