#Rumble-April

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#Rumble-April

BlackOrchid BlackOrchid
OK folks let us kick-off our first Community Rumble! Here's how it works; Nominate your favorite reviews (up to 3 maximum). Eligible reviews for this Rumble must have been submitted from April 1st-14th.

After all nominations have been submitted, we vote on our favorites! You have until Sunday 4/27 to submit nominations.

Let's get ready to Rumble!
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BlackOrchid BlackOrchid
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Apr 22, 9:08 am
Sincerely Yours, N Sincerely Yours, N
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Originally posted by BlackOrchid
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Thanks for the nomination!


Just to clarify - this Rumble is for reviews published from April 1 to April 14, correct? I just want to make sure, since there's one I'd like to nominate from the 19th.
Apr 22, 10:23 am
BlackOrchid BlackOrchid
I think so, lol. I just kind of threw this together, and I kind of forget how the past Rumbles were. I know there was a bit of a time lapse.

If anyone has any other suggestions feel free to message me, it only takes a couple seconds to post a new thread and start fresh!
Apr 22, 10:48 am
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by BlackOrchid
I think so, lol. I just kind of threw this together, and I kind of forget how the past Rumbles were. I know there was a bit of a time lapse.

If anyone has any other suggestions feel free to message me, it only takes a couple seconds to post a ...
I think you've done a good job so far! After I drop off the cake I baked for an order, I'm going to pick out some reviews! THANK YOU for being awesome enough to start this up
Apr 22, 11:13 am
BlackOrchid BlackOrchid
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Originally posted by wrecklesswords
I think you've done a good job so far! After I drop off the cake I baked for an order, I'm going to pick out some reviews! THANK YOU for being awesome enough to start this up
Thank-you, what a compliment. Maybe in the future we can figure out more details for this (a schedule, prizes, etc.) We need to continue to recognize the community that is here!
Apr 22, 12:49 pm
edeneve edeneve
good start BO.

The Rumble was weekly. but no matter. we can start our own rumble with our own rules. too bad the starting date is April. leaves out the opportunity for my 3/15 review. lol

I think having it every 2 weeks is good given the number of quality reviews being published these days. the nomination window was posted a week before the final voting date. if you don't remember the post listing the nominations voting, I can help.

not sure how we can work out having prizes. anyone out there with ideas?

I hope to see all of those still hanging on here participating. could be fun.
Apr 22, 1:46 pm
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by BlackOrchid
OK folks let us kick-off our first Community Rumble! Here's how it works; Nominate your favorite reviews (up to 3 maximum). Eligible reviews for this Rumble must have been submitted from April 1st-14th.

After all nominations have been ...
This is great, thanks for taking it on! I will have to think about what reviews to nominate! And I think the two week window is actually a good idea.

WARNING, the following is a stream of consciousness type of comment, sorry:

Damn, I really wish we had the ability to transfer points or gift cards to others!! Maybe we can have everyone donate a dollar, or maybe a quarter to an account we set up on PayPal, or someone who has one and can be trusted (I'd do it). Then we could buy gift cards and put them aside. Anyone who paid and then wins the rumble, would win a gift card, say like a $5 one or whatever amount we decide on. If those who win didn't participate by donating money, then they'd just get the recognition, but no gift card and we'd only award the gift cards when the winner was a monetary contributor.

(I just wrote that off the top of my head and I haven't fleshed it out, but let's get the ideas going! These are just thrown out ideas meant to help get us thinking. )

If we kept a thread where people could record that they donated the minimal amount, then we would compare that list to the list the receiver has of actual money put into the collection account.

Now I would be willing to donate my points to whomever wins and then uses the gift card to place an order...here's how we can do that: If they put what they want in a public wishlist, I can use the gift card to buy them the item and then I will use my points to get them the full 15% off the order, so they are getting that free as well (lets's face it, I have about 200,000 points, so I can't possibly use them all, so let me donate some of them?) Since it's a gift order, I would never see their address or info, just their screen name and the item(s) and I would use their gift card to pay and add my points to it and then they would receive their item. And yes,, I could keep a tally of people's gift card earnings, so if they wanted to stockpile the giftcards to use all on a one time order, that's fine (they'd have the gift card number(s) too and if they preferred to not use my points, then of course they could order themselves, the usual way. I am just trying to think of something I can donate to help sweeten the pot, especially to newer members who don't already have heaps of points.

We just need ideas and feedback. I am willing to help or let whomever else wants to take on the burden, no problem. You know what? I am going to ask Ilya if there is a way for me to cash in my points to buy gift cards to give away, how does that sound? They wouldn't have to supply the money so maybe they would go for it?!
Apr 23, 12:49 am
edeneve edeneve
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
This is great, thanks for taking it on! I will have to think about what reviews to nominate! And I think the two week window is actually a good idea.

WARNING, the following is a stream of consciousness type of comment, sorry:

Damn, I ...
I'm not sure how your idea works but I do remember that we can't give others gift cards. how can the points be put into PayPal. I've never heard of that.
Apr 23, 2:54 pm
BlackOrchid BlackOrchid
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Originally posted by edeneve
I'm not sure how your idea works but I do remember that we can't give others gift cards. how can the points be put into PayPal. I've never heard of that.
I think what WW meant was to set up a PayPal account that community members would donate a small amount of money. The money would then be used to purchase a Gift Card with cash, making it fully transferable and able to be used for the full face value.

However I thought GC's were only available in $25.00 and up denominations? Please let me know if not.
Apr 23, 5:49 pm
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
Quote:
Originally posted by BlackOrchid
I think what WW meant was to set up a PayPal account that community members would donate a small amount of money. The money would then be used to purchase a Gift Card with cash, making it fully transferable and able to be used for the full face ...
@BlackOrchid, you understood what I meant, thanks for trying to explain it to Edeneve!

As to the other issue of the gift card amount, I wasn't fully thinking, but yes, the minimum amount available for purchasing a gift card is in increments of $25. I didn't bother to go check as I was only brainstorming. but that sure would be a hell of an incentive to want to win, wouldn't it? (I realize if I donated points and the order was only $25, they would only receive and additional $3.75 off, but if they ordered more, or stockpiled gift cards and used more than one on an order, then the savings would go up if they used my points. I think I'll just make the offer to the winner and let them decide if they want to use my points or not.)

@Edeneve: When you buy a gift card, as opposed to get one with points, it's just a number attached to a certain amount of money that anyone can use to pay for their order at Eden -- it's not linked to an account, so anyone can use it. If everyone who was interested, donated an agreed upon amount to a special PayPal account, we could take that money and buy gift cards (even people without their own PayPal account can still use PayPal to transfer funds to others).

So, just for example...say we agree that $2.50 is the amount to donate and 10 people donate; we would have enough money to purchase one $25 gift card.

OK, I have been thinking on it a little more and I have a better idea about how to do this!

We could only have this gift card rumble once a month and the rest of the rumble wins would just be without prizes. We could have a special, once a month rumble (we'd specify the cut off dates) where the only entries are the reviews posted that month by those who contributed money. As long as they published a review in that previous month AND donated money, they would win the gift card if they won the special rumble. That way, we would have more time for people to donate and everyone who donated would be included in the special rumble and be ensured a chance to win back their money (and more, lol!). It's a lot like winning at poker...you ante up and if you win the hand, you win the pot! Those who don't ante up, don't get to play that hand, simple as that.

Now, if someone wants to sponsor a rumble and donate the entire gift card themself, that would be great, but I really doubt many people are going to want to give away that much money. I like the idea of anyone who wants to donate the minimum (or more if they wish, nothing says they can't donate whatever extra they want) having the chance to win all of it. If we accumulated enough to buy more than one $25 gift card that month, then the winner would win as much as we were able to purchase. Any extra amount left over that's under $25, would be forwarded into the next month's pot.

Now, let's say we don't gather enough money during one month to buy a $25 gift card. What do we do? I say we simply keep collecting and whenever we reach that $25 mark, then we have the rumble then and we include all the reviews published by contributors during that time. So, even if it takes a month and a half to reach $25, we would just include all contributor's reviews that published during the month and a half. That way no one who donated would ever find them selves excluded from the chance to win back their money! We are obviously not sure how this is going to work out, but I think this idea of mine is flexible enough to accommodate any changes we need to make. I wish I thought we had enough interest to be able to easily raise the $25 per week, but since this is a trial, I think the month time period might make it easier for people to get it figured out and arrange to publish a review and donate so they have a chance to win the money. If I had the funds to just buy the gift cards myself, I would try that, but in the end I think people would rather donate a little for a chance to win a lot. Let me know what you think!!

I would have no problem overseeing the PayPal account (we could use mine, I think people know they can trust me, at least I hope they do!) and I would be keeping a record of the names of people who donated. I would start a thread that would be a public place for those who donated to record their donation, the date and the amount. I would simply match the actual payments to the ones on the list (and any scammers would be weeded out, of course). I would simply need people to send me a PM with the email they would be using to send the PayPal account the money. We want to keep the emails private, of course. I would send the account info they need to send the money to and I would keep a list of who paid with what email address they used. I could then post on the thread in response (to everyone's comment about having paid) and acknowledge publicly that the money was indeed sent from them into the account. I think having this transparency will put people's minds at ease. Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas about any of this?

As much as I am open to feedback, I would also like to suggest that others come up with their own ideas instead of only going on mine. Did that make sense? Man, it's late and I am getting loopy! I think for now I have thought of a pretty good system and it takes into consideration ways to adjust depending on how long it takes to gather enough money, plus it only lets those who donated have the chance to win which I think is fair. If someone wants to donate the entire $25 gift card on their own for a rumble, then we would list them as the sponsor of that rumble and then ALL reviews published in that period would be eligible to win, as long as they got the most votes.

Now, how are we going to record and do the voting? I say someone (*ahem*, BlackOrchid, for instance ) posts a poll discussion listing each review as one choice. People can vote just like they take a poll. The person who starts the poll would have to set the closing date to be when the rumble cuts off, so there wouldn't be any way for people to vote after that time. The results would be publicly viewable (and I say we should be sure to keep the results anonymous, just saying) Then they can Post the winner either in that thread, or in a new one, though I say keep everything together so it's easier to find, but that's just my preference.

Well I hope I haven't put too many people off by such long posts!!! And if anyone doesn't understand, just ask me. I think this is a good approach, but i certainly would like to hear others (and see them fleshed out, as well). I really tried to think of everything, so let me know if this is something people would consider doing! I sometimes wonder if people would be willing to go to this much work, or if they are only interested in winning without participation beyond writing a review. of course, for now, unless we have generous sponsors who buy these gift cards, I don't see another way of doing this. I wish the lowest amount for a gift card was $5, then we'd have a MUCH easier time, but $25 is a sweet prize and just might lure more people!
Apr 24, 4:16 am
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
Don't hate me! I have another idea! Since we are likely to have a difficult time getting word out at first and gaining participation, I propose we have a special inauguratory rumble! All those who published a review anytime in the new year can submit ONE of their reviews of their choice to be included in this rumble as long as they also submit the entrance fee (the as yet to be determined amount to a PayPal account - I am happy to use mine for this, of course). Once we have enough entries to be able to purchase a $25 gift card (or we could make it a $50 one if there is a lot of interest early on and it looks like we could easily do that), we would then close the entry period and then open the voting period. Since only those reviews from people who donated money are included, the winner will get their investment back and more!

I got this idea from Edeneve's post above where she lamented that her review published in march would not be eligible for the latest rumble. I though what better way to get things rolling than to let people choose their review to submit and they will be more likely to pay the entrance fee because they feel confident they could win! Since this would be a special, one time deal before getting into the regular swing of things, we could even let people choose any single review they wrote out of ALL their reviews, no matter when they wrote it! It would be a little like a super rumble! I can see us doing this kind of rumble (where no one has to nominate someone else, you nominate your own review) once every 2 or three months and people could only nominate one of their reviews from within those months in subsequent super rumbles. It would only be the inaugural super rumble that would allow a review from any time.

I propose the entrance fee/donation (whatever you want to call it, but it's what's making the prize) for this super rumble should be more than we normally would have these be, so perhaps we can give a $50 gift card, maybe? I know if we are allowing people to enter any one review from anytime, we should figure on more interest and so we could likely get a great gift amount. Maybe with the subsequent bi-monthly or tri-monthly rumbles, we could close the entries once reaching $25 or $50 in the donation account (which would spur people to enter quickly lest they get closed out!). But for this first super rumble, we could just see how much we can raise the pot to in a certain amount of time? if it goes up to $100, so be it! I wonder if a $5 entrance fee would be acceptable? Perhaps that's too steep for people? How about $2.50? So if we at least get 10 entries at $2.50 each, we'll have a $25 gift card and a nice selection of reviews to choose from. If we seem to have a lot of interest, we could of course lower the amount to buy into the super rumble because we know we'll at least get to the $25 mark quickly. These are just suggested amounts off the top of my head. Any other ideas? Do people thin this would be at all popular? I know I for sure would enter the super rumble! And I'd certainly spend $2.50 to enter, $5, probably not since I don't have terrific reviews, lol!
Apr 24, 4:47 am
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
New idea to add onto this grand opus, lol! How about the winners from the regular rumbles that occurred during the period between the last super rumble and the new one, could as their prize for winning recieve a free entry into the next super rumble. Now, if the same person won more than one of the bi-weekly rumbles, then they would be the only oone to be able to nominate more than review of theirs in the super rumble. Now to me, that solves the issue of no prize for the regular rumbles. The winner would get a free entry in the super rumble for every win of theirs and if they win the super ruble, then they win the gift card despite not having donated money to enter.

OK, let me try to summarize my ideas to make this easier:

Regular Rumble:
-we will have the regular rumbles (perhaps every two weeks, whatever we decide on, but for now it's a two week period)
-regular rumbles have other people nominate the reviews
-the winner gets a FREE entry into the next super rumble. If someone wins more than one regular rumble, they will get as many free entries to the super rumble as they have wins!

Super Rumble:
-Once a month, or whenever we decide to set the period for
-Unlike the regular rumble, people must purchase an entry (like they would for a raffle).
-We are using the money to buy Eden gift cards . The lowest amount is $25 for a gift card. If we received more money than $25 during the entry period, we would just buy as high an amount of gift card as we could an all of it would go to the winner, or be split between tied winners. Any money under $25 that remains would roll over into the next super rumble's pot.
-For the very first super rumble, we will allow anyone who enters to nominate any review they have ever written! After that first super rumble though, the reviews people can nominate of their own (or someone else's, if they want to pay for someone else's entry), must be ones published during the period from the end of the last super rumble and the cut off entry deadline for the new one.
-There would only be one entry for each person per super rumble. ---Except! Winners of the regular rumbles (since the last super rumble) would be given one free entry per win. So, if someone bought an entry, but also won two regular rumbles, they would have three entries! This would be the benefit of winning a regular rumble; it would up your chances to win the super rumble gift card! Of course the regular rumble winners would not have to also purchase an entry, but they may if they would like to increase their chances to win! However, like for everyone else, they may only purchase one entry.
-The only way to enter more than one of your reviews is to win more than one regular rumble, or win one regular rumble and buy one entry, too.

---OK, I propose the entry fee be $2.50
-the money can be sent via PayPal to an account of our choosing (I volunteer my PayPal account and I would be happy to keep track of payments and buy the gift cards)
-A PayPal account is free and easy. (However, if someone is still hesitant to use PayPal and they want to risk getting the money to me on time via snail mail, they may send me a money order. Just contact me via PM for details.)
-Anyone who wants to send money should send me a PM and I will give them the info to my PayPal account, or for snail mail. If you choose snail mail, it;s not my fault if it doesn't get here before the close of the entry period. I will try to be helpful, of course, but I also can't use my own money to cover your entry assuming you really sent a money order in. I could easily be scammed out of the money that way.
-Once someone sends the money to the PayPal account, they will post in a thread I start and mention they paid, the date they did so AND they will post the link to their review they want to enter in the super rumble! I will compare that with the list I have of entries and then I will acknowledge their entry on the thread. (That way it's all kept public and no one need worry about their money being "lost")
-Having a page that shows who entered will give people a good idea of how big the winnings are getting!

So people, please let me know what you think about this idea? Or do you have better ideas? Please, let's brainstorm. I feel that unless we offer gift cards, no one is really going to continue to bother with the rumbles. So,, I cam up with a way to collect the funds and encourage the regular rumbles because the winners of those will want to get a free entry for a gift card. I figured by allowing people to nominate their own review, they would also feel better about spending the money. Do you think most people would gamble the $2.50 for a chance to win a $25 gift card or MORE?
Apr 25, 12:50 am
surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
New idea to add onto this grand opus, lol! How about the winners from the regular rumbles that occurred during the period between the last super rumble and the new one, could as their prize for winning recieve a free entry into the next super rumble. ...
I think that you have fantastic ideas, and after I'm done my exams I'm definitely going to add to this.
Apr 25, 8:05 am
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by surreptitious
I think that you have fantastic ideas, and after I'm done my exams I'm definitely going to add to this.
Thank you and it's nice to hear form someone, finally, lol! I know the long posts can be a turn off, but I tried to address all the issues I could! And I was really just brainstorming at first and then something came of it...
Apr 25, 11:39 am
edeneve edeneve
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
Thank you and it's nice to hear form someone, finally, lol! I know the long posts can be a turn off, but I tried to address all the issues I could! And I was really just brainstorming at first and then something came of it...
wow, I sure like your thinking process. great ideas WW. now it's to decide on "what". hope we can come to a consensus.
Apr 26, 6:49 pm
BlackOrchid BlackOrchid
Due to a lack of interest, this Rumble will not take place. Thank you to those who supported the idea, and especially WW for all of her thoughts and suggestion. Let's keep this thread open for any new ideas, and I will try for a Rumble again in a few months or sooner, if the interest is there.
Apr 28, 12:56 pm
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by BlackOrchid
Due to a lack of interest, this Rumble will not take place. Thank you to those who supported the idea, and especially WW for all of her thoughts and suggestion. Let's keep this thread open for any new ideas, and I will try for a Rumble again in a ...
Aww, I am sorry you had to cancel this, but I am still going to work on my idea and maybe if that gets off the ground, it will spur interest in all of this rumble business for the many people who aren't sure what it's all about. I also hope the chance to win a prize like the $25 gift card will encourage that interest, lol! I think we just didn't have enough of a way to drum up the interest with people not coming on the site every day like they used to. I know I didn't have time to even nominate some reviews with all else I am doing, so don't be discouraged, it's just bad timing, I think. And I thank you, BlackOrchid, for trying to get it all going!

Even if for my idea we just have several members participating, it would still be worthwhile entertainment for those of us involved (and others could certainly vote and ask to be included next time). I hope that seeing there is something going on that can win people a prize will get others interested. I think it's a matter of no one wanting to get behind an idea that takes work, but might fail. No worries, I have spend more time on my idea and I am preparing to send invitations to people, so perhaps the first few super rumbles (or whatever I decide to call it) will be invitation only, who knows? (Maybe I'll call it "The Invitational", lol!) I invite any ideas either on the thread here, or via PM!
Apr 28, 2:57 pm
edeneve edeneve
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Originally posted by BlackOrchid
Due to a lack of interest, this Rumble will not take place. Thank you to those who supported the idea, and especially WW for all of her thoughts and suggestion. Let's keep this thread open for any new ideas, and I will try for a Rumble again in a ...
I think the lack of interest is because there aren't many of us still hanging on. I just messaged 2 people this thread. hopefully they will read it & respond. and newbies are most likely not checking out the forum. probably only looking for free toys. then, when they find out it's not so easy, they disappear.

so don't give up your idea BO. it's still a good idea.
Apr 29, 2:39 pm
edeneve edeneve
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
Aww, I am sorry you had to cancel this, but I am still going to work on my idea and maybe if that gets off the ground, it will spur interest in all of this rumble business for the many people who aren't sure what it's all about. I also hope ...
just several members participating is a great idea. we don't have to have a lot of competition. remember, we're setting this up to meet our ideas.

one thing to consider is the small number of those still hanging on & sporadically writing reviews. so the time frame extended to, let's see, one Rumble per month, maybe that will give all of us writing 1 review per month. if we all don't get the chance to write 1 review per month, maybe the Rumble could be for 2 months.

WW, you have come up w/ some well thought-out ideas & have been diligent in trying to make the Rumble work. thanks for all your effort & time.
Apr 29, 2:46 pm
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by edeneve
just several members participating is a great idea. we don't have to have a lot of competition. remember, we're setting this up to meet our ideas.

one thing to consider is the small number of those still hanging on & ...
Thanks, Edeneve! I agree there needs to be a different time window for the reviews which is why I came up with the idea that we can self-nominate ANY review we ever wrote! Sure, only one nomination per person, but with the ability to use any of the reviews you wrote, more people can participate!

Maybe, in future super rumbles, we could limit the review to one written in the past 3 months or 6 months. I initially though doing the past one month might work, but it should definitely be longer, especially as those remaining and interested in doing this probably have larger collections and/or what we buy now tends to be expensive, so we tend to purchase more sporadically - and therefore, don't review as frequently.
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