What Happened to the 'Caption This' Monthly Contests?

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mikethompson

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Members from before the Great Update will remember this monthly feature. Any particular reason it isn't done anymore?

Remember these?

 

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anotherbob

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Reminds me of how the New Yorker had a similar caption and I had some weird determination to win with a blue caption. The only one I remember submitting had a doctor walking into an exam room with a cast on both arms. My caption was "I'am doctor Steve and I'll be your proctologist today" just incase no one knows I never even got to be a runner up.
 
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mso489

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After entering the caption contest for several years, with no wins, I got first place once! It was especially good because I am not a big contest winner, pretty rare for me. First place prize at the time was an excellent Savinelli Venere straight rusticated apple pipe that I enjoy, and a Savinelli t-shirt that happened to fit me well, that I am still wearing. SP co-sponsored the contest for years with Pipes Magazine. Eventually the prizes were scaled back a bit; I think it just got expensive. And finally the contest ended. Besides the expensive of prizes, I surmise it may have taken more of Kevin's time than he wanted to allot to it. The art itself was another time/money consideration I think. But it was fun while it lasted. I also was a regular entry in The New Yorker caption contest, but that resulted in zip.
 

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Producing and paying for the content, plus the amount of time to administer the contest, weighed with how popular it was, and how much traffic it brought to the site at the time, had it cut from the roster.

I'll think about the possibility of bringing it back.
 

mikethompson

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Producing and paying for the content, plus the amount of time to administer the contest, weighed with how popular it was, and how much traffic it brought to the site at the time, had it cut from the roster.

I'll think about the possibility of bringing it back.
I am just seeing the response now. Thanks for the reply Kevin!
 

mso489

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Contests are labor intensive, I know from experience as a judge (not cartoon captions). A revival on the caption contest could be trimmed back by not having it monthly, but having it only when members contribute cartoons, and with prizes only being bragging rights. This might result in few entries, and not so good ones, but it would be a way to bring it back without as much time or expense. There are still the set-up and the judging. I always recall one of the contests I thought had gone bust, with no entries, and then the day of the deadline I got home and there was a tower of entries leaning against the front door dramatically.
 
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mortonbriar

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"I suggested a door might be nice to keep the dust down, and this was his solution."
 

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