This week, we’re kicking off a “Hot Topic of the Week” series.

How it works: One topic is designated each week, and each person who asks a question relating to that topic will be eligible to win a prize. Topics are chosen from your suggestions in the community wiki below.

How to enter: Ask a question relating to the topic of the week, and tag it accordingly (this week, use the tag). Each question you ask will get you one entry into a random drawing to win an iPhone accessory(s) of your choice ($100 max).

This round will begin today (Dec. 23) and end on Monday (Jan. 2).

Update: Congratulations to Allen Chao for winning this week! Thank you everyone who participated. The weekly hot topic challenge is on hold for the next week. Please continue to add suggestions for upcoming weeks below!

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    Is everybody eligible or are there geographic restrictions?
    – Agos
    Dec 23, 2011 at 23:44
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    Also: is it possible to advertise this on the site? I've seen small banners on philosophy.sx
    – Agos
    Dec 23, 2011 at 23:56
  • Just an FYI: This holiday weekend has been relatively slow. We'll see if things pick up soon, but you may want to consider extending this 'week' a little longer. Dec 24, 2011 at 15:25
  • Just curious: How is are the entries "collected" and how is the drawing done?
    – Moshe
    Dec 25, 2011 at 23:04
  • @Agos Everyone is indeed eligible, and there is a community banner ad on the side of the site up. Dec 27, 2011 at 14:57
  • @Nathan Greenstein we may extend it, stay tuned for announcements. Dec 27, 2011 at 14:57
  • @Moshe entries are sorted by the appropriate tag- one entry is chosen randomly. Dec 27, 2011 at 14:57

2 Answers 2


Anyone can edit this! If you've got an idea, add it to the list.

Broad Topic Ideas

  • iOS 5
  • OS X Lion
  • next iDevice (after the actual product launch, of course), e.g. iPad 3
  • iCloud

Narrow Topic Ideas

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    Added some tags for the contest ideas. Wasn't sure about those I left open, hopefully someone will tag them too. I think it's good to add tags for the topics already while suggesting: if the hot week topic can't be properly tagged, how could it be a good topic anyway? (And of course it is more practical for the contest manager to have the tags in advance.) Dec 24, 2011 at 13:54

This sounds like a great idea!

The model would fit perfectly for our site, especially given the wealth of apps and accessories that would make perfect prizes.

I saw what happened on Andorid and was secretly hoping that you guys would offer to do something similar with us :)

I'm posting a separate CW answer for topic ideas.

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    Glad you like the idea! And thanks for taking the initiative to post the CW.
    – Lauren
    Dec 20, 2011 at 18:58

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