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Monthly Giveaway

Thu May 23, 2013 10:48 am

Folks, I am starting a monthly giveaway on the site to promote participation and reward contributions to the community. Here's how I think it's going to work:

-The top contributor each month can pick from any item from the 'prize table'
-The prize table consists of items from the site swag store and donated items from site sponsors
-Each forum post counts as 1 contribution, each published blog post counts as 50
-1 prize per person per 12 months

I need to write a bit of code to keep track of contributions. I'll also start hitting up sponsors for prizes for the prize table.

I'd like to hear what you guys think. Cool and worthwhile or meh? Anything you'd like to add or change?

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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Thu May 23, 2013 11:33 am

1 prize per person per 12/month seems a bit of a long time as there are probably a dozen or so regular contributors.

prize table probably need to be filled up gradually or rather than all at once, or replenished periodically, so all the "good" stuff doesn't go in the first 3 months.

keep the things on the prize table a secret? only you and the winners know what's on there, and since winners cant win again so soon they won't be able to pick up another great prize. ( this benfits your argument for not being able to win again so soon)

anywho, if you look at other networking "cisco" related forums, this place is very active.

so if I write a blog, do I get credit at the time of submission or the time it's posted public? I wouldn't want to get to contribute prior to my blog was posted so I could win top contributor.

what constitutes a "contribution" if I post a question, or if I respond with "valuable" information to a question.
me thinks that initial questions may be worth 2 contributions and reponses 1 contribution, but that makes me
feel like there would be lots of new threads.

ph, well I've said enough, apologies if I've made this more complicated that it's supposed to be.
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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Thu May 23, 2013 11:42 am

ristau5741 wrote:what constitutes a "contribution" if I post a question, or if I respond with "valuable" information to a question.
my initial thoughts came to this too. How is one to determine, programmaticly, that a question or answer is "valuable"? If there isn't a difference made between valuable and just another post, then there is a good possibility that the system will be gamed and users will post as much as possible.
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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Thu May 23, 2013 11:45 am

mynd wrote:
ristau5741 wrote:what constitutes a "contribution" if I post a question, or if I respond with "valuable" information to a question.
my initial thoughts came to this too. How is one to determine, programmaticly, that a question or answer is "valuable"? If there isn't a difference made between valuable and just another post, then there is a good possibility that the system will be gamed and users will post as much as possible.



welcome mynd,

I don't think I've yet welcomed you to the board...
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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Thu May 23, 2013 11:48 am

ristau5741 wrote:welcome mynd,

I don't think I've yet welcomed you to the board...
thank you sir! Been here a while, but only recently been a more active participant


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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Thu May 23, 2013 11:53 am

mynd wrote:
ristau5741 wrote:welcome mynd,

I don't think I've yet welcomed you to the board...
thank you sir! Been here a while, but only recently been a more active participant


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now that we've probably ruined Steve's great idea.....back to our show....
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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Thu May 23, 2013 1:26 pm

I WUHNA WIN! lmao!!! ;)
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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Thu May 23, 2013 1:44 pm

Great idea Steve!!

ristau5741 has some good points but I think it can work. Maybe exclude areas of the forum that are not Tech related such as the lobby and New member Intro. This will keep out a fair amount of the chit-chat.

I think to get a draw you need to advertise the prizes being given away but as mentioned you have the issue of all the good ones picked early. Maybe you introduce a big prize every 3 months or so keeping the interest fresh.
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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Thu May 23, 2013 2:28 pm

time to make 50 new accounts, can we have a "spam here for prizes" area?, or do multiple accounts count tword the 1 person's goals, if that's the case I think one of the winners will be the guy who is spamming the board with "download movies" websites :-P

sorry for the smart-aleck response.. I couldn't help it. But I do think this will be fun :-)
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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Thu May 23, 2013 2:46 pm

Is it time to add a 'like' or 'answer' button?

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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Thu May 23, 2013 4:02 pm

michoudi wrote:Is it time to add a 'like' or 'answer' button?

I hate those buttons...

Just my two cents :D
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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Thu May 23, 2013 8:56 pm

top_contributors_this_month.php

Coding complete. Potential donators contacted.

No like button or anything like that and I won't likely limit forum posts to certain forums.

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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Fri May 24, 2013 8:16 am

Dennis with IPv6Buddy has agreed to a permanent/indefinite place on the prize table. Emails still out to a few other folks.

I'll try to get everything in order so we can start this officially in June.

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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Fri May 24, 2013 8:25 am

This should definitely help make the community more active in a good way.

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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Fri May 24, 2013 7:56 pm

that1guy15 wrote:
michoudi wrote:Is it time to add a 'like' or 'answer' button?

I hate those buttons...

Just my two cents :D


If there were a 'like' button, I'd consider clicking it for above post.

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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Wed May 29, 2013 9:13 am

Steve, what kind of sponsors do you have?
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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Wed May 29, 2013 10:05 am

williamtyrell78 wrote:Steve, what kind of sponsors do you have?


You looking that gift horse in the mouth?

IPv6Buddy and working out the details with Cisco Press.

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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Wed May 29, 2013 12:22 pm

No you take my post the wrong way! I am impressed to see the sponsorship that this site has! That is what I was intending! I was curious just who supports you, and the site... so I can support them!
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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:32 am

should also give bonus points for reporting SPAM
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Re: Monthly Giveaway

Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:34 am

or the most creative reply to span before its deleted.
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