One post per device for rooting questions is OK. Don't even make them CW, this only prevents people from answering because they don't get any reputation. They will automatically become CW when it's time for it.
I don't think that this contest should be open to anyone and everyone.
... it should have been/should be limited to users with at least some history
of participation on the site.
Noooo. Contests are here to attract and recruit new users. The problem comes from the general concept of the contest. IMHO most "kindle-fire" questions didn't produce good ...
I've been lurking on Android-SE for months, on-and-off, mostly to flag a few things every day, to check for something I can answer (mostly non-existent, with the 1+ year old device I currently have). I've seen the promotions previously, and while a good idea generally (who wouldn't mind free stuff?!), I always thought something like "this probably won't work ...
I am very unlikely to root my device, so I don't really have any skin in this game.
That said, I do believe the current canonical question is getting too big and unwieldy.
I think "How do I root device X" or, even better, "How do I root Y class of devices" is a good way to go.
I'm concerned, though, about the different ways one can root a device. I would ...
There is so much text here, so I will keep it short:
I had the same thought. Tag based promotion just doesn't work well on AN.SX. IMHO the best promotion is purely reputation based, with a slight addition. Something like:
Questions Week - earn XXX rep by asking questions within a week
Answers Week - earn XXX rep by answering questions within a week
I share your concerns. I've been deleting non-answers on all the questions — most of which have been flagged — but Al has undeleted some. I haven't heard from him yet but I would assume he's trying to offer the benefit of the doubt and give everyone a chance at the contest.
I totally understand that point of view, but I am really uncomfortable ...
I was a little disappointed when I opened this and discovered that I will not be receiving free ice cream sandwiches all week, but this idea is neat, too.
One suggestion: Could we enforce some kind of minimum question score in order to be eligible for any drawings? Entering everybody would allow people to post really bad questions like "Why is ICS so ...
We have winners!
Congratulations to users JT703, Martin, Flow, masterjo and Erowlin, who will each receive a Kindle Fire in the mail.
Of dozens of answers submitted for 23 22 eligible questions, 66 answers remain undeleted by moderators today, with 4 marked correct by question askers during the contest period.
19 users were included in the random drawing,...
I definitely agree that these are valid concerns. One of our biggest challenges is finding promotions that have an effect. It seems like we've found ways to generate a temporary spike in questions, but that doesn't necessarily translate into users that stick around. Our theory was that if you generate enough spikes, there will be the occasional user that ...
I like the idea, but the proposed questions have the problems that Matthew Read has pointed out.
Would it be better to perhaps choose some of the currently unanswered questions here, find the more interesting ones, and promote those?
You have real questions from real people
Little chance of being closed as subjective, dupe, or off-topic, because presumably ...
I really like the idea, I think there are a lot!!
Here there are some of them:
Block all sounds going out through speaker when headphone connected
How can I fix the WiFi button or prevent WiFi errors when turning it off and back on?
Thanks for posting this; I agree fully.
Tags are tricky across all SE sites, but in my experience we do have somewhat unique problems with them here. Gaming has had issues with meta tags that we haven't, for example, but on the other hand most of their tags are really easy to evaluate. For example, their swtor tag is applied only to questions about The ...
As a new user i know i don't have something to say.
But personally i had never heard of this site before Android Guys wrote an article about your competition, and it was perfect because i had a question which i have looked for in the past month and haven't found any answers too. And suddenly i had a chance to both get a answer on my question and a chance to ...
In going back through the unanswered questions, the following twelve seemed to be more likely to garner a response or interest from average user types.
Why does a single MMS message show up as three separate download
How can I download email attachments only when requested?
Multiple USB Storage Devices on Honeycomb
Text-to-speech reader for ...
This is great. Any way we can create a system message or do something else to nudge users to dig thru the old unanswered questions and submit them here? Or how about... can you sort old unanswered questions by view count (I can't) to see what garners interest today?
I'd like to maybe nominate 10 or 15 old questions for this initiative & attach a "bounty"...
There are many that are good questions and also very hard to answer, generally due to obscurity. There are some that seem more broadly useful if solved, though. One that stood out:
Samsung Galaxy 5 Wi-fi stops working: "ar6000 driver fails to load" (August)
And a newer one:
How can I download email attachments only when requested? (October)