With the recent success of Gaming's contests, it got me thinking about our potential as a site to run similar contests. I would like to get an idea from the community about my ideas for contests and rewards for said contests. Obviously, these would have to wait until we graduate from beta and have a much larger user base so these are a bit off and keep that mind when discussing these ideas. Again,
These ideas are my own and do NOT represent any ideas of the SE team of employees, CHAOS, and whoever else is affiliated with Stack Exchange, these are just my ramblings for contest ideas.
Because of the nature of SE sites (Q&A) the only reliable way to do a contest is by tracking it by a specific tag. For a recent example, we could do a question for The Avengers. Anyone with the best combined vote score in Questions and Answers in any movie in The Avengers series including: iron-man, iron-man-2, incredible-hulk-2008, thor, captain-america, or avengers. These Q&A's would have be from when the contest started to give everyone an even ground. The prizes could include every movie in the series on DVD or Blu-Ray or maybe some kind of collector item relating to the series, etc (obviously the prizes would probably have to depend on what SE could give us a budget for).
Another example could be, instead of a series, a director's line of work like christopher-nolan or steven-spielberg and the same concept as above, with the winner getting say, up to 5 of the movies from that director's catalog.
The first example would be the purpose of riding along a popular movie's release like The Avengers, while the second example could be a director/series of the week contest or just, again, ride along a director's latest release's popularity.
Obviously, all these details would have to be hammered out between us and the SE team but for the moment, I wanted to garner some ideas and reactions to these kinds of contests on our site once we reach a certain popularity (probably after graduation from beta). The success of these contests for gaming has been staggering to the point where they are as huge as the original trilogy of SE sites. This is a goal I know we can accomplish in the future.
As stated, I wanted to see how the community would want to formulate these kind of things or if anyone has any ideas on different contest or prizes that you would like to see (within reason of course).
As always, we can always promote the site by tweeting and sharing questions, showing friends, and just general participation on the site.