We just ended the The Great 5 Year Anniversary Bounty Bonanza - CLOSED - mts won and it was a great success.
However one thing I personally found discouraging is the low number of votes attracted by the bonanza. In general it has been found that we are not voting enough before.
Voting is good. Voting is important. It expresses your opinion on something, if you found it useful or interesting or not. It gives feedback to the poster and encourages people to post. High voting activity makes questions go hot and attracts users from other sites to our site.
Voting is also cheap. It costs you no rep if upvoting and only minimal rep when downvoting. It can be reversed once a post has been edited. And you can vote on up to 40 questions and answers per day.
And IMHO we are not doing it enough. That is why I suggest a Voting Bonanza.
The idea is easy:
- All participants register up to the day prior. Everyone registered on Travel and with enough rep to vote can participate.
- For the duration of the Voting Bonanza, every participant commits to voting (up or down, it doesn't matter) on the maximum allowed 40 questions and answers per day.
- Who does not reach the maximum number of votes on any given day is out.
- The last participant is the winner or, if there are more than one participants standing at the end (I suggest one month), there are multiple winners.
The idea is to vote on everything. You could look to new posts. Or go through a tag and vote on old posts. Voting on the posts of one person only is discouraged.
As for time, since July has begun already and August is a typical travel month even or especially for us, I would look to do this Bonanza in September or October.
Edit: In response to concerns raised in comments and chat:
It is easily possible to verify the number of votes cast via the Activities Tab of each participants user profile on Travel SE. There on the bottom right you will find a summary of voting activity looking like this
and in this example the user has cast 26 votes on 1 July and 1 vote on 2 July. These counts are cached but I assume the counts are cached in the same way for the day-count and the month-count, so one can always verify for the whole month excluding today. E.g. on the 31st of a month, votes_month - votes_day should be 30 days * 40 votes/day = 1200 votes.
Yes people can vote for anything. They can already do so now without any bonanza. I would err on the side of trusting users (especially those active enough on here to get wind of this Bonanza) to cast useful votes (and who of us is to judge).
One positive side effect might well be that as we are looking for posts to vote on, we will find many older questions were vote correction is needed or might come across posts that need a new answer given that circumstances have changed or we know more now. Or we find old posts that can be closed as dupes.