I agree. Unfortunately we failed to consider this for the Beco contest and it wouldn't be right to alter the rules now that the contest has been launched. But I've asked our team to keep it in mind with future ones. And we have the ability to eliminate multiple registrant matching IP numbers so we'll be cautious there.
We placed the 50 minimum posts requirement for our most recent Share the Love contest (and that has a $500 gift certificate grand prize!) but the participation in the contest was much lower this time around (we did one in Feb that got great participation). So I'm not sure that specific requirement is working to our advantage. Next time we may require something like a profile fully completed and see how that goes.
The "share the love" contest is pretty different and requires a pretty high level of participation. I would say that type of contest could be more open to anyone and you would still get less participation.
The other contests (for the beco and the facebook contest) are nothing more than register and submit one post.
It's just a little disappointing that the "exclusive" contests and giveaways are really not going to be exclusive at all. Obviously there is going to be less participation if you require a minimum post count but it gives existing and active members a much better chance of winning -- which is what I like It seems that this forum is going to be a way to get more members, rather than a fun/exclusive way for existing members to win great stuff.
Last I recall we were not going to require a minimum post count but would require a member meet other things, like a completed profile. And we decided that other giveaways for established MDC members be placed. We are doing that via the most active member and most active supporter/senior member giveaways.
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