Update x2: See the official contest meta post.

Update: This contest will now be taking place next week (10.17-10.21). Also, instead of leaving an Answer, contestants will only have to gain 5 points across the Android site during the contest period to increase their chances of winning 3x. Eligible participants will be calculated on the back-end by the Community & CHAOS teams and a winner will be randomly generated and announced at the end of the contest period. Stay tuned for the official contest post, published Monday.


We have a Galaxy SII to giveaway via Twitter tomorrow (Wednesday 10/12). RT a message announced tomorrow morning, and your name will be entered into a random drawing.

This is an outreach initiative, and the main purpose is to use this goodie to spread the word on Android.SE. But I want to make sure that established Stack Exchange users have a leg up on the competition here. Also, I want to try something new.

With that in mind, I've proposed contestants can double (or triple - I'm undecided here) their chances by leaving an "Answer" in the official contest meta post. Leaving an answer in meta requires 5 rep points.

In a brief chat yesterday, @MatthewRead cleared using a meta Answer as contest platform in this instance. Depending on how it turns out, this may be a one and done contest model.

Any thoughts? Should an answer 2x or 3x a participant's chances? We want established users to be rewarded. Also, we want newbies to participate on the site (but not perversely). Yet we don't want to strongly discourage RT-ing the tweet as making this a Twitter contest was a precondition to receiving the phone.

Lemme know your thoughts!

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    Is this global or limited to certain regions? Commented Oct 11, 2011 at 14:40
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    @onik - the phone is SIM-locked to T-Mobile US only. However the contest will be worldwide. Commented Oct 11, 2011 at 19:49
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    Where is the official meta post? Is this it? Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 0:10
  • What's the point of a world wide competition for a T-Mobile locked phone? Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 0:10
  • Nick, Android phones are easily unlocked :D Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 0:14

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Does the five points need to come from site participation or does the 101 points you get from linking to another exchange count?

Methinks participation should be required.

  • This is a good question. We'll make participation required. I'll be sure to mention this when the official meta post is published Monday. Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 13:30

Due to limited space, contest tweets normally look something like this:

RT for a chance to win a Galaxy S II from android.stackexchange.com! <Open worldwide/US-only/etc.> Full details: link.to/details

I would suspect that most people won't look at the details if the quote includes the crucial info (who can enter). That should be enough to "hide" the extra entries (avoiding attracting spammers to the site or discouraging people who think they can't win with only 1 entry).

Couple that with a featured post here or a system message, and I think the contest should work well. And my vote is for a post here to increase one's chances by 3x :P


How will you link Twitter accounts with the persons stack exchange account? Will we have to register in some way?

  • Wanted to ask the same.. There's no separate place to put twitterid in account settings.
    – Marcin Gil
    Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 6:26
  • Maybe it'll be posted as a question on the site and we can use the tweet link feature? That'll probably register in the SO database that we've tweeted it. #guess Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 10:44
  • @BernhardHofmann - You'll simply have to add your twitter account to one of any of the fields in your SE profile. I will clarify the instructions when the official meta post is published Monday. Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 13:30
  • Thank you for clarifying that. Looking forward to a chance to win that great phone. (This comment written on my HTC WildFire.) Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 5:19

I think there could be some way to link tweet-driven contest entries directly to your twitter and stack-exchange account by using a hash tag that would register the tweeter for the contest. Wouldn't that also help with trending?


Umm - if everyone gets a 2x or 3x, you'll have the same probability of winning. It doesn't matter. You could do a 10x probability. Everything still remains the same.

Or did I miss something?

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    Lazy people will simply retweet rather than participate, so there is a scale.
    – shemnon
    Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 1:28
  • There's an SII at stake my friend! And 5 points = 2x (or 3x) the chances. Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 2:41

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