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Essay competitions are finally there!

Yes, finally some good news. I finished coding the first type of competitions, the Essay competitions.

They were actually almost finished in January (yeah you read that right, I already created the topics of the first competition in January). But a lack of time from me (server problems and non-frihost stuff) and all the little features/options took all that time.

Anyway, the Essay competitions are rather straightforward. Every participating user needs to write a detailed post (essay) about a certain topic and gets some time to write it. After the deadline the best essay is chosen and that one gets a prize. After the whole competition all the posts come to the forums as normal topics that can be discussed, which hopefully should give us some nice new and interesting discussion topics.

What about the topics? Usually there will be a theme, the first is 'History of Frihost related stuff' and each topic should be related to that one. Either you need to choose a topic (every user needs to choose a different one) or you may create your own topic. A combination is also possible, it simply depends on the competition.

About the winner, at the moment I'll be choosing the winner or winners. Most likely after a creating a topic discussion the essays. I might also appoint some advisors for certain competitions. Usually the prize will be a domain, but it will depend on the number of participators and the quality of the essays.

Most likely I'll start the actual Essay competition tomorrow (meaning you can choose a topic and write about it).

That's it. I hope you will all like the Essay competitions. Any questions, suggestions, remarks, ... ?

5 blog comments below

Yeah, finally Cool

I got one question though: You say that the theme is 'History of Frihost related stuff' but what do you mean exactly with that? Do we have to choose between old topics on the frihost forums and make an essay about the question in that topic OR do we have to make an essay about Frihost or something similar (like an essay about free web hosting, quality of different webhosts,...).

Could you provide some examples of possible essays (a.k.a. the title or the actual question of an essay)?

Looking good so far Very Happy

adri on Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:06 pm
When the competition starts, I believe you will be able to choose from one of the topics created by Bondings.

If you read the rules on the competition page, creation of your own topic is not allowed. So this means you must choose one out of x amount of topics listed. Which the list will probably be viewable once the competition starts.
Ghost Rider103 on Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:35 am
@adri, it's the second thing you mention. All topics are something similar to Frihost in a very broad sense, pretty much history of something on the internet. Normally you should have to wait a few more hours until the competition starts (then they will become visible), but I'll give a few examples since you already guessed the first topic. Very Happy

  • History of free web hosting
  • History of IP addresses
  • History of Frihost

As Ghost Rider103 mentioned, creating your own topic isn't allowed and there are 50 topics which should be enough for everyone. If somehow all topics get used, I'll either create some more (although my inspiration is kind of gone after all those topics) or allow own topics.
Bondings on Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:59 am
i post for my free hosting,,so the essay comptitment is not my task,,,my poor english is the limited barred me 2 join this test,,,
obamacs on Sun Nov 21, 2010 5:32 am
I don't understand why you would want to compete?
matttaylor777 on Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:16 am

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