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dwirch

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Site contest for registered users

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I've been trying think of a way to encourage participation in this site, and I think I came up with a way. A monthly contest!

At the end of each month, a snapshot of the content within the site will be taken. Based on the participation in various areas of the site, points will be awarded, as shown in the table below.

Approved Article10
Approved Comment3
Forum Post5
Forum Reply3
Question Post3
Question Answer2
Best Answer3

Now, what fun would it be if someone could just make random, junk posts, and get the prize at the end of the month? It wouldn't be any fun at all. Since this site is pretty much fully moderated, all content will be reviewed before becoming visible or counting for the contest. Obvious junk posts will be hidden, removed, or discounted from the contest.

What is junk content?

C'mon. You should know this.

  • One word comments, posts, or answers
  • Off-topic comments, posts or answers
  • Spam

Basically, don't attempt to game the system. It's pretty obvious, and your entry will be discounted from the monthly contest.

One other thing. This contest is only open to registered users. That's not because I want to harvest email addresses or anything like that. Since the prize will be electronically transferrable (think gift certificate or card), I need to have a good way of sending that to you, like an email address. So make sure your info is correct.

Also, moderators and admins are not eligible.

I'll be spending some time this weekend getting the plumbing hooked up for the contest functionality, and it should be active by February 1. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to drop me a message through the PM system, or via the contact form.

Good luck, and may the best person win.

dwirch

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The monthly contest for February 2016 is now active! See the Leaderboard for more info. 

Note: I've already noticed one bug in the leaderboard. The query that is building the display is getting information for all entries by recent users, rather than just this months entries. I'll get it fixed this evening. Sorry for the inconvenience.

dwirch

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The bug in the leaderboard display has been repaired, and displayed data is accurate.  

Sorry for any inconvenience or confusion.

dwirch

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Well, the first contest completed, and we had a winner.  I was honestly hoping for more participation, though. Here's hoping that the March contest brings more participation.

dwirch

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Rossy65 was crowned with the winner for March, who has won a $5.00 Amazon gift card.  

Not to take away from the win, but I was hoping for more participation.  As traffic increases, so does revenue, which means prizes will get bigger.

We'll try it for one more month, and see how it goes.

dwirch

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May 2016  will be the last of the monthly points contest. I had hoped there would be more participation, but apparently free stuff isn't enough incentive. 

As of this post, there are still four days left in the month, so get your points while you can.  Maybe you can win the last prize for the foreseeable future.

I'll be leaving the leaderboard pages and functionality in place, in the event that the contest resurfaces at some point. Maybe if there is demand. No further prizes will be awarded after the conclusion of the May 2016 contest.

If you have any questions or comments about this, please feel free to contact me via PM or by using the Contact Us link at the top of the page.

dwirch

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The contest over. The winner of the May contest has been notified.

There won't be any further contests, unless there is a demand for it.

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