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Bit-tech adds new competitions feature

Bit-tech adds new competitions feature

Win more stuff with bit-tech.

We’re big fans of competitions here at bit-tech, and from Mod of the Month to the Asus Xtreme Global Summit, this year we’ve had some great entrants to our competitions and given away some terrific prizes.

Next year we’re hoping to give away even more games and hardware, and so we’ve launched a new part of the site to help us do this. The new backend for the new competitions module makes it much easier for us to administer competitions (keeping track of prizes, entrants, winners and so forth), and so it should mean we’re able to run more competitions than ever before.

For starters, we’ll now be able to run the monthly competition from Custom PC magazine here on bit-tech, and it also allows us to give you access to competitions from other Dennis technology sites.

Head on over to http://competitions.bit-tech.net to see the prizes, ponder the questions and submit your entry. You can also find a link to the terms and conditions.

In terms of prizes, currently up for grabs we have Sharkoon X-Tactic Digital Headphones, Aerocool Modern-V case LCD screens, a PS3, PSP and Lost DVD box sets. Be warned, the questions are fiendishly difficult.

As this is a new feature, it’s currently accessible only from http://competitions.bit-tech.net, and not every competition will be run using it – Mod of the Month will continue to be run via the forums, for instance. Speaking of which, let us know your thoughts in... the forums.

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logan'srun 17th November 2009, 14:55 Quote
congrats! It would be nice if it was more clear as to WHO the competitions were open to as I went over to check them out and they all seem to be for UK residents only. . . . .
ChaosDefinesOrder 17th November 2009, 14:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by logan'srun
congrats! It would be nice if it was more clear as to WHO the competitions were open to as I went over to check them out and they all seem to be for UK residents only. . . . .

Probably best to assume that unless stated otherwise. Bit-tech is a British company/site afterall!
Hugo 17th November 2009, 14:59 Quote
Is there supposed to be no way to get to that area other than typing the URL? Or am I being blind?

EDIT: Also, please fix the carousel so that selecting an item resets the timer to skip to the next item - it's a bit annoying selecting, say, option 3 only to have the selection jump to 4 right away.
capnPedro 17th November 2009, 15:01 Quote
It would be cool if you could just store my name/address etc. once, so it's tied to my account. Save me typing and all that.
Sifter3000 17th November 2009, 15:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by HugoB
Is there supposed to be no way to get to that area other than typing the URL? Or am I being blind?

Currently URL only; it's still in testing.
tad2008 17th November 2009, 15:07 Quote
Well it's a bonus to see competitions held for us U.K. residents, unlike those fellow over at Toms Hardware who have a U.K. site and only U.S. competitions.

+1 Bit Tech :o)
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Originally Posted by HugoB
Is there supposed to be no way to get to that area other than typing the URL? Or am I being blind?
Well, can't say if you are blind or not, but the links in the text work fine.
Bursar 17th November 2009, 15:09 Quote
Why do the competitions automatically opt-in so that "our partners may contact you about products and services that will be of relevance to you via direct mail, phone, e-mail and SMS"?

If they're going to do that, there should be an opt-out box on the entry submission page, or at the very a least a link to relevant page to allow to opt-out immediately.

I've also noticed that once you submit an entry, if you follow the link to enter another competition, click on the next one you want to enter, the correct answer is already selected ;)
Abhorsen 17th November 2009, 15:29 Quote
I likes me the look of the Sharkoon headphones...
Hugo 17th November 2009, 15:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sifter3000
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Originally Posted by HugoB
Is there supposed to be no way to get to that area other than typing the URL? Or am I being blind?
Currently URL only; it's still in testing.
kk. went to show people in the office and got confused as to where on the site to point them :) FWIW, we say thumbs up.
mi1ez 17th November 2009, 15:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by tad2008
Well it's a bonus to see competitions held for us U.K. residents, unlike those fellow over at Toms Hardware who have a U.K. site and only U.S. competitions.
God, that's getting on my nerves!
"Daily deals including Zune HD!"
Flibblebot 17th November 2009, 15:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bursar
Why do the competitions automatically opt-in so that "our partners may contact you about products and services that will be of relevance to you via direct mail, phone, e-mail and SMS"?

If they're going to do that, there should be an opt-out box on the entry submission page, or at the very a least a link to relevant page to allow to opt-out immediately.
I thought this was a legal requirement under DP legislation?
thehippoz 17th November 2009, 15:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Abhorsen
I likes me the look of the Sharkoon headphones...

I was just thinking how ugly they were XD looks toolbagified to me- with that green on black
Bursar 17th November 2009, 15:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Flibblebot
I thought this was a legal requirement under DP legislation?

I'll rephrase it: Why am I opted-in by default, with no way to choose otherwise?
rodrigobiz 17th November 2009, 16:25 Quote
international competition will come, until that I will be using this great site =D
logan'srun 17th November 2009, 16:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
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Originally Posted by logan'srun
congrats! It would be nice if it was more clear as to WHO the competitions were open to as I went over to check them out and they all seem to be for UK residents only. . . . .

Probably best to assume that unless stated otherwise. Bit-tech is a British company/site afterall!

Ahh, the good ol arguement rears it's ugly head, 'But bit tech is an INTERNATIONAL SITE'. . . . .

Either way, it's not very clear and I read the rules and regs (since it didn't say in them) and the only way to see it was for UK residents was if you tried to actually fill in the forms and the only choice you got for country was UK.
capmoq 17th November 2009, 16:35 Quote
Guys this thing crashes my web browser. If I enter the competition then i can't choose a country or anything. It freezes. ONly a problem of mine?
Veles 17th November 2009, 17:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by logan'srun
Ahh, the good ol arguement rears it's ugly head, 'But bit tech is an INTERNATIONAL SITE'. . . . .

It happens on US sites all the time, so what's the problem when a UK site does it?
Flibblebot 17th November 2009, 17:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bursar
I'll rephrase it: Why am I opted-in by default, with no way to choose otherwise?
Yes, that's what I meant - I was replying to your second paragraph.

I though it was a legal requirement to provide an option to opt-out. I thought it was illegal to opt people in automatically without offering the option to opt out at the time of subscribing/entering/whatever.
Sifter3000 17th November 2009, 17:16 Quote
Another of the reasons we've got the new comps site is to make sure that it does comply with Data Protection laws - and it is now 100% compliant with UK law. Dennis's privacy policy is linked to on every page of the site, and when you enter a competition and the relevant part you want is here:

"You can also unsubscribe to any/all lists by sending an email request to privacy@dennis.co.uk."
Rocket_Knight64 17th November 2009, 18:45 Quote
This is much akin to the the MP's expenses debacle... it may be OK in the letter of the law but is really right? All it does is damage your credibility as I refuse to believe that people such as yourselves would think its even proper in this day and age.
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Originally Posted by Sifter3000
"You can also unsubscribe to any/all lists by sending an email request to privacy@dennis.co.uk."

Thats archaic and far from user friendly! Is it really that hard to included an unticked by default 'opt-out' box? What about an automated 'enter your e-mail and we'll stop' page?

Other then that, looking good! Would be nice to intergrate forum accounts though.
mclintox 17th November 2009, 19:16 Quote
Very nice,now all you need to do BT is ged rid of the full home page advertising link.I cant click scroll without opening a new page,irritating,just like me!
themcman1 17th November 2009, 19:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sifter3000
Another of the reasons we've got the new comps site is to make sure that it does comply with Data Protection laws - and it is now 100% compliant with UK law. Dennis's privacy policy is linked to on every page of the site, and when you enter a competition and the relevant part you want is here:

"You can also unsubscribe to any/all lists by sending an email request to privacy@dennis.co.uk."

While that's all nice and good:
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You can opt-out at ANY time via the web or email.

You've given us the email option, where's the web option?

I can't see a valid reason to create a policy of opt in without an easy option of opt out.

What was wrong with the previous system of being able to selectively choose how you might be able to be contacted - when you put your details in?
B3CK 18th November 2009, 02:10 Quote
I would think the opt in/out is Dennis' way of boosting their list of contacts to be given to 3rd parties. While I don't blame them for trying it this way, I do think BT should have more standing on how they build their site. If this is what is really going on.

I DO think if your making a whole new section available for all the great competitions of BT and including others from Dennis, providing a quick "this is open to UK only, or global"; does allow for more people to enter. I have quit doing the competitions earlier this year as it became to much hassle to find out if the comp was available for the states. I still come to BT at least twice a day for news, reviews, and to waste time in the DeMot' thread. While I completely understand that BT is a UK operated site, it still is one of my top 3 sites when it comes to anything IT.
The_Beast 18th November 2009, 03:23 Quote
Maybe if you do have U.S. competitions you could put up a quick bulletin saying that it is, or state right in the first few lines that it's UK only.....
Queelis 18th November 2009, 07:01 Quote
Nowhere in the Dennis' terms and conditions does it say that the competitions are UK only, it only mentions the age, which is 18 unless stated otherwise. And since the competition application form does allow for the country of residence to be chose, the competition must be open worldwide.
antiHero 18th November 2009, 07:33 Quote
I think the same as Queelis. If it gives the options for different countrys I would guess that everyone can enter.

One thing I was wondering about. When i enter another comp all my contact date stays intact but country changes to UK. Entered 2 comps without noticing it and had to enter again.
Yemerich 18th November 2009, 09:56 Quote
As long as you guys don't forget the modding "BIT-TECH" modding competitions (the world's best modding competition), I am Ok with it.
Sifter3000 18th November 2009, 10:53 Quote
Thanks for the feedback; agreed, we do need to make it more obvious which competitions are open to UK readers only, and which open to international readers.

As for the data privacy stuff, it's a company-wide policy to do it this way; Tim and I have made our opinions about it clear to people internally, but the result is what it is. When it comes to competitions, entering them (and giving away data) is, of course, optional.
DeathAwaitsU 18th November 2009, 11:40 Quote
Broken for me:

HTTP Status 404 - /the-competitions/

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

type Status report

message /the-competitions/

description The requested resource (/the-competitions/) is not available.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

JBossWeb/2.0.1.GA
FiveForMe 18th November 2009, 17:44 Quote
I have the game finally, and im sad but there arent any cephalopods.
Please, can you make a patch which adds cephalopods and corrects the bugs preceding versions?
Thanks...
Other, the game is great
Pieface 18th November 2009, 22:45 Quote
I entered all the competitions, and noticed that the Answer seems to be set already when I went onto the page.
Cyberpower-UK 19th November 2009, 11:13 Quote
The unit you have pictured is a Touch 2000 not a Modern V can you clarify which model you are giving away?
eek 19th November 2009, 15:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pieface
I entered all the competitions, and noticed that the Answer seems to be set already when I went onto the page.
Likewise, it made my life much easier only having to answer one question and enter 6 compos from it!

Shame there is no opt-out check box.
droitwichdosser 20th November 2009, 21:34 Quote
well this is all very nice, I think dennis publishing is being very unscrupulous with the way they are forcing you to give data... Maybe I'm wrong but I always thought legally there was supposed to be the option whereby you had to actively opt in for them to be allowed to pass your data on...

out of interest, how will winners be notified?

its easy to setup a spam email account (gmail) and give false numbers, but i still would like to know if I've won :)
tigertop1 23rd November 2009, 21:52 Quote
I am with droitwichdosser on this . If there is one thing putting me off dennis publications it is the maladroit handling of the comp entry system. Sifter 3000 need to go back and shout a lot louder at the people who won't budge on this, probably neanderthal loons from marketing or beancounting.

I am beginning to think we need a recall to get the Custom PC site back. There was even a better standard of spelling on articles in that!
edzieba 25th November 2009, 01:48 Quote
After some email back-and-forth, I've managed to extricate myself from Dennis Publishing's spam list. With no option to opt-out upon entering a contest, the requirement to do this every time I wish to enter is far too onerous to make entering worthwile. Not to mention that the use of an opt-out clause after tha fact rather than an explicit opt-in is technically a violation of The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003. Specifically, as summarised on the Wikipedia page:
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One of the key points of this legalisation is that it is unlawful to send someone direct marketing who has not specifically granted permission (via an opt-in agreement). Organisations cannot merely add peoples details to their marketing database and offer an opt out after they have started sending direct marketing.
[KNIGHT] 15th December 2009, 13:47 Quote
ppl can someone tell me how many entries per person???????
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