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How could I run this giveaway?
by mchll9898
11 Feb 2018 19:54

Hi, I'd like to do monthly giveaways on my forum.

Each post = 1 entry. And then at the end of the month, a random winner would be chosen.

To prevent abuse I'd like to be able to:
1. limit qualifying posts to specific boards
2. have a minimum number of characters for a post to qualify (not absolutely necessary if this is too difficult to do)
3. limit to a specific usergroup

It would be great if I could somehow set a date range, then generate a numbered list of posts that fit the criteria above and then I could just use random.org to choose one. Is there a way I could gather this data?

scottkoz20 12 Feb 2018 13:55

just a couple of thoughts

if you have a minimum number of characters set on your forum to post already, then a post would mean that the number of characters has been satisfied. I understand that you are looking to avoid posts like

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from qualifying, but this is something that would require a bit of honor from your members.

2) I have used this mod to create an entry form

https://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=234385


I have to plan my March giveaway, but allowed for 1 entry per day (honor system), extra entry automatically for my VIP members, extra entry if members sent out a tweet from their handle about the contest.

In the past, I have tried to incorporate other parts of my site (sportscardforum.com) in order help against the junk post.

mchll9898 12 Feb 2018 14:31

Thank you for your reply. Being able to filter out short posts would be nice, but not necessary. I could still make it a rule and at least then they would think it’s not counting as an entry.

I’d really like to increase member activity, quality posts, and member retainment with a monthly drawing. My issues are that too many new members are only joining to post a single question and never come back. And older members lose their enthusiasm and eventually get tired of replying to posts in the main board and stick mainly to a board that new members and unregistered guests cannot see, to talk about off topic things. So a form-based entry would not accomplish my goals unfortunately.

scottkoz20 13 Feb 2018 04:21

i do have a question for you because I have not looked at posts being worth an entry; how would you determine that information?

IggyP 13 Feb 2018 04:47

i like the idea....i wonder if it might be easiest to simply draw from post id#s in the date range....then manually checking the "winning post" to determine if it is a good enough one for a prize or not....and redrawing if not

scottkoz20 13 Feb 2018 05:39

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Originally Posted by IggyP (Post 2592870)
i like the idea....i wonder if it might be easiest to simply draw from post id#s in the date range....then manually checking the "winning post" to determine if it is a good enough one for a prize or not....and redrawing if not

that would be a slick little modification to create a "randomizer" based on the number of posts made by members during a time period.

mchll9898 13 Feb 2018 05:56

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Originally Posted by scottkoz20 (Post 2592869)
i do have a question for you because I have not looked at posts being worth an entry; how would you determine that information?

I really donít mind what the post is about, as long as it is not too short. Length would be my only criteria. I think Iíd just make a rule that says posts under 5 words will not count as an entry. Iím hoping that encourages people to write better quality posts.

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Originally Posted by IggyP (Post 2592870)
i like the idea....i wonder if it might be easiest to simply draw from post id#s in the date range....then manually checking the "winning post" to determine if it is a good enough one for a prize or not....and redrawing if not

Thatís not a bad idea. I guess I could do that. It would include posts by people who are not in the eligible usergroup, but I could just redraw until it picked a user in the correct usergroup too. Thanks for the idea. Sometimes I overthink things and make it harder than it needs to be haha.


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