Firstly, I do think the current competition is brilliant, and actively wanted to participate, however I stopped for 2 specific reasons.
- Since the start of the competition, an incredible amount of low quality questions has been asked, and in some cases, just the rate at which some users ask questions, it clearly showed it was only being asked to gain votes for the competition.
- Copy and paste of duplicate answer, just to train and gain votes. I have no objection to answer posted at the same time, but like this example, a fairly high rep users posted a duplicate of my answer, sole difference with a screenshot, 2 minutes after mine. To what end?
- I have also noticed a the rate of voting has actively dropped. Which is the opposite of what the competition is trying to encourage.
I find these type of situation extremely demotivating, especially since the bulk of these users generally disappear once the competition is over, and secondly, it becomes a rude game of having to improve an answer for no reason just to try and get a legitimate vote.
The issue for me is not with new users, since they still need to learn the system, however watching established, long term and fairly decent reputation holding users of this site specifically, post some of the most over the top questions, or actively duplicating answers, is really disappointing to see.
I've also seen incidents of users asking for reputation, and other unacceptable methods to try and gain extra votes.
Is this truly the purpose or behaviour SE wants for it's sites?
Please note, there is some users that I am very glad to see in Level 2 and Level 3 that deserve it, and in one or two cases I actively tried to find content to upvote to help them closer to the prize. My issue however is with the percentage of users that will win using some unacceptable methods, leaving some real potential winners demotivated. Also, personally, if there was a way from opting out of the competition, I would, since I am not interested in any prize, either way.