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Old 06-10-2011, 07:45 AM   #1
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Arrow Announcing a KILLER Concept! The Spearboard Best Trip Report Challenge!

Guys and gals, it is my pleasure to announce a brand new endeavor on Spearboard - The Best Trip Report Challenge.

Because we are the world's largest Internet discussion forum for the sport of spearfishing, we are able to generate huge traffic for our sponsors. Many of them are stepping up to the plate and donating prizes for this worldwide Best Trip Report Challenge.

At first we will do it quarterly and then move to monthly depending on the response. The idea is to have fun with this and recognize the best of the best.

The official rules are located at this thread which is in a new dedicated forum:

http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?t=126333

The first nomination thread is located here:

http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?t=126334

Please note that the nomination thread is ONLY for nominations and seconds.

If you have any questions or comments, please ask them in this thread or start a new thread in the new section.
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:40 AM   #2
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Re: Announcing a KILLER Concept! The Spearboard Best Trip Report Challenge!

great idea... i look forward to reading some exciting reports!
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:33 PM   #3
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Re: Nomination Thread for Best Trip Reports of the Quarter Ended March 31, 2011

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Shall I kick this off? Allow me to make a first attempt, if I mess up the format let me know:

Author: Aussie
Tread Title: Dorothy, You Aint In Kansas Anymore: A rookie's intro to Kelp Beds.
URL: http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?t=120619
Geographic Region: USA West Coast
Description: Aussies Intro to Kelp Hunting
Reason for Nomination: Entertaining description of a new guys cold welcome to spearing in the kelp forests of southern california
I believe that the rules say that he has to nominate himself.
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:41 PM   #4
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Re: Nomination Thread for Best Trip Reports of the Quarter Ended March 31, 2011

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I believe that the rules say that he has to nominate himself.
Yeah he did a good job on the nomination, but all entries have to be self-nominating, so it doesn't count.

You are not in the contest unless you SAY you are in the contest (i.e., you have to enter to win). Seems reasonable to me.
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:52 PM   #5
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Re: Nomination Thread for Best Trip Reports of the Quarter Ended March 31, 2011

I realize that these posts are liable to get pulled because they violate the policy about this thread only being for nominations and seconds, BUT:

I think that we should be able to nominate other peoples' posts so long as the original poster seconds it. I would personally feel kinda lame and very awkward nominating something that I wrote as the "Best Report". True watermen should have more humility than that, IMO...
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:54 PM   #6
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Re: Nomination Thread for Best Trip Reports of the Quarter Ended March 31, 2011

I agree.
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Old 06-10-2011, 01:00 PM   #7
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Re: Nomination Thread for Best Trip Reports of the Quarter Ended March 31, 2011

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I realize that these posts are liable to get pulled because they violate the policy about this thread only being for nominations and seconds, BUT:

I think that we should be able to nominate other peoples' posts so long as the original poster seconds it. I would personally feel kinda lame and very awkward nominating something that I wrote as the "Best Report". True watermen should have more humility than that, IMO...
Please I think of us would be honored to be nominated by someone else!!!
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:17 PM   #8
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Why the self-nomination system?

Clearly you guys have put a lot of thought into this, and I think its a great idea that could drastically improve the content here on spearboard. But i'm having trouble with why you've decided that entries must be self-nominated?

As a humble guy, I wouldn't feel right nominating myself on a regular basis even if I thought I had posts worthy of distinction. I know that many others here, especially those that write the best trip reports are probably of similar minds.
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Re: Why the self-nomination system?

Agreed!

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I think that we should be able to nominate other peoples' posts so long as the original poster seconds it. I would personally feel kinda lame and very awkward nominating something that I wrote as the "Best Report". True watermen should have more humility than that, IMO...
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:28 PM   #10
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Re: Why the self-nomination system?

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Re: Why the self-nomination system?

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I think that we should be able to nominate other peoples' posts so long as the original poster seconds it. I would personally feel kinda lame and very awkward nominating something that I wrote as the "Best Report". True watermen should have more humility than that, IMO...
I kinda like this idea... I agree that you have to enter to win, so by seconding your own post, you enter.
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:11 PM   #12
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Re: Announcing a KILLER Concept! The Spearboard Best Trip Report Challenge!

OK guys - the feedback is excellent!

For the "true watermen" who might be shy (just kidding), the rules are now changed to allow the following:

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A. Primary Nominations can be made by the trip report Original Poster who must be one of the divers on the trip or by someone else. If nominated by someone else, the Original Poster must also post an acceptance of the nomination after it has been seconded by a third party. If an Original Poster is nominated by someone else and does not wish to accept the nomination, please send a PM to the Forum Administrator Spearmax and he will delete the posts involved.
My associates and I have been working on this project for months to make the Board better for everyone. The concept is to make the challenge as democratic (small "d") as possible by letting the members have the final say in the voting for "Best trip Report".

Your input is very good and we are flexible in changing the rules to make the challenge better. So now, can anyone contact Tanc (aussie) and tell him he has been nominated?

Thanks everyone!
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Re: Announcing a KILLER Concept! The Spearboard Best Trip Report Challenge!

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OK guys - the feedback is excellent!

the rules are now changed to allow the following:


Love the concept!
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Re: Announcing a KILLER Concept! The Spearboard Best Trip Report Challenge!

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Re: Nomination Thread for Best Trip Reports of the Quarter Ended March 31, 2011

I hate nominating myself but I also think its nice to share stories and memories from great days on the water. And I was always taught that if you want something, you gotta go get it! And I could really use that mako 140!!!
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