Another one for keeping it in. I would suggest you put it as an announcement on the home page.
It's been open to the general membership since inception, voting was Site Supporters only at the beginning but that got canned.I am all for KEEPING the contest, I used to be more active in participation, but life is very busy right now. I think a lot of the "old timer" MTF people like me are not around as much as they used to be. Is the nomination only open to Site Supporters? If it is, maybe open it up to the public? I don't know... I hate to see participation fall off, but we all know since the transition a while back, a lot of people had difficulty logging in, and just gave up.
There is always a nominating thread, but you can also find any staff member and let us know and we can get it in as well.I would be in,but I think there needs to be an easier way to nominate,not sure how to find it on the forum,maybe I'm just missing something,Thanks, Rick
First and foremost, the contest runs every other month. The month in between is for our Featured Member of the Month. Way back when, before you joined the forum, they both ran every month and it got ridiculous for the volunteers to keep up with.I think that the reason it seems like there is no interest is because there is little way of knowing it even exists...I have been on the site for well over a year and I have seen a few things about Tractor of the Month...but not really been made aware of what it is...it looks like a contest ...but for what?...I get the idea it is for restorations...but how would one enter the contest? I saw something on the home page for one month ...actually longer there was a signpost with something about tractor of the month for a certain month...but it was up for so long it looked like it was just some old post that no one got around to taking down, and not relevant because it referred to something a few months old, and it look like there was no subsequent contest
I have seen a poll of the week a few times also...not sure that it is a weekly topic...or just pops up once in a while...I have not seen it in a while
Get your nominations in for September's Machine of the Month contest!
Please post a photo of the machine to be nominated (yours or otherwise), the owner's forum handle and a link to the thread you found the photo in!
(1)-We want active member's machinery nominated for the MoM contest, please.
(2)-Stumping for votes on the forum by anyone is not allowed. Posts and/or threads to the like will be removed on sight by staff members and could lead to a nominee's machine being removed from contention in the contest. A simple "BUMP" of the voting thread is allowed by members to generate interest in the contest, but not the nominees.
(3)-Member may only win MoM once with a particular machine. If he or she happens to be a collector of machinery the member would be eligible after one year's time with another machine.
(4)After a Vote by the membership, "Staff Members" are now eligible for participation in the MoM contest.
Look at the forum list and find General Site Information. At the bottom of the list are the Contest Forum and Machine of the Month Subforum. Under that is the Featured Member of the Month Forum. They aren't hidden but members scroll by without noticing them.My "bookmarked places" brings me right to the HOME page...on the left at the top is a blank area...with MTF's Machine of the Month for July 2018! and Most Popular Discussions right under that....is there supposed to be some graphic or something in that blank area?...that is where I had seen that road sign I mentioned.....on the right side is a column with a search window at the top...then Premium Vendor Showcase...and right under that is
Recent Discussions...I never have heard of Member of the Month since I have been on here...not faulting the people who make this site happen...not at all, I do thank you for all you do....but I think that there would be a lot more participation if people were aware of it
Going forward I'll make it more noticeable with site wide announcements for nomination and voting threads in all forums and possibly on the Home page. If I can learn how to do it. :tango_face_wink:I do see it now....but my point is that it is not given any prominence ...it does not stand out...unless you know about it....you don't know to look for it