Well if that's the case, then I want a lightsaber!
That thing is like.. $400 minimum. ;) I think Stormynature may be right though in terms of opening up a bad can of worms with bigger ticket items. We don't have the money to do that month after month at the moment but the trophy in my original post is kind of a funny desk item but is at least a direct acknowledgment of the contest itself. It also wouldn't cost us a lot to produce.
Perhaps we should rely on prize sponsors to contribute some of the prizes and try to make an array of options available that way.
So far I like these ideas:
- Some type of recognition badge placed on the article itself - "Contest Winner" or something like that
- A unique identifier for the member who was a winner that appears on their profile and on forum posts
- Yearly prizes? Perhaps just have an MVP section where members get recognized that way - I would want this open up to both article writers though and people who help in the forums
More suggestions? I just want to ensure that the author is sufficiently recognized for their efforts. Should we have something that we do for runner-ups?