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And the winner of our Grand Prize Challenge is... houbysoft!

Thanks to everyone who participated, and I hope you enjoyed the contest. Winners will be contacted via email to arrange prize shipping.

Mountain Lion is the next major iteration of Apple's OS, and it was officially released today. To celebrate, we are holding a contest with lots of chances to win Apple products, including a grand prize package worth upwards of $500!

Apple Prizes

To win, do as you always do! Ask and answer awesome questions about . There will also be an opportunity to win prizes by writing posts for the Ask Different Blog.

For rules and more details, see the Mountain Lion Challenge page.

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    The List all new OS X Mountain Lion features question seems like it'll game this contest hard, if the previous iterations are to judge. Could CW questions be excepted from this?
    – user6703
    Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 18:48
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    I'm inclined to agree that CW should be excluded. It seems unfair to reward one person for something that's designed to be a community collaboration. Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 20:21
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    I agree also. The poster of the CW question being discussed made similar comments in chat this morning; I don't suspect this policy would draw any complaints if we excluded CW.
    – Daniel Mod
    Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 21:06
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    I also think that CW posts should be excluded. They distort the challenge.
    – gentmatt
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 6:04
  • What is CW? Thanks.
    – wap26
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 12:41
  • CW stands for Community Wiki. The reason they would like it excluded is because the questions are usually vague, like: What are some great hidden features in Mountain Lion. They usually get a huge amount of up votes and the answers in them get them too, see example: apple.stackexchange.com/q/82/24141 People would like them excluded because they aren't like the regular questions that people ask on here. And someone could win this contest easily with this kind of CW question.
    – de_an777
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 13:54
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    Good points. I'll think about how best to deal with this in the future. I don't want to go back and make people ineligible who have already completed the ML challenges, so I'm going to leave it in for this contest. Keep in mind that we are doing a raffle though - so while people may earn entries from a CW question, the huge amount of upvotes won't give them an unfair advantage (i.e., there's no advantage to going higher once you get 10 upvotes, or 1000 views, etc)
    – Lauren
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 15:30
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    @Lauren Do keep in mind that three of the four people who requested this policy are three of the four people who qualified for the drawing on the basis of that post.
    – Daniel Mod
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 17:29
  • w00t :) congrats guys! :)
    – Alexander
    Commented Aug 9, 2012 at 17:42
  • So when i will get my gift?
    – Vivart
    Commented Sep 1, 2012 at 19:38
  • @Vivart if you haven't gotten it yet, please send me an email with your order information and full name.
    – Lauren
    Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 13:55
  • This question is closed since the relevant promotion is over and that code inactive.
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 18:25

3 Answers 3


I favor to exclude CW posts from the mountainlionchallengeTM as it distorts the results.

On Ask Different posts are made community wikis mostly because:

  • multiple people worked on an answer but only one get's the votes
  • collect gems which Apple hides in their software

Excluding CW posts will encourage communal editing to provide the best answers and hints without giving some people an unfair head start in the challenge.

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    And, in point of fact, all the posts that have already qualified for the contest as of 24 hours after the announcement are related to one particular Community-Wiki question. A good case for excluding CW posts from the contest.
    – Daniel Mod
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 15:30
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    I would support this as well since CW as it exists now is to allow people to ask "the obvious" and not have it skew reputation or points.
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Jul 28, 2012 at 17:50

Thank you for making this entirely raffle-based. That, combined with the higher (10-score) bar for quality should produce better results than the last contest.


I'm writing a Blog Post (one that I always intended to write), and it's going to be more than 750 Characters - is this OK? It's not massively over, it will be approaching a thousand words.

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    It should be fine. The upper limit is meant to dictate the kind of scope we're interested in rather than be a hard cutoff. Feel free to run your draft by us in the blog chat room. Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 15:18
  • Oh, and when I say 750 characters, I mean WORDS!
    – stuffe
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 16:47
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    Twitter has warped our thinking.
    – Daniel Mod
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 17:12

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