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Offline MADSKILLZ412  
#466 Posted : Monday, August 11, 2014 1:00:07 PM(UTC)
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Wouldn't we all? :P

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#467 Posted : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:43:50 AM(UTC)
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Does anyone know what they really do to decide the winner? This is all actually a big ruse. They're trying to find out who's actually really active and who just posted for the giveaway. :P

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#468 Posted : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 4:29:46 AM(UTC)
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i think they sift through all the members, check to see who has been active, add them to a list, then randomly draw. Thats just a guess but seems like it would be the most fair.

 

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#469 Posted : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 6:57:57 AM(UTC)
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Yeah but

"2) Be active in news and article discussions and in the forum here at HotHardware.com to get noticed. But don't spam! One word posts won't count for much."

leads me to believe there is more to it than just that. I'd be curious to hear how they actually decide. It almost sounds like it might be weighted in some way. I'm not sure.

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#470 Posted : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 7:16:04 AM(UTC)
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shadowphaxe wrote:

Yeah but

"2) Be active in news and article discussions and in the forum here at HotHardware.com to get noticed. But don't spam! One word posts won't count for much."

leads me to believe there is more to it than just that. I'd be curious to hear how they actually decide. It almost sounds like it might be weighted in some way. I'm not sure.

and this is probably the main reason it takes so long..

(all the new members + the current members) / (Start Date A - End Date ) * Pi / (Usefulness - spam) = Actual Level of Notice

 

Offline MADSKILLZ412  
#471 Posted : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 7:50:58 AM(UTC)
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Exactly, I'd imagine it would take a while. There was probably 300+ entries judging by the comments. Not really sure what is considered active whether it is 10 posts are 1,000 posts. I do love the points thing though and how it shows you how you are ranked compared to others on the website.

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#472 Posted : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 9:11:13 AM(UTC)
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Huh. I didn't realize that there was a point thing. That's interesting. I should really pay more attention to the little things.

And Static, I'm not complaining about how long it's taking. I'm just genuinely curious as to how they determine it. I like understanding algorithms and reasoning. That being said, I can only assume there has to be something semi-complex if they're gonna use just a straight algorithm.

Offline MADSKILLZ412  
#473 Posted : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 9:42:18 AM(UTC)
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I understand what you mean, but I doubt that it is very complex. They just have to make sure people who only posted once or twice to enter the giveaway don't win rather than someone who is active. From there I think they just draw the winner from the active users who entered.

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#474 Posted : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:04:44 AM(UTC)
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I knew when I entered there was zero chance for me to win this. I dont have the expertise or knowledge they want to be added to these forums. Adding pure "fluff" comments is also a useless action

Offline realneil  
#475 Posted : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:09:53 AM(UTC)
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Points!?

There are Points??

Offline MADSKILLZ412  
#476 Posted : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:11:05 AM(UTC)
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True, and if you think about it almost every post in this thread is a "fluff" comment. It's just fun to vent how excited we are with others. That's what I like about this site. It's not all straight up facts all the time. There is a ton of information and it's easy to get help don't get me wrong, but you can also just leave your opinion on Articles even if you aren't a complete expert on the topic. :/

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#477 Posted : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:11:43 AM(UTC)
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Says the person with 100k points. xD

Offline realneil  
#478 Posted : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:38:06 AM(UTC)
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Tom wrote:
but you can also just leave your opinion on Articles even if you aren't a complete expert on the topi

Yeah, no flamers here to ridicule someone who doesn't know everything about any given topic.

Honest questions are met with honest answers, and you can learn a lot here over time.

To be honest, I learn a lot just from reading people's questions.

So remember that there is no such thing as a stupid question here. 

 

(there are points!?)

Offline StaticFX  
#479 Posted : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:01:02 AM(UTC)
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chris0177 wrote:

I knew when I entered there was zero chance for me to win this. I dont have the expertise or knowledge they want to be added to these forums. Adding pure "fluff" comments is also a useless action

you dont need to be an expert.. just give opinions... Just read some of the new articles and throw your opinion on there. Agree? no? dont care?

also.. you can always learn stuff :)

Offline JefferyPruett  
#480 Posted : Wednesday, August 13, 2014 1:41:46 PM(UTC)
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Patience is the answer guys its veryyyyy difficult but we must wait until Lord Marco/Davey decides xD

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