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I want to change this for next month

This is a discussion on I want to change this for next month within the RVO's OrchidTalk Contest Winners! forums, part of the And the Winner Is... category; Yes, I'm afraid people may start posting junk....

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    Yes, I'm afraid people may start posting junk.

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    I strongly support a random drawing over the proposed option. I really would hate to see members writing junk or one-liners just to accrue more posts.

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    I was under the assumption that ALL the people that post 5 messages were eligable....not just new people. LJA would you clear this up for me?

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    pretty_bug: click here

    if you read the second line, it clearly says that new registrants are eligible....sorry.

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    oh, yeah...

    i also think that the random drawing thing is better.

    is anyone tallying up the votes?

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    Thanks for the feedback!

    My motivation for the proposed rule change was to get more members to speak up more often, so that we could get away from the "ok I posted my 5, let's see if I win" attitude. There would have had to have been a rule somewhere that messages consisting of "this is a message huhuhuhuhuh" and the like wouldn't count.

    But that would have been a real pain in the derriere to implement, and I didn't think about that when I suggested the change.

    So thanks for bringing the problems to my attention! I think we definitely want to have quality over quantity because that *is* what makes this place cool, and there's enough spam to sift through at other places; we certainly don't need to encourage that mess in here.

    So the rules will stay as they are. I'm glad you all said something.

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    You're really giving away some primo plants, guys. June's prize looks awesome.

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    Thanks, PAGrower! Hopefully they'll entice people to join and stay!

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    I know where your going, Louis, but I don't know the right way to get there. I wish there was a way to say the new members that are active, contributing members are put into the drawing. That would include the newbies that need help and the season pro's with words of wisdom to share. I love this place and the people that come here, and I'd love to see us grow. I don't want spam, but I don't want people who only post 5 times so they qualify and then never come back.

    However, I did come here because I saw Pete's post about the free plant contest while surfing ****************** and I liked it so much I stayed, plant or no plant. Maybe our sparkling personalities and witty posts will be enough to keep new people around

    Lisa

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    I guess that means we need to maintain our sparkling wit lol!

    Seriously though, you make a good point about seasoned veterans and people posting their requisite 5 and then bailing if they don't win. There's got to be a good way to keep the contest as an incentive for new folks to join, but somehow incorporate an incentive to increase retention and motivate folks to keep posting Other than two contests , I'm not sure how to do that, so if anyone has any ideas....

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