Well ... it's been 16 days since I received and responded to this message from Bill Palmer concerning my winnning a prize in a contest at his iProng website:
Congratulations, you have won an iProng T-shirt in the iProng Name Game contest. We will need your mailing address as well as your T-shirt size preference (S, M, L, XL). Your T-shirt will ship within two weeks of your reply to this email.
iProng (formerly iPod Garage) Publisher & Founder
A long time reader and commenter on Fix Your Thinking pointed out to me the following conversations held on the iProng website:
It appears as if Bfluid is one of the designers of the iProng website, making his winning A) "insider" and B) "illegal" according to Florida law.
Comments indicating bfluid ( a grand prize winner ) didn't comply with contest rules:
Posted: Sat May 13, 2006 1:31 am
bfluid, your new blog doesn't seem to have a link to iProng anymore.
you do want to win this, right?
Comments indicating bfluid ( a grand prize winner ) is an insider:
Fix Your Thinking comments in [ ]
iProng Grand Master [ Note Moderator status ]
Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 3:44 am
Now we need a cool logo. Though I like the logo we have now.
Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 3:49 am [ Note 5 minutes apart from comment above ]
Now we need a cool logo. Though I like the logo we have now. [Note: WE ]
Don't worry, we have an iProng logo. You'll see it on Monday
It's hard to tell 100% but it appears as if Bfluid had a hand in designing portions of the iPodGarage and iProng websites.
Comments taken from these two pages:
I also want to point out that the contest was over on June 1st (running the entire month of May) Winners were to be announced within a few days of contest end and shouldn't have been too difficult to tally. Winners were not announced until June 19th. Neither of the grandprize winners FULLY COMPLIED with having the iProng logo and referral link on their blog for the entire month of May. The grand prize winners also no longer have the logo displayed on their sites. Futhermore, both of the Grand Prize Winners removed the logo before May 30th, therefore disqualifying both of them.
Interesting note about Bfluid ( a grand prize winner )
From his "winning" blog:
Location:Rincon, Georgia, United States
I am a christian who is very active in my church. I love playing and reading music. I also enjoy my iPod.
Interesting ... a professed Christian and knowingly participating in a fixed contest.
Wanna read the contest rules:
- Place a permanent link to www.iProng.com in the sidebar of your blog or website, visible from your site's front page (even though we haven't yet changed our name, the iProng.com domain is already active).
- You don't have to let us know you've done it; we'll see your site in our referrer logs as soon as someone clicks through on your link.
- Leave the link in place from now through the end of May.
- Then on June 1st we'll count of the number of unique click-throughs from each sidebar link and perform a weighted random drawing to determine the prize winners. Sites with more click-throughs will have greater odds of winning, but even sites with a single-click through will have a chance to win top prizes.
First prize is a 1 GB iPod nano in your choice of white or black, delivered directly to your doorstep. Second prize is a $50 iTunes gift card. Third prize is a $25 iTunes gift card. Five other winners will receive a new iProng T-shirt.
Remember, all you have to do to win a an iPod nano is post a link to www.iProng.com in your site's sidebar and keep it there. Create your link today and help us celebrate our evolution into iProng!
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Read more about contests and contest laws:
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