Wait! Programmers.SE is having a contest!?

What have you been living under a rock?

Just kidding (maybe). Yes, Programmers is having a contest. And it's going to be awesome!

So how will this contest work?

The contest will be divided into 4 weeks. For each of the 4 weeks, there will be a tag dedicated to it. The schedule will go like this:

  1. -- May 7 (results)
  2. -- May 14 (results)
  3. -- May 21 (results)
  4. -- May 28 (results)

Each week, users who post questions and answers for that weeks tag will have their post entered into the contest. The following categories can win:

  • Best Answer: The best answer from the week will be a winner. Best answer is judged by votes. Any answer to a closed question is ineligible.
  • Best Question: The best question from the week will also be awarded. Best question is not judged on votes, but instead views. Closed questions will be disqualified. We encourage advertising your question (on non-SE sites) to get more views. Please do not spam the chat rooms.

Remember, you are only eligible if you post under the current week's tag.

Prizes!

Best of all, we try to get you the best prizes possible. In order to do that, we had to put on a few restrictions. But winners can choose their own site-related prize from Amazon, as long as it:

  • Is under $50 (including shipping and handling)
  • Is related to the site and its topic

If your one prize does not use up the $50, you may choose up to 3 different things (still has to be under $50 all total).

So when do we start?

The contest is going on now!

Important Notes of Eligibility and Such

  • You must have a valid email address in your profile so that we can contact you and ask you what you want from Amazon (if you win).
  • No closed questions or negatively scored questions (regardless of views).
  • SE employees are ineligible.
  • The question you are asking or answering must contain the contest tag to be eligible
  • Bounties on contest questions are more than welcome.
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I've purged all the comments, as they were getting a bit off topic and the different discussions were concluded. We will do an evaluation of the contest after the contest ends. If you would like to discuss the contest now, feel free to do so in the contest chat room. –  Yannis Rizos May 28 '12 at 15:15
    
@YannisRizos I posted results for week 4, but forgot how to find user flair... –  Dynamic Jun 3 '12 at 23:19

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Results for Week 1 [data-structures]

Question with the most views

How should I build the data structure for a dynamic, unlimited-size "maze"?

profile for Rachel at Programmers, Q&A for professional programmers interested in conceptual questions about software development

Top voted answer

What is the difference between an Array and a Stack?

profile for Mason Wheeler at Programmers, Q&A for professional programmers interested in conceptual questions about software development

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I'll be contacting the winners today to get the ball rolling on the prizes. Congrats, Rachel and Mason Wheeler. –  Thomas Owens May 14 '12 at 11:59
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Wow. I didn't actually know about this. I was just trying to give a good answer to a question. :P –  Mason Wheeler May 14 '12 at 14:12
    
@MasonWheeler Well thanks for that great answer :P –  Dynamic May 16 '12 at 10:02

Results for Week 4 [algorithms]

Question with most views

Why is quicksort better than other sorting algorithms in practice?

profile for Raphael at Programmers, Q&A for professional programmers interested in conceptual questions about software development

Most voted answer

Return random list item by its weight

profile for Benjamin Kloster at Programmers, Q&A for professional programmers interested in conceptual questions about software development

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Let me again give full credit for this steamroll win to Janoma who posted the question on cs.SE. It is the hottest algorithms question on cs.SE to date and has generated markedly different answers than its copy here. We will have to see about the prize; I certainly did not earn it. –  Raphael Jun 5 '12 at 10:51
    
@Raphael If you want to discuss it with a mod, gladly do so. Go ahead and ping somebody in the Contest Conspiracy chat room. –  Dynamic Jun 5 '12 at 11:59

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