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    bennyling's Avatar bennyling is offline Resident News Monkey, Lover of Chocolate Cake

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    Default Win a MacBook Air!!

    Not sure if this is allowed (could be counted as advertising, but...it's a MacBook Air!)

    Wow, the guys over at the Australian MacWorld have really outdone themselves this time.

    http://www.macworld.com.au/forums/in...p?showtopic=89

    From the website:

    "Win a MacBook Air!
    We're giving away a MacBook Air valued at $2499, just to find out what a reader thinks of it. All you have to do is write a review between 250 and 500 words of the Mac you're using right now."

    Have fun, and good luck!

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    Nice one.

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    Nice. I wonder how much email they'll have to sort through to determine a winner!
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    Nice
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    I reckon it's more of a ploy.. instead of, "tell us your sob story about how you can't afford a new mac and are stuck using a dinosaur"... they get you to write about what mac you're using, all the time hunting for the person using the oldest and shittiest machine..

    All those flashing their wares with MPB C2D - digging their own graves...

    Of course I could just be wrong!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasta View Post
    I reckon it's more of a ploy.. instead of, "tell us your sob story about how you can't afford a new mac and are stuck using a dinosaur"... they get you to write about what mac you're using, all the time hunting for the person using the oldest and shittiest machine..
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    You know it's just a ploy to get people posting on their forums

    Apple never gives us Macs to give away!

    I just signed up and they have a pre-requisite that I give my date of birth, my gender, postcode, field I work in etc. There's no option on the page to skip this (I bet a lot of people continue and give up this information), but if you just leave the page and go back to the forums, you can log in. To me, that sort of stuff really sets the tone for the ideology for the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    You know it's just a ploy to get people posting on their forums

    Apple never gives us Macs to give away!
    They've probably layed out the hard earned to buy it to give away... buying forum posts!
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    Don't forget how much that personal info decryption was talking about is worth to their advertisers for their magazine or web ads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathanh View Post
    Don't forget how much that personal info decryption was talking about is worth to their advertisers for their magazine or web ads.
    Exactly. I've been asked by advertisers for more stats etc. and I simply told them we won't do it as I feel it's an invasion of privacy and useless for a web forum (it would be so varied anyways). But I know where MacWorld is coming from

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasta View Post
    I reckon it's more of a ploy.. instead of, "tell us your sob story about how you can't afford a new mac and are stuck using a dinosaur"... they get you to write about what mac you're using, all the time hunting for the person using the oldest and shittiest machine..

    All those flashing their wares with MPB C2D - digging their own graves...

    Of course I could just be wrong!
    So, you think I should review my 2001 G3 iBook?.....

    OOPs, didn't see your post Bennyling, maybe I should. Then I can pretend to be a "Technoyuppie' with a Macbookair Too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathanh View Post
    Don't forget how much that personal info decryption was talking about is worth to their advertisers for their magazine or web ads.
    How much do you think it is worth to them to know I am female, born in 1912, I live in Bosnia & Herzegovnia and work in the military.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    Exactly. I've been asked by advertisers for more stats etc. and I simply told them we won't do it as I feel it's an invasion of privacy and useless for a web forum (it would be so varied anyways). But I know where MacWorld is coming from
    Besides which, when asked to fill in such details, I always seccumb to the temptation to make up really wild shit about myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    Exactly. I've been asked by advertisers for more stats etc. and I simply told them we won't do it as I feel it's an invasion of privacy and useless for a web forum (it would be so varied anyways). But I know where MacWorld is coming from
    It's something we've had an issue with on one website I deal with... the conflict between one part of the company wanted more info so that they can sell the advertising space at higher rates to the 'right' company, and us web devs who keep telling them the stats are always difficult to believe and the more data you request, the less registrations you'll get.

    Which is why registration questions like "Household Earnings" got dropped years ago. People who filled it in couldn't be trusted to tell you the truth, and those who might tell the truth might not actually want to.

    MacWorld's Postcode question is a great case in point. I know lots of people who intentionally freak that question whenever asked it... usually by naming the postcode for Darwin or somewhere equally remote (if you're in Melbourne). Totally ruins the data if enough people do it.
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    I like your review uncyherb, "even though Megan is more svelte than a newspaper on Christmas day"

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    Exactly. I've been asked by advertisers for more stats etc. and I simply told them we won't do it as I feel it's an invasion of privacy and useless for a web forum (it would be so varied anyways). But I know where MacWorld is coming from
    I just signed up and can't see any notification the info will be used for purposes other than the comp so are you saying they are intentionally breaking the law?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gilligan911 View Post
    How much do you think it is worth to them to know I am female, born in 1912, I live in Bosnia & Herzegovnia and work in the military.
    ok so that might be rare,

    but what if they could get the average age and gender.

    So for example if the average age was 25 and male they might have ads about new beers or clubs (not that you would really get that on a mac forum, but it will do for the purpose of this)

    whereas, if the average age was 45 and male, they might have ads about cars that are exotic and at the higher income levels for those going through a mid life crisis.


    That sort of info completely changes the advertising and the prices they can charge as they know it will be more likely to be accepted by their target demographic or as someone was saying about the mac guy arrogant article, the psychographic or something...
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    I've signed up... I don't intend to post over there, beyond this competition though.

    MacWorld have given computers away before, though not sure how they fund the competition. I know for instance they gave away a Twentieth Anniversary Mac in 1997, back when they were at their original US$7500 price... So I very much guess that Apple AU gave them one in that case!

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    Just to digress a tad,

    Checkout this guys expression,.... it's a bit like,...."Okay,.... where's the rest of the computer?"


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    Well, I only got 2 of my reviews done...

    13 minutes left, for anyone who wants to write one and submit it.

    Here's hoping... though my fiancée's already claiming the Air will be HER laptop to use at Uni, cos the Pismo is so heavy.
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