Now that you mention it... "unfair" is quite right... especially considering:
- My one line of JS in my example - <body onload="window.location='#about'"> - was stripped from my submission, yet the augmented content was left in for judges to view...
It's unfair specifically because it was not treated the same way as other "disallowed" content. Had the contest been fair, the additional content should have been stripped out, too, and those submissions judged sans-augmentation rather than just being a deduction of points.
Just my 2 cents... I happened to break the "no content" rule, too... so I don't feel burned by it at all, but I feel it was a silly rule. The contest runners should think about their rules carefully for future contests... don't say something is "not allowed" if it's merely a negative... say it's "frowned upon".
In all, I feel like the rules were too restrictive in some areas and too loose in others, and ultimately forced people to go make their own fonts in order to place better. Typography flexibility in CSS3 is not about making your own fonts to circumvent the use of graphics... that's in my opinion not the spirit of the contest, and those who did that shouldn't have been awarded points for it... only a few entries that I can think of used typography well, the way it was intended - mine (in my logo and tag line) Hueij's (logo and titles) and Yuri's (throughout his design, minus the fb and twitter logos which I feel were a hack). The point of the contest (in my opinion) was to see how attractive a website could be created sans-images. An image of a fish made using fonts is still an image. Get me? Again, not complaining... I just feel the spirit of the contest was lost in focus on markup and circumvention of the rules with the single hole allowed.
I also feel that more weight should have been put on aesthetics... a "markup" contest where design has some weight has not nearly as much real-world significance as a "design" contest where markup has some weight. I think it's a tragedy that some of the best designed submissions were not in the top 5 - bad markup or not... if they followed the spirit of the contest and didn't completely hack things up, they deserved to place. Also, I think it's a tragedy that Pikacsu placed... even though I feel it's the best designed entry in the whole contest and is my favorite overall, it circumvented the rules and didn't follow the spirit of the contest, ultimately using images in a no-images contest.
Again, just my 2 cents...