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Originally Posted by CheapskateCongratulations to the winners, and a special nod to Nate/Editor22, who cut parts for two of these rigs.;)
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogI agree with a lot of what jrs77 had to say there, not everything but a lot. To put it quite simply I am a long time member and follower of Bit-Tech and CPC and I have totally lost interest in the modding articles and features. I have tried to explain the reasons for this and usually face stiff opposition which tries to justify the choices made in putting these articles together. But I repeat, I have lost interest... and I am not alone. It has been made quite clear in various ways that the modding community and interaction is getting smaller and more insular, that should be seen as an issue and not a reason to perpetuate the current direction.
The fact that the issue of highly financed and sponsored builds becoming the norm and ever present isn't being seen as a future problem is shocking to me as there is only one result from this, the elite few who can, will and everyone else won't stand a chance. Take that as you will and you are welcome to disagree but readers and potential future modders are being lost, there is no doubt about that.
Originally Posted by AttilaCongratulations to the winners. I'm surprised by the result and only voted for Keirs build out of the winners, but that's nothing new, I get surprised every year. :) This year I expected cheaps to have a good shot at winning.
@ jrs77 In regards to the prizes offered for the winners of MOTY. The prize list has been declining in quantity and value over the years, and this is unfortunate. Here's why......................
I'll give you an example of just how useful these prizes are for a dedicated modder/builder.
When I won the MOTY 2009 with CX1, the prize list was fairly large and came out to a value exceeding A$3000. More importantly though, among the prizes were high (ish) end processor, a high end motherboard, high end RAM, GFX card, PSU, SSD etc. All these went into my next build. In fact, without these prizes my next project would have taken a lot longer to get together. Also, some of the prizes were sold. Examples: The Corsair case was sold for over three hundred dollars, this money was immediately spent on buying a new, large drill press that has proved to be a very valuable and often used tool. The water cooler and keyboard were also sold and the funds used to buy alu and acrylic. The graphics card was replaced by bit-tech with a GTX 480 and this also was sold for over five hundred dollars. It was replaced by a much cheaper (but good) card and the balance spent on screws and fittings.
The next year I also won the comp and although the prize list was smaller, It still had all the parts to build a good PC. Most of the parts went into my next project.
The prizes were a very welcome and useful resource for me. Without the prizes it would have been much more difficult to get projects started and some projects may not have even eventuated. As someone who has never had any sponsorship, I'm very fortunate to have been given the prizes and rather than getting rid of them I think bit-tech should try and go back to the old days and increase the number of components in the first prize at least.
Good quality parts to build a complete system should always be a part of the first place prize at the very least. If it is getting too difficult to get these parts together, then bit-tech should consider scrapping 2nd and 3rd places and concentrating on the first place prize. After all, the comp is Mod of the year.;)
Originally Posted by CombatusProbably not - although if any nominees want to approach me to find out where they came I'd be happy to tell them. To a large extent there wasn't a massive difference between Facebook and forum vote percentages with the exception of a few projects. I think the 50/50 split worked well, though, as it gives the community here a much bigger say than it's had for a while.
Originally Posted by BD HopkinsObviously, bit-tech is attempting to expand its brand on social media by offering extra prizes for voting via facebook, let alone by offering voting on facebook in the first place. You can't fault a business for that, especially if their revenue is declining for whatever the reason.
You can, however, find serious fault in the legitimacy of an award that allows facebook voting. There were always people who got their friends to register on the bit-tech forums just to vote for them in a given contest. But this occurrence increases exponentially via facebook, where only a few clicks are required to do so, as opposed to having to trudge through the lengthy forum registration process.
This integration of voting into social media, while financially desirable and perhaps even necessary for bit-tech, comes at the cost of award integrity. Personally, I do not--indeed, I can not-- consider the award to mean what it once did.
Originally Posted by AttilaThe prize list has been declining in quantity and value over the years, and this is unfortunate. Here's why......................
Originally Posted by jrs77My biggest concern is that there's absolutely no rules whatsoever, and nobody enters on their own, but you need to get suggested by others. That doesn't qualify as a contest, but as an award.
Originally Posted by jrs77Sure, interests do shift over time, but there's no denial that MOTM and MOTY are heavily flawed. Especially as there's prices tied to it and contestants are advertising for their mods in social media and forums all over the web to draw in votes over fakeboook, while MOTM and MOTY should be community-awards, awarded by the bit-tech community and noone else.
All I wan't is seeing the prices get cut out, so that people don't get freebies ontop of their fully sponsored rigs and voting has to be done by the bit-tech community only.
With that being adressed, get more real contests started, like the NUC-contest, the PI-contest, etc. Contests should've rules and MOTM and MOTY don't have them.
Turn MOTM/MOTY into what it should be, a community-award, and maybe get some trophies made out of acrylic etc, maybe with some illumination to make it something shiny or whatever...
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