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#1
i think that incentives are a great idea to welcome and keep people on hotukdeals!

i mentioned recently that the posting of 'new' freebies (with actual working links and in date!!) could be a good incentive...

also, maybe a prize draw and one gift for just one member?

or perhaps a few prize draws - one for members over so many posts... one gift for best new freebie advertised etc
#2
The prize draw's a good idea. Have one really good prize and enter people who've made 30 genuine posts including at least 5 new freebies in the month. People who post more could have an extra entry for each multiple of 30 posts, so someone posting 60 times gets 2 entries in the draw. Would reward people who post more without being too much of an incentive for people just to post to make a higher total.
#3
great idea jcat!
#4
Im not so sure that a prize draw incentive is going to work... as the gamble of getting something doesnt feel as good a carrot dangler as the present guaranteed gift system...

I do think that posts should have to 'EARN' a point though & not simply count as a qualifying post regardless of its nature... that should put some off of wasting time doing volumn rubbish/dupe posts... maybe a clear visible warning system for consistant offenders making all their months points null & void if they reach max... maybe if their was a way to view points earnt would be nice...

I do also think that points should not count for for posts prior to that month too... not like it did with this months incentive...

I guess there needs to be something setup though for members who introduce new members, maybe some form of points incentive again...

I suppose if their were a few different gifts worth differing amounts of points each. qualifying members could choose from whats available... that way someone could continue throughout the month to save up! as opposed to someone reaches the stated amount for a set gift & from their the incentive ceases...! Maybe then, could any unused points rollover, that way you wouldnt have to choose from that selection...

Anyway... thats enough of me just rambling on... :D:D:D
[admin]#5
Thanks for the thoughts so far :) I agree that I think a guaranteed reward is much more stimulating than the possibility of winning something. However as has been noted this is problematic as the site get bigger to control the people who just fly through posting crap.

I don't want to get too complicated but what about having negative points for people who have their posts deleted or locked? That's tough to keep track of though. I'm thinking of maybe offering extra incentive for posting original deals so maybe if we make the incentive only for original deals/freebies the threat of deletion = no post = no incentive points?
#6
LoneCrusader
I do also think that points should not count for for posts prior to that month too... not like it did with this months incentive...

I think they should (not mine just coz I've posted a few :roll:) but for those that have worked hard to make the site as it is now!

I think a prize or incentive for each forum is a good idea. Something appropriate for the particular forum winner(s)

"Best Hot Deal(s)"
"Best Freebie(s)"
"Best Helpful Tip(s) Or Advice"
"Best Suggestion(s)
"Best Content Of Post(s)" - Like "usefulness" or "character" or "Discussion" for example, to encourage people not to just post links or one word replies.

I agree that there should be a few rewards, not just one prize overall. Maybe around 10 per forum?

Obviously, you can't guarantee the ever growing numer of members will get a physical reward. I should think it would lessen the value or quality of the incentive if that was the case.

I think the total of posts per day should be limited still, as not every member can be on here a lot of the time. Lower but quality posts would then still count.
#7
rayman
LoneCrusader
I do also think that points should not count for for posts prior to that month too... not like it did with this months incentive...

I think they should (not mine just coz I've posted a few :roll:) but for those that have worked hard to make the site as it is now!


Well, if you really insist... I dont really mind... :D:D:D
Ive done around 570-ish in a month alone... (3 nov-2 Dec) :D
#8
LoneCrusader
rayman
LoneCrusader
I do also think that points should not count for for posts prior to that month too... not like it did with this months incentive...

I think they should (not mine just coz I've posted a few :roll:) but for those that have worked hard to make the site as it is now!


Well, if you really insist... I dont really mind... :D:D:D
Ive done around 570-ish in a month alone... (3 nov-2 Dec) :D

I know you have!

But I think yours shouldn't count anyway coz you stay up all night looking + posting :lol:
#9
maybe link with a user moderation system, i.e all posts voted over 3 starts count towards. default of 1. ways to abuse so we'll need to arm the moderators with sticks. Id recommend a good solid Quarterstaff be issued to each Moderator :)

This would probably require *less* overall (counted) posts to get the prize-- but people would only tend to vote up new things or very useful replies (i would think, not having studied psychology or anything interesting like that!)

Regardless, i think mods should be given sticks :)
#10
devalia
maybe link with a user moderation system, i.e all posts voted over 3 starts count towards. default of 1. ways to abuse so we'll need to arm the moderators with sticks. Id recommend a good solid Quarterstaff be issued to each Moderator :)

This would probably require *less* overall (counted) posts to get the prize-- but people would only tend to vote up new things or very useful replies (i would think, not having studied psychology or anything interesting like that!)

Regardless, i think mods should be given sticks :)

Hmm :? What's with you + sticks? Let me consult my Psychology For Dummies Book........ (made of pulped wooden sticks by the way}

:lol:
#11
rayman


I know you have!

But I think yours shouldn't count anyway coz you stay up all night looking + posting :lol:

:D:D:D
#12
"I thought of an idea! 2 flash drives for those that post over 500"... cough splutter....

Who said that...? :D:D did someone speak... ? :D:D:D
#13
LoneCrusader
"I thought of an idea! 2 flash drives for those that post over 500"... cough splutter....

Who said that...? :D:D did someone speak... ? :D:D:D

rofl!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
#14
I like the prize draw idea, a couple of bigger prizes. 1 entry for every 30posts or something. the more posts you make the better your chances!
#15
am wondering, have emails been sent out about November yet? Would like to know if i stupidly missed out on it... would be good to give that flash drive to my lady for Xmas.....
#16
ahhh great, the email has arrived! thanks alot :D
[admin]#17
Sorry for the delay. Did anyone else get 10 copies of the same email? I sent out the email to "All Users" and on my admin email account I got 10 copies of the same email?!
#18
I only received the one e-mail. Thanks.
#19
Email received & replied to... cheers for that... :D:D:D
#20
I only received one copy, thanks admin :D
#21
Admin
Sorry for the delay. Did anyone else get 10 copies of the same email? I sent out the email to "All Users" and on my admin email account I got 10 copies of the same email?!

I didn't get one yet :|
#22
rayman
Admin
Sorry for the delay. Did anyone else get 10 copies of the same email? I sent out the email to "All Users" and on my admin email account I got 10 copies of the same email?!

I didn't get one yet :|


:D:D:DThats coz none of your posts counted... :D:D:D
#23
LoneCrusader
rayman
Admin
Sorry for the delay. Did anyone else get 10 copies of the same email? I sent out the email to "All Users" and on my admin email account I got 10 copies of the same email?!

I didn't get one yet :|


:D:D:DThats coz none of your posts counted... :D:D:D

lol
Just meant why didn't I get one when it should have been "all users" Even Admin got ten! :lol:
[admin]#24
Rayman - What email program are you using? Make sure you check your junk mail too...because it's an automated mail it sometimes get stopped by filters.
#25
Admin
Rayman - What email program are you using? Make sure you check your junk mail too...because it's an automated mail it sometimes get stopped by filters.

Thanks Admin! Got it now :)

How did you know I had so much junk mail? :lol:

Junk mail sometimes produces good deals!
#26
:D I got mine, thanks, Admin, replied too :D
#27
got mine and replied.. thanks Admin :)
#28
i always check my junk mail (by name & subject), never know what'll end up in there! some ebay stuff has sometimes!

i got the 1 email.
#29
last time it went to my junk mail, this time i got one copy to my normal folder! thanks admin
#30
Maybe the prizes could even remain as they are... both are very nice... both are always usable by all concerned... :D

I certainly wouldnt say no to trying to get a few flash-drives... :D

Whether there is scope to have a prize for the most original posts too, being that it would involve more deadication from any member... but that would depend on finances... 8)

maybe even a booby prize/award to the worst... could be a certificate... :D:D:D

maybe a little something could be considered for someone who recruits most new members, or maybe just the pride of having their name on a score board...
#31
lc, i LOVE the idea of a booby prize!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
#32
Slinks
lc, i LOVE the idea of a booby prize!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

ditto!
#33
lol i just realised what i said about boobies :shock: :lol:
#34
Slinks
lc, i LOVE the idea of a booby prize!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

tut tut :)
#35
Okay... I'm saying nothing :roll:

Except...

Some people earn a lot of money for making these mistakes lol
#36
Comments/ideas on Feb/March promotion

Firstly I liked the promotion and the prizes are good and as rayman says I'd also be happy to stick with them.

What I disliked or suggest changes on is:
"20 new deals in the Hot Deals forum or 35 new freebies/offers in the Freebie and Competition forums" - this is unclear to me as many of us post in both the hot deals and freebies forums - I'd therefore suggest a point system - 1 point for Freebie/competition posts and 2 points for new deals

You need at least 40 points for a prize.

Also there needs to be an incentive once you get past the 40 point prize limit - as Admin is aware once I passed 25 posts last month I was concerned about posting more just incase I inadvertently broke the 3 strikes rule and hence lost out totally. So may be the 3 strikes rule could apply per prize set ? eg. if you achieved 80 points but got 3 strikes you'd only lose one prize - in effect lose 40 points ?

As you can see I've implied you also get a prize for every 40 points (there would need to be at top limit - say 4 prizes ? - and all this at Admin's discretion) - but also prizes could be 'doubled-up' for example we're currently using 128MB flash well if I had 80 points I'd prefer a 256 MB flash - better for me and maybe better for admin's costs since 256 is generally cheaper than 2x 128.

Well that's my two-penneth for now :)
[admin]#37
Thanks for the suggestions 45ure :) I didn't want to make the promo too complicated and that's why there are some holes in it. The points system isn't a bad idea though....it might even be easier to keep track of for some people.
#38
Doesn't a qualifying post already count as one point in effect? It does but... I get the idea about posting in all qualifying forums needing recognition.

It's difficult to strike a balance between encouraging people to post + people posting too much just for the reason of reaching a target rather than for the content of their post.

An example is when someone posts a topic they've obviosly taken time to include information in, rather than just a link with a copy + pasted quote. The post with the members content in is worth more than the other I think.

So working on a points system could also become very complicated.

The three strikes rule for duplicates is a good one. It worked well. If it can be seen the poster of duplicates is really trying not to post them + has posted other correct deals [I think it worked that way last moth too], then they wouldn't have had anything to worry about. So... if a member makes three duplicate posts, the mod or Admin could let you know whether they would be counted against you or not, in a fair way, by treating each individual post on its own merit.
#39
I would have simplified the counting process by making them worth the same, I would have tipped the seesaw slightly towards freebies, be it 35/40 in freebies, but making it 35/40 in Hotdeals as well as I feel at this moment in time new freebies are getting much thinner on the ground & harder to find, whereas Hotdeals seem to be much easier to find at the moment... 8)

I could spend hours & not find 1 original freebie but I know I can easily wack 5+ hotdeals up inside an hour, (which I will do later when I get back in):D

But thats only my current thoughts on the counts :D

I love the gifts, they are always useful to all & they are probably the best choices without wanting to go & get too complex... :D

whether or not 2 or more consecutive months earn't promo's could be amalgamated into 1 larger device, I guess that could be an idea ? 8)

The 3 strikes & out rule has worked really well too, I can see there is a slight prob once a member has exceeded the required promo amount that they may be afraid of accidentally obtaining strikes afterwards which may put them off posting until the end of a month, I guess this may need a little tweak! 8)

Whether I have sparked off a bit of discussion, I don't know, but I'm now off to catch up on some late shopping now... :D:D:D
#40
I think there'd be a problem if people were trying to post 35/40 in Hot Deals, because it would be flooded with the not so unique deals that part of the forum is meant for. It's harder to find the lowest prices on the unique selling products, along with the best + most recent information on how to get them. A mass posting of every new price for a single DVD for instance [excepting the truly unique single offer], would be a bit silly. On the other hand, to put all those DVD's into one post would be fine.

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