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February 1, 2018  7:37 PM

February 2018 Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE contest


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It’s February – do you know what that means? It’s Super Bowl time! But there’s also something else…another activity contest. But first, let’s take a look at how the ITKE community did in last month’s contest.

  • ToddN2000: 2,670 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,590 points
  • TheRealRaven: 330 points
  • KevinBeaver: 295 points
  • Splat: 220 points

And the winner of the $200 Amazon gift card is: ToddN2000. Congratulations!

But wait – I didn’t forget about our three ‘ITKE users of the month’. A round of applause to Splat, TheRealRaven and KevinBeaver. Well deserved.

So, let’s get right to February’s contest. As I mentioned – February is the time for one of the biggest sporting events on the planet. How can you score a ‘touchdown’ this month? All you have to do is reach 2,000 ITKE points and you will qualify to win a $150 Amazon gift card. It’s that easy!

And for our ITKE users of the month contest, there’s going to be a twist. Any user who reaches 1,000 points and remains engaged on the site throughout the month, you will qualify to win a $100 gift card. Any user who reaches 500 points and remains engaged in the community, you will qualify to win a $50 gift card.

Good luck and enjoy the big game!

January 2, 2018  5:03 PM

January 2018 Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE contest


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Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone got to spend some quality time with their friends and families. But it’s time to get back to work and start totaling up the points in this month’s activity contest. But before that, let’s take a look at December’s contest.

  • Subhendu Sen: 2,580 points
  • ToddN2000: 2,535 points
  • Jaideep Khanduja: 290 points
  • Gayathri123: 265 points
  • Anandx: 250 points

And the big winner of the $200 Amazon gift card is: Subhendu Sen. Congratulations!

Also – the winners of the $50 Amazon gift cards (ITKE users of the month) are: ToddN2000 and Anandx. Great job both of you!

Now – let’s get to the part that everyone has been waiting for – January’s contest. Since December was such a big hit, let’s do it again. Like last month, the winner will win a $200 Amazon gift card. Just make sure to reach the 2,500 point barrier to qualify.

You’re now wondering about the ITKE users of the month contest, right? Well, we’re going to have three winners (yes, I said three). It’s simple – just reach 200 points for the month and remain engaged on the site to have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Good luck and let’s have a great start to the new year!


December 1, 2017  6:53 PM

December 2017 Activity Contest

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


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December – my favorite month. Why? Because Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s bringing some presents. And guess what – I have presents for the ITKE community too. But before we get into that, let’s take a look at last month’s activity contest.

  • ToddN2000: 2,575 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,540 points
  • Jaideep Khanduja: 565 points
  • Anandx: 290 points
  • Gayathri123: 290 points

And the winner of the $175 Amazon gift card is: ToddN2000. Congrats!

Also, the two ‘ITKE of the month’ winners are: Splat and Gayathri123. Both will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Now, let’s get to the biggest contest of the year (it’s a Christmas miracle). The winner of this month’s contest will win a $200 Amazon gift card. That’s a nice present right there! All you need to is reach 2,500 ITKE points in December to qualify.

And I will once again have two winners for the ‘ITKE of the month contest. Both users will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. All you need to do is reach 200 ITKE points and remain engaged on the site. Sounds like Christmas came early, right? Well, it did. Good luck and Merry Christmas!


November 1, 2017  5:20 PM

November 2017 Activity Contest

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


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November – the month of Thanksgiving. It’s almost time for turkey, stuffing, cranberries and family. But it’s also time for something else….another activity contest! But before we dive in, let’s reminisce about October’s contest. Here were the top users from last month:

  • ToddN2000: 2,820 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,540 points
  • Kevin Beaver: 390 points
  • Jaideep Khanduja: 325 points
  • Azohawk: 200 points

To start, the winner of the $150 Amazon gift card is: Subhendu Sen. Congratulations.

And the two winners of the $50 gift cards are ToddN2000 and Azohawk.

Now – moving right along to November’s contest. First off – I’m in a ‘thankful’ mood so I would like to personally thank all of the ITKE users for contributing their time and energy to the site. How can I repay you for all your hard work? With Amazon gift cards, of course!

Once again, there will be three winners this month. The biggest prize will be a $175 Amazon gift card (yes, you read that correctly). How can you win it? All you need to do is reach 2,500 ITKE points to qualify.

And for the second part, two winners will win a $50 Amazon gift card each. These users will just have to reach 150 ITKE points and remain engaged on the site throughout the month. It’s that simple.

If any of you have questions, please contact me. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!


October 2, 2017  2:54 PM

October 2017 Activity Contest

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


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It’s October already? Wow – another month has flown by (along with September’s activity contest). How did the ITKE community stack up last month? Here were the final standings:

  • ToddN2000: 2,785 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,540 points
  • Kevin Beaver: 205 points
  • Jaideep Khanduja: 180 points
  • WoodEngineer: 140 points

And the winner of the $150 Amazon gift card is: ToddN2000! Congratulations.

And the ‘ITKE users of the month’ winners are Kevin Beaver and Subhendu Sen. Both will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Now, there’s a saying that goes: “Third time’s a charm.” Well, that’s the theme of this month’s contest as everything will remain the same from the August / September contests. Let me go over the guidelines again:

  • One user will win a $150 Amazon gift card (all they need to do is reach 2,500 ITKE points)
  • Two users will win a $50 Amazon gift card (The users have to reach 200 ITKE points and remained engaged on the site throughout October).

Well, it’s that simple so start adding those comments now! And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


September 1, 2017  7:38 PM

September 2017 Activity Contest

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

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Fall image via FreeImages

September 1st – the unofficial start to fall. And with that, a new activity contest is here too. But before we get started, let’s take a look back at last month’s contest. Here were the final standings:

  • Subhendu Sen: 2,540 points
  • ToddN2000: 2,510 points
  • Jaideep Khanduja: 340 points
  • Kevin Beaver: 220 points
  • Azohawk: 205 points

And the winner of the $150 Amazon gift card is: Subhendu Sen. Congratulations!

Don’t worry – I didn’t forget about the two ‘ITKE user of the month’ winners. Congrats to ToddN2000 and Azohawk for winning the $50 gift cards.

Now, let’s get right to this month’s contest. Since last month was so successful throughout the community, let’s do it again! If you can’t remember, here are the guidelines. One user will receive a $150 Amazon gift card. All they need to do is reach 2,500 ITKE points.

Also, two users will win a $50 Amazon gift card if they follow these rules:

  • Reach 200 ITKE points
  • Continue to remain engaged on the site throughout the month

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. Good luck to everyone!


August 1, 2017  3:48 PM

August 2017 Activity Contest

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

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Contest image via FreeImages

Yes, it’s August 1st – do you know what that means? It’s time for another activity contest. But before we get to that, let’s take a look back at July’s contest. Here were the final standings:

  • Subhendu Sen: 2,160 points
  • ToddN2000: 2,040 points
  • Stiletto: 430 points
  • Kevin Beaver: 200 points
  • Jaideep Khanduja: 150 points

And the winner of the $150 Amazon gift card: ToddN2000! Congratulations.

Now, you may have thought I forgot about the surprise ‘ITKE user of the month’ contest. Don’t worry, I didn’t. Throughout July, I saw this user help out on a variety of questions. Congratulations goes to Stiletto! Well deserved.

For August’s contest, it will be the same parameters but with an extra kick. Once again, we will be giving away a $150 Amazon gift card. To qualify, you will have to reach 2,500 ITKE points.

Now, here comes the twist to the ‘user of the month’ contest. We’re going to have two random winners. Both will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Just like last month, I will be monitoring all the comments coming into the site and will make the final call. In order to be eligible, you have to reach 200 ITKE points (and continue to engage on the site).

If you have any questions, just reach out.

Good luck!


July 5, 2017  3:57 PM

July 2017 Activity Contest

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

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Fireworks image via FreeImages

Wow – we’re officially halfway through 2017. As usual, the ITKE community stepped up its efforts in last month’s activity contest. Here were the final standings:

  • ToddN2000: 2,720 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,590 points
  • TheRealRaven: 1,005 points
  • Alex456: 345 points
  • Jaideep Khanduja: 295 points

And who won the big prize of a $200 Amazon gift card? ToddN2000: Congratulations! Also, congrats to TheRealRaven for winning the $50 gift card.

Now, moving right along to July’s contest. As you can see from the image, July is known for fireworks and this month’s contest is full of bangs. For the first part, we will be giving away a $150 Amazon gift card. How can you win? By reaching 2,000 ITKE points – it’s that simple.

But don’t worry, there’s another surprise! I will be giving away a $100 Amazon gift card to a surprising ITKE user at the end of the month. Here’s all you need to know: This user needs to reach 100 ITKE points to qualify and remain engaged on the site throughout the month (a user can’t just hit 100 points and stop commenting). I will be monitoring all of the comments coming into the site and then will make the final decision on who wins the prize. Think of this part as a ‘ITKE member of the month’ contest.

Good luck to everyone!


June 1, 2017  2:46 PM

June 2017 Activity Contest

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

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Baseball image via FreeImages

We’re almost halfway through 2017 already. Can you believe it? Pretty soon, we will have to start thinking about getting those snow shovels out again. But before we get to that, let’s take a look back at last month’s activity contest. Once again, the ITKE users didn’t disappoint with plenty of comments and answers. Here were the final standings:

  • ToddN2000: 2,650 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,540 points
  • TheRealRaven: 600 points
  • Alex456: 405 points
  • SaurabhChakraborty: 355 points

Drum roll please….and the winner is: Subhendu Sen! Congratulations.

Also, all of the users who participated in this question will receive a $20 Amazon gift card:

Now, with June upon us, we’re right in the middle of baseball season. Whether it’s watching the game on your big screen TV or heading to the stadium, baseball is truly America’s past time. So, with this month’s activity contest, you could actually enhance your viewing pleasure. We will be giving away a $200 Amazon gift card this month. How can you qualify to win it? By reaching 2,500 ITKE points. And, as an added bonus, anyone between 1,000 and 2,500 points will qualify to win a $50 gift card.


May 1, 2017  4:33 PM

May 2017 Activity Contest

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

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Beach image via FreeImages

Wow – April went by so fast! Where did the time go? Well, as always, the ITKE community did its part and provided plenty of comments for last month’s contest. Here were the final standings:

  • Subhendu Sen: 2,040 points
  • ToddN2000: 1,785 points
  • TheRealRaven: 1,175 points
  • Alex456: 285 points
  • Jaideep Khanduja: 235 points

And the winners are: Subhendu Sen and ToddN2000. Congratulations!

Also, everyone who participated in this question will receive a $10 Amazon gift card:

Now, moving right along to this month’s contest. Summer time is almost here and that means it’s time to head to the beach. But before that, you will need the best new gadgets. Maybe a bluetooth speaker? Well, if you win the contest, you might be able to afford it! We will be giving away a $175 Amazon gift card. Here’s the catch: You have to reach 2,500 ITKE points to qualify for the prize. Sounds easy to me.

And, for the ITKE question of the month, all users participating in the winning question will receive a $20 Amazon gift card.

Good luck to everyone!


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