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09/13/2005 11:44:00 PM · #1
As DPChallenge continues to grow, so do the number of weekly challenge entries. Open challenges routinely draw 400 or more entries a week, and many have reported that they find it difficult to vote and to comment meaningfully on that many entries.

We believe that the existence of a weekly free challenge is beneficial to DPChallenge and the community as a whole. As such, we feel it is important to keep the Open challenge useful and relevant to all users. To help do this, we are looking at ways we can meet the seemingly conflicting goals of keeping the challenges manageable in size, while still keeping them open to all who wish to participate. For the remainder of the month, we will be experimenting with one of those options.

Through the end of September, we will be running two Open Challenges per week; however, you will only be able to enter one of those challenges each week. You may choose which challenge you prefer. This experiment only affects the Open Challenges. Members may enter any and all Member challenges available.

Please note that this is only an experiment, and one of many options we could ultimately use to control the Open challenge sizes. As always, we welcome your feedback on this experiment, and we especially welcome your constructive suggestions for improvement.
09/13/2005 11:46:18 PM · #2
I like it! Nice direction for an answer to this dilema. And a choice to boot.... :)
09/13/2005 11:48:29 PM · #3
I really like this idea....seems like a fair way to do it without losing the original DPChallenge feel.
09/13/2005 11:48:37 PM · #4
I honestly think this is a wonderful experiment, and I truly think it'll do well.
09/13/2005 11:48:46 PM · #5
Do you vote on the one you're in, the one you're not in, or can you vote in both?
09/13/2005 11:49:11 PM · #6
Here here! This is what I would have suggested, myself. It's good and fair, and remains true to the purpose of the Challenges.
09/13/2005 11:49:28 PM · #7
You should be able to vote in both since you dont have to enter a challenge to vote in it.
09/13/2005 11:49:33 PM · #8
Sounds like a great idea! Count me in.
09/13/2005 11:50:18 PM · #9
Bravo!
09/13/2005 11:50:36 PM · #10
Originally posted by crabappl3:

Do you vote on the one you're in, the one you're not in, or can you vote in both?


At least for the experiment, you may vote in either or both challenges.

-Terry
09/13/2005 11:50:51 PM · #11
brilliant!
09/13/2005 11:50:56 PM · #12
Originally posted by ttreit:

You should be able to vote in both since you dont have to enter a challenge to vote in it.


Yes, if you wish to vote in both, that is fine.

Edit:
Damn, too slow!


Message edited by author 2005-09-13 23:51:18.
09/13/2005 11:51:29 PM · #13
Great idea it keeps the site fresh.
09/13/2005 11:53:16 PM · #14
I think it is a great idea, hope it works out. Sounds good to me, at least. :)
09/13/2005 11:53:17 PM · #15
yay, I love this idea
09/13/2005 11:54:44 PM · #16
This seems like a great idea!!! As a relative newcomer, I am finding the open challenge voting o be a bit difficult.

I hope the experiment is a success.
09/13/2005 11:55:22 PM · #17
I love how you guys continue to keep this place a great place to be. I hope this works, sounds like a good solution to the problem.
09/13/2005 11:56:49 PM · #18
simple. I am on board.
09/13/2005 11:57:31 PM · #19
why end the experiment so soon?
09/13/2005 11:57:50 PM · #20
Cool beans!

Robt.
09/13/2005 11:58:40 PM · #21
I like the idea. You will probably have to have two similar challenges to keep most from entering the same one.
09/13/2005 11:59:06 PM · #22
Two topics and only being able to enter one is a great idea. It would also be beneficial to look at the two topics coming up and try to make sure they would have equal levels of appeal, or try to anyway. It would help balance the number of entrants in those two challenges.
09/14/2005 12:01:54 AM · #23
Sounds like an awesome experiment. Kudos to you D&L. Not only may it help to keep volume of entries manageable, but gives us choices! Yay. I know sometimes I just can't get motivated in the available given challenges, but then again, hehehe, now if all of them give me inspiration...I will have a busy week and a tough choice !!! :-P
Seriously, great job guys, this sounds great.
09/14/2005 12:02:23 AM · #24
Originally posted by art-inept:

why end the experiment so soon?


In that amount of time we should be able to tell whether the experiment is meeting the need, accepted by the community, and generally making DPChallenge a better place to be. It's possible that we'll be perfectly happy with the results and continue forever with the experiment format. It's also possible that we'll find it's not working and all and pursue other options entirely... or we may find the idea largely worked, but that with some changes it could be even better.

-Terry
09/14/2005 12:03:41 AM · #25
Great idea! Should make the home page a little bigger now - oh great - now I gotta' get a new monitor.

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