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Crusader Caravan Winning Entry

posted 27-2-2016 @ 08:29 AM www


Totally agree KatrinaP....nothing wrong with her answer.....just simple and clear. Wish they didn't publish it.
posted 27-2-2016 @ 09:00 AM www


I didn't enter this so I have no emotional investment.

This is a great thread to show how "judges" opinions differ on what is considered a good answer.

Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with the answer but I don't think its particularly good either as far as it being "creative". Posted above is a comment about it being "simple and clear". That's what it is.

I think it was a draw, especially given the entry numbers.

Its a double edge sword about publishing answers. It should give those who don't think they're creative or clever at 25 wol to give it a go, and to those who labour for hours over the perfect entry that its not always worth the effort.

I think I'd rather see winning entries (even though they can be pinched and re-used) but it opens the door to quite nasty and uncalled for comments. At least when published we know if it was within the word limit and promoters can be make aware of the most fundamental breach of conditions. The "judging" aspect is very subjective
posted 27-2-2016 @ 02:05 PM www


I do think some promoters prefer simple answers. There is a perception that clever, witty, creative answers come from "compers" and simple answers come from "ordinary people". They'd rather reward "ordinary people".

I have to agree that most of the answers posted by sore losers were pretty bad!
posted 27-2-2016 @ 03:06 PM www


Does make me wonder though how many people are going to use that successful answer next time a competition asks "what would you do if you won this motor home/cash/etc"?



Comping since 1980.......
posted 27-2-2016 @ 04:58 PM www


Quote:
Originally posted by clover
I didn't enter this so I have no emotional investment.

This is a great thread to show how "judges" opinions differ on what is considered a good answer.

Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with the answer but I don't think its particularly good either as far as it being "creative". Posted above is a comment about it being "simple and clear". That's what it is.

I think it was a draw, especially given the entry numbers.

Its a double edge sword about publishing answers. It should give those who don't think they're creative or clever at 25 wol to give it a go, and to those who labour for hours over the perfect entry that its not always worth the effort.

I think I'd rather see winning entries (even though they can be pinched and re-used) but it opens the door to quite nasty and uncalled for comments. At least when published we know if it was within the word limit and promoters can be make aware of the most fundamental breach of conditions. The "judging" aspect is very subjective


I agree clover!! It does show us that judges vary greatly in what they are looking for. We can try lots of different methods, or stick to our favourite one, but in the end it comes down to the judges. I think it was a clever, simple answer, but agree that it wasn't very creative. I think, also, that we try to be too clever lots of times. I enter lots of Facebook comps, which have answers in the post. I like reading them and seeing what I am up against. And sometimes, I look at the winner, and go "Yeah! That was good!" or I look at it and groan! It doesn't really matter, unless we learn from it. I just shrug and pass onto the next comp! I win enough to never lose my enthusiasm!! :)
posted 28-2-2016 @ 09:03 AM www


I sometimes win WOL's. I always pretty much answer the same way in that I treat it like someone is asking me the question and I reply. Simple and straight forward sometimes with just a dash of my personality all written and sent in a matter of a minute and when I do win (which is not very often but considering the amount of effort more than I would of thought) it surprises the beejeebies out of me. A couple of years ago I won a pretty good holiday with a WOL. Took them a while to draw it and I never keep my answers so I haven't a clue what I wrote I only know it wouldn't of been inspired or smart or clever. I am with the thinking that if the WOL's actually do get judged I doubt a literary masters degree is in the same building let alone judging the competition so it is all a matter of perspective and the enthusiasm of the judge who could be anyone from the CEO to the tea lady. In any case I am glad that the ordinary answers win else I would never stand a chance LOL.
posted 28-2-2016 @ 10:30 AM www


The problem is you never know which promoters like simple answers and which are dazzled by creative entries. When they post winners' entries we get to see their preference, but only as long as that particular judge/s is awarding prizes at that organisation. At least, if it's a multiple entry comp, you can try a few different styles.
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Originally posted by zyzzyva
I do think some promoters prefer simple answers. There is a perception that clever, witty, creative answers come from "compers" and simple answers come from "ordinary people". They'd rather reward "ordinary people".

I have to agree that most of the answers posted by sore losers were pretty bad!
posted 28-2-2016 @ 11:33 AM www


So at the end of the day it means we all stand a chance which is great - I like it when they post the answers -it shows transparency - and it means I can draw a line under that comp and move on. And I console myself with the fact I probably would have had to enter a comp for a new car because I don't think ours would have towed it lol



Comping since 1980.......
posted 28-2-2016 @ 11:46 AM www


Quote:
Originally posted by Smiley
The problem is you never know which promoters like simple answers and which are dazzled by creative entries. When they post winners' entries we get to see their preference, but only as long as that particular judge/s is awarding prizes at that organisation. At least, if it's a multiple entry comp, you can try a few different styles.
Quote:
Originally posted by zyzzyva
I do think some promoters prefer simple answers. There is a perception that clever, witty, creative answers come from "compers" and simple answers come from "ordinary people". They'd rather reward "ordinary people".

I have to agree that most of the answers posted by sore losers were pretty bad!


That's why comping is such a gamble. Who likes simple? Who likes rhyme? Who likes quirky? Who will break their own rules for arty crafty entries? Who doesn't care about plagiarism or too may words? Who just draws them? It's all guesswork. Just because Crusader Caravans chose a simple (but I think, effective) answer this time doesn't mean they will next time. It mightn't even be the same judge.

It's all luck..Firstly if your answer even got looked at. Secondly if it appealed to that particular judge on that particular day.
posted 28-2-2016 @ 11:57 AM www


For all we know it could be a ten yr old judging.
posted 28-2-2016 @ 12:46 PM www


Agree :thumbup:
Quote:
Originally posted by zyzzyva
That's why comping is such a gamble. Who likes simple? Who likes rhyme? Who likes quirky? Who will break their own rules for arty crafty entries? Who doesn't care about plagiarism or too may words? Who just draws them? It's all guesswork. Just because Crusader Caravans chose a simple (but I think, effective) answer this time doesn't mean they will next time. It mightn't even be the same judge.

It's all luck..Firstly if your answer even got looked at. Secondly if it appealed to that particular judge on that particular day.
posted 28-2-2016 @ 12:59 PM www


I just do my own thing ... whatever words comes into my head in the moment, one year I decided to really concentrate on my entries for wol comps, I put hours in re working them and I hardly won anything ... now I have a glass of bubbly and go with the flow, then enter and forget, much less stressful :)
posted 28-2-2016 @ 01:07 PM www


I wish more winning answers were published, I just would like to see what wins, I suspect the reason promoters dont publish answers is they dont want negative feedback and have to start justifying their choice.

Frankly I would be thrilled if simple , what I call, conversational, answers won as I'm hopeless as clever, witty answers. i just answer the question... Why do you want to win this?

I wrote a very simple answer for my recent win, name your favourite movie and why.
posted 28-2-2016 @ 01:21 PM www


Quote:
Originally posted by Fullo26
For all we know it could be a ten yr old judging.


And sometimes it is...I have entered Facebook comps where I have spent weeks liking and sharing a comp, only to realise it was a complete waste of time when they got their child to pick the winner, and the child picked the person who had the cutest profile pic.
posted 22-5-2016 @ 10:24 PM www


LOL , reminds me of our life ps great answer . :)
posted 22-5-2016 @ 11:40 PM www


Well said. Congrats to the winner!


Quote:
Originally posted by kenoath
Quote:
Originally posted by natzerat
https://www.facebook.com/LetsGoCaravanCamping/photos/a.36423...


I'm sure many of us have written what we thought were fabulous entries in the past. I certainly have and been disappointed that I didn't win. I would never want any of my winning 25 wols published as it only feeds the haters and trolls regardless of how good or ordinary the entry was. Some of the posters on the facebook link have also published their entries and expressed high dudgeon that they didn't win but quite frankly some of them were pretty ordinary. (In my opinion)
I quite like the comment from a poster called Tony White. It made me laugh out loud. I won't repeat it here but it sums up what I think about the nasty posters too.
I hope the winner has many happy holidays with her family.

:thumbup:
posted 23-5-2016 @ 10:48 PM www


Thing is, that's what she wrote. She wrote it from her heart. They chose it. She had no control over some-one else's decision. Doesn't matter what any of us think.

It's subjective. She deserved to win because she bothered to write something. She entered. She did her best. They chose her entry. That's it.

I get very annoyed about things like Cash Cow - when everyone goes 'Oh, that's lovely, nice to see it go to some-one who deserved it". WHY do they deserve it any more than anyone else? I don't care if Mr Packer entered and won, he bothered, he paid his SMS /phone fee and he won. (Well I might be a tad peeved, but you know what I mean.) Other than a cheat, anyone deserves it.

Move on. Do your best . That's all you can ever do and don't get resentful.
posted 24-5-2016 @ 11:09 AM www


Quote:
Originally posted by kismet
Thing is, that's what she wrote. She wrote it from her heart. They chose it. She had no control over some-one else's decision. Doesn't matter what any of us think.

It's subjective. She deserved to win because she bothered to write something. She entered. She did her best. They chose her entry. That's it.

I get very annoyed about things like Cash Cow - when everyone goes 'Oh, that's lovely, nice to see it go to some-one who deserved it". WHY do they deserve it any more than anyone else? I don't care if Mr Packer entered and won, he bothered, he paid his SMS /phone fee and he won. (Well I might be a tad peeved, but you know what I mean.) Other than a cheat, anyone deserves it.

Move on. Do your best . That's all you can ever do and don't get resentful.


I couldn't agree more!
posted 24-5-2016 @ 01:36 PM www


WELL SAID!

Quote:
Originally posted by kismet
Thing is, that's what she wrote. She wrote it from her heart. They chose it. She had no control over some-one else's decision. Doesn't matter what any of us think.

It's subjective. She deserved to win because she bothered to write something. She entered. She did her best. They chose her entry. That's it.

I get very annoyed about things like Cash Cow - when everyone goes 'Oh, that's lovely, nice to see it go to some-one who deserved it". WHY do they deserve it any more than anyone else? I don't care if Mr Packer entered and won, he bothered, he paid his SMS /phone fee and he won. (Well I might be a tad peeved, but you know what I mean.) Other than a cheat, anyone deserves it.

Move on. Do your best . That's all you can ever do and don't get resentful.
posted 24-5-2016 @ 09:46 PM www


Quote:
Originally posted by pinklescat
Well this was my entry -

Giveaway my cares
Enjoying summer airs
Take to the road
Living life slowed
Making new friends
And making amends
For family moments missed
- worries dismissed!

Me too. I always rhyme. Can't help it.

Sod it - I'm a rhymer and always will be......
posted 24-5-2016 @ 10:18 PM www


I'm not a rhymer and never will be, but have had a couple of nice wins e.g. a sun lounge set, a flight simulator experience,with very honest answers
posted 25-5-2016 @ 01:06 PM www


I actually like that answer. I think it's good.
posted 25-5-2016 @ 03:08 PM www


I agree with kismet on "how does one deem another to be deserving! and how on earth does one define deserving PLEASE EXPLAIN.:lol:

That title belongs to anyone willing to give it a go,regardless of their past present or future personal struggles or triumph's.

As for how one gets their WOL is really personal and is a case of "In The Eyes Of The Beholder" I say.

May good luck come your way lottoers.:thumbup:
posted 25-5-2016 @ 03:18 PM www


I agree. There is no magic formulae for wol. So many varied ways they determine winners.



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previous years about $25000

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