So I "potentially" can get a gift card or free tablet to do the work of what a full time employee of Tomshardware should be paid to do. I think I will pass.
Technically, this last week, if you wrote a single tutorial, you won some money. And no, your assessment there is off. Writing tutorials is something our users were already doing, and have been doing for years. Our forum has hundreds if not thousands of step-by-step instructions and guides and how-to's. This isn't something new our users are doing - but stepping up and offering a bit more recognition than a fancy set of badges (which are still cool) is.
One was how to make your internet and browsing faster, and all it was, was the steps to set the Google DNS servers and that was it.
Yeah, that was a crap tutorial. Deleted that bad mamajama. Tutorials that don't qualify for the contest or are low quality will be deleted, unless it's a special case and I've spoken to the user beforehand. Sometimes all a tutorial needs is a bit of formatting or a screenie or two to be worthwhile.
What he's saying is that there have been relatively few entries at present ("present" being Oct 1) and those that have been posted are quite likely by people who didn't even know about the contest and would have created the tutorials regardless.
Yep. The tutorial function makes it easy to collect Best Answers with a quick selection from the drop-down menu in the quick response, so a number of our users have been creating them already, without knowledge of the competition. It'll be a pleasant surprise, I'm betting.