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Recipe For Awesome

Posted by 55555 , Apr 06 2009 · 60 views

Okay, so one of the things I like best about BZP, is it's contests.

I would like two things to enhance the contest experience on BZP:
MORE
At regular intervals (So we will know when the next contest will be.)

I also believe that having more contests would have five effects:
More winners (here would obviously be more winners if there were more contests. ANd who's going to leave BZP after they've won a contest on here?)
Increased site activity (Contests always generate a significant boost in individual forum activity, so if you had more contests in various forums, it would boost overall site activity)
Increased membership (People LOVE contests. They love suspense, the y love looking at the other entries, the idea of winning, and the prizes if applicable. So I think it would push many mere guests, into being full fledged members, and perhaps Premier Members eventually. That's why me and my bro signed up orginally.)
Increased competitiveness (Everyone becomes better at everything with practice, and that's what would happen if there were more contests)
Longer individual member activity (I think that more contests would keep more "Dark ages" members on the site)

Negatives:

Dramatically increased staff workload (All contests come with a significantly heavier staff workload. Answering questions, coding entry lists, coding polls, etc.)

So, I have come up with a rough calendar, which I think would do all the above listed things:

May: BBC | SS
Jun: RPG | BBC
July: S&T | AC
Aug: BBC | SS
Sep: RPG | BBC
Oct: EC | AC
Nov: BBC | SS
Dec: RPG | BBC
Jan: S&T | AC
Feb: BBC | SS
Mar: RPG | BBC
Apr: EC | AC

Interesting, no? Anyway, that would be amazing if it actually happened.

Let comments, discussion, and chaos ensue....

55555

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ChocolateFrogs
Apr 06 2009 10:51 AM
You do have an interesting proposal.

I can't say much about the calendar. There are 8 BBCCs, which might be good, but would probably only give a 2 week break between each contest. Everything else seems to be staggered on a four or two month month pattern, which is probably fine. Also, I think S&T contests would be rarer though, as don't those come up when Greg F/LEGO says we can write a part of the story? We've only had a few, right?

Ultimately I must say this: Putting on contests are hard. The Staff have their own lives to enjoy and their own forums to keep straight. Though they do get help, contests are taxing.

-CF
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QUOTE(ChocolateFrogs @ Apr 6 2009, 06:21 AM)
You do have an interesting proposal.

I can't say much about the calendar. There are 8 BBCCs, which might be good, but would probably only give a 2 week break between each contest. Everything else seems to be staggered on a four or two month month pattern, which is probably fine. Also, I think S&T contests would be rarer though, as don't those come up when Greg F/LEGO says we can write a part of the story? We've only had a few, right?

Ultimately I must say this: Putting on contests are hard. The Staff have their own lives to enjoy and their own forums to keep straight. Though they do get help, contests are taxing.

-CF

I was thinking about the dramatic increase in the staff workload, but I forgot to include it.

Yeah, now that you phrase it that way there do seem to be too many BBCCs on the calendar. Not that it wouldn't be awesome. S&T winners are not always certified canon. Actually, I think they all were until the recent S&T #5... But one every six months shouldn't be too bad for Bones. Thanks. smile.gif

55555
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Meh I only cared about BBC's before and well... yeah...
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At regular intervals (So we will know when the next contest will be.)

BBCs almost always start at the beginning of the month, and RPGs happen every three months, so there's a little schedule there. Dunno about other forum contests.

S&Ts pretty much only happen when there's a good idea for one and Greg is kk with it, so putting them on a schedule doesn't seem like a good idea to me...

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ANd who's going to leave BZP after they've won a contest on here?)

Lots of people have, lots of people will.

BtB
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The problem of prizes.
In a BBCC, or an AC, people usually expect discontinued sets, Kanohi, or Prototypes for prizes, but eventually the staff will run out. Sure, they can just pull a #52, but look at the response. It wouldn't be good.
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QUOTE(Ghost Rider @ Apr 6 2009, 04:44 PM)
The problem of prizes.
In a BBCC, or an AC, people usually expect discontinued sets, Kanohi, or Prototypes for prizes, but eventually the staff will run out. Sure, they can just pull a #52, but look at the response. It wouldn't be good.

Well, that happens quite a bit. It's not that bad to get a Premier Membership and some posts. smile.gif


QUOTE(Lighter Than Some @ Apr 6 2009, 04:36 PM)
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At regular intervals (So we will know when the next contest will be.)

BBCs almost always start at the beginning of the month, and RPGs happen every three months, so there's a little schedule there. Dunno about other forum contests.

S&Ts pretty much only happen when there's a good idea for one and Greg is kk with it, so putting them on a schedule doesn't seem like a good idea to me...

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ANd who's going to leave BZP after they've won a contest on here?)

Lots of people have, lots of people will.

BtB


Yeah, BBC's do usually start at the beginning of the month, but you never know what months they're going to start on, and which months they wouldn't. That's true about RPG's, and I've continued that in the schedule.

Hm, maybe S&T's shouldn't be scheduled. But even if this was adopted then Bones would get final word on it, and he knows best.

True. Cajun for one. Schizo for another.

55555
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QUOTE(Ghost Rider @ Apr 6 2009, 09:14 PM)
The problem of prizes.
In a BBCC, or an AC, people usually expect discontinued sets, Kanohi, or Prototypes for prizes, but eventually the staff will run out. Sure, they can just pull a #52, but look at the response. It wouldn't be good.


About the #52 incident, I dont get the point. The fact that I could participate in #75 is a good enough prize for me, but no.

That would be a good idea, but you cant really put schedules on things, or else bad things happen.
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