Other sites have effectively run a challenge week where regular users have a competition to post quality questions on a particular topic.

I am wanting to find out if our sites community is interested in running a competition for next week to generate some good and interesting questions for the site.

The idea is to have some friendly competition and help promote the site while providing something that is relevant to an event that is going on in the real world.

My proposal is to have a Chinese New Year 春节 question challenge week. It would start from Monday the 16th next week until Sunday the 22nd on New Year's Eve.

Please vote up or down your agreement or leave an answer if you have something you would like to add.

  • What: Chinese New Year 春节 question challenge week
  • When: 16th -22nd of January
  • Challenge: Ask as many relevant questions that are related to Chinese New Year person with the most questions that are at 2 or higher votes wins
  • What do I win: If we can reach a positive consensus by the end of the week I will send the StackExchange team an email and hassle them for a prize

Remember, you are also allowed to ask questions you know the answer to if they are questions that will benefit the community.

  • Neat concept - I really like it.
    – Ciaocibai
    Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 10:41
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    Me too, also the "hassle them for a prize" ahah :D
    – Alenanno
    Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 10:59
  • That's a good idea to make this site thrives.
    – Huang
    Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 14:31
  • No hassling needed, we'll happily chip in! The standard prize has been something valued up to $50. We've gone with books as the prize so far, but we're open to alternative suggestions. :D
    – Aarthi
    Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 20:54
  • @Aarthi books sounds like an appropriate prize
    – Cocowalla
    Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 9:22
  • @Aarthi Any kind of books?
    – Alenanno
    Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 12:23
  • @Alenanno We generally prefer books that are on topic for the site (to encourage questipons) but any type of book is fine -- reference, novel, exercise books, etc.
    – Aarthi
    Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 15:50
  • @Aarthi and also xiaohouzi79, I'm not sure I understood how do we determine who wins... Perhaps you forgot a comma or a full stop there... is it just "at least one question with more upvotes" or "who has more questions with the higher upvotes"? From your question, it seems the latter, but I ask to be sure. :) And what if we end up "even"?
    – Alenanno
    Commented Jan 17, 2012 at 15:29
  • @Aarthi I just saw your comment, thanks! :)
    – Alenanno
    Commented Jan 17, 2012 at 18:03
  • Actually, see this blog post instead.
    – Aarthi
    Commented Jan 17, 2012 at 22:06

2 Answers 2


Sounds great. One prize to consider is a subscription to ChinesePod. They have podcast lessons at a range of levels with some good practice materials. I did a quick browse of their catalogue, and found a 3-month basic subscription for $39.

I think that would appeal to a language learner, but what would appeal to one of our experts? Maybe a reference book? Whatever the Chinese equivalent to Fowler's Modern English Usage might be?


As a prize, since it's "impossible" or hard to satisfy everyone, I'd propose this:

Choose any book1 for any price up to a maximum of $50 (or whatever price we decide).

That way, whoever wins chooses something appropriate and we can all have the chance to get what we like but still under a maximum.

1: As long as it's related to the chinese language, of course.

  • Sounds good to me or the podcast suggestion by @DonKirkby is also good. I think it shouldn't be a problem as long as it comes in under the $50 limit and is related to Chinese learning.
    – going
    Commented Jan 16, 2012 at 21:37

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