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Contests

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Over the years various official and unofficial contests have been organized. This page chronicles them and their results.

December Best Post Contests

In 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011 mathowie held a "Best Post Contest" in December. The site's moderators choose their favorite posts made throughout the month of December. Winners received prizes, provided by mathowie. In recent years, prizes have been awarded for posts based on various criteria. In 2012 the MetaFilter membership chose the best posts and donated the prizes awarded to the winners.

2006

Announcement / Winners

Prizes:

  1. Wii
  2. iPod Nano
  3. iPod Shuffle

Winners:

  1. Auf Der Walz by Effigy2000.
  2. Drawer Geeks by madamjujujive.
  3. Noka Chocolates debunking by hindmost.

2008

Announcement / Winners (announced in podcast 36)

Prizes:

  1. iPod Touch (16Gb model) or $299 cash or $299 donated to Creative Commons.
  2. iPod Nano (16Gb) or $199 cash or $199 donated to Creative Commons.
  3. iPod Shuffle (2Gb) or $69 cash or $69 donated to Creative Commons.

Winners:

  1. Classic Animation Remixed by Rhaomi.
  2. Just People, Talking (Studs Terkel) by Miko
  3. Namaste! Welcome to my kitchen! by Ambrosia Voyeur
  4. Special Category, Art Post: Otherworldly (Surrealist art by Maria de los Remedios Varo Uranga) by CheeseDigestsAll

Honorable Mentions:

2010

Announcement / Winners (announced in podcast 58)

Prizes:

  • Best Post: A new iPad or a $499 contribution to a charity of the winner's choice.
  • Best Single-Link Post: $100 gift certificate to a store of the winner's choosing or a charity of their choice.
  • Best Multi-Link Post: $100 gift certificate to a store of the winner's choosing or a charity of their choice.
  • Best Megalink Post: $100 gift certificate to a store of the winner's choosing or a charity of their choice.

Winners:

Honorable Mentions:

Mega-link posts

Video posts

Single link posts

Multi link posts

Various categories the mods made up

2011

Announcement / Winners (announced during podcast 68)

Prizes:

  • Best Post Overall (winning an iPad)
  • Best Single Link Post ($100 gift certificate or charity donation)
  • Best Multi-link Post ($100 gift certificate or charity donation)
  • Best Megalink (10 or more) Post ($100 gift certificate or charity donation)
  • Mod's choice (Each moderator picked a favorite and came up with a prize for it)

Winners:

Honorable Mentions:

Single-Link Posts

Multi-Link Posts

Megalink / Best Overall Posts

2012

Main article: Contests/MeFitesChoice2012

For 2012, a MeFites' Choice contest was held in which the MetaFilter membership chose the best posts and donated the prizes awarded to the winners.

2013

Main article: Contests/MeFitesChoice2013

There was a similar MeFite's Choice contest in 2013, with a twist: beyond the 2-3 winners per week, there were 20 additional theme-specific prizes that covered the entire month of December.

2014

Main article: Contests/MeFitesChoice2014

In the tradition of the previous two MeFite's Choice contests, MeFites discussed another round of the MeFites' Choice Awards, and there was much rejoicing.

August Best Post Contests

2006

For each day in August 2006, one author was selected to receive $30 for making the best post of that day.

2012

In 2012 the August Best Post Contest was revived, in which mathowie awarded prizes to the three best posts of August. The winners were chosen by the moderators. The first place prize was a new iPad, the second place prize was $250, and the third place prize was $100.

Other Contests

MetaFilter Redesign Contest

On November 21, 2004 mathowie announced that he was holding a contest for redesigning MetaFilter. The best design submissions would receive prizes, such as an iPod and paid Flickr Pro acccounts.

MetaFilter Music Challenge

This is not a contest with prizes or voting, but rather an ongoing challenge to write original music that relates to a theme that is chosen every two weeks. Details.

Unofficial Contests

There have been several unofficial contests:

See Also

  • Yearly Traditions — over the years MetaFilter has acquired a number of annual traditions.