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The List all new OS X Mountain Lion features question seems like it'll game this contest hard, if the previous iterations are to judge. Could CW questions be excepted from this? –  user6703 Jul 25 '12 at 18:48
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I'm inclined to agree that CW should be excluded. It seems unfair to reward one person for something that's designed to be a community collaboration. –  Nathan Greenstein Jul 25 '12 at 20:21
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I agree also. The poster of the CW question being discussed made similar comments in chat this morning; I don't suspect this policy would draw any complaints if we excluded CW. –  Daniel Lawson Jul 25 '12 at 21:06
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I also think that CW posts should be excluded. They distort the challenge. –  gentmatt Jul 26 '12 at 6:04
    
What is CW? Thanks. –  wap26 Jul 26 '12 at 12:41
    
CW stands for Community Wiki. The reason they would like it excluded is because the questions are usually vague, like: What are some great hidden features in Mountain Lion. They usually get a huge amount of up votes and the answers in them get them too, see example: apple.stackexchange.com/q/82/24141 People would like them excluded because they aren't like the regular questions that people ask on here. And someone could win this contest easily with this kind of CW question. –  de_an777 Jul 26 '12 at 13:54
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Good points. I'll think about how best to deal with this in the future. I don't want to go back and make people ineligible who have already completed the ML challenges, so I'm going to leave it in for this contest. Keep in mind that we are doing a raffle though - so while people may earn entries from a CW question, the huge amount of upvotes won't give them an unfair advantage (i.e., there's no advantage to going higher once you get 10 upvotes, or 1000 views, etc) –  Lauren Jul 26 '12 at 15:30
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@Lauren Do keep in mind that three of the four people who requested this policy are three of the four people who qualified for the drawing on the basis of that post. –  Daniel Lawson Jul 26 '12 at 17:29
    
w00t :) congrats guys! :) –  XAleXOwnZX Aug 9 '12 at 17:42
    
So when i will get my gift? –  Vivart Sep 1 '12 at 19:38
    
@Vivart if you haven't gotten it yet, please send me an email with your order information and full name. –  Lauren Sep 4 '12 at 13:55
    
thanks @Lauren I got my prize. –  Vivart Sep 14 '12 at 13:25
    
This question is closed since the relevant promotion is over and that code inactive. –  bmike Feb 26 at 18:25

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I favor to exclude CW posts from the mountainlionchallengeTM as it distorts the results.

On Ask Different posts are made community wikis mostly because:

  • multiple people worked on an answer but only one get's the votes
  • collect gems which Apple hides in their software

Excluding CW posts will encourage communal editing to provide the best answers and hints without giving some people an unfair head start in the challenge.

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And, in point of fact, all the posts that have already qualified for the contest as of 24 hours after the announcement are related to one particular Community-Wiki question. A good case for excluding CW posts from the contest. –  Daniel Lawson Jul 26 '12 at 15:30
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I would support this as well since CW as it exists now is to allow people to ask "the obvious" and not have it skew reputation or points. –  bmike Jul 28 '12 at 17:50

Thank you for making this entirely raffle-based. That, combined with the higher (10-score) bar for quality should produce better results than the last contest.

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I'm writing a Blog Post (one that I always intended to write), and it's going to be more than 750 Characters - is this OK? It's not massively over, it will be approaching a thousand words.

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It should be fine. The upper limit is meant to dictate the kind of scope we're interested in rather than be a hard cutoff. Feel free to run your draft by us in the blog chat room. –  Nathan Greenstein Jul 26 '12 at 15:18
    
Oh, and when I say 750 characters, I mean WORDS! –  stuffe Jul 26 '12 at 16:47
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Twitter has warped our thinking. –  Daniel Lawson Jul 26 '12 at 17:12

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