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Introducing: Featured Comments

you’re a winnerI’ve been kicking around ideas lately for how to tweak things a bit with the site, keep it moving forward and whatnot. To that end, I’ve got an idea I think might be worth trying.

Starting today, all Loss Column comments become eligible for our new Featured Comment Feature. A lot of the best content on the site comes in the form of individual comments, and I want to feature and reward that. So every week I’ll pluck the best comments from the previous 7 days and put them into a post on the main page, linked back to their spot in the original discussion.

Then, at the end of each month the best comment of them all will be designated the winner, and the person who wrote it will receive a prize. For this month (actually 5 weeks — this week and all of March) the prize is a $10 iTunes gift certificate — enough to pick up one album of your choosing. It’s not a new canary yellow Mustang, but it’s something.

To become a featured comment your post must be:

Intelligent.
Well-reasoned.
Fresh and new.
Valuable.

Humor can earn you bonus points, naturally, but this isn’t Deadspin.

Edited to add: this basically describes the comments as they already are. I want to make sure everyone knows that the point of this is to keep the already good things going and have a little fun with it.

I’m the sole and final judge of who wins what, and I promise to be fair. That said, feel free to suggest favorites, offer up nominations, etc.

This first month will be a test run. If nobody’s feeling it then, hey, fun while it lasted. If it works then we’ll keep it going indefinitely.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Anything I might have missed? Lemme know…

4 comments to Introducing: Featured Comments

  • Greg

    Studies have shown that free stuff is a motivating factor in many otherwise trivial endeavors. For instance printing out a crisp copy of this post and presenting it to your local bank branch teller is good for a free $100 credit to your checking account. Who wouldn’t go for that?

    This post is now certified in the following areas:
    Intelligence
    Reason
    Originality
    Value
    Humor
    Fraud

  • Big Ben's Motorcycle

    neal have i mentioned how great you’re looking today? all of your posts have been terrific lately as well. the site looks great and your intellect is staggering. hey nice shoes! man you know how to dress. stylish, current, crisp. whoa is that new cologne? what is that? damn it sure smells great. anyway, i think this is a great idea. keep me in mind.

  • neal s

    Flattery won’t get you anywhere, Ben. Free booze on the other hand…

    Also, I just added this as an edit to the main post:

    Edited to add: this basically describes the comments as they already are. I want to make sure everyone knows that the point of this is to keep the already good things going and have a little fun with it.

    Just wanted to make sure I was clear about that.

  • john

    I just saw this post and think it is a great idea. I’m not sure it even merits a prize because it’s an all around win for everyone involved.

    You my start an internet phenomenon with this one, Neal.

    (This comment espectfully withdraws itself from the competition)