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GrahamTheDev

OK so this was a big reminder that I have $100 worth of vouchers for the DEV store (I hope they are still valid, they are old now).

If they are valid, what is a good way I can run a competition that adds value to the DEV community to give them away (I don't do merch) and would anyone be interested?

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Mahmudul Hasan

Sure, You can start a giveaway competition! That will be great!

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Posandu |πŸ”₯|

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kavisha-nethmini

that will be great!

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Michael Tharrington • Edited on

Word up! Your code should indeed still be valid.

what is a good way I can run a competition that adds value to the DEV community to give them away (I don't do merch) and would anyone be interested?

This is a super cool idea and I really appreciate you asking for feedback on a way to do this that would have a positive effect on the community. πŸ˜€

I'd love to see a competition that encourages folks to do something cool like:

  • Who can create the most engaging discussion?

I'm thinking this might be measured as the discussion with the most comments... that said this could be game-able and cause folks to create fake accounts to boost their own comments. You could of course try to filter out comments that feel low-bar or like they're from fake accounts, but that'd be tricky and potentially error prone! Alternatively, you could choose the discussion here subjectively based on what ya think is the most interesting prompt.

  • Who can create the best post #a11y post?

Yeah, this ones subjective, but I think you would be well qualified to judge these posts and pick out a valid winner.

  • Who can provide the most helpful comment to someone looking for help (someone that has posted under #help)?

I'm definitely coming up with a lot of ideas that are tricky to measure. πŸ˜… This one is probs subjective unless you wanted to quantify it by number of likes, but when there's a quantitative way to win, I just slightly worry about folks gaming the numbers...


I'm sure that you can come up with some good ideas here so feel free to take or leave these!

As a logistics thing for these, you could require submitters to use a particular tag that you create on each of their posts or have folks embed their post as a comment in your post about the competition. Getting folks to comment on your post would boost visibility of your post, so keep that in mind!

And if you would, just make it clear that this isn't a DEV official contest. You can mention that I have given you permission to regift your Top 7 code in this way though! I think this is an awesome idea. πŸ™Œ

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GrahamTheDev

Thanks a lot for the great suggestions and how to go about it!

Obviously something around #a11y would be right up my street!

I don’t mind them being subjective (my vouchers my rules 🀣) but I will see if I can come up with some simple rules that are hard to game / cheat!

Thanks so much for taking the time for such a well thought out comment, competition will land in the next couple of weeks then! ❀️πŸ”₯

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Michael Tharrington

Happy to help out with a bit of advice. πŸ˜€

I think it's an awesome idea and am excited to check it out when it goes live!