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I would like to add a little element of fun for people to encourage posting of finds. What I am thinking is a forum where each month people can post what they think it a nice find, and a story with it

Some good points there. Likes are limited because they have value, and one person could collude with another to boost each other endlessly. I have considered the dislike function, but I hate to go the

Of course you do this AFTER I find my gold coin.   Seriously, though, the charity aspect is a noble motivator.  This will be fun, as long as we can keep Calabash out of the water... Since we'r

On a site like this displaying finds should be encouraged in addition to 'content' without finds.  There are a few of us who like the contest idea and the notoriety as well.

I have to admit when I'm out detecting and make a nice 'find' I'm already thinking about how I can post it.  Not everyone is that way but some of us carry a camera.

With contests come guidelines and one of the first things that comes to my mind this morning would be to encourage the display of recent finds vs finds from years past.  We have threads devoted to 'best ever' which gives us all hope for the future but best entry of the month should have been found within that month I would think.

It's not my contest to design but that is a thought I have.  The other aspects are good as described.

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What a fantastic idea Steve!

I have just been lent Sourdough Scots Equinox 800 so you have no idea what your getting yourself into.

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Sounds great, Steve. It is a very praiseworthy idea. 👏

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I think it is a great idea. i think Mitchel is right about recent finds. I think that would come down to the honestly of the entrants. I think it would be great to see good finds in one place on the forum. Donating to a worthy charity is always good!

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I agree it should be stuff found each month. It would be honor system, and there is at least no monetary reason to game it. Might throw in a limit to how many time per year any one person can win. Like once a year you can win the monthly, and that monthly is automatically enrolled in the year end contest. That sounds good just typing it. Twelve different winners each year, with one grand prize winner out of the 12.

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I have some additional thoughts about contests and certificates.

I belong to a club (PCSC) that has encouraged its members to display their finds of the month for many many years before I joined.  Over the years their 'contest' voted on my attendees at the meeting consisted of categories.  Roughly the categories were Best Natural Gold, Best Man Made Gold, Best Silver, Best Coin and Best Odd Find as examples.  This allowed for 'like to compete with like' so that voting was made a bit easier and not based upon one category favored over another.  PCSC has relic hunters, beach hunters and nugget hunters.

Steve's website focus is mostly for gold nuggets and natural gold.  I would assume that most of the 'voters' would vote for a few little nuggets over a big ring but that is what can happen.  Gold nuggets will probably win more 'finds of the month' than other items.

I'm not much of a relic hunter but if someone found a really, really rare relic and the nugget and beach hunters don't understand its importance then it may not be voted on.  How do we level the 'judging ground' so to say?  Do we try to estimate the dollar value of the find in our story about it and the research we do on it afterwards?  (i.e. This nugget is worth $1000 and this Civil War Button is worth $4000?)  How will we know how important or valuable something is unless the finder helps us.

One of the best parts about Steve's proposal is that no matter how 'fair or unfair' the rules the winner will be a charity.  We just want it to be fun and unpredictable.

Will people be encouraged to talk openly about their vote or will it be discouraged and be an anonymous vote?

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