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I know that some sites, such as Super Users, have had contests around their 1 year anniversary. Perhaps if we start now, we could talk a few companies into pitching in some cool photography related things to do a similar competition for when we hit our one year mark, which so far as I can tell is in about 4 months. Anyone have any ins with camera manufactures? Think we could make this happen?

  • It appears that @Jeff Atwood presided over the SU thing, which would seem to indicate that the contest(s) were taken on 'above' the level of the SU community by official SE people. Maybe it would make sense to see what (if anything) is already in the works, and see how we can support it from there? Just a thought... – Jay Lance Photography Feb 24 '11 at 2:42
  • Hmmm... Might be interesting, but at least if we show we are interested in such a thing, it might attract his attention. Hmmm... – PearsonArtPhoto Feb 24 '11 at 2:47
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    I'm quite certain we could talk SmugMug into pitching a year's pro membership in. :) – cabbey Feb 24 '11 at 4:16
  • If we want to follow the same format as SU, we'd be wanting four pro memberships to give away... One for each week of the month. :-) – Jay Lance Photography Feb 24 '11 at 6:55
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    Well, we've got 5 months to twist their proverbial arms - the private beta started 15th July 2010; public beta was a week later on the 22nd, but the site didn't launch "properly" until November 2010. – Rowland Shaw Feb 24 '11 at 10:10
  • I think 1 year from the beta should be about right. – PearsonArtPhoto Feb 24 '11 at 12:57
  • I like it, it seems like a great idea. – John Cavan Feb 25 '11 at 0:00
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Two bits of advice based on the Super User contest:

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/super-user-1-year-anniversary-super-contest/

  1. Contests are a great idea but they're very labor intensive. If you can spread the "judging" across the community it will scale better. Also, keep it simple!

  2. You also need to be careful that you're incentivizing the actual things you want your fellow community members to do. This is surprisingly easy to get wrong, so be careful.

  • Jeff, would there be a way to, say, allow all members of a certain reputation to vote on a particular issue? If that were possible, it'd certainly make judging much easier, but I know it would involve at least some work at SE. – PearsonArtPhoto Feb 25 '11 at 18:11
  • Just curious, do you feel like you guys 'got it right' (in terms of incentivizing the right things) with the SU contest? – Jay Lance Photography Feb 26 '11 at 0:12
  • Can we get stats somehow of how many active users SU had at their 7 month and 1 year mark? So that we can judge appropriateness of this site. – rfusca Feb 26 '11 at 3:12
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    Also curious as to whether my impression that it was more run by you than the SU mods is correct or not? – Jay Lance Photography Feb 26 '11 at 6:49

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