So as we all know, OC is confronting with this problem when it comes to competitions - members activity. I took a look at the competitions category, at the rules, the structure and the way you create the contests and I realized you need some improvements.
Firstly, it is not necessary to separate a contest like that: one topic for the contest itself to be made for rules and discussions and another topic for voting. People'll get lazy and it's just not right imo. It doesn't look professional at all. Here's what I think you should do:
Make only one topic about the rules of the section so that you won't write them down again at each SOTW. Make only one topic for the week, where users should post their signatures freely. After they all post, the moderator that created the contest should just make a post there ("START VOTE") and users would just vote their favourite sig. Discussions should ONLY be posted by users after the moderator announced the winner, in the same topic.
I believe this is a better structure and a well organized way to make contests.
Here is a model of SOTW contest that you may want to use:
Theme: (ex: guild wars)
Size: (ex: horizontal AND vertical)
Duration: (ex: 5 days)
Prize: SOTW award and 10 points.
Rules: <Link to the topic>
Secondly, I see that you only offer a 'contest winner' prize when someone wins sotw and after winning 2 or more times the user won't be able to win again for we should let others users win too. That would mean the people that won the contest winner prize already might not participate again just because it is guaranteed they won't win. Here's what I think you should do:
As far as I know, there are two categories for contests (SOTW and POTF) and hopefully you will create MOTW. Wouldn't be a lot better to make a separate prize for sotw, a separate prize for potf and one for motw? One advantage is that people will try to participate in each contest so that they will have the whole package. And it is more organized that way. Also, I suggest installing a plugin for points. When someone wins a contest, he gets the sotw or the potf award but also 5 or 10 points. This way, people will take part even if they had already won an award. And so, in the index page of OC, right in the left would be a little place called "The Richest Members": and there would be like 5 or 10 members that have collected the most points through competitions.
Edited by WOLAND, 15 April 2014 - 04:25 AM.