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KVRist
458 posts since 10 Apr, 2011

Post Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:59 pm

Guys I am coming ASAP and I am going to win every contests! You know it now!

Jokes aside, I will jump again in the next contest, keep the good work up!

One thing, please. Are Metric Halo products for metric halo users only? Thank you.

KVRAF
14481 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:58 pm

Nope, no prior accounts for any products needed if you win/select them as one of the "Winners Podium".

Thanks for the bump of the Song Pool Campaign thread, btw.



Also... as of this moment, I can't tell if we start Mix Challenge 28 on 15th December and run it through the Christmas Holidays, or kick off at 1st December and postpone Round 2 until AFTER the holiday weeks. Feedback on that would be welcome.

Additional to that... if we don't get new tracks "checked and finalized" by the end of MC28 - it's game over for the Mix Challenge. I'm working as fast as I can BTS, but I'd feel more comfortable if we would just get more content offered.
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KVRian
517 posts since 31 May, 2015 from the Iberian Peninsula

Post Sun Nov 27, 2016 7:43 am

I think if MC28 started on 15th December, people who has a bit more free time on holidays could participate. I don't know about the second option...

KVRAF
14481 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Sun Nov 27, 2016 7:50 am

I kind of feel the same way. This way we have a Mix Challenge over the holidays, and most of January as "vacation" to continue in February again (if we have suitable material that is).


Any more opinions?
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KVRAF
14481 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:15 am

Little bump with a question:
Should we mention on Twitter, that the current running challenge ends in XYZ hours?

It's IMO an important discussion as the last challenges had a lot of "sneaky entries" post the deadlines.
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KVRist
61 posts since 10 Jul, 2010 from United States

Post Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:27 pm

Personally, I think if you want a definite cutoff to the MC Challenge, then you should simply cut it off at the prescribed time - no "if's, and's or but's". You've got the end time countdown plainly visible on the Official Homepage. It's like anything else - if you give them an inch, they'll take a foot. (I don't know if there's a similar saying in the metric system... :lol: )

If it's stated that there is a deadline - then let there be a deadline! That's what absolutely any other competition would do. Then you won't ever have to worry about this topic again. You put in enough effort to provide us this competition as it is.
Dave McIsaac

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KVRAF
3816 posts since 8 Mar, 2006

Post Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:33 pm

about deadlines:
I found it a good practice to pencil in deadlines a whole day before it happens... in some cases, a day can be a" life-saver" ;)

KVRist
228 posts since 23 Feb, 2008

Post Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:10 am

davemcisaac wrote:Personally, I think if you want a definite cutoff to the MC Challenge, then you should simply cut it off at the prescribed time - no "if's, and's or but's". You've got the end time countdown plainly visible on the Official Homepage. It's like anything else - if you give them an inch, they'll take a foot. (I don't know if there's a similar saying in the metric system... :lol: )

If it's stated that there is a deadline - then let there be a deadline! That's what absolutely any other competition would do. Then you won't ever have to worry about this topic again. You put in enough effort to provide us this competition as it is.
I couldn't agree more.

KVRAF
14481 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:59 am

Well my main problem is, that I can't be there all the time around the deadline and instantly post "folks, time is up" and close out the round. This is why there is now a timer on the official page (linked to GMT+1 - which is a good middle way between the US and Australia timezones - before the timezone switch from LA time to German time, Australian members had one day less), but also the "friendly reminders" throughout the weeks. On Twitter, that is pretty much scheduled/automated as well.


I see this as a fault on my/our end. Since the incarnation of the Challenge, we have been lenient in favor for the fun of the Challenge. We didn't want to boot anyone out. I also closed eyes on newcomers that resubmitted their mix several times.

My biggest concern at this point is, that we let too many things slide and being more strict rule wise, we'll loose out on participants. And they're rare throughout the years already (see statistics on the official page), even though we're in our third year at this point.


So... what is the right thing to do?
Being more strict, but introduce even more announcements? Can we even improve on that?
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KVRAF
3816 posts since 8 Mar, 2006

Post Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:31 am

I like countdown timers! :D

KVRist
458 posts since 10 Apr, 2011

Post Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:50 pm

Compyfox wrote:

I see this as a fault on my/our end. Since the incarnation of the Challenge, we have been lenient in favor for the fun of the Challenge. We didn't want to boot anyone out. I also closed eyes on newcomers that resubmitted their mix several times.

My biggest concern at this point is, that we let too many things slide and being more strict rule wise, we'll loose out on participants. And they're rare throughout the years already (see statistics on the official page), even though we're in our third year at this point.


So... what is the right thing to do?
Being more strict, but introduce even more announcements? Can we even improve on that?
You are managing the contests well.
+1 for the flexible approach, at this moment.

KVRAF
14481 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:04 pm

Flexible meaning?
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KVRist
458 posts since 10 Apr, 2011

Post Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:51 pm

The less strict way which is, realistically speaking, more inclusive.

my 0.2

KVRAF
14481 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:48 am

But we are already fairly lenient in terms of rules (sometimes I even add an extra day for Round 2 without people noticing it).

A shift needs to happen at some point, no? Else it wouldn't be fair to all other participants who stick to the existing rules.
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KVRist
458 posts since 10 Apr, 2011

Post Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:37 am

Compyfox wrote:But we are already fairly lenient in terms of rules (sometimes I even add an extra day for Round 2 without people noticing it).

A shift needs to happen at some point, no? Else it wouldn't be fair to all other participants who stick to the existing rules.
Just to be clear, strict or not doesn't change nothing to me personally but if the goal, now, is to reach more audience, just keep managing the challenges as you usually do. It's a good balance imo.

I don't think that changing the moderation approach would guarantee an increase of partecipants.
Rather, it could determine a decreasing in submissions.


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