וְגַ֣ם ׀ אֲנִ֣י שָׁמַ֗עְתִּי אֶֽת־נַאֲקַת֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל
(Exodus 6:5; Cf. 3:7,9)
I noticed some discussion surrounding those answer contests that would occur around here on occasion. I am here today to act benevolently and turn slightly to those bygone days.
Here's how I envisioned the contest:
The contest will last for twelve days. This is so that when six days have already elapsed, those who have only just heard about it will have a chance to join.
The starting date will be 24 of Teves, this Friday the 8th. The concluding day will be 6 of Shevat, the 19th of January. The points will be awarded the following day, on Wednesday, Besiyata Deshemaya. I presume that the time zones will follow the Stack Exchange network as was implemented in the past (as I recall).
The objective is to collect the largest amount of collective upvotes by answering questions on Mi Yodeya. Therefore, theoretically, if your answer received thousands of votes, you would be able to win with that single answer.
This is important to note: A qualifying answer must have a minimum of 3 votes. This is to prevent abuse. These are 3 upvotes that any given answer you 'submit' i.e. answer must have to qualify. This means that the public appearance of the votes must show a 3 or higher. Once a question passes this threshold it can qualify for your personal sum of total upvotes. If an answer has 3 upvotes and later receives a downvote which brings its value to 2, it will be disqualified. If you feel that this threshold of abuse prevention is too large, please leave a comment or an answer to engage the community's sentiments regarding this matter.
Let's review: Suppose user x has 10 answers each with 5 upvotes visible to the public, that user will then have a sum of 50 points towards winning.
I have not seen it necessary to limit the contest to answers for questions asked during a particular period of time in the history of this website.
I expect a participating contestant to post an answer for themselves, as well as regularly update it to keep score of their standings in the contest, and so that there is a mitigation of confusion. In the past we have used a single answer to keep track of the contestants, I don't think that is a good route to take for this one.
There are several levels of prizes, therefore it is important to the know exactly where each contestant stands. Additionally, it is a central location to catalogue answers which others may want to vote on.
- First prize points 1500 - Winner: Harel13
- Second prize points 750 - Winner: Dov
- Third prize points 350 - Winner: Joel K
- Fourth prize points 200 - Winner: רבות מחשבות
- Fifth prize point 100 - Winner: Kazi bácsi
If you inspect my profile you will notice that I have a long history of handing out exorbitant amounts of bounty. Furthermore, you will notice that because of that my ranking has rarely soared very high, usually settling down to the same homeostasis.
I am adding a new element to this contest, which, as I recall, did not previously exist: An official theme song of the contest. The purpose of which may indeed be quite trivial, I'd like to propose one nonetheless. Suppose one would like to excel into the upper realms of this contest, but feels as if that goal is currently difficult to reach. Thus, do I propose, to listen to the theme song to focus one's abilities and maintain the motivation to continue moving forward. I imagined an engaged partaker of this contest speedily navigating a Sefaria webpage with a dozen sources while intently fixed onto the melodies in Zusha'a East Shtetl (our theme song: http://y2u.be/ub8r9NIiu14).
I'm sure I've missed many things here--let us know!