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Ask Different contest starts today with bonus for TUAW readers

The other day I wrote about Ask Different, the Apple-centric site in the Stack Exchange crowdsourced tech-help network. At the end of that article I mentioned something was coming, and now I can tell you the rest of the details.

The Contest

Starting today, Ask Different is running a contest. The rules are simple: ask a question related to iOS, and be sure to tag it "iOS" (plus whatever other relevant tags apply). There will be two winners: the question which gets the most views and the question with the highest number of votes will win a 16GB iPod nano (6th Generation) or Apple accessories of comparable value (your choice).

The Rules

  • The contest is open to both new and current Stack Exchange and Ask Different users.
  • Everyone is eligible to participate regardless of geographic location. If you live in an area of the world where it is too difficult for Stack Exchange to ship you your prize, they'll figure something else out on a case by case basis.
  • The only metrics in use to determine winners are the number of page views and votes your questions get. So ask as many good questions as you can, and share them using whatever means you see fit. Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google Plus, whatever!
  • There will be separate (and equal!) prizes for The Unofficial Apple Weblog readers who are participating in this contest. Make sure include in your Stack Exchange profile that you're a TUAW reader. (You need to include the word "TUAW" so the contest search can find you.)

The Dates

The contest begins today (Monday, January 16th) at 10 am EST and goes until Friday, January 27th at 11:59 pm (EST). Only questions that are asked within that time period will count towards the contest.

New to Stack Exchange / Ask Different?

If you don't already have one, go to http://apple.stackexchange.com/users/login and create an account. Be sure to mention TUAW in your profile (or add it if you already have an account).

If you are not familiar with Stack Exchange, I would highly recommend checking out the Ask Different FAQ which has a list of "best practices" including etiquette and protocol for asking and answering questions. It also explains some aspects of the site such as voting and reputation.

Win/win and maybe win again

Of course you can continue to send us questions for our Ask TUAW and Aunt TUAW series, but we get far more questions than we can answer. I also know that many of our readers have a wealth of information to share with others. Getting more people to know and use Ask Different is a win/win for the Apple community. The chance to win a prize for asking a great question is just icing on the cake.

Disclaimer: The Ask Different iPod contest is managed entirely by Stack Exchange. The prizes awarded and the contest process are completely under the control of Stack Exchange, and decisions made by Stack Exchange are final. TUAW and AOL have no administrative or legal role in this contest and cannot be held responsible for any questions of eligibility or other matters.

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