On the occasion of our Birthday celebration beginning tomorrow: which prizes would you suggest for contests or rewards?

Suggestions can range from some smaller prizes up to a few big ones.

  • As for the Contest, it looks like there'll be two categories with hopefully ranking of best submissions each. How will the shipping etc. of prizes be handled? Could that happen similarly as it did for the swag packages?
    – doncherry
    Nov 12, 2011 at 15:08
  • Similarly, however I did not yet get feedback from SE regarding prizes.
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Nov 12, 2011 at 15:18
  • Any news from SE about the prizes? The contest has ended and once the categories of a few of the submissions are clear, we'll have our winners.
    – doncherry
    Nov 25, 2011 at 14:37

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As 2 hours are gone by and the birthday is tomorrow, I go ahead and make suggestions. Feel free to edit, it's community wiki.

Small prizes

  • TeX.SX swag
  • And more from the SE store, such as T-Shirts

Medium prizes

  • Swag at some higher amount
  • The TeXbook or other books
  • A one year subscription of a TeX journal, such as TUGboat, Cahiers GUTenberg or DTK, alternatively a one-year group membership if desired (see Barbaras comment below)

Big prize

  • A sponsored two-year membership in the TeX User Group of your choice
  • since the PracTeX Journal is only on line, and is open to all, that isn't really much of a prize. but other user group pubs that are reasonably current -- Cahiers GUTenberg, the GUST Bulletin, Zpravodaj and a couple of others -- are all good fare. it probably helps if the recipient can read the "local" language, but many articles, even in non-english pubs, are in english or have english summaries, and there are often lots of examples that minimize the need for language competence. re tug, membership includes tugboat; "subscription only" costs more. so i'd recommend membership, not sub. Nov 10, 2011 at 17:39
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    The only reasonable price would be a suitcase filled with Bank of San Serriffe reward checks.
    – N.N.
    Nov 10, 2011 at 19:40
  • I don't really have any better ideas, but the swag doesn't make too much sense for the top ~60 users, because they're getting it soon anyway?
    – doncherry
    Nov 10, 2011 at 23:38
  • I'd like the TeXBook! Where's the competition? Can we have a TikZ one so that I have a chance of winning? Nov 11, 2011 at 8:08
  • @AndrewStacey Sure, TikZ matches a category in the concept on meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1914/…
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Nov 11, 2011 at 8:13

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