Why low numbers entering the O-L contest?

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Why low numbers entering the O-L contest?
Too busy, wrong time of year
16% (14 votes)
I don’t care for the competition (not interested in watching)
2% (2 votes)
I don’t care for the competition (happy just to watch)
3% (3 votes)
I don’t feel I’m skilled enough, don’t do modding or can’t afford it
52% (45 votes)
I don’t think I stand a chance so won’t enter
6% (5 votes)
I’m nervous about what others may think/say and I'll feel embarrassed
2% (2 votes)
I don't like the rules for (x) reason
0% (0 votes)
I plan to enter but haven't got around to it
13% (11 votes)
"Doh, where do I enter?" Here - http://budgetlightforum.com/node/70105
5% (4 votes)
Total votes: 86

 

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I voted wrong time of year while in reality it’s wrong time of my life. Sad

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I am just getting into this hobby but I sure hope there’s another O-L contest next year!

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Hi guys. I’ll be straight up and say I’ve been having some pm discussion over why the O-L contest attracts so few participants. There was no real conclusion because … well…. we don’t know why. Hence I’m here to ask for your help and advice on how we might make it a better more approachable competition.

Did you know the comp has a new category that has had the rules changed since the opening of the contest? Hint – if you’ve done a mod and posted in the ‘what did you mod today’ thread within the time frame of the comp then you are eligible to enter the comp Party

Please if you haven’t already, have a good read of the comp rules and think how we might make it better and more accessible to everyone so we can attract more participants.

I don’t want to down play or dis any of the few that have entered (past and present). I just don’t want the O-L contest to die a slow painful death.

 

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clemence wrote:
I voted wrong time of year while in reality it’s wrong time of my life. Sad

[Clemence]


Oh, to be young and carefree again….

Watermanchris wrote:
I am just getting into this hobby but I sure hope there’s another O-L contest next year!

I sure hope it happens next year too but why not enter this year?

 

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Nope, I don’t think I can finish it right on time this year. We’ll see next year.

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I voted too busy.

With my lack of skills I’d probably just embarrass myself, but I wouldn’t let that stop me if I could find the time!

I hope to enter next year if the contest runs again.

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clemence wrote:
Nope, I don’t think I can finish it right on time this year. We’ll see next year.

[Clemence]


Sorry my question was more for watermanchris. If you’re too busy then you’re too busy. I get that Beer

 

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With my lack of skills I’d probably just embarrass myself, but I wouldn’t let that stop me…

That’s the kind of spirit we’re looking for. Unfortunately you’re also too busy Crying

 

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I voted the last option, I plan to, and I feel my project has pretty high priority in my head (i.e. I’m really wanting to get to it) but it’s hunting season and family get together season and busy time at work and as much as I want to / plan to I’m just not sure if I’ll make it.

Also note, as is par for the course [of my modding] this project calls for custom driver boards (yes plural) and between designing the circuit, designing the board waiting in boards from fab, any corrections any time in that stage, building the boards and only then starting the light build it just requires so much time and even though the time was extended this year it’s still the wrong time of year for me to have that much free time so I just don’t know…

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Sounds to me like you’re already running behind time. Since you’re an experienced modder I think you’d likely be making something anyway Wink

 

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I hope to enter next year if the contest runs again.

Reading between the lines, there may not be a next competition if more people don’t support this one.
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It is great to see people voting, AND following it up with helpful comments. I’m sure that will help the organisers even more than the poll alone. Thumbs Up
I know from talking to that Scotch guy Steve , they are having kittens trying to establish the whys and wherefores of the low uptake.

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In the last few years didn’t the winners have to fight to get their winnings shipped. Is that correct? What was the drama there?

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Watermanchris wrote:
I am just getting into this hobby but I sure hope there’s another O-L contest next year!

I sure hope it happens next year too but why not enter this year?[/quote]

I haven’t actually modded anything yet with the exception of adding trits, glow gaskets or optics. I need to get some equipment and finish building out my shop. Don’t worry though, I have some big plans. Big Smile

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Joshk wrote:
In the last few years didn’t the winners have to fight to get their winnings shipped. Is that correct? What was the drama there?

Last year there were problems on:

Judges did not have time to do the judging (which is proven to be very time-consuming)

Sponsors did not deliver:
Gearbest promised gift cards, but later explained that they are not able to create them, asking the winner to contact them directly etc.

Wuben had problems with TO50R production.

the having too little time to follow & comment the build threads.

Yodel lost my prize, nothing to do with the contest or sponsors.

I hear there’s a cracking team behind it this year though.

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I always enjoyed the OL build contest. I entered it twice 2 years in a row, but for the last year or so i have been dedicating all my free time to the LT1 project, and hope to probably enter the OL contest again maybe next year once i move provinces.

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DBSAR wrote:
..... maybe next year once i move provinces.

 

You're going to rearrange the provinces? Wow, that is an ambitious project.  

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MtnDon wrote:

DBSAR wrote:
….. maybe next year once i move provinces.

 


You’re going to rearrange the provinces? Wow, that is an ambitious project.  


Like physically move then around on earth or just swap their names around? Either way good luck!

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… I hear there’s a cracking team behind it this year though.

That’s excellent Smile

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MtnDon wrote:

DBSAR wrote:
….. maybe next year once i move provinces.

 


You’re going to rearrange the provinces? Wow, that is an ambitious project.  


Could probably enter the mod category Silly
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I’m simply not qualified to enter, i can’t build from scratch and my mods are simply swapping parts as many others have done before me. There’s nothing original or noteworthy.
If that changes i’ll chuck an entry in to make up numbers, but i’m definitely supportive of the members who have genuine entries and do read through the build threads, generally finding them fascinating and inspiring.
There’s no way to show that though.

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Posting in the threads show that Wink

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Even a simple Thumbs Up or a Beer or whatever shows interest

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DBSAR wrote:
….. maybe next year once i move provinces.

 


You’re going to rearrange the provinces? Wow, that is an ambitious project.  

Big Smile i should have worded that better Party (meant to say moving to another province

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I never got my prize and the offered to cover the cost but its not his fault, So i said no.

I don’t enter for a prize i entered to see what i could create. My wood working skills where zero (I once made a box at school 18+ years ago lol) and i am happy with what i made cause i didn’t think i could make something that complex.
Plus the fact my finger was stuffed didn’t help.

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I think there are several reasons for the poor turn out. I’d rather discuss in pm’s though. Its a shame I cant just walk round the corner and discuss this over a coffee.
Kudos to CRX and team for making and putting in the effort to get the show on the road.

 

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Like Clemence, life is too busy to spend days and nights in my little cave behind the cupboard. I have a family that requires extra attention and maintenance, but if ever that becomes easier I will join the contest, if it still exists. In the meantime a big thanks to CRX and the others who try to keep this alive!

That said, I just came up with a contest-idea that is not extremely time-consuming, I may enter anyway one of these days Smile

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I voted “I plan to enter but haven’t got around to it”! Innocent

After seeing the thread again last night, I realized I could be doing a mod Silly

I have the host, I need the parts and I’m taking care of it!
In case they arrive before the deadline of the contest, I’ll enter!
If not…well, I’ll just check what the contesters are doing Wink

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For me it’s just lack of time, especially in the run up to Christmas with too many other competing things, need to build the nativity set, make up the parts for the christmas craft fair, etc.

Perhaps if it was scheduled in the new year next time? I was annoying at myself for not finishing my entry last year, but didn’t have the time in the end.

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