Happy New Years!
Hope you've all had a wonderful holiday season. There's a lot of promising anime to look forward to this year (New Code Geass, wahoo!), so I'm sure we'll all have something to keep us busy over the next few months.
Before we get into the contests for this month though....we need to have a bit of a talk. Over the past few months, we've been noticing a few troubling things with submissions. It's not that the quality of submissions has gone down, or that the number of submissions has varied all that greatly from what we'd expect while people are enjoying their holidays. It's that people aren't approving submissions. It's not meant to be the place of the staff to push through articles. It's meant to be a community decision on what's worthy to be pushed through. What's happening now though is that many stories simply aren't going through unless AnimeShinbun staff push them through for the community, or (and this kind of behaviour is meant to be against the rules) stories get pushed through by staff members from the website that was the source for the story. While the staff pushing things through can be a reasonable short term band-aid on the issue, it's not a solution.
The most helpful thing you all can do for our community here as regular users of this site is not just to submit stories, but to also give your approval votes to stories you think should go through, and to make spam reports on spam articles. And all of these will now be contributing to your score in our regular monthly competitions.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT CONTEST
How involved are you in the AnimeShinbun community? Every news story you submit, and every submission you review to approve or report, will net you an entry in this competition. The more you help our community grow and be active, the more chances you'll have to win. Be careful to not submit or approve spam or inappropriate stories, or to approve stories from a website that you contribute to.
Prize: 4 winners, receiving a $50 USD Amazon Gift Card each!
Terms and Conditions:
1. Competition is open to all AnimeShinbun users, except for employees of HAVAmedia and immediate relatives. Contests are open to entries worldwide, and are not limited to the US / North America. Please Note: Moderators do not receive remuneration, are not employees of HAVAmedia, and are eligible for monthly contests.
2. The closing date is 11:59 PM American Pacific Standard Time, 31 January 2017.
3. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, AnimeShinbun/HAVAmedia reserves the right to substitute the prizes for alternatives of equal or greater value.
4. Prizes are not transferable.
5. Barring unforeseen delays, the winners of the competition will be notified by AnimeShinbun ticket in the 2nd week of February, 2017.
6. For winners who have not previously won a contest, failure to reply to ticket notification within seven (7) days will result in forfeiture of prize. Winners whose details are on file from a previous contest win need only reply to the ticket notification if their details have changed, otherwise their prize will be sent to the address we already have on file.
8. Lottery style winners are chosen at random from eligible entries. Spam or multiple accounts will result in disqualification.
9. All prize values are in USD. Where prizes are awarded to winners outside the US, the exchange rate at time of prize issue will affect prize amount.
10. In the interests of fairness, each entrant will only be eligible to win one prize per month from AnimeShinbun. If an entrant comes up for multiple prizes, they will be awarded the highest value one and the remaining prizes will be redrawn. When the user is eligible for multiple prizes of the same value, they will be credited as winning the contest for which there was the least competition and/or the most skill involved, and the remaining contests will be redrawn.
2016 Holiday Contest Winners:
1st Place: Marow
2nd Place: koga88
3rd Place: Alixithym
4th Place: dywei