Post Date: 2nd Jun, 2013 - 1:43pm
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Interesting points, I will answer you and add in some explanations for others that may read.
I would make contests based on content rather than number of posting...
How do you propose we rate content? Who will judge that and on what basis?
...counting posts would end up in giving the prizes always to the most active members...
We don't always use counting Posts as a measure but at the same time what will be wrong with rewarding the most active Members. If a Member wants to invest their time here then they should have more chances of being rewarded than someone who does not. When we publish a contest everyone then has the opportunity to fulfill the requirements in an allotted time period. If a Member does not check the Newsletter, as a for instance, they will never know of the 'opportunity'.
I suggest a possible prize be a month (or more) of premium membership?
We used to do this but stopped it because former winners of this kind of contest showed us:
1. It is not as valued as someone who puts monetary support.
2. Having a 'brief' Premium account gives too much access to rather personal and mature content (hidden Boards). Once a person Donates for Premium we do it for a year because we want to ensure they are not just 'peeping' to satisfy curiosity.
3. We need to have a trace on who is accessing hidden content, etc. When someone Donates we now really 'know' who they are via financial info via PayPal, etc. At the present, just signing up with an Email doesn't tell us anything.
Also, it could give way to someone who's on the fence to finally get a premium membership permanently.
Only when a Member fully understands the uniqueness of this Community do they tend to Donate towards it. For instance, understanding what FP can do for their account. No flaming of people because of their race, religion, life's preferences, etc. Constructive discussion at a mature level without net talk and teeny bopper rants. An Administrator that can make custom codes to enable you to have a very unique experience such as in the role-playing games. Your views are 'protected', Moderators act quickly to help keep the standards up.
In other words what you already see, which is unique in itself, should be worth a Donation on its own merit rather than what you cannot see which is mainly as a reward for your Donation. If it is not so for someone then they do not really fully understand this Community and are merely just here to satisfy their own interests and there is nothing wrong with that, but we should not have to give them access to a Premium Membership because of that or just because they won a contest.
Generate I.D. A bit more money possibly.
Members Donating is definitely not the way we generate money. If we counted on that this site would have been closed long ago. To give you an idea... One Member Donating for One Year's Premium does not even pay for a few days worth of hosting and resources to operate a site like this. Our main resource of income is from people visiting the sponsored ads you see around the site. The rest comes from our own pockets and pure love of what we do.