10 entries for car draws per referral

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Fraser Moss
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10 entries for car draws per referral

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We are now offering 10 car drawing entries for referring a friend. Scroll down on our Cars & iPods page and help us spread the word about Scientist Solutions.

I can't help feeling I'm getting stiffed yet again here.

Am I going to get 180 back-credits for the 20 or so people I have already referred? I expect no, but I'm sure your other most active users with over 100 posts have probably done about the same and are going to feel the same way.

If you start a sweepstakes with a defined set of dates and entry rules, are you sure it's legal to keep changing the entry rules over time?

At least it might speed up the arrival of the car draws.

nin1318
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i have referred quite a few

i have referred quite a few people as well...additionally even before when you were supposed to get two entries for referral i only got 1...

Soudabeh
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The recent changes have been

The recent changes have been made in response to comments that the car
drawings are a long way off, we want to give you more opportunities to move
rapidly towards the car drawings. We noticed the referral system was being
underused and are trying to encourage it's use. We have also recently added
the ability to earn extra entries for promoting our site using posters and
flyers both at your organization and at conferences.

Scientist Solutions has a legal advisor and auditing system that oversees
our raffles and ensures we follow all laws. In addition, an independent
company will draw the car winners and provide a detailed description of how
the winner was selected so it is completely random and accordance with
drawing entries.

We want to make sure the people who participate regularly are rewarded
and have increased odds of winning. That is why we weight postings,
referrals, etc. differently. More participation = more entries. We cannot
thank you enough for those of you who put time and energy into this. We
know who you are.
You are helping bring every scientist in the world together so we can
advance science. You all will determine if and when this will happen.

We appreciate your feedback but don't be too hard on us. We are scientists
too! We always look forward to hearing from you at
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Sincerely, Scientist Solutions Staff.

labrat
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I offered to put up some

I offered to put up some posters at my work quite a while ago but I haven't heard anything back.

Are you replying to all offers or just those you're interested in. Is it because I work in industry and not academia?

Soudabeh
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labrat wrote:I offered to put

labrat wrote:

I offered to put up some posters at my work quite a while ago but I haven't heard anything back.

Are you replying to all offers or just those you're interested in. Is it because I work in industry and not academia?

Dear Labrat,

Thank you for your offer to put our posters at your work. We have been out of posters for a while and in the process of reordering. We are interested in all members either from academia or industry and we don't discriminate.

You have been a dedicated member and we do appreciate your valuable contribution.

Thank you again for your participation.

Scientist Solutions, Inc.

Fraser Moss
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So am I going to get extra

So am I going to get extra credits for all the referrals I gave before you changed the rules or not?

dutchess
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As long as everyone is on the

As long as everyone is on the same playing field then I think it is fair.

Fraser Moss
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hmmm i think something not

hmmm i think something not fair is going on if the Prius entries just went up by 800 or so in less than 12 hours.

Soudabeh
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frasermoss wrote:hmmm i think

frasermoss wrote:

hmmm i think something not fair is going on if the Prius entries just went up by 800 or so in less than 12 hours.

We want to be fair to all our dedicated members and we are looking into granting entries towards members who referred new people before rules changed. We are hoping this will encourage our members to refer even more.
Regarding Prius entries, It shows that this car is more popular that the others, is this what you mean?

Richard Taylor
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Over the last week or so

Over the last week or so there's been an increase in the number of our users who have been introducing their friends and collegues to the site.

800 entries is now pretty easy to account for - for example 20 users each getting 4 new people to register in a day adds up to 800 entries (20 X 4 X 10). In practice there are also ad-clicks and posts which reward people with entries.

I believe all is fair, Scientistsolutions has made it easier to get entries, and the more entries our members earn the sooner the car is awarded. If all our members visited every day refered a new member, made a few posts and visited any advertisers that interested them we'd be getting there even quicker. The more active members we get the sooner someone gets the car (and when the first one's gone there's always the next one!).

Like all sites of this nature there are many many more people reading the site than registering and taking part - if anyone has ideas for encouraging people who are regular "browsers" to register then suggest them here and we'll consider implementing them - though quite what's more enticing than the opportunity to win a car I don't know!

Referals to Hotmail addresses are fine and we've had many sucessful referal registrations and visits to the site from emails sent to Hotmail users. Hotmail, like other web based email does automatically filter some mail into a "Junk" folder.