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AnimeShinbun September 2015 Contests

Hi everyone,

Wow, is it this late in the year already? Only a month or so to go until the start of the final anime season for the year. Got your eyes on anything yet?

Just a quick notice for the July winners. Due to the lateness of that winners announcement, those payments have been a little delayed, and will probably go out at the same time the August winners go out in a bit over a week or so.

And one other thing before you go skipping to the end to see if you've won. ;) We're currently looking for your feedback on how we should continue these competitions going forward, including both the format of the competitions (I'm sure you're sick of the current set of contests by now?) and the prize selection (would something like J-List gift certificates work better for people, with all the problems we've had to date with Amazon for some people?). If you've got any feedback on the format for the Christmas competitions (Which we'd planned as a pure trivia contest this year, posting up 12 questions on the 12th and giving you until Christmas to answer them), we'd love to hear that also.

I know I do this every month, but if you haven't already read the blog post I made about these things last year, "On submissions, approvals, and comments", you should really go do that. It includes important information regarding rules changes and updates here on AnimeShinbun. These issues can and will impact on your eligibility to win prizes. You can find the blog post at the following URL.
For the record, several potential prize winners have over the past few months missed out on prizes because of our rules about users approving material from a website they own or work for. I've been posting this regular reminder for a long time now, so you can't say you weren't warned.

Anyway, now that's out of the way, on to the competitions.

How many stories can you submit? Every news story you submit on AnimeShinbun during the month will get you 1 entry, and we'll be picking 3 winners at random from those entries. The more times you submit stories, the greater your chance to win!

Prize: 3 winners, receiving a $50 Amazon Gift Card each!

Pretty much self-explanatory this one. Each and every comment you make on AnimeShinbun (regardless of if that's in a news story or blog) during the month will net you an entry in this competition. And to make things interesting...we'll give you entries for every tip you contribute as well! So no excuses for not contributing those extra stories now when you hit your news submission limit. ;)

Prize: 1 winner, receiving a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

As usual with all of our contests, you'll be disqualified if you pick up a restriction of any kind during the contest period, or if it comes to our attention you've broken rules for posting and approving submissions that month (regardless of if that led to you being placed under a restriction or not). Comments with negative labels (Trolling, Off Topic, etc.), unresolved reported stories, etc, will not count to any competition.
In the interests of fairness, each entrant will only be eligible to win one prize per month. If your name comes up for multiple prizes, then we'll be awarding you the highest value one and redrawing the others.

Terms and Conditions
1. Competition is open to all AnimeShinbun users, except for employees of HAVAmedia and immediate relatives. Contests are NOT limited to the US/North America.
2. Closing date is 11:59 PM (American Pacific Daylight Time), September 30th 2015.
3. In the event of unforeseen circumstances AnimeShinbun/HAVAmedia reserves the right to substitute prizes for alternatives of equal or greater value.
4. Prizes are not transferable.
5. The winners of the competition will be notified by AnimeShinbun ticket on or before October 7th, 2015.
6. Failure to reply to ticket notification within seven (7) days will result in forfeiture of prize.

August Winners:
Alixithymia, Alxe, Fonzy, RapidPanda

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SynGamer1723d ago

Personally speaking, I would participate more, but I'm away from my computer so often that I *really* need a better mobile version. I know that don't necessarily have anything to do with the contests, but it's hard to submit stories and comment on the phone ;)

Stringerbell1722d ago

I personally think there should be some sort of minimum management / news score to be entered into the contributor contest. I've seen users here rack up scores of 20k and they don't get anything. While I understand the nature of a lottery is designed to lend itself to randomness, power users keep the lights on so to speak as opposed to someone submitting very little and walking away with the prize.Just my two cents.

Archaic1722d ago

While we don't have any mimimum threshold currently, I don't think I've ever seen someone win a contributor contest when they hadn't submitted multiple stories within a month (I think the lowest might have been someone who'd submitted somewhere between 5 and 10 articles?), and I think we've only once had that happen with the commentator contest. So making more contributions does make a big difference. I'd probably have reservations about setting a minimum *score* (as opposed to number of submissions), since score isn't necessarily reflective of activity. One thing that's been noticed on Newsboiler sites before was people using various techniques to artifically inflate the heat of stories they've submitted. By doing that, it's possible to get a very high news score without having submitted many articles at all.

As things stand currently, there's a group of consistently high people who have tended to win at an average of 1 win every 2-3 months (not counting December and January, with their different formats). That's per person, not for that whole group together. Depending where you sit, that's either a problem with the contest system itself, or a problem with the number of contributors. Certainly, I don't want to change things up in a way that would discourage power users from contributing. But I'm also concerned about the possibility that some people may be discouraged from contributing because they feel shut out from the contests.

Stringerbell1720d ago

Thats fair enough and yes I've seen user artificially inflate the heat on their stories and that could easily circumvent what I suggested. I guess the status quo is the fairest way for everyone to participate, meant no disrespect of course.

RetrospectRealm1717d ago (Edited 1717d ago )

I think the big dogs with the most scores should walk away with the prizes. At least, in the the contributor section that is. They put it in the work, reward them. Not random. The comment part can stay a lottery since it doesn't take much to comment. That's how it is at Filmwatch. And at Filmwatch, it keeps the top 3 contributors battling it out for 1st place, which means WAY MORE stories being submitted.

Edit: Also, keep it just news score without the heat bonus added. This makes it strictly on who submits the most.

sonicwrecks1722d ago

Congratulations to all the winners!

Alixithymia1721d ago

Thank yoouuu<3
As for suggestions, I think an interesting alternative or replacement to the competitons would be\include\add\replace one for approving posts, this way people will be more encouraged to approve of them and the submissions won´t get as clogged up as they usually get and the mass posters (the ones who write episodic stuff) won´t overshadow the smaller guys. I personally love the Amazon certificates, as I am a poor arts student who uses the giftcards to save up on something a little more expensive, but of course, it´s the majority that counts. Just a suggestion. Thanks again!

Archaic1721d ago

That's certainly an interesting idea. My main concern would be if it led to people to simply mass approve without caring about the quality (not to mention the potential for some people to dominate simply by virtue of being online at around the same time as frequent contributors. Perhaps a system which gave people an entry for each day that they approved (or reported!) at least one story?

Alixithymia1721d ago

True...perhaps there could be a min. and max. of posts a person needs to approve for an entry, and that can only be done once a day? so people will be more encouraged to approve posts, but know that approving more than the required for an entry won´t be necessary? I´m not sure if this would help combat the mass approvers, but maybe it´s worth a shot.

RetrospectRealm1717d ago

That's the problem Techspy had. People would just mass approve and not give a crap about anything. Now the only Newsboiler site that still has a Managing contest is 11x2.

koga881712d ago

Wouldn't that more or less be like the one winning category for loyal reader that was used up until about four or five months ago? Anyways there seems to be very little regulation about what gets approved through as it is, I rarely approve lately since the site's more or less turned into a dumping ground of copy pasted lists.

Fonzy1721d ago

This is quite the surprise! Thank you very much for the prize! As far as changing anything, I really don't have anything to say. I always thought this was a place for the community to have their voice be heard, but now I realize it's all game since ANN actually posts stuff here! Honestly, and in my opinion, it is a war out there to see who can get the first news posted! I like the competition!
Thanks again!

Archaic1721d ago

While a number of websites do post their own news here, I'm pretty sure it's not ANN staffers who are posting up stories from that site. Could be wrong though. ^^;

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