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2020 Tortoise Forum Calendar Contest?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Forum Contests' started by Redfoot NERD, Oct 8, 2019.

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  1. Redfoot NERD

    Redfoot NERD Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    Not one this year?

    Terry
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    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    I wasn't eligible last year, and was hoping to submit some this year....

    Jamie
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    I sure hope we have one again! :)
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Redfoot NERD Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    Doesn't seem to be important anymore.. does it? Selling ad-space sure is!!!
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    2019 was a good year....!
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Keeping the Forum online isn't cheap. The ads help pay for that.

    There are always a few members who really want a contest or a calendar or a T-shirt, but when push comes to shove they have any old excuse for not participating. Putting together a contest for a calendar is a lot of work, getting pictures ready, contacting back those members who don't send in the correctly formatted pictures, making a layout and then paying someone to actually make the calendar doesn't generate enough revenue to make it worthwhile. The price charged for each calendar sold pays for having the calendars made. Most people don't want to spend that much money on a calendar, so sales are slow and often there are calendars left unsold. We usually have to beg people to participate in order to get the necessary 12 pictures for one each month. If Josh decided to not have a calendar contest this year, I totally understand. I handled the contest one year, and even with the help of the other moderators, it was a big job and one I'm not ready to ever do again.
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    DaisyDuke Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I always felt like there was a LOT of participation. I’ve entered every year since about 2012/2013. We only got in the calendar once but still entered every year. I always saw it as a highlight of tortoise forum.

    I can see sales struggle because I only bought twice. Once when we got a month and once when we were on the back. I didn’t the other times we were on the back. Holidays are tough. I can’t even begin to imagine trying to run such a contest. So while I’m sad there seems to not be one this year I also completely understand.
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    Aunt Caffy Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    That’ll be disappointing if there’s not a calendar, but my tort and I will survive. The information I’ve gotten from TFO has actually helped Rowan survive.
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    @Josh @Yvonne G is it confirmed that there will be no calendar contest this year?
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    Okay. I know I am newish(well been a creeper for years but only recently legit), but I am gonna toss my two cents in.
    I get that the actual production of a calendar would/could be ridiculously expensive especially without doing it with forced preorders and with it being something that would maybe fall during holidays. But.... how about the contest minus the actual calendar itself? More like a beauty contest? With maybe an album stored under one of the media in its own folder and archived over the years? And the ability to tag it on to the members info? Example: Dec 2019(crown icon?)- sorry not a coding goddess. Then the next year it goes to the new champ for the month. Like wearing a sash but on their member info? Does this make sense?
    I don’t think people are necessarily mad about lack of calendar, I think it’s more mad about lack of the fun they had with the contest and being able to get recognized for a beautiful tortoise/turtle and a perfect photo op.
    And I am going to do some investigating as I have a few connections and see what I could get price wise on a calendar. Will also ask about some merch options like bumper stickers, cups, magnets, T-shirts, signs, etc. I would be willing to help out if some connections are needed. I know a couple of folks with online store fronts that might be willing to assist. I have done work with them in the past in regards to charitable work and they were great. Cost/revenue/service fee(for listing/processing) it can all be worked out. If the math is agreeable it might be a great way to keep the site comfortably going.
    I would also be willing to help get (pay for if need be) some stuff like the above mentioned made for contest winners. ((And would respect logo/picture/art/etc) rights. And even the intellectual rights for this site.))
    This is a beautiful community and the contest was fun, but maybe it needs a morph. Meme contests, logo contests, name that tort/turt, etc there are other things that could be done to keep the pride flowing.
    And that is the main thing people are proud to be moms/dads to their animals and are proud to come here to learn and geek out. I would gladly put on a “Ask me about my tortoise/turtle. -tortoiseforum.org” T-shirt and merrily march into Walmart. ((Sorry I am not a marketing person so someone else can come up with the catchy phrase...but you get the idea.))

    Just putting it out there. Feel free to tell me to hush.
    -Meg
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    It seems way too late for that.
    Its almost November
    These always take a very long time
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    I put one together one afternoon last week after reading a post on this topic... it took about an hour on Snapfish.

    It occurred to me that while I love looking at pictures of other people's torts, I'd probably love a calendar featuring pics of mine and my family with torts at least as much, so that's what I did. I'll post pics when it arrives....

    I think TFO could avoid a lot of the hassle by doing it through a website like Cafepress, which hosts (and ships) the items for sale... you can mark the price up from their baseline to make it a fundraising thing, and they'll send you the difference.

    Just a thought....


    Jamie
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    Add to that hour sending back and forth emails to contest entrants because they sent the wrong size picture, fielding complaints because someone thought they counted votes differently than we did, giving a deadline for entries, then waiting for the deadline, reaching the deadline and not having 12 entries, and on and on.
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    It sounds like a pain in the arse that no one wants to volunteer for.
    No.
    My hand it not raised.
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    I totally agree with it being a popular event on the forum and I always look forward to it. Unfortunately, I had never been able to get the calendar because it wasn't affordable for a college student like me lol. I've had a lot more jobs to work this year though, so if the calendar contest happens I would love to purchase one for 2020. Even if it doesn't, I can afford to pay for platinum membership and will probably be buying in the next month or so.

    Even if it isn't a calendar contest, something like it definitely gets the community altogether. I would love to see an artwork contest personally
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    Wherethetortiroam Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I fully understand that the struggle is real and why do it if it don't pay and especially if its a pain in the ***, however, I recall all the past years participating in this that there had to be a vote to just get down to 12. Maybe happened before my time here I don't know.

    But I know I look forward to these. My shell babies have never made it in but that's ok I enjoy seeing other people's. as for it being to hard or not profitable is a reflection on those running the show. There's more then one way to skin a cat, I fully believe if there is a will there is a way but apparently not here for this anymore.

    Lol for real my iPad struggles hard to get on this site sometimes cause of the adds
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    Wherethetortiroam Active Member 5 Year Member

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    This is probably stupid but I'm gonna say it anyway;
    If keeping the site up is so expensive, couldn't the cost be offset by making available cool shirts and calendars :p

    And people who enter to get their shell babies on anything ( shirt/ calendar) don't need to be rewarded with gift cards and other bs just having their loves face featured on something is prize enough.
  19. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Quite often sales don't pay the cost to have the shirts or calendars made.
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    Wherethetortiroam Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Figured, that's why I felt stupid for saying it but still how many members does this forum have? It's just sad.each member can't cough up some dough so it would cover the cost of shirt mugs calendars ect
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