Hopefully, this contest will inspire the more prosperous among us to do the same. If I can do it, anyone can. HP can simply transfer the $25 from the contest sponsor's account to the designated winner's account.
Am contemplating my selection criteria... A. Most useful article, in my opinion? B. Most entertaining article, in my opinion? C. Best SEO, in my opinion? D. Lottery? E. Popular Vote? F. Selected without explanation?
I am in. That would prove helpful to me at this point in time. So, how should we submit our entries? And, can we write on any topic? And, the length? I too wonder why they stopped holding contest. The last time they held a contest, If I am correct, was in 2009.
Thanks, but my word is my bond. If this entices HP to loosen the purse strings a little bit, it is well worth it. There's a lot of us poor folks out there. What is chicken feed to HP is big bucks to us.
I've decided we've all had enough of grammar, punctuation, spelling, SEO, topic suitability, content, and all the rest of it. It just wears one down. Then I remembered that HP has also done lotteries. So why not I?
So that is what I will do. For me to pick an article on merit implies that the other articles are not meritorious. Besides, a lottery will be much more fun; especially this lottery. The number draw will be done by an impartial, third-party. It will happen online and in real-time; that way we can all share in the drama. No, I'm not doing a video. The Dow Jones Index will pick the winning number. More about that next week; which day, which digit, and all that.
Entry limit remains at 10. There are still three entry slots available. The first seven entries have already been assigned a number; three more to go.
As mentioned earlier, Mr. Dow Jones will be picking the winner of this contest. Here’s the details:
The digit to the immediate left of the decimal point is our key number.
As an example: if the Dow closes at 25,123.45, then the winning number would be 3. Another example: if the Dow closes at 25,678.90, then the winning number would be 8.
This digit placement selection should provide sufficient drama and intrigue from about a half-hour before the close and after trading has finished for the day. Even though the trading is done, the Dow may still be receiving and calculating lagging data. We won’t know the actual winning number until the site states:”Official Close MM/DD/YYYY. That timely note will appear below the number. That could take time or it could not. Someone is going to be having an elevated heartbeat for a little while.
Once the site states ”Official Close” we will know the winning number. Different media sites have been known to post slightly conflicting numbers; this is due to benign causes. For this reason the below site will be our final arbiter. Right or wrong; whatever it says, goes.
The Index number we are interested in is at upper-left. Ignore the data below the graph. That is an entirely different mess with different parameters and differently derived data; it is irrelevant to the contest. For our purposes; that large, upper-left number above the graph is our sole lottery determinator. After all, all we are looking for is something that provides an impartial random number in an interesting way.
I am posting this draft early, purpose being to see if there are any potential problems I have overlooked. Everyone, including me, can be checking out the site for the next few days. Hopefully, any potential problems will be spotted beforehand.
THE ACTUAL LOTTERY DAY HAS NOT BEEN SELECTED YET. I’ll give at least a day’s notice.
Now that is a cool way to select a winner although I don't know why you would give away money at this time. Good for a smile today anyway so I guess that is worth it in itself. Thank you paradigmsearch for adding a little excitement for the hubpage community.
Well. The ticker page that will be picking the winner worked fine again today. However, they have fallen down on the job as far as using the "Official Closing" label; so I'll be scrapping that particular nuance. Shouldn't be a problem, the contest remains on for tomorrow.
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