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New Rules! - RF Cafe Forums

The original RF Cafe Forums were shut down in late 2012 due to maintenance issues. Please visit the new and improved RF Cafe Forums that were created in September of 2015. Unlike with the old forums where users registered individually, the new forums use a common User Name and Password so anyone can post without needing to create an account. Please find the current User Name and Password on the RF Cafe homepage. Thanks for your participation.

Below are all of the old forum threads, including all the responses to the original posts.

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 Post subject: New Rules!
Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 8:17 pm 
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As of December 2006, the RF Cafe Forum T-Shirt Contest rules have been changed. Rather than just require an entry in a contest area, I will note contributors for each month, and then randomly select one or more people as winners. Doing so rewards contributors to the forum community.

Thanks to those who participate!

- Kirt Blattenberger :smt024
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Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:49 am 

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:D hi kurt!!! ur site rokzzzz!!! but heres an advice i think u shud make this t-shirt givin contest little bit more technical like answering sum monthly rf-based question or sumthing..that wud invite more technically bright audience to your wbesite.
cheers keep up the gud work!!!

_________________ arunabh...looking for some good work...

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Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:19 pm 
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Are questions considered a contribution or is only the act of answering other peoples questions?

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Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:29 am 
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darcyrandall2004 wrote:
Are questions considered a contribution or is only the act of answering other peoples questions?

Greetings darcyrandall2004:

There is no trademarked formula being applied, but I take comments, questions, and answers into account when picking a winner for the contest. Comments and answers get more weight than questions when it comes to a single thread, depending on the content. For instance, if someone posts a question and then the thread continues with the original questioner continuing to respond to answers with more questions, that does not weigh as heavily as the contributor that keeps giving answers.

That's not to say questions do not count - they do, but I look at the overall effort that is put into participation, since it is the purpose for awarding prizes. I typically give away four prizes each month - two on the forums and two from a random selection amongst people who order my spreadsheets and Visio stencils. Depending on what the winners choose for a prize, it costs between around $60-$90 per month (about $700-$1,000 per year). That's a significant chunk of change for an operation like RF Cafe, so I cannot just hand stuff out to everyone who posts.

I do value everyone's participation. Since its inception about seven years ago, the raison d'etre for RF Cafe has been to service the RF community and foster interaction between engineers, technicians, and hobbyists. So far, it is working pretty well. Thanks to everyone for helping to make RF Cafe a success.

- Kirt Blattenberger :smt024
RF Cafe Progenitor & Webmaster

Posted  11/12/2012