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January 11, 2012
News - A Good Ol' Fashioned Capt…
about 5 years ago
With the project well overdue, the head of the R&D department prepares for a meeting with management, while the rest of the team try to blend into the background.
After accidentally sitting on his viking helmet, Sparkfun engineer discreetly puts on his lab coat, and spends the rest of the day standing up.
Sparkfun engineer hard at work designing a kit that makes you look like your WoW character.
News - Free Day 2012 is Under Wa…
about 6 years ago
I’m really amazed that so many people can’t comprehend what the others are complaining about. Nobody is complaining about not winning. We’re only talking about $100 here. They’re complaining about having to spend hours grinding through captcha’s just to participate. Why not reward people for doing something constructive instead? And as for the load testing. Heavy traffic on one page won’t tell you anything useful about the rest of the website.
How about this as an idea for next year that actually rewards people for participating?
Reward the existing members. Get one entry for..
* Every year that you’ve been a member.
* Every purchase that you’ve made in the last year.
Reward new members.
* Get an entry for signing up. (With a verified C/Card to avoid people signing up ,multiple times).
Reward participation on the day. Get only one entry for each..
* Participate in a survey.
* Voting for your favourite product. (Possibly in several categories).
* Reviewing a product.
* Recommending a new product to sell.
* Promoting SF. Twitter, etc
* Finding hidden Easter Eggs. (A more realistic load test)
Then at the end of the day, let the geiger counter go nuts for an hour choosing winners.
If you don’t have much time, just log in on the day to get a couple of entries. The more you participate, the more entries you get. But at least your chance of winning isn’t tied to how fast you can type, and how many hours you can devote to sitting in front of keyboard.
Obviously the devil is in the details. But at least this way the SF community as a whole will benefit, and you’re rewarding the right kind of participation.
Isn’t it more likely that the people not complaining are the ones with experience ‘grinding for XP in some mmo’ ?
What’s clear to me is that you have absolutely no understanding of what so many people are complaining about. Nobody is complaining about not winning. We’re only talking about $100 here. They’re complaining about having to spend hours grinding through captcha’s just to participate. Why not reward people for doing something constructive instead? And as for the load testing. Heavy traffic on one page won’t tell you anything useful about the rest of the website.
Surely somebody at Sparkfun must have realised how messed up this promotion was going to be. So 2000 winners will be spending $200,000 of Sparkfun’s money, while many more are left feeling like they were punished just for participating. Major FAIL guys. Particularly when there are cheaper places to buy most of the same products.
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