Apologies this is going up a little late. Just gotten back from a trip I took, where the internet access wasn't anywhere near what I was promised. Oh well. At least this has given me the time to do the sums and figure out who gets the prizes. ^^;;
Thank you all for your feedback last month in regards to our contests. We're going to be mulling things over a bit before we come to a decision, but one we're currently considering is a managing contest as suggested by Alixithymia. Though there's some potential issues with this, we think there would be potential in encouraging people to engage in approving content. If we did this, people would get one entry for each day where they approved a minimum of one story. People who mass approve articles would be disqualified (because we wouldn't want people trying to lock others out of the competition), as would people consistently approving sub-par content (and we probably need to have a discussion about that as a community soon anyway...).
One other thing I wanted to bring up was a general reminder about fixing reported submissions. In general, we don't tend to fix submissions for you. This is simply because we want those users with the most approval power to also be the ones who are actually making proper submissions themselves. If we fixed things up so that a sub-par submission was fine, that'd miss the point. However, that doesn't mean that the rest of you can't fix things up. If you notice a submission that's already been reported, and which has been sitting in the queue without having been fixed up by the person who submitted it, then you are permitted (and encouraged) to resubmit that same story to the pending queue with the errors corrected. As a rule of thumb, don't do that to anything less than a day old, just to give the submitter enough time to come back online and see things need fixing. Anything more than 36 hours old is fair game though.
And finally... I know I do this every month and that most of our long term members are long since sick of this, but if you haven't already read the blog post I made some time ago entitled "On submissions, approvals, and comments", you should really go do that. It includes important information regarding contest rules 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.
I'm going to post a new version of that blog post after Christmas, by which time we should be moving to a new format for the regular contests.
Okay, I've rambled enough. Without further ado, the contests!
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. If the multiple prizes are of the same value, then you'll win the one for which there was the least competition and we'll redraw the others (i.e. In our regular monthly contests, typically the commentator lottery has less competition the contributor contest, so if you were drawn for both we'd redraw the contributor contest).
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), October 31st 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. Barring unforeseen delays, the winners of the competition will be notified by AnimeShinbun ticket around November 7th, 2015.
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.
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