[maemo-community] Coding competition 2011 - mass emailing

From: Felipe Crochik felipe at crochik.com
Date: Tue Nov 8 14:49:05 EET 2011
Just my 2ct (warning: haven't been involved with the discussions and/or

A few assumptions about the goal of sending the emails and/or using the
"election by tokens":
1. let people know
2. prevent a very very small number of developers from trying to cheat the
system by creating new accounts and voting multiple times.

Is that all necessary? Sure we had a few problems on the last competition
using the forum voting but it mostly just worked.

At this point I think the criteria for who can vote or not should be as
close as possible to "one vote for anybody that has a n900 and has
installed the applications"

The competition has ended so long ago I think it would better to just get
the voting done the simplest way possible (forum?) and move on. Just make
clear the voting rules before starting (no new accounts starting xxxx?;
only people that own n900 can vote, ...) and let the community or a small
committee (council+organizers) have the last work.


On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 6:54 AM, Andrew Flegg <andrew at bleb.org> wrote:

> On 8 November 2011 11:32, Cosimo Kroll <zehjotkah at googlemail.com> wrote:
> >
> > "It would be interesting if they could give figures on how the number
> varies
> > with different karma thresholds, and if they could say at which number of
> > users they are happy emailing (e.g. are they happy when the number goes
> > below 10,000, below 5,000, or what, and what karma threshold does this
> > correspond to)."
> It's not just about the mass of emails being sent out, but the
> likelihood of people resenting receiving the email, appreciating the
> email or participating in the poll.
> 57,000 people are *not* going to vote in the Coding Competition. The
> question is to find out how to target those who are likely to. High
> participation in the forums or rating products is likely to be an
> indicator (I would've thought). As is more recent karma (people who
> created accounts in 2005 for the 770 may well have fallen by the
> way-side).
> So, the flip side challenge to you as the Coding Competition
> organisers is: who do you expect to participate, and how can that
> demographic be identified?
> I assume you've got the emails to be sent carefully crafted already,
> and are on the wiki for crowdsourcing review? (The other aspect about
> mass emailing is ensuring the email itself is as polished as
> possible).
> Cheers,
> Andrew
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