Idea: Run a contest
Ok so we launched on 10.10.10 to coincide with the release of 11.10. The 12.10 release is on 18 October, so if we run a contest from 10 October (our 2 year anniversary) to 24 October it gives us almost exactly one week before and one week after the release of 12.10, which means the timing is pretty excellent to prep for the incoming onslaught and subsequent follow up.
Let's wiki the SU contest and mod it in place to meet our needs! I think we should also add in the cleanup aspects from Unix/linux and our cleanup weeks to add a more maintenance element to it:
There are 3 levels of prizes:
(This is from the SU contest, and obviously SE themselves will pick the prizes so I'll just leave this here for reference:
- Level 1 Prize: An official Ask Ubuntu T-Shirt (valued at $15) – 19 awards
- Level 2 Prize: $35 worth of Ask Ubuntu Swag from the official SE store – 6 awards
- Level 3 Prize: $100 worth of Hardware/Software from an online tech retailer, or SU swag from the SE store. (Can be a combination from
both stores) – 8 awards
- The Grand Prize: $250 worth of Hardware/Software from an online tech retailer, or AU swag from the SE store. (Can be a combination from
Ideas for Contest Categories:
- The Top Guns: The top three, in order of the best performance in raw reputation earned. One Level 1, 2, and 3 prize awarded.
- The Quality-not-Quantity Squad: The people with the most amount of Nice Answer badges in the contest period, "Answer score of 10 or more". One Level 1, 2,and 3 prize awarded.
- The Upcoming Editor: The top three users gaining the most reputation from suggested edits, as measured by our database mining monkeys. Users with more than 3 rejected edits are disqualified. Three Level 1 prizes awarded.
- The Editors: The top three most useful editors as measured by ???? Candidates are selected from the top 20 editors for the time period of the contest. They must have at least 15 non-trivial edits. One Level 1, 2, and 3 prize.
- The Crap Cleaners: The top three community cleaners who have the most combined valid flags, close votes cast, edits as judged by our database mining monkeys. One Level 1, 2, and 3 prize.
- The Reviewers: Top reviewers in First Posts, Low Quality Posts, and Late Answers (review tasks) as judged by our database mining monkeys. One Level 1, 2, and 3 prize.
- The Social Butterflies: Top shared questions on social networks via views. (Is it possible to measure how many views a person has shared as an aggregate? Some way we can basically encourage people to share the content on the site?)
Finally, there are a few general rules to be eligible for the contest:
You must have a registered Ask Ubuntu account in good standing, with a valid email address, to be eligible.
Contest open to every man, woman, and child (over 13, as per our TOS) on planet Earth, except those men, women, or children living in places where contests like this are somehow illegal — or the relevant contest laws in your jurisdiction are so obnoxious that awarding the prize becomes impractical.
Ask Ubuntu Moderators and Judges of any kind are not eligible to win, because they will be judging parts of the contest. But they won’t be left out in the cold, either: we’ll be sending our community mods a little thank you prize as well, for everything they’ve done. You guys rock!
You cannot win more than one prize; however, if you win two Level 1 prizes, you may upgrade to a single Level 2 prize, and if you win prizes of different levels, you will be awarded the highest prize, and the runner up will receive the unclaimed prize.
If you live in an area of the world where it is logistically impossible for us to get your prize to you — like, say, because your nearest computer hardware store is 3000 nautical miles away — we’ll do our best to work with you and make it happen.
We will try to be as fair as possible, but all of our judgments are final and binding.