I put the "guess date" in the subject and the body of the PM.
G’Day Coffee Snobs one and all!
As we approach the auspicious occasion of reaching 1,000 registered users here in our corner of the world we have decided to have some fun with this event.
Hearken to my tidings all ye cappa’s and cuppa’s. Let it be known throughout all the land where’ere our favorite beverage of choice is imbibed, in which’ere of its’ many and varied forms that we, the Coffee Snobs of the world grow strong and mighty in our numbers and we’re coming for you, your sons and daughters, your mothers and fathers, your instant brews and stale beans.
As we gather new converts into our fold at an ever increasing rate the Great Coffee God on his Throne of Beans has declared that in honor of the approaching millennial member we shall have a contest. A contest of brains rather than brawn. A contest to see who knows their first from their second derivative. A contest to see who can pull a God Shot and who will pull a gusher. A contest to see who among us is either the smartest or the luckiest. A contest to see who can guess the millennial date.
So dust off your abacuses, shake the cobwebs from your heads, fire up your boilers and take your shot at becoming the next Nostradamus.
The winner shall receive a pile ‘o beans delivered to their abode and be honored with great fanfare.
The rules are simple:
- Send a PM to Prize (http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?action=imsend;to=prize) with the date you think we’ll hit 1,000 registered users.
- Only entries sent to Prize (http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?action=imsend;to=prize) will be considered valid.
- Limit one entry per user.
- In the case of multiple entries from the same user the first one sent will be the one used.
- In the case of multiple people picking the winning date the first one to have submitted their entry will be declared Javadamus.
- Submissions will be accepted until we reach 950 registered users.
- Anyone found to be registering additional accounts will be declared ineligible, the additional accounts will be deleted, and the offender will be subjected to a public flogging in the town square.
Do not send any PM’s to Prize other than your entry. Do not expect a reply from Prize as the account is there only as a repository for the entries. If there are any problems or issues associated with this contest the staff of CS will make a decision and their say is final.
The staff of CS and its sponsors are not eligible for prizes in this contest but can enter for yits and giggles.
So pull out the crystal balls, put your thinking caps on, or throw darts at a calendar, what-ever works for you! Do your thing and get those entries in!
Java "Let the games begin!" phile
=== edit by Andy 23rd April ===
One of our great sponsors, Les at www.coffeeroasters.com.au has kindly donated the latest model I-Roast2 as a major prize in this competition. *So not only will you win a " pile ‘o beans " you will also win a great little roaster to change their colour from green to your favorite shade of brown.
...and if you aint the lucky winner you can still buy your own roaster at a great price with Australian warranty and service from:
I put the "guess date" in the subject and the body of the PM.
Hmm...Say you have the same date as a hundred other snobs. How will those other snobs know that they have the same date and are disqualified from winning?
I suggest that duplicate dates should be notifed and allowed to change the date. Youre also guaranteed a winner, with entries canvassing a whole range of dates.
They wont. ;DOriginally Posted by nunu link=1142341714/0#2 date=1142385734
The method weve chosen rewards those who regularly log in and those who are willing to take more risk and guess early as oppossed to those who will wait until we have 949 members before entering. :)I suggest that duplicate dates should be notifed and allowed to change the date.
We are guaranteed a winner now. If the exact date is not guessed by anyone the person who has guessed closest to it will be the winner.Youre also guaranteed a winner, with entries canvassing a whole range of dates.
Fret you not, there *will be a winner declared and the Pile O Beans shipped to them. :D
Java "Answers R Us" phile
Ive already picked my date, and I sure hope Andy hasnt picked the same one, coz I was first :P
Mines in [smiley=thumbsup.gif],
I had a laugh i just pulled the first date out of my head!!!...this is just like stabbing in the drak really...someone has to hit.
are the prize beans roasted???
Nah, roasted ones go stale ;)are the prize beans roasted???
Nunu told me to join the competition...and so who am I to disagree ? Logged on (after digging around for my username), went to send Prize a PM - and got the error message that I havent got a post count = ! :o
Why ? Because Nunu is my hubby and whenever hes on here, he reads all the posts aloud to me ! Ive never had the need to logon...
Now off I go to submit my guess... [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]
You can count me in too.
The prize sounds great, but I cant help but wonder.
I know what a Fanfare for the Common Man sounds like, but how does a Fanfare for the "Coffee Snob" go? ;)
Hi Jeff,Originally Posted by Habit link=1142341714/0#9 date=1143462026
Much the same, but a lot louder and a lot faster ;),
Accompanied by whistles from the steam wand and the percussive beat from the Bang-Bang box. ;DOriginally Posted by Mal link=1142341714/0#10 date=1143473361
Java "The music maker" phile
I got mine in!
You just pick a number and get it in ASAP so no one else trumps you with the same date!
Indeed Doppler!Originally Posted by doppler link=1142341714/0#12 date=1143515230
We already have 2 dates that multiple people have guessed! :o
With only 100 new members to go before we stop accepting entries its time to slam back a double or two and get the grey cells agitating! Get your entrys in before someone else grabs your lucky day! :D
Java "Statistics R Us" phile
Gday GreenBean, welcome to the other side of the screen.Why ? Because Nunu is my hubby and whenever hes on here, he reads all the posts aloud to me ! Ive never had the need to logon...
Hey Nunu, wanna come to my place and read the web to me too? ...sounds like a great service! In fact maybe you could do it while I sleep... another great way to add time in my day!
(never did like those computer voices much)
Ive got my guess in. A bit difficult to choose though...
Will there be a second prize? Or if the correct date is not chosen will the one nearest get it?
I could have put the time it will happen- that way 2 or more on the same date could have been accepted. ;D
If nobody guesses the exact date the Pile O Beans will go to the person who guessed closest. Odds are the exact date will be guessed by someone though.
We may add further prizes but at this point there is only the one prize.
Java "Get your guess in!" phile
And we have member number 900!! :D :o :)
Only 50 more to go before we close up the mailbox and stop accepting entrys so get those guesses in while theres still time! 8-)
Dont be late :-/ and miss out on the chance for a free Pile O Beans! :D
Java "Pile O Beans `R Us" phile
My pick is .......now a big secret ;D (modified as per user request ;) 2mcm)
Now, I dont know how that got shown here ... if theres a moderator out there, please remove. I dont want everyone to know how hopeless I am at estimating these here things ......
No worries, theres about 25 other people with that same date.
Hey CSrs, check out the first post in this thread again.
I have editied it to reflect the very cool first prize that Les at www.coffeeroasters.com.au has given us.
So now you will win the very latest Hearthware I-Roast2 and a pile o beans to roast in it.
Get guessing. ;)
Ahh this sounds great, i Just joined and have been enthuastically been reading about the pleasures of home roasting. Been a barista for five years working for sydney roasters and just spoiled myself with a giotto a week ago. Now i wanna roast. Anyway this is my first post so hi all.
Welcome aboard the CS coffee train Shaun.
If you have picked the right day you might be roasting sooner than you thought!
5 May 2006 at 11am
Smarty, you need to send your guess in a PM to the user Prize (http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?action=imsend;to=prize) and then delete your post in here. :)
Java "Time is almost up to guess!" phile
Only 11 more new snobs to go and the contest will close to entries so get your guess in now if you havent already!!
Java "Going, going, almost gone!" phile
With only 3 more new members to go before the contest is closed to entries its time for all you procrastinators to get your guesses in before its too late!
Java "The nudger" phile
Last chance to enter to win the roaster and pile o beans! One more new member and the contest will be closed to new entrys!
Java "Going...going...." phile
We now have 950 members, as such:
Contest is now closed
Any entry with a time stamp later than this post will not be elegible for the contest.
Java "Going...going...Gone!" phile
WooHoo... we have cracked the 950...
Only 50 till we findout who the winner is.
Im going to have a second guess in this thread (for the hell of it, not for prizes) while we wait for real winner.
My second guess is:
JUNE 12th ;)
Anyone else wanna play?
have you been reading my pms?????
that was my date, given that it is also the due date of krusty jnr no.1!!
tis also the date on my drivers licence but 39 years before krusty jnr no.1.
Ill pencil-in some decaf for you late June when sleep is at a premium. ;)
My second guess is 23 May (the date on my first dogs drivers license)
So who else plotted the membership numbers vs date in XL? ;)
Actually, after the contest was announced, the average number of new members per day has at least doubled. The trendline will still be linear, even if the data is a curve. It tries to best fit the trendline to the data.
The trendline will only be linear if you apply a linear extrapolation to the data. The membership has followed a very stable curve upward over time over which a non-linear trendline sits very nicely!
Although now that weve hit the 950, new memberships should start to taper off.
...only if the new additions were dodgy... and I doubt it.
Did any of you guys factor-in Mothers day? Piles of new auto-espresso machines for home needing some REAL coffee ;)
Mothers day or not, My guess looks to be at least 30 members off.
In mid march when the comp started I guessed May 10 - tomorrow. I expected a more rapid upturn in new memberships so guessed earlier than what my gut was telling me, but it didnt pay off. Although the guess wasnt hideously inaccurate, it was at least far enough off to allow me to confidently rule myself out of the prize running.
Oh well, maybe Ill have better luck for 2000.
I think we will have more prize offerings from CS and site sponsors this year..... so you might not be waiting too long!
only 21 new CSrs till we find a roaster & beans winner!
Looks like itll be today folks.
999 as of now, well surely claim another victim before the days done. :)
Keep in mind that the contest ends when we have 1000 verified members. The count on the homepage includes those who have not yet verified their membership.Originally Posted by Habit link=1142341714/30#42 date=1148480798
Java "Were almost there!" phile
hey we must be almost there... page says 1001.....
how do you check what date you picked..? of course ive forgotten.
(just quitely, i dropped my popcorn roaster out of the bathroom window on the weekend.. it didnt asurvive the fall, needless to say, id love the win..!!) :D
I think Java will have a winner for us really soon! ;)Originally Posted by KoNG link=1142341714/45#45 date=1148969101
i cant for the life of me remember the date i picked.
i think it was late May..!??!!?
im holding off with the purchase of a new popper just incase...
Hhhmmm....It just so happens that I do indeed have a posting in the offing for here that is currently in the final stages of double checking, verification, and editing prior to its public release. :DOriginally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman link=1142341714/45#46 date=1148970037
I expect it will see the light of day with-in the next 12 hours. :) Gee, I wonder what it could be about?!? :-? ::) 8-)
Java "Hes checking his list, hes checking it twice..." phile
Gee.. santa is making us wait this christmas.