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Default [Finished] OSNN, Buzz Corps and HP Magic Giveaway

Welcome to the OSNN, Buzz Corps and HP Magic Giveaway!


OSNN has once again teamed up with the great people at Buzz Corps [ http://www.buzzcorps.com ] and HP [ http://www.hp.com ] as well as many other technology sites to give away some fantastic prizes over this holiday season worth over $6000.

I suggest you give this entire post a good read as to avoid any misunderstandings but feel free to ask any questions!

So what is up for grabs?

While we only had one prize in the 31 days of the dragon, this time we have many great prizes:
I have all the hardware here and although I have currently only had a good look at the TouchSmart so far although I will endeavor to check out as much as I can and post my thoughts on my blog. In the mean time you can find more information on the HP page here: http://www.hp.com/united-states/camp...blogger-magic/.

There are also fifty sites taking part in this competition and each site has been allowed to make up there own rules, so to increase your chances be sure to check out all the blogs listed on the link above!

So what do you have to do?

The theme of this competition is a giveaway in the spirit of the holidays and my idea for a competition stems around awarding others for making great posts.

The regular members and the more astute among you will have noticed that I have been fiddling with the reputation system for the last few days. This system is something that came with vBulletin 3.x several years ago and we have never really had a serious use for it... until now.

The site has two numbers to do with reputation: reputation and power. The first is your total amount of reputation recieved and power is the amount of reputation that you can give others.

Reputation power is increased by post count, join date and reputation as detailed here:

Default Reputation: 0
Registration post count factor: 1 power per 20 posts made
Reputation count factor: 1 power per 50 reputation
Minimum post count to give reputation to others: 21
Daily reputation click limit: 20
Reputation spread: 15
The last two are important for keeping things fair and will only allow a single person to give reputation 20 times a day while ensuring that 15 people must recieve reputation before the first can again from that particular person.

Of course existing long term members will have more reputation power but the competition is not about the amount of power you have but the reputation you obtain! Having high power in no way guarantees high reputation (I have clearly just spammed 17,000 posts for example)

How do you get reputation? By making great posts here on the forums. This can be funny posts, answering technical questions or posting anything interesting. What defines you recieving reputation is down to each member who will be giving it.

Sadly this doesn’t leave a winning path for getting an OSNN tattoo on your leg or at least not directly, although I suspect such a post would gain reputation for the novelty.

I also believe the best way of getting reputation is not begging for it so keep that in mind!

How do you give reputation? Simply click on the to the left of each post and you can leave reputation (which is a total of your power at the time) as well as a little bit of feedback.

To enter the competition you obviously have to have agreed to the points made in this post, so to ensure you do I have created an additional step you must follow to say you want to be part of the competition.
You will need to access your user control panel here: http://forum.osnn.net/profile.php?do=editprofile


As shown in the screenshot, down at the bottom is an option to enter the competition and then all that will remain is to make some great posts and earn the respect and reputation of your fellow members.

Who can enter?

Any email-validated registered user is able to enter this competition other than myself, OSNN staff and my family! I have removed the need for first posts to be moderated to alleviate the expected influx of new members. Potentially you could sign up several times but each time you could technically be diluting your own chances of winning and of course I would soon clear up this foul play so I ask that you only use a single account!

Winners will be selected from the users with over 20 posts and the user with the highest reputation will be able to select a single prize from the list so in total there will seven winners with the following ten recieving an additional year of advert free OSNN.

Is there anything else?

Everyone’s reputation has been reset to zero (although original reputations have been backed up to be re-added once the competition is over) with everyone starting in the same position.

As mentioned before the reputation system can potentially be open to abuse and while I have done my utmost to ensure (and will both check the system during and after the competition) that it will remain fair, but I reserve the right to change things as I see fit as we go along.

Good luck, good posting, hello to any new members and I am looking forward to seeing the direction that the competition takes! If you have any questions feel free to post away.

The reputation system will be disabled once more at some point next Friday, the totals checked and a list of winners will either be contacted first or posted and then they can decide if they want their selected prize to be shipped to them or forwarded to a worthy cause.

Winners will need to have supplied a valid email address and then supply a valid name, phone number and address.

Please note that anyone that wins a physical prize in this competition will not be welcome to enter in any consecutive competition that OSNN might launch. Any winner of the prior competition is not eligable for a physical prize.

Any winner of a physical prize from sites also taking part in the 'HP MAGIC GIVEAWAY' competition are also not eligable to win a physical prize in this competition.

Scary important stuff partially stolen from Geekzone (sorry Mauricio!)
  • Your personal information is not being sold or distributed to any other company and is used solely for communication between OSNN and yourself.
  • No purchase is necessary to participate in this competition.
  • The winner will be notified via private message and/or e-mail. An e-mail reply to confirm the contact details will be requested.
  • The confirmation reply must be sent back in 48 hours otherwise another entry will be selected.
  • If the e-mail address is invalid (e-mail bounces) then another draw will be conducted.
  • Postage is paid.
  • In case the winner is an U.S. resident, he or she will receive a check to offset any taxes associated with the prize. If the winner is outside of the US, any duty associated with the shipment coming into your country will be covered. Please note that if you are in the US you will be required to fill out a W9 form and submit it to us before the prize can be shipped to you.
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1.0 - Initial post
1.1 - Reputation power adjusted
1.2 - Adjusted rules and prizes, changes are in red
1.3 - Rules that won't apply to this specific contest
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Old December 12th, 2008 Top | #2

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This sounds like a simple contest, thanks for making it simple Electronic Punk! I will definitely be entering this. Guys don't forget to Edit your profile and select that you're entering the HP Magic Giveaway. As Electronic Punk mentioned, you can go to the following URL to fill in the form:
http://forum.osnn.net/profile.php?do=editprofile

Good luck to everyone entering in this contest.

I have just a question for Electronic Punk. So the winner for each prize will be decided depending on the amount of reputation points right? Example: Person with highest reputation points gets the HP Touchsmart, while the second highest gets the HP HDX or do they get to choose the prize they want?
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yay
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yay for you lot maybe
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Originally Posted by Gigabot View Post
This sounds like a simple contest, thanks for making it simple Electronic Punk! I will definitely be entering this. Guys don't forget to Edit your profile and select that you're entering the HP Magic Giveaway. As Electronic Punk mentioned, you can go to the following URL to fill in the form:
http://forum.osnn.net/profile.php?do=editprofile

Good luck to everyone entering in this contest.

I have just a question for Electronic Punk. So the winner for each prize will be decided depending on the amount of reputation points right? Example: Person with highest reputation points gets the HP Touchsmart, while the second highest gets the HP HDX or do they get to choose the prize they want?
Hmm, I guess thats a nice idea with the top person getting to choose which gift they would like to keep (or give to a noble cause - anything)


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if the winner doesn't take the touchsmart we will send them for a cat scan, unless hey already have a touchsmart
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I have removed join date as as a factor for gaining reputation and changed the numbers a bit.

New members will gain a reputation point at 20 and be able to start giving away rep points after 21 posts.

Feel free to be generous with rep where it is worthy, I am expecting some big reputation totals, but then that is nothing new!


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if the winner doesn't take the touchsmart we will send them for a cat scan, unless hey already have a touchsmart
Agreed. If the winner doesn't chose that, there is deff something wrong with them.


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That TouchSmart is REALLY nice looking... I want one!
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Originally Posted by bmclaughlin807 View Post
That TouchSmart is REALLY nice looking... I want one!
$2100.00 at your local bestbuy: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....&ref=16&loc=01


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A lot of people may not know about the reputation system so it's good to put a reminder somewhere in your signature so people leave you a rep whenever they find a helpful post of yours. I recommend people to add the following line in their signature so people remember to give reputation to those that deserve it:
If you find my post helpful please press the button to thank me.
I hope this helps people and gives meaning to the reputation system.
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I know that everyone is trying to win a great prize. So for that I want to wish everyone good luck. Whoever wins something I will be very happy for you. I am trying to give some reputation to someone but I don't see any stars to the left. I was just wondering if I am doing something wrong? To be honest I have had my computer for 5 years and I still don't know how to do some of the websites. I wish everyone a merry christmas and a happy new year. I am going to say congratulations now to whoever wins this prize.
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The Touchsmart is a sweet computer. I am new around here. I just learned about the site via the contest, so I'm looking forward to checking things out.
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Any email-validated registered user is able to enter this competition other than myself, OSNN staff and my family!
Who is considered staff?
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My husband drools over that Touch every time he lays eyes on it. I'm pretty sure he dreams about it too... lol

Thanks OSNN for giving us all a chance to enter! Looking forward to winning and sharing the prizes...
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Originally Posted by Electronic Punk View Post
How do you give reputation? Simply click on the to the left of each post and you can leave reputation (which is a total of your power at the time) as well as a little bit of feedback.
OK feeling stupid & I hope I'm excused for it since it's late, I'mn ew to this and I'm at work.
I don't see any . On any of the posts. Anywhere. And I reset my browsers ad/image blockers already.
Um. Help?

~Raven
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Who is considered staff?
If you have to ask...
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I have to ask cause that button to enter is at the bottom of my profile.
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Originally Posted by technomom View Post
My husband drools over that Touch every time he lays eyes on it. I'm pretty sure he dreams about it too... lol

Thanks OSNN for giving us all a chance to enter! Looking forward to winning and sharing the prizes...
Well good luck in this contest technomom! I hope your husbands wish comes true. There are still many websites left for the contest and I hope to win at least the HP HDX for my college studies. Looks like you're already off to a great start here, keep it up.
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