Hi Allan,I'm with you on this one and feel more regular promotions/competitions would be a great thing to see. runn3R, the forum's main moderator, does his best but you have to remember that he is just one man and I'm not really sure how Gigabyte really regard the forum. I, along with others, have benefited from his efforts and have a few things sent by Gigabyte as a thank you for my activity on the forum, so it does happen.Another thing to consider is that Gigabyte seems to have separate forums throughout the world and this one is really for the UK and Ireland and although we try and help anyone Gigabyte feels it should be country specific. This may make any competitions a little harder to do as they may be limited to those members resident in the UK and Ireland as is currently the situation.
I certainly think that Gigabyte doesn't make anywhere near enough use of this forum as a marketing or advertising medium. Over the past year we have taken it from an insignificant 2000+ members to approaching ten times that amount. The company just isn't capitalising on this audience and don't really seem to appreciate what they have available here.runn3r does his best but even he can't spend his full time devoted to the forum as he has other tasks to perform and I think the company views the forum as a side issue. It is a bit of a dated view in my opinion and one they should be grasping with both hands and making the most of.The multinational aspects of this forum shouldn't have a bearing on the prizes awarded as it could easilly follow other websites leads where the competition entry is compliant with a certain regional residence. Other Gigabyte forums could offer their own prizes for their local members.I think that some more competitions/prizes would be a good idea but that is only a start the forum needs to be allowed to reach it's full potential as both a help centre and a advertising/promotional vehicle.
Hi AllanI have been banging those same drums for ages! As you might have noticed without much success. The regional aspect of this prize allocation is more due to the physical constraints of delivery etc if the winner was overseas. Some times it can make it a costly affair for a not very valuable prize. This is a shame as you quite rightly point out that the internet is a non area specific medium and ideally the competitions should be open to all. As Gigabyte Taiwan would be funding the overall venture it could be a global enterprise for all the forums and the prizes could easilly be sent form the winners local Gigabyte centre.
(...) is there any chance/way of reversing the order of the post that appears under the poll so it's above the poll
If it is within the 4 hours allotted for editing the poll then you should be able to change it's layout. After that you would need to leave it to the allotted Moderator of that section.EDIT: I am afraid I misunderstod your question and thought you wanted to re-arrange the poll.The redemption vouchers are a good idea and wouldn't even need to be sent by snail mail. They could be printed out by the recipient as a barcoded voucher with personal details for proof.