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Answer #1: experience as a question asker. NOTE: I tried to ask as many questions as possible. While I obviously was motivated by crass material rewards, I tried to ask even after reaching the required count to have the experiment work - I posted a total of 38 questions, 23 of them eligible for the contest, 11 of which after I already reached 14 required ...


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Parenting Is Different. I may not be a high rep. user on Stack Exchange as a whole, but I have hung around for a little under 3 years now, most of that time on Stack Overflow. I like to lurk. When I can answer a question I do and when I can't find the answer, I ask, but mostly I lurk. I like to watch the community. After being on Stack Overflow for almost ...


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Judging from the other answers here, the contest was very useful for quantifying some things that aren't working here. I don't think what was the goal of the contest however. I think the goal of the contest was to have a bit of fun while improving stats - increasing the number of questions, increasing the frequency of questions, increasing the involvement of ...


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I think the contest was interesting, and introduced some new questions certainly which is a boon for the site. I also think, though, that it probably introduced somewhat lower quality questions as a result. Not bad questions - they have to be upvoted - but it's just not possible to come up with so many questions over a short period of time. I don't know ...


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Results The following users have earned stickers: User N stickers tshirt ---------------------- - -------- ------ user3143 23 1 1 thebunk 8 1 Beofett 8 1 Joe 7 1 A very special notice for user3143 who not only earned a T-shirt, ...


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Answer #2: experience as answer-seeker. Obviously, the main point of asking questions on SE site isn't to get a positive experience or swag. It's to obtain useful answers. To that effect, I made sure to ONLY ask practical questions, ones I explicitly faced in my experience as a parent. I posted 38 total questions as part of the contest, and 3 more earlier ...


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The analysis of the contest would not be nearly as useful without the significant effort of user3143 who demonstrated a passion for parenting and treated this contest for its true purpose, a study. Super kudos and thanks! The contest had what I considered to be a rather rough challenge for the t-shirt — starting from the announcement, roughly every-...


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I had no idea that a competition was active. I asked my first question here in Aug 2011. That's obviously sub optimal. :-/ This is not the first time that SE employees have given special attention to ParentingSE. See, eg, Aarthi's activities which were part of activity creation plans. Here's a sample answer:- What is Heuristic play? This was during a ...


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I left that comment because a t-shirt is motivation enough for me to try but I have no use for stickers. Had I known in time and tried, I fear I would've run into many of the issues raised by user3143. Most of all, I fear that other users become frustrated, and dare I say, jealous, to see another user collecting rep so 'easily' (in truth fast doesn't ...


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