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Offline Peter Halle

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Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« on: January 05, 2010, 09:33 PM »
Fellow Foggers,

The moderators have been tasked with suggesting ideas for contest themes in the coming year.  Suggestions have been passed around, but my personal feeling is that the membership could help with suggestions.  So, how about helping me out with some ideas for themes.  Please remember that any and all suggestions submitted are just that.  But, just to make it interesting and to let you know that we are thinking about everything, one of the things that we have discussed are random prizes thru the year.  Along the lines that you will never know when something you post merits a prize.  We have also discussed the fact that the FOG has an international presence that is growing, so when suggesting your ideas for themes, please remember members from all parts of the world. You never know what can come out of your posting.

Please put on your thinking caps.  Don't worry about the prizes;  that is not part of this request for ideas whereas the giver will determine those.

Please post ideas - don't link to previous contest ideas or posts.  We are in a new decade now!

This thread is open until January 20, 2010.  It will be locked after that.

Help me out here.

I look forward to your suggestions!

Peter
« Last Edit: January 05, 2010, 10:37 PM by Peter Halle »

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Re: Moderator Looking for Ideas for Contests
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010, 09:48 PM »
Possible themes, best project posting including Festool tool use along the way, best jig, most pictures posted over past whatever # of months (we all like pictures), random (every post you made in past xx months gives you an entry, then a winner is drawn at random).

Those who have 599 posts or more win a prize.   [big grin]
« Last Edit: January 05, 2010, 09:55 PM by Steve-CO »

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2010, 09:55 PM »
Steve,

Cute Edit. [tongue] [tongue]

Great suggestions.  One thing we talked about was the number of posts idea.  Substantive posts might be an idea for a dividing line.  You are a regular contributor of information and I would bet that you would agree that you wouldn't want to have someone who posted "I don't understand" 1000 times to have an advantage in that situation.  I might be wrong.

I'd love to hear more of your ideas.

Thanks for the help,

Peter
« Last Edit: January 05, 2010, 10:09 PM by Peter Halle »

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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2010, 10:14 PM »
Steve,

Great suggestions.  One thing we talked about was the number of posts idea.  Substantive posts might be an idea for a dividing line.  You are a regular contributor of information and I would bet that you would agree that you wouldn't want to have someone who posted "I don't understand" 1000 times to have an advantage in that situation.  I might be wrong.

I'd love to hear more of your ideas.

Thanks for the help,

Peter

Determining what is substantive might be a tough job, what is helpful to someone might not be helpful to someone else.  I was just trying to think of a way to incent lurkers and infrequent posters to post more often.  Random is just that, random, if someone only posts jokes or sarcasm, they're still contributing. 

There are plenty of people who haven't won a prize that I would like to see win and it would be great if we could somehow get those outside of the US eligible to win.  Past contests seemed to have worked fairly well, come up with a theme and then have a vote. 

Another idea, best tutorial posting with the prize being a paid trip to Festool  HQ for one of their training sessions.

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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2010, 10:24 PM »
Steve,

Ideas now.  Details later.  No suggestion for a theme is wrong or bad.

Getting lurkers to join and post is a hope and a goal.  Getting members who don't post often to contribute more often is also a vision.  This place is growing, most people just don't know it.

I don't mean to be vague - I can't disclose details about discussions because of my role.  But help get the others kick started with ideas - will yah?


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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2010, 10:36 PM »
I believe that the contests that have drawn the most interest on this and other woodworking forums have been those where nominations for best whatever have been open for a certain time period.  Then, the nominated items a voted upon within a short time period (say a week).  Then, either the item with the highest number of votes wins the prize or the top n items are placed into a draw for the winner.  Some contests could be run with the top highest number of votes winning, some with n = 3, some with n = 5, some with n =10.

A few ideas for whatever  are:  (1) best project, (2) best jig, (3) best use of a given Festool tool in a project (4) best limerick that involves Festool tools, (5) best documented project or jig, (6) best modification of a systainer, (7) best woodworking shop tour, ( 8 ) best tool review, (9) the most popular request in the Festool wish list, (10) best project using prescribed material (such as a two board feet of maple)

We could also have some contests that require nomination but  don?t require a vote such as: (1) most Festool tools employed in a project, (2) oldest Festool tool involved in a project, (3) oldest Festool tool owned by a number, (3) most Festool tools owned by an individual member for their own use, (4) most systainers owned by an individual member for their own use, (5) most (legitimate and relevant) photographs in a thread, (6) the originator of the  thread with the most (legitimate and relevant) replies (7) the originator of the  thread with the most views in a given sub-forum, ( 8 ) the first person to start a thread after a secret date and time,  (9) oldest member, (10) member with the 20th most posts as of a certain date.

Of course, these are just a few examples to get folks thinking.  I could come up with a lot more, but that is enough from me for now.

Once a project, jig, or other item wins a prize it should not be eligible for another prize.  This should include those that won in the round of contests that we had a couple of years ago.  So, for example, my thread entitled 'A child's log building kit mostly made from old fence boards' should not be eligible for a prize.
« Last Edit: January 05, 2010, 10:37 PM by Frank Pellow »
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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2010, 10:42 PM »
Frank,

Great post.  One thing that I would love to see is that contest entries would have to be new - after x date.  Nothing personal.

All ideas are welcome.  None are wrong.  If I post my opinion - it is just that.  Keep them coming.

Peter

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2010, 11:09 PM »
Frank,

Great post.  One thing that I would love to see is that contest entries would have to be new - after x date.   Nothing personal.

All ideas are welcome.  None are wrong.  If I post my opinion - it is just that.  Keep them coming.

Peter
Requiring entries to be after a certqain date would be fine for some contests, but I don't think that it should apply to all contests.  Variety is good.
Cheers,   
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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2010, 11:14 PM »
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Another idea, best tutorial posting with the prize being a paid trip to Festool  HQ for one of their training sessions.

I like the sound of this one.


IMO, the only thing more important than being able to buy/have green tools is to obtain the knowledge on how to use them to their fullest potential.

Another thought:

2 votes (surveys):
1). a tally of what tools are owned collectively within the group.
2). a tally of what the group would like to see a tutorial of.

Start the focus on tools that strike a balance with 1 &2 above, and build something with them. We all should be able to build something, that's why we bought the tools, right? (Think of it as `New Festool Workshop` [sorry Norm  [jawdrop] ])

The something should not be all big and glorious & expensive (and the judges should not get overcome by that), because it is about the tools and the tutorial, the `project` itself is only a vehicle. (Just thought this would help to level the playing field AND keep things interesting. )  I also think that `professional works` should be excluded. No competing with commissioned work. We have a lot of hobbyists in here. I don't think it would be fair for them to compete against anyone who got paid to build something. A hobbyist may have only 10 hours/week available to him. Whereas 'professional works' are on someone else's time and money.

I would think that it would be hard to remain competitive with tutorials for very long however. a tutorial on the VS 600 would hardly be fair when there are probably only a handful of them amongst us. But if it's setup and use were demonstrated as part of the overall `project` that would be like a bonus.

The are so many of us that are virtually clueless on how to use a particular tool for a particular task for a number of different reasons. As a result many of us may not even realize that a given task could even be done with that tool. Many times we just `go with what we know` because `that's the way we have always done it`...

With all that said:

let a contest run a month or two or three (multiple contests could run at the same time with different `completion dates`. (A Feb.1 announce for Apr. 1, a March 1 announce for May 1 sort of thing.


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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2010, 12:22 AM »
How about "What Can You Systainer?" contest.

People will submit their creatively modified systainers.

Winner will be based on originality and practicality.

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2010, 03:24 AM »
How about "What Can You Systainer?" contest.

People will submit their creatively modified systainers.

Winner will be based on originality and practicality.
This must be a good idea  [thumbs up] because it is also number (6) in the first list in my earlier post  [poke]
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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2010, 03:00 PM »
Thank you to those who have given their thoughts.

I hope others will contribute additional thoughts.

Peter

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2010, 04:08 PM »
How about most creative ways to fix mac n cheese?

My 4 year old is starting to wise up to my ways of disguising mac n cheese for both lunch and dinner.

Hopefully we can get some Ramen noodles soon!!

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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2010, 04:15 PM »
How about a Festool photoshop contest? Put something together in an attractive design for a desktop background or screensaver. Might not be woodworking, but is Festool and internet (as is this forum) related.

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« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2010, 04:41 PM »
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How about most creative ways to fix mac n cheese?

My 4 year old is starting to wise up to my ways of disguising mac n cheese for both lunch and dinner.

"Festool Owners Cookbook"   Featuring:

Mac and Cheese
Beans and Weiners
Rice 467 ways
Wish Sandwiches (I Wish there was some darn meat in this sandwich)

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This must be a good idea  Thumbs Up because it is also number (6) in the first list in my earlier post  Poke

You got me Frank, I didn't read your whole post I jumped the gun.  [embarassed]

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2010, 08:42 AM »
Why not offer a prize to whoever suggests the first contest that you decide to implement?  That would make a nice contest, ehh?

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2010, 11:22 AM »
FESTOOL Frauleins [wink]
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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2010, 05:10 PM »
Well... um...

You could always solicit contest entries for best Six Word Story About A Sawzall....

 [wink]  [poke]

Edit: inside joke (Peter, bail me out here before Shane decides I'm a bad person....)
« Last Edit: January 07, 2010, 05:44 PM by hasslefactor »
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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2010, 05:16 PM »
Apparently, we only have a few members who are interested freebies  [blink]

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2010, 05:28 PM »
Apparently, we only have a few members who are interested freebies  [blink]

So I have to come up with a good idea and do a good job with my idea?

I like free stuff but, that is a lot of thinking.

Plus, I don't build any furniture or stuff like that.  That is what most of them were here.

If we had a steepest roof, flattest shingle, best flashing I could win that one!!
« Last Edit: January 07, 2010, 05:30 PM by WarnerConstCo. »

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2010, 05:35 PM »
Most interesting story about a tool that means something special to you?   [crying]

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« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2010, 05:37 PM »
We could have a contest on the number of things you have loaned out and have yet to get back.

I am starting to miss my mk-101 pro.

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« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2010, 06:19 PM »
Ms. Hasslefactor,

I am so sorry to inform you that your idea for a contest would probably not work here well.  We tend to be long winded and would have an issue on that end unlike other places where the discussions are short, sweet, and always on topic  [poke] [poke].

You have created a virtual internet frenzy of activity based on your well thought out postings and forum enthusiasm and I would hope that perhaps you could suggest some other ideas for a contest here.

A candy for your thoughts?

18237-0


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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2010, 06:37 PM »
Festools Unique with Character Contest , What unique Festool or Fes-feature has allowed you to create your wildest woodworking dream and masterpiece

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« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2010, 06:50 PM »
Maybe a Festool Junk to Jewel Contest, This would be projects using Festool Equipment and reclaimed, reprocessed or refurbished lumber and hardware only.

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« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2010, 06:53 PM »
Family,

Good idea.  Maybe titled "Green for green?"

Peter

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« Reply #26 on: January 07, 2010, 06:57 PM »
absolutely Mr. Halle, Green for Green would work.

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« Reply #27 on: January 07, 2010, 07:28 PM »
one more and I'll quit, Festool and Tooligans for Humanity, projects or creations you and your Festools did for someone or something in need. 

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« Reply #28 on: January 07, 2010, 07:34 PM »
one more and I'll quit, Festool and Tooligans for Humanity, projects or creations you and your Festools did for someone or something in need. 

Now THAT'S a winner for sure!
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« Reply #29 on: January 07, 2010, 07:36 PM »
Ms. Hasslefactor,

I am so sorry to inform you that your idea for a contest would probably not work here well.  We tend to be long winded and would have an issue on that end unlike other places where the discussions are short, sweet, and always on topic  [poke] [poke].


Peter

You have a point there, Peter.
Plus Rick would win too easily.
And he has every Festool already.  [wink]
« Last Edit: January 07, 2010, 07:46 PM by hasslefactor »
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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #30 on: January 07, 2010, 07:56 PM »
Hey, I just thought of another one:    The member who lives closest to 150 Heatherside Drive, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  [big grin]
« Last Edit: January 07, 2010, 07:57 PM by Frank Pellow »
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« Reply #31 on: January 07, 2010, 08:25 PM »
Hey, I just thought of another one:    The member who lives closest to 150 Heatherside Drive, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  [big grin]

Frank,

If that is your address, you wouldn't win If you live AT that address, you are not closest to it - you ARE it.

Somehow I doubt that will make the cut.

Peter

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #32 on: January 07, 2010, 08:33 PM »
there should be a contest on how can come up with the best label falling off systainer debacle  >:( thats had everyone asking the same guestion why!then it could be implamented by festool [eek].
oh of course your favorite moderator would have to be excluded [huh] [huh]
just think how many little things,glitch's,design flaws that this form discusses on a daily basis the best fix
wins [big grin]

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« Reply #33 on: January 07, 2010, 08:38 PM »
there should be a contest on how can come up with the best label falling off systainer debacle  >:( thats had everyone asking the same guestion why!then it could be implamented by festool [eek].
oh of course your favorite moderator would have to be excluded [huh] [huh]
just think how many little things,glitch's,design flaws that this form discusses on a daily basis the best fix
wins [big grin]

Cute, but somehow I don't think that will pass the muster - or mustard.  How about using the tools for a contest?  A plus for originality, but...

I'm a favorite.  I'm blushing.

Pink cheecked Pete

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« Reply #34 on: January 07, 2010, 08:54 PM »
Here is a though,  there have been a bunch of threads on festool-related challenges.  For example, how to rip thin narrow material or how to cut a sliding dovetail with the existing routers, among others.  Why don't we have a poll of the top 2-3 festool related challenges, and then have a contest for peers to develop a solution to the challenge.  Best solution/jig wins.  Perhaps we would need to define what best means (slickest, most technological intensive, least investment, easiest to replicate, most reliable and repeatable).  This is probably a 2-3 month contest.

I like the systainerize contest. 

I also would vote for a best tutorial type content.  This would reward quality of step-by-step presentation as opposed to the end product or the type of project. It doesn't have to be limited to furniture. We could have all trades, occupations, and skill levels as long as they use some Festools in the endeveour.  Hey, Warner, I'll find a way to vote 1000x for you if your entry is on DYI roof repair [big grin]. Snow load.. wink, wink.

Cheers.

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« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2010, 11:26 PM »
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Plus, I don't build any furniture or stuff like that.  That is what most of them were here.

I would get spanked on that too...especially since I've never build a piece of furniture in my life.

If it was a programming competition, or a challenge of who can calculate checksums the fastest I bet I could spank most members. [big grin]

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« Reply #36 on: January 08, 2010, 07:15 PM »
How about a contest for projects made out of 1 sheet of plywood / mdf?

Best accessory made for the MFT or MFT/3?

Decorative case for guide rails?

Most unusual task for a Festool.  MUst be shown in action.


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« Reply #37 on: January 08, 2010, 07:41 PM »
I have a picnic table made from one sheet of plywood and goes together with no fasteners. Parts interlock together. Handed down from my Farther.
Quantity is no substitute for Quality

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« Reply #38 on: January 08, 2010, 07:47 PM »
How about a small contest.  I'm inspired by

1 The number of members who have remarked on the space saving breaking down sheet goods with a TS55 instead of a table saw.

2, The amazing organizing of everything needed for on-site work in a trailer or small truck.

3. The organization and packing of tools in a systainer,

4,  The way the Systool stuff stacks together.

I'd give the prize for the best idea for shrinking our shops (involving Systools), and honorable mentions to (a) the smallest (useful) shop overall, smallest when packed up, best mobile shop, systainer with the mostest, and so on.

Tom in Central PA

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #39 on: January 08, 2010, 07:54 PM »
How about a contest for projects made out of 1 sheet of plywood / mdf?

Best accessory made for the MFT or MFT/3?

Decorative case for guide rails?

Most unusual task for a Festool.  MUst be shown in action.



All good, winner decided by ????? voting, moderators, Festool employees, some other process?

For the unusual Festool, does it need to be actual ww use?  Seems like someone hooked up a bunch of kitchen utensils for a contest once and he might have won.  Just make sure to think out all the contest guidelines or who knows what you'll get.

Good luck, welcome to some of the head aches Matthew had to deal with. 

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #40 on: January 08, 2010, 08:09 PM »
Steve,

We're looking for ideas - all ideas.  Ideas will be culled out and the details worked out.  This is Brainstorming FOG style.

Peter

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #41 on: January 09, 2010, 09:56 PM »
Okay, for what it's worth, I'll throw in my two cents (on the assumption that Peter won't just blow me off this time  [poke]  [big grin]  ).

But first, I'd just like to say that I think Festool is very generous to run these contests and offer the prizes it does on this forum.
Thanks, Festool! (Seriously, as a company, you never cease to amaze me.)

And now, my personal opinion:

Contests for great projects and excellent tutorials are always nice... and prizes for such achievements are well deserved.
Certainly there is no reason NOT to have contests for such things.
Yet (again, this is just my own opinion here) such contests might be viewed with even greater good will if there were other kinds of contests, too.

MANY people who own, use and LOVE their Festools are not woodworkers.....

Some of us are tile setters.
Some of us hang drywall.
Some of us are painters.
Some of us work on cars. Or (who, me?) boats.  
Some of us refinish floors.
Some of us are roofers.
Some of us are artists.
Some of us are general contractors.
Some of us... well, you get the idea....

ALL of those skills are valuable to organizations like Habitat for Humanity.
And many other charitable institutions that rely on volunteer help.
These organizations - and the people they help - are in a real bind these days.

So...

I just LOVE family's idea about a contest that rewards using our favorite tools to do good in one's community.

And there are SO MANY ways to do just that. I can think of about a million possibilities, and I'm sure others can do the same.
Perhaps we could have a little more time to make these proposals?

Finally, I'd like to suggest an idea of my own.

As I said above, there's no question that contests for great projects and tutorials are nice and well deserved.
However, if the goal is MORE PARTICIPATION, then it might be worthwhile to consider something based on just plain FUN for a change.

Accordingly, I herewith formally resubmit the Six Word Story contest concept...
(and will even be so bold as to suggest that somebody at Festool visit with me about it before dismissing the idea out of hand).
Because it works.
Plus it's a heck of a lot of fun.

And I suspect that there really are a lot of VERY CLEVER members here,
Who are pretty darned entertaining and good with words.
Because Festoolians don't all have to be woodworkers.
And we certainly don't ALWAYS need to be serious. Or at least I HOPE we don't....  [eek]

Bottom line:

I propose we mix things up a bit - doesn't have to be the same thing all the time, does it?

Again, all just my own perspective, of course....
Please take it with a big grain of salt.
No need to make any snap decisions.  

Best regards and best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year to all,

Laurie
« Last Edit: January 10, 2010, 06:13 AM by hasslefactor »
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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #42 on: January 09, 2010, 10:16 PM »
Hey...good job Hasslefactor (Laurie) well spoken!! I am reading between the lines of some resistance some how with this posting. Maybe I am wrong and hope so. Mixing up the theme should not cause a ruckus and should be acceptable in the good spirit of the forum. If we all were not Festool oriented we would not be part of this forum in the first place. I personally like reading all of the ideas posted. That's the beauty of this forum, good, bad or indifferent, as long as you are not being offensive you are allowed to participate and exchange ideas.

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #43 on: January 09, 2010, 10:35 PM »
Hey...good job Hasslefactor (Laurie) well spoken!! I am reading between the lines of some resistance some how with this posting. Maybe I am wrong and hope so. Mixing up the theme should not cause a ruckus and should be acceptable in the good spirit of the forum. If we all were not Festool oriented we would not be part of this forum in the first place. I personally like reading all of the ideas posted. That's the beauty of this forum, good, bad or indifferent, as long as you are not being offensive you are allowed to participate and exchange ideas.

Nah... I'm just messin with you cuz of your comment earlier that the SWS idea probably wouldn't work here... ;-)
Laurie Bergren
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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #44 on: January 10, 2010, 05:33 AM »
I'd like to add my vote for the idea of 'best project made from 1 sheet MDF or ply' or something along those lines. We did something similar at college, and it brought up some really interesting designs. It was called a 'cutlist project' - you have a specified amount of material, and can use nothing else.

Obviously, anything anyone creates would be specific to this project, and would therefore require commitment in terms of time from the participants. This would level the field in terms of professional/hobbyist, as the pro's couldn't submit large projects paid for by others (which someone else mentioned earlier).

The scale of the project would be determined by the cutlist provided. The cutlist would also have to reflect availability (any materials used should be easily available anywhere).
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TS55R EBQ saw - CTL26 - CTL Mini - OF1400EBQ router - KS120 Kapex SCMS - ETS150/3 sander - RO90 sander - DF500 Domino - PDC18/4 drill - PSC420 jigsaw - OFK500 trimmer

Wish list (in no particular order!): Anything not listed above....

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #45 on: January 14, 2010, 08:00 PM »
The enthusiasm for this thread is wearing off and the deadline for IDEAS for contests is near.

I will admit that I am surprised by the lack of posters in this thread.  There are 7000 + of you out there.  Those who have posted have had great ideas - I just thought more people would post.

The 20th is just days away.  Maybe your idea will become a contest and you could be in the running to win a prize for you entry in that contest.

Submit your ideas please!

Peter
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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #46 on: January 17, 2010, 08:07 AM »
How about the most innovative way of using a Festool (something other than "normal" usage) along the lines of the use of a router held horizontally to produce sliding dovetails, as has been posted about. The caveat being that it must be within safe working practices. This could include any of the fields of woodworking, be one a site carpenter, shop based joiner or restorer of horse drawn wagons for example.

I also like the idea of the project from one sheet of MDF or Plywood, a similar one could be based on a length of timber say ex 9"x1" x12' (225x25x3600mm), with a view to minimal wastage.

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #47 on: January 17, 2010, 09:59 AM »
Peter

my 2 pen'th

most original accessory or extension for use with Festool - I guess the various Domino fences would get my vote (perhaps ones available for sale is a bit too much)
most innovative design for soemthing built with Festool - perhaps a a design / sketch + some pictures

don't know if'll enter - but I use this site to learn techniques and get other people's thought on design's

so even if I didn't win (or enter) - I'd get good value from seeing al the entries

John
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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #48 on: January 20, 2010, 06:12 PM »
This thread will be locked tomorrow morning - so if you have any more ideas for contests that you would like to see happen here - POST tonight.

Thanks to all who have posted.

Peter

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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #49 on: January 20, 2010, 08:28 PM »
This thread will be locked tomorrow morning - so if you have any more ideas for contests that you would like to see happen here - POST tonight.

What's the point of locking it? If anyone gets a great idea the day after tomorrow he can't post it anymore. Seems odd. Why should there be a deadline?

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contest idea / general
« Reply #50 on: January 20, 2010, 08:45 PM »
precision alignment of tools /guides

sure - I am now more accurate than a day of scribing /cutting in...

but I can still find daylight over 1/2 m / yd

... best { quickest / simplest / most repeatable /most accurate } techniques

didn't specify toolset... sometimes I get as much from the ideas as the specifics
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Re: Help! Desperate Moderator Looking for Contest Ideas
« Reply #51 on: January 20, 2010, 10:02 PM »
This thread will be locked tomorrow morning - so if you have any more ideas for contests that you would like to see happen here - POST tonight.

What's the point of locking it? If anyone gets a great idea the day after tomorrow he can't post it anymore. Seems odd. Why should there be a deadline?

Alex,

The moderators were asked for ideas for contests.  It was decided that it would be a good idea to ask the membership for ideas.  As the originator of this thread I originally felt that setting a deadline for ideas would motivate members to post their ideas in a short period of time so that the suggestions could be considered in a timely manner.

Any member can start another thread regarding contests at any time.  I just won't be a desperate moderator.   [big grin]

Peter