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I'd like to announce the launch of the 2011 MacOSXHints contest: The Mac OS X Hints Monthly Best Hint Contest. This is a little contest designed to reward our hint contributors throughout the year. Here are the basics of the Best Hints Contest:

Starting in the month of January 2011 (retroactive to January 1st) the Macworld editorial staff will be choosing the best hints that were published in each month, both overall and in a monthly Featured Category.

The Featured Category for January is Microsoft Office for Mac.

Each month, the winners will receive:
  • Best Overall Hint, First Prize: $250.00
  • Best Overall Hint, Second Prize: $250.00
  • Featured Category, First Prize: $250.00
  • Featured Category, Second Prize: $250.00
These are all in U.S. dollars. Unfortunately, this is currently open only to submitters in the U.S. I am sorry about that, and if there is a way to open this up Internationally I will let you know about it right away.

As you might expect, there are rules that go with running a contest such as this one, and we want to make sure everyone reads the Official Rules prior to submitting a hint. In particular, I wanted to point out that you must include an email address to be eligible (if you're submitting a hint as an anonymous user). If you're a registered user, make sure you've provided a valid email address in your profile, as that's the only way we'll be able to get in touch with you.

It's also important to note that entries must be submitted via the standard MacOSXHints submissions page, not via an email to me (or any other method).

So if you've got a hint in mind, and you've just been waiting for a good excuse to type it up, now you have one! Finally, I'd like to thank Macworld for making this giveaway possible; the opportunity to do things such as this as a way to thank the members of the community.

If you have any questions, please feel free to post them here and I'll do my best to post replies.

Hint away!

Craig A.
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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: marksch on Jan 03, '11 07:51:20AM

Why US only?!

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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: crarko on Jan 03, '11 08:12:11AM

That's what the lawyers said; believe me, I wish it was open to everyone.



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: marksch on Jan 03, '11 08:39:11AM

It is weird, but thanks for your reply.

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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: leamanc on Jan 05, '11 06:28:10AM

And here is why the lawyers would say that: it's because you are giving money as a prize.

It would be one thing if you were giving $250 US dollars in *cash*, but it's likely that the prize(s) will be distributed by check or direct deposit, which will take some time to process.

So say you are in England. Today US$250 is worth 160 British Pounds Sterling. Let's say that you win one of the four prizes today. But by the time you get your check or deposit, the dollar has lost serious ground vs. British pounds. Say it's only worth 100 pounds by the time you get it. Then you've got a legitimate complaint.

Anyone who does a reasonable amount of international business will understand these headaches, especially if you send invoices and afford your international customers credit.

Now, like I said, if the prize was cash, then Macworld could say, "Well, we gave you $250 in cash as promised." But what is being offered here is money, not cash. And giving the equivalent of $250 in money from one day to the next can be a real pain.



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: ferret-slayer on Jan 05, '11 11:07:43AM
So say you are in England. Today US$250 is worth 160 British Pounds Sterling. Let's say that you win one of the four prizes today. But by the time you get your check or deposit, the dollar has lost serious ground vs. British pounds. Say it's only worth 100 pounds by the time you get it. Then you've got a legitimate complaint.
Actually you don't, because the prize was "250 dollars" not "160 pounds." If they had offered an ounce of gold as the prize, it would not matter that the price of gold changed during the contest, so long as they actually delivered an ounce of gold.

I expect the real excuse was something to do with tax or securities law.

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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: asmeurer on Jan 21, '11 01:34:39PM

There are also taxes and other laws to consider.



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: garythemacguy on Jan 05, '11 02:16:39PM

IDG has 9 different Macworld business units internationally. Select "Macworld" in the Product Line pop-up menu on this page:
http://www.idg.com/www/idgdir.nsf/ContactSearch?readForm

Furthermore, IDG operates in 92 different countries, they're conveniently listed here:
http://www.idg.com/www/idgproducts.nsf/countries

I'm quite sure that if someone sufficiently high up put their mind to it, they could lock the lawyers in their office for long enough to allow someone to come up with suitable territory-dependant prizes depending on the country-of-origin of the winning hints. Non-US prizes might not be exactly worth $250 on any given day but this could easily be covered in the T&C. You might not be able to cover users from all the different countries who use this site, but you could certainly open it up considerably more than it is currently described.

Sorry Craig, the limitation just sounds lame/lazy to me. (Not that I'm blaming you personally, honestly!)



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: marksch on Jan 10, '11 03:01:54PM

Right, garythemacguy , and it would be really nice if international Mac fans were not excluded from the competition, because Mac OS X Hints really depends on a large *international* rather than a *US* community!

Mark

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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: chucky23 on Jan 03, '11 04:34:11PM

I'm curious:

Is this a sponsored contest from Microsoft, or was this just Macworld's choice of monthly topics?

I'm fine with it either way, but I am curious.



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: crarko on Jan 04, '11 04:58:43AM

Just our choice. Given the recent release of the new version it seemed like a good area for people to find new things.



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: Ricki on Jan 04, '11 08:15:56AM

I am not from the USA but this hint is one of my favorite;

When I want to change icons on a number of folders or files I choose all that I want, and it can be a large number. In Finder I go to File and then Get Info. BEFORE I press Get Info I press the CTRL key and i will see Get Summary Info and only one Info window will open. From there I change the icon and all the icons will change. I have done this on up to 90 files/folders and it takes a while but it sure saves from doing it one by one.



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: emale on May 04, '11 08:11:04AM

Or command-option-I instead of just command-I.
Okay, this will result in a modal window and not in a window you can close by command-W but from there you can select the next files where you want to change the icons without closing the window. Close the window by another command-option-I



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: azdawg on Jan 04, '11 05:09:37PM

How do we know if the hint doesn't already exist? Is there a list to counter check? :-)



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 04, '11 06:00:18PM

Wow, I'm sure you will get a lot of lame hint submissions now (not that the they will have any chance of winning...) I actually just submitted a pretty lame one myself that even I am questioning whether it's a hint - I hope you don't think I only submitted it because of the contest... I didn't even know about the contest yet...



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: bmehlman on Jan 10, '11 05:11:39PM

I like to always have a Finder window open but since I often have as many as 10-15 windows open at a time, it's sometimes hard to find my Finder. Of course I could click on it in the dock but I usually hide the dock. So here's what I do. I open a Finder window, go to the View menu and click on Show View Options. Down at the bottom of the menu is the heading Background and you just click on the color square to select a bright background color. Once the background is the color you like, expand the window so it's really large. Then no matter how many windows you have open, you'll always see a corner of your brightly colored Finder window peeking out someplace on your screen.

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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 11, '11 09:51:39AM

That's kind of a neat hint. I'm always having to cycle through all my finder windows (Cmd-`) and watch the screen carefully to find the one I want.

I think you want to hit the Submit Hint link in the top-left though instead of just commenting here.



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: crarko on Jan 11, '11 01:30:45PM

That's correct. I'm not planning on going through the comments to pull new hints for the contest.

Please submit the hint by using the 'Submit Hint' button. Thanks.



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Shrink size of announcement?
Authored by: joewhite on Jan 12, '11 09:58:51AM

How about reducing the size of the announcement, which takes up so much screen real estate every time Mac OS X Hints is loaded? You could make it like a normal hint with the whole viewable via click.

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Shrink size of announcement?
Authored by: renaultssoftware on Jan 14, '11 04:57:04AM

Yes please. I can't see what's new at a glance anymore. How about you make a hint and link to it from the sticky?

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Shrink size of announcement?
Authored by: aubreyapple on Jan 14, '11 08:49:02AM

I vote with joewhite and renaultsoftware. Tired of seeing only the announcement when I open hints. Thanks.



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: headsign on Jan 12, '11 11:01:46AM

Oh great! I hope BBedit will still remain available from Barebones directly. Possibly, they could offer the command line tools directly from their site.



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: snakesalive on Jan 14, '11 07:22:51PM

It's a nice gesture to those who make this site what it is, but a slap in the face to the non-US contributors.



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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest
Authored by: asmeurer on Jan 21, '11 01:39:15PM

How will you know which submitters are in the US?

And also, why is the prize for first place the same as for second place?



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