The 1,000 Dollar Comment Game
Post from July 28, 2007 (↻ June 4, 2021), filed under Everything Else.
After the amazing success of the 100 dollar comment game, I proudly present the next game in which you might become the lucky winner of even 1,000 US dollars! That probably means your new iPhone, MacBook, or what you wish to spend the money on.
Since I don’t give away 1,000 dollars myself, here are the five sponsors who made this game possible:
- Appartements.fr (Logements)
- Apartamento.es (Reservaciones de alojamiento)
- Unterkunft.de (Unterkünfte provisionsfrei)
- tourist-online (Ferienhaus, Ferienwohnung)
- SUP4U GmbH (Webdesign Münster)
Rules of the Game
Comment #100 wins.
The game starts on Sunday, August 5, at Midnight (00:00 CEST).
If comment #100 is reached before that moment, there is no winner.
Comments must include a link to your own website (this is supposed to prevent cheating, and there’s a small bonus if the site validates…), and they must make sense. Tell something, albeit it may be short. Comments that ignore this rule will be removed.
Everybody’s allowed to post two comments, until comment number 100, that is. This includes me, though I cannot win and must post two comments. (There will be things to comment.)
The prize is paid via PayPal, and only via PayPal. Everything else is too complicated or too insecure. If you’re no PayPal user yet, you then have yet 1,000 reasons to become one, at least for a few hours.
There still is no legal process. However, the winner is asked to give a public sign that he or she received the money, just to avoid any kind of confusion.
For the lucky number 100: Wait for my winner announcement in either this post or a comment. Though I’ll be quite tolerant in accepting responses, I cannot exclude that there’s spam and stuff, and surely a cleanup is needed to determine the “real” winner.
❧ What’s this all about? It’s still a kind of “experiment” I’ll probably talk about later. What matters is that it’s serious and that nobody will be hurt—quite the contrary I guess 😁 So for now, let’s just note that I’m as excited as you are. Good luck!
Update (March 1, 2008)
This game has been closed due to lack of participation and in order to do good.
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Interesting experiment. I’m curiously waiting for an explanation of what’s behind your 100 Dollar comment game.
And I wish there was also a prize for the first post. 😉
In the United States, we use a comma ‘,’ to separate the thousands, not a period. Interesting concept. Yay.
$1,000 will not be mine.
Nice game.. good luck to all players from Germany!
Looks like the last comment game had no winner. Maybe this time 100 people write a comment.
This sounds great! Well, let me calculate…
… that must be around 14 Euros 45 Cents, right?
Anyway: i start writing my “Yay, i won 1000 bugs post” now, and set the publishing date according to rule #1.
I hope you count trackbacks as comments 😉 Am i allowed to let my blog send one?
Some playsers from Austria here, too. 750€ would be neat..
I don’t mind some SEO experiments, but why did you (as a somewhat hardcore standardista) choose these ugly tagsoup examples for it?
However, at least this comment qualifies for a thousand bucks, right? 😉
I assume it’s a little mind trick.
To see how many people don’t check up on the “amazing success”, and simultaneously think that even posting once is a “waste” of their chance to try twice when it’s actually approaching #100.
I wonder when people will start spamming via Tor to improve their chances 😉
I thought that the whole thing would be over by now, but hey that means I still have a chance 😉
It seems that not enought people know about this…
I think it’s amazing that there are only 11 (!) comments so far since July. Yet I’m afraid to create some buzz about the game as this would increase the competition…
What a wicked game. 😉
Yeah, i don’t have the heart to waste my comments either…
What for a funny game 😊 And what for a funny blogosphere: If somebody writes about something really amazing or the biggest waste on earth™, you may get hundreds of comments within several hours, but if there are 1,000 $ to win only by commenting a story nothing really happens. You don’t even have to sell your sould or sign a contract with the devil – but wait, you need a Paypal account 😉
And now I’ll use the time to validate my homepage and create a Paypal account for the second comment.
It’s that slow…maybe this will be a nice christmas present for someone 😉
My domain is currently unavailable due to server-issues…
This is a really interesting experiment, i wonder why there are not more comments. Curious blogosphere… maybe nobody believes that this game is serious.
So maybe it`s all tactics—my friedns stand behind me and wait untill me, myself and I have produced comment no. 98.
Christmas? I want the money now! (although christmas sounds pretty optimistic - what year?)
1,000 US Dollars… really nice this game. I hope I get them. Good Luck to all players!
… ups … I loose 😔
… ups … I loose 😔 Now that I am out of the game:
„Am I allowed to post an infinitive number of comments?“
Thats a lot of money to win, im confused a little though.
i lose i guess :\ so post 100 gets 1k$???
ill give u another site to go to, kinda cool 1s im posting, clik my name lol
Cool crazy Jens Idea! I`ll immediatly start writing a bot to get that 1000 bucks 😉!
On October 25, 2007, 5:59 CEST, Piter said:
game still running?
I think the experiment is that people won’t help each other win money because we’re all too GREEDY!
Is the contest still running?
Have a look at the most popular posts, possibly including:
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