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Unread postAuthor: rp181 » Tue May 20, 2008 10:47 pm

i agree with the checking of membership date, as well as IP checks, some people would do anything for $100.
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Unread postAuthor: mega_swordman » Wed May 21, 2008 12:48 am

I have two questions at the moment. The first is: when is the competition planned for? Start and approximate end date.

Secondly: If this competition goes through, will PCGuy make a front page announcement/ thread like the last competition. i would just like to have some sort of link on the front page to keep track of these things. (Perhaps there should be a news bar on the right side of the main page, but that is to be discussed on another page)

I certainly would like to join this if it goes through (and I get off my butt and do stuff). I have an interesting idea that may work I would really like to try it out. This may be what I need to get motivated.
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Unread postAuthor: Lentamentalisk » Wed May 21, 2008 1:09 am

There would definately need to be some sort of entrance fee or price scaling, so that some people cant just get in with paying $1 while others get no advantage of paying $30.

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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Wed May 21, 2008 1:21 am

Maybe you could pay advertisment or something on the front page. Nothing big, but say donations over $20 get a mention and link with the contest on the front page.
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Unread postAuthor: MaxuS the 2nd » Wed May 21, 2008 2:28 am

An entry fee would increase the jackpot if you win, but would probably turn away many people (you know how cheap we all are).

I like Crowley's idea.
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Unread postAuthor: trollhameran » Wed May 21, 2008 2:30 am

Do you think a mod could sticky this nearer the time when its going to happen, so that people can still find the thread when it starts to die down abit
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Wed May 21, 2008 3:22 am

If it does go ahead, there'll be an offical thread i'd believe.
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Unread postAuthor: TwitchTheAussie » Wed May 21, 2008 5:32 pm

An official start and end date would be best. As for the cash we'l have to wait for PCGUY to decide if we hold one or not. I think though that we should also have a section for the basic designs as well.
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Unread postAuthor: Carlman » Wed May 21, 2008 8:07 pm

PCGUY wrote:Umm guys do NOT send any money. What are you thinking? We are just discussing the possibility of a contest and you start sending money when you don't even know what the contest is, when it is, or if there will even be one? If there is one, it wouldn't be over till many months from now.


exactly why i have not sent any money yet..
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Unread postAuthor: PCGUY » Thu May 22, 2008 8:33 am

The last contest had a post quota of sorts. Do we want to do the same thing again? Or a membership date deadline? This way, it can help stop double entries and other unethical behavior.

Yes, for any official contest I perform LOTS of checks to ensure "fishy business" isn't going on.

I think the contest shoule be for the best all-around cannon. Ingenuity would be a part of it. Make a rubic for scoring, something like this:
Ingenuity: 1-10 pts
Paint/finish: 1-10 pts
Power: 1-10 pts
Size: 1-10 pts
Overall aesthetics/design: 1-10 pts
% of popular vote: 1-50 pts

Popular vote would not be winner takes all, but your point total would be a representative of the % of votes you received out of all votes cast. The other items would be judged by a panel, like the mods. The average score from each other area would be assigned an appropriate point value. The cannon with the highest number of points wins!

This is one way that we can "shoot" for a fair contest that includes all members as well as makes it not so much a popularity contest, but has some specific guidelines/criteria.

I like this idea, I think we should use something very similar to this rubric to make the contest more broad and fair. I also like the idea of an entry fee, so distribution of fees for everyone is equal.

We will continue discussion until the "Favorite gun on the site " election is over (June 1st). After that, we will see about making some official dates and decisions.
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Unread postAuthor: starman » Thu May 22, 2008 11:41 am

PCGUY wrote:Umm guys do NOT send any money. What are you thinking? We are just discussing the possibility of a contest and you start sending money when you don't even know what the contest is, when it is, or if there will even be one? If there is one, it wouldn't be over till many months from now.


Pimp, a mod, offered to pool some cash for this. I trust him to hold the money until the contest completes, else I wouldn't have send it to him. I also trust that if for some reason the contest doesn't go forward, he will Paypal the money back to the donors.
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Unread postAuthor: PCGUY » Thu May 22, 2008 1:07 pm

starman wrote:
PCGUY wrote:Umm guys do NOT send any money. What are you thinking? We are just discussing the possibility of a contest and you start sending money when you don't even know what the contest is, when it is, or if there will even be one? If there is one, it wouldn't be over till many months from now.


Pimp, a mod, offered to pool some cash for this. I trust him to hold the money until the contest completes, else I wouldn't have send it to him. I also trust that if for some reason the contest doesn't go forward, he will Paypal the money back to the donors.


Understood, but still why send money before anything is even decided yet? It's like paying for a used car you haven't even seen yet.

I have asked Pimpmann22 to return the money until we have something official and set.
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Unread postAuthor: starman » Thu May 22, 2008 3:40 pm

PCGUY wrote:Understood, but still why send money before anything is even decided yet? It's like paying for a used car you haven't even seen yet.

I have asked Pimpmann22 to return the money until we have something official and set.


I didn't expect anything return for my donation except that a decent prize be available for the contest at large. If the best gun that came out of the contest was a gold-plated spitball straw, then so be it... :wink:

Pimp's got the $$ heading back my way...it's all good. :)
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Unread postAuthor: TwitchTheAussie » Thu May 22, 2008 5:01 pm

PCGUY wrote:Understood, but still why send money before anything is even decided yet? It's like paying for a used car you haven't even seen yet.


Theres a problem with that? It just makes buying all the more interesting. Also while the entry fee is a good idea to stop shenanigans some of us can't really pay or have paypal (me included :( ) Maybe we could have a spudbux limit on the entrants instead or post limit. Say noone that doesn't have less than 150 posts cant enter.
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Unread postAuthor: MaxuS the 2nd » Thu May 22, 2008 5:17 pm

Like last year then, but then wasn't there the problem of people posting random crapola in order to boost their post count up?
Maybe the date a member joined or something to that effect..
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