Update: Four users have been selected for the beta round.
I have emailed everyone who filled out the Google form expressing interest in the beta program. If you filled out the form and did not receive an email from me a) check your spam folder :) or b) let me know here or via email.
Thanks to everyone for your interest, and check back on meta in a few weeks for more information on upcoming rounds!
For background on this program, please see the initial meta thread.
The purpose of this program is to generate content about photography gear that is either very common or very new and exciting - basically, to help ensure that if people are searching for answers to their questions about photographic gear, that Photography Stack Exchange shows up with relevant information. We want to make it easier for people to find answers to the questions they are interested in.
I'm currently looking for participants to beta test this photography gear rental reimbursement program.
- For this round, I am looking for 3-4 users. Depending on the gear people choose, I may choose additional participants.
- General budget per person is a maximum of $400 (USD: rental + shipping, if necessary.)
- You're responsible for adhering to the terms and conditions of the standard rental agreement of whatever retailer you choose to rent from.
- For this beta round, there are no reputation requirements or geographic limitations; as long as you agree to everything listed below and have access to either a physical store or an online retailer local to you, you can enter.
Each user selected will rent equipment using his or her own credit card and shipping address. All equipment rentals must be pre-approved by Stack Exchange (via the form you use to enter into this program and the email you will receive from Stack Exchange confirming your participation if you are selected).
Each user will choose a product(s) from a physical store or online retailer of his or her choice, for a period up to three weeks, budget permitting. Stack Exchange will cover the cost of the rental, any applicable taxes, and the cost of shipping between you and the retailer (if you are renting online). We will not cover any additional insurance purchased, any damage fees or late return fees. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with and abide by the terms and conditions of the company your rent from.
Every rental will require a minimum amount of activity in exchange for reimbursement of rental costs. This will vary depending on the complexity of the gear and duration of the rental; for example, renting a Nikon D3 kit for a week will require a greater amount of site participation (questions asked or blog posts written) than renting a ring flash for two days will. The minimum will be asking three questions or writing one blog post, but I reserve the right to adjust these amounts. Either way, if you are selected for participation, you'll receive an email from me telling you what your minimum site requirements will be.
Reimbursement will be done by PayPal; you must scan and email your rental receipts to me (firstname.lastname@example.org), and you will be reimbursed after the return of the rental equipment and after you have completed posting your questions and/or blog articles. (You'll need to contact rfusca for access to the Photo.SE blog.)
To sign up:
Fill out this form. (And make sure your email address is accurate!)
All users who are selected to participate in this beta round will be contacted via email by Monday, March 5, 2012. I'll update this post to let everyone know that the users have been selected.
This is a brand new program and is much more complex than other grant-type programs we've run on our sites. I would love to hear any feedback all of you have - both on the guidelines here, and on the experiences the selected users have throughout the process. (This is everything from the fairness of activity expectations to clarity of the guidelines and smoothness of the process to your experiences with the rental companies.) I'm sure I haven't thought of everything despite my best efforts, so let me know where there's room for improvement.