ITKE Community Blog


December 1, 2016  5:12 PM

December Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests

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Wow – several community users went all out and totaled up the points in November’s activity contest. Three of them will win the $100 Amazon gift cards. They are:

  • CarlosDL: 2,600 points
  • ToddN2000: 2,580 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 1,980 points

And now onto the big finale – the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet! ToddN2000 and CarlosDL both reached the 2,500 point plateau. So who’s taking home the grand prize? It’s CarlosDL! Congratulations.

Now, let’s move right along to this month’s contest. Since Christmas is in December, I’m in the giving mood. So I’ll give out one of the biggest prizes yet – a $250 Amazon gift card. Yes, you read that right. To qualify, you have to reach 2,500 points for the month and the winner will be randomly selected.

Also – I’m adding in a side contest for new users to the community. Any user that registered on ITKE in December and reaches 1,000 points will qualify to win a $50 Amazon gift card. To have a chance at the prize, please send me your username so I can mark it down and the winner will be randomly selected. Good luck to everyone and Happy Holidays.

November 9, 2016  9:14 PM

Changes to our Discussions section

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

You may have noticed that we’re making some changes to how we feature ‘discussions’ in our community. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s changing.

  • The Discussions section will now only feature discussions created by community members. Previously, the section also featured content and questions created by the TechTarget editorial team across our network of 100+ sites. This content has now been integrated directly into those sites’ comment sections.
  • Tag activity email subscriptions will now also only include community member activity and blog posts – not editorial content. If you’re looking for the latest editorial content in a particular topic, you can subscribe directly to our topic-specific RSS feeds (for example, http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/rss)
  • Comment notifications will still be delivered for all threads you’re subscribed to, whether questions, discussions, article or blog posts. Instead of coming from ‘ITKnowledgeExchange.com’, the ‘from’ address will be TechTarget (no_reply@techtarget.com). You may need to update your whitelist accordingly.

Your experience with our Q&A and blog sections should not change at all – though we will be working on some interactive improvements there over the coming months.

This change is part of a larger project we’re working on to improve the commenting experience on all TechTarget sites. The major changes:

  • Discussion questions are now integrated into article comment sections. Instead of having to jump around between an article page and a discussion page, you can now do everything in one place.
  • Comment threads will now include threaded replies. This means that users can reply directly to an individual comment and the reply will be indented visually to reflect that. It also means that users can respond to the integrated discussion question or leave a general comment within the comment section.

You can check out the new commenting experience here (or on any article page): http://searchunifiedcommunications.techtarget.com/tip/Video-conferencing-quality-vs-bandwidth-tradeoffs

Based on our data and the feedback we’ve received, we think this will make for an improved, more intuitive commenting experience. Got additional feedback? Let us know!


November 1, 2016  2:53 PM

November Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests

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Contest image via FreeImages

Halloween is officially over and so is another activity contest. So the big question is – who won the $200 Amazon gift card? Here were the final standings:

  • ToddN2000: 2,050 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 1,810 points
  • Harisheldon: 595 points
  • CarlosDL: 580 points

The winner is: ToddN2000! Congratulations!

Now, let’s move right into November’s activity contest. Since November is the month of Thanksgiving, it’s a time to be thankful and give back to the ITKE community. So, for this month’s contest, we’re going to have three winners! Yes, you read that correctly. We will be randomly giving away three $100 Amazon gift cards. Here’s the catch – to qualify for one of the gift cards, you have to reach 1,124 points (in honor of Thanksgiving day). It’s that easy to win so go out and earn those points. Good luck!

And as an added BONUS, any user who goes over 2,500 points will qualify to win a brand new Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet!


October 3, 2016  5:31 PM

October Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests

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Prize image via FreeImages

Another month down, another activity contest completed. Once again, the community members stepped up their efforts and produced tons of new content on the site. So, who won the two $100 Amazon gift cards? Here were the final standings:

  • Subhendu Sen: 2,300 points
  • ToddN2000: 1,165 points
  • CarlosDL: 1,110 points
  • CharlieBrowne: 560 points

And the winners are: ToddN2000 and CarlosDL! Congratulations to both users.

Now, let’s get right to October’s activity contest. Since my birthday lands in October, I thought I would share a gift with all of you! One ITKE user will randomly win a $200 Amazon gift card but here’s the catch: To qualify for the prize, you have to reach 1,500 ITKE points for this month. Good luck to everyone!


September 1, 2016  2:56 PM

September Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests

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Contest image via FreeImages

During last month’s activity contest, several community users pushed themselves to the IT limit and landed in one of the top five spots on the ITKE leaderboard. Here were the final standings:

  • Subhendu Sen: 3,500 points
  • ToddN2000: 1,680 points
  • CarlosDL: 1,670 points
  • CharlieBrowne: 1,475 points
  • Mcorum: 1,000 points

Who won the grand prize of a $200 Amazon gift card? Drum roll please…..it’s CharlieBrowne! Congratulations.

Now, since last month’s contest was such a big hit, why not have two winners this time? Two ITKE users will randomly receive a $100 Amazon gift card but they have to be ranked in the top 10 for ITKE points. It’s a brand new month so let’s get started. Good luck!


August 1, 2016  6:52 PM

August Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests

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Contest image via FreeImages

Wow – last month’s activity contest was one for the ages. Three community members were neck-and-neck up until the last day of July. Here were the final standings:

  • ToddN2000: 6,055 points ($200 Amazon gift card)
  • Subhendu Sen: 5,050 points ($100)
  • CharlieBrowne: 4,860 points
  • Ncberns: 1,030 points
  • AlbertGareev: 1,020 points

And as an added bonus – CharlieBrowne will also receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Now – let’s move on to this month’s contest. One ITKE user will receive a $200 Amazon gift card but here’s the catch: The user will be randomly selected and has to be ranked in the top 5 for ITKE points. There’s no rest for the weary so it’s time to get started again!


July 15, 2016  5:51 PM

July Activity Contest Standings – Round 1

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests

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Rankings image via FreeImages

What a start to this month’s activity contest! We have several community users vying for that $200 Amazon gift card. Here’s where we stand as of today:

  • CharlieBrowne: 1,555 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 1,360 points
  • ToddN2000: 1,165 points
  • AlbertGareev: 1,020 points
  • Ncberns: 510 points

But wait – we have a special surprise. Instead of just one big winner, we will have two! The ITKE user with the second most points this month will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. A nice surprise, isn’t it? So get started on totaling up those points.


July 5, 2016  3:23 PM

July Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests

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Contest image via FreeImages

It came down to the wire in June’s activity contest but we have two winners: CharlieBrowne and Subhendu Sen. Here were the final numbers:

  • CharlieBrowne: 2,300 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,250 points
  • ToddN2000: 1,685 points
  • AlbertGareev: 1,250 points
  • Mcorum: 1,020 points

Now, let’s get to July’s activity contest. Just like the fireworks on the Fourth of July, this contest is going to end with a boom. The user with the most ITKE points at the end of the month will receive a $200 Amazon gift card. Yes, you read that right. Good luck to everyone and let the games begin!


June 1, 2016  3:18 PM

June Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests

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Contest image via FreeImages

Points, points and more points….that’s what the community piled up during May’s activity contest with two power users hitting the 3,000 point plateau. Here were the final numbers:

  • CharlieBrowne: 3,570 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 3,150 points
  • Meghabhardwaj: 2,150 points
  • Harisheldon: 1,700 points
  • ToddN2000: 1,175 points

Now, let’s move on to this month’s contest. Since we only had two winners in May, let’s double that amount for June. The first four users to reach 2,000 ITKE points will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. That will help you buy that wireless bluetooth floating sound system for the summer months. Good luck!


May 16, 2016  6:59 PM

May Activity Contest Standings – Round 1

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests

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Contest image via FreeImages

Talk about a great activity contest so far! We already have four users over the 1,000 point mark and one user, CharlieBrowne, has reached the 3,000 point goal. Here’s where we stand as of today:

  • CharlieBrowne: 3,070 points
  • Meghabhardwaj: 2,015 points
  • Harisheldon: 1,700 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 1,250 points
  • ToddN2000: 960 points

There’s still one $100 Amazon gift card up for grabs so keep piling up those points.


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