New vpsBoard summer contest! Win some cash.

Discussion in 'Announcements & Contests' started by MannDude, Jun 21, 2014.

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  1. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

    Mar 8, 2013
    Because the last contest went so well, I'm excited to announce the details of our new summer contest! Ideally, we'll be running contests every two or three months to give back to the community and allow you to win some money. The last contest had members submit tutorials and guides, and while it was a great contest it did isolate those who aren't as familiar with or capable with servers to be able to do advanced write-ups and tutorials. Because of this, I wanted this contest to be something everyone can participate in.

    Cash Prize: $250 (paid to you via PayPal or Amazon GiftCard, your choice)

    How to enter the contest:

    • Write a detailed review of your service provider(s). (See below for what we would consider a proper entry, and what we would consider to be a poor and invalid entry)
    • Respond to this thread with a link to your review that you are entering.

    Contest Rules

    • This contest is for existing members only, anyone who signs up after 6/21/2014 at 2PM EST will not be eligible to win.
    • You must provide proof of being with with said provider. Due to the nature of this contest and to prevent abuse from providers, we may require you to submit proof beyond what WHT would require. (Since providers can simply create fake WHMCS profiles/dates/invoices/etc)
    • Your review must be for a service older than 3 months old to be valid.
    • You can enter as many reviews as you wish, assuming they're for different providers. If you have 3 VPSes for one provider, do not create 3 separate reviews for them. Mention those 3 VPSes in one review. If you have 3 VPSes with 3 different providers, feel free to review them individually.

    Please be as detailed as possible. For an example of what is a good, well written and detailed review, see anything @wlanboy has written in the review section. An example of a bad review, one that would be disqualified is because of the lack of any useful details). Be as detailed as possible!

    Edit: When I say 'good' and 'bad', I'm not referring to the service itself, but rather the quality and content of the review. You can write a review about a bad service, just make sure it's a detailed, 'good' (well written) review. Hope that makes sense.

    Useful information to include is:

    • Common benchmarks
    • What the VPS is used for, and how it performs serving that function.
    • How long you have had the VPS
    • Your experience with interacting with the company via the helpdesk or any support channel they may offer.
    • Service location, datacenter, etc.
    • Etc. It's a review. Be detailed, because your review should help others. Do not just write two sentences.

    The contest will end 08/01/2014 at 1AM EST. That gives you a month and a week to submit your entries. We will select one winner at random, this will be done by adding a URL to an entry to a single line of a text file. Each line will have a different entry, and will be entered in the order they're linked to in this thread. I'll use a tool like or something similar to choose a number at true random between 1 and X, with X being the number of entries. Whatever the number is, will be the line in the text file to the winner. Simple.

    Questions? Comments? Let us know!

    EDIT: Old entries are not valid for submission, only entries from today forward are eligible. Also, @wlanboy can't enter because his reviews are already sponsored by vpsBoard (We pay for the VPS servers and let him use them, in return he reviews them).
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  2. sundaymouse

    sundaymouse New Member

    Aug 31, 2013
  3. Hxxx

    Hxxx Active Member

    Dec 20, 2013
    some good cash there.
  4. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

    Mar 8, 2013
    Woops. Fixed it. August 1st, 2014 :) 
  5. texteditor

    texteditor Premium Buffalo-based Hosting

    May 19, 2013
    Why not just pay @wlanboy now instead of later
  6. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

    Mar 8, 2013
    I already pay for the VPSes, which he uses for his own projects. He was one of the three winners of the last contest because he produced some good tutorials, but won't be eligible for this contest unless it's a non-sponsored review or something.
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  7. willie

    willie New Member

    May 24, 2013
    Do dedicated server reviews count?

    What about VPS's that were kept for longer than 3 months and used in the past, but have since been cancelled for whatever reason?
  8. tonyg

    tonyg New Member

    Aug 28, 2013
    @willie - Sorry my man, but you are not eligible for the contest since you were singled out as having the worst review ever posted online.
  9. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

    Mar 8, 2013
    Dedicated servers count :)

    Sure, I'll allow the old VPSes as well. I don't see why they have to be currently active, so long as you either have common bechmarks from them saved or data from them that'd be useful in a review.

    Haha, nah. His was just recently posted so it was an easy example to find. Uptime stats are good thing to include in a review, but I don't think posting the uptime of a VPS alone is a good indicator of a 'good server' or a 'bad server'. Was just an example, no hate on Willie. :)
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  10. wlanboy

    wlanboy Content Contributer

    May 16, 2013

    Just scolled through my reviews - not all are sponsored ;)

    My own stuff (some canceled or dead):

    1. VPSCheap OpenVZ 128mb unmetered VPS (canceled)
    2. IPXcore - OpenVZ 128mb VPS (canceled)
    3. FlipHost offsite MySQL database (canceled)
    4. AnyNode OpenVZ 512MB (canceled)
    5. Torqhost KVM 512MB (canceled)
    6. TacticalVPS 1GB OpenVZ - TX (dead)
    7. Tactical VPS 2GB KVM - FL (dead)
    8. ServerDragon OpenVZ O128 (canceled)
    9. BlueVM KVM 512 MB (CH) (canceled)
    10. Tactical VPS 2GB - LA (dead)
    11. DotVPS OpenVZ 64MB - UK
    12. Secure Dragon OpenVZ 128 MB (Chicago)
    13. Secure Dragon OpenVZ 128 MB (New York)
    14. Review - AnyNode OpenVZ 1GB
    15. BuyVM OpenVZ 128MB (NY)
    16. RamNode OpenVZ SSD 128MB - WA
    17. Catalysthost OpenVZ 128MB (TX)
    18. RamNode OpenVZ SSD 128MB (NL)
    19. RamNode OpenVZ SSD-Cached 256MB (ATL)
    20. BlueVM OpenVZ 512 MB (CH)
    Vpsboard stuff (only paid for one billing cycle):

    1. RansomIT KVM 256 MB (Australia) [yearly]
    2. Digitalocean KVM 512 MB (NY) [to be discontinued soon]
    3. Vultr KVM 512 MB (NY) [to be discontinued soon]
    4. Yourserver OpenVZ 256MB (Sweden) [yearly]
    5. My Custom Hosting KVM 256 MB (NC) [yearly]
    6. Host Mist OpenVZ 128 MB (ATL) [yearly]
    7. Urpad OpenVZ 256 MB (LA) [monthly - private paid for Tactical replacement]
    8. BandwagonHost OpenVZ 128 MB (NL) [yearly]
    And of course I am not part of this contest.

    Looking forward for new reviewers adding some additional monitoring parameters.
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  11. Schultz

    Schultz New Member

    Jun 3, 2014
    Will probably enter this, good prize! :)
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  12. drmike

    drmike 100% Tier-1 Gogent

    May 13, 2013
    Mann and his good prizes, spoiling the kids he is.   Someone is supposed to tell him these contests are to generate interest, not cost him money. #yolo no prize fo'yo.

    Best of luck to everyone.  I am looking forward to seeing some different stuff, different tests, different providers, etc.
  13. Ivan

    Ivan New Member Verified Provider

    May 16, 2013
    How would I go about to providing proof of being with a provider, where the account details and stuff are under someone else's name and information? This is because I do not pay for the server but do everything related to it.
  14. raindog308

    raindog308 vpsBoard Premium Member Moderator

    May 16, 2013
    I think this combination of rules will encourage many shallow reviews rather than in-depth ones.
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  15. willie

    willie New Member

    May 24, 2013
    Cool.  I might write something about my OVH dedi.  I'm not a believer in benchmarks in VPS reviews though.  I don't do them myself and I find them nearly useless in reviews written by others.  They measure the instantaneous performance of the VPS at the specific moment when the benchmark is run, and they're disruptive enough that it's generally not ok to run them very often.  The usual situation with an overloaded VPS is that it performs ok 95% of the time, and it's the other 5% that kills you.  I only use VPS for services with quite low cpu and network load for that reason.  For heavier stuff I've found dedicated servers to be incredibly liberating.  VPS users can only dream of kicking off a 5 day computation that runs at 100% CPU on 4 cores, and actually getting that 100% the whole time and not worrying about the host hassling you ;).  So for VPS reviews I mostly care about the configuration, support, billing, etc. and that's what I mostly write about (see my OVH VPS and Low End Spirit reviews).  Oh yes and of course uptime :).
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  16. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

    Mar 8, 2013
    Sorry, didn't mean to make it sound like all your reviews were sponsored ones. Your independent reviews are one of the reasons why I wanted you to do some sponsored ones, too. Actually, I don't see the harm in you entering so long as it's an independent review.  But that's up to you. :)

    I hope you do!

    Hmm... good question. I suppose if you can provide proof of having utilized the server for 3months+ and upload a file to the server to prove you have access to it... that'd work. It's a unique case but we'll be able to figure something out.

    I sure hope not. Regardless of how many they enter, the idea is that each entry will still be quality. I want to see good content in the reviews mainly. Anything that is too vague, unclear, etc may be disqualified from the contest until the submitter can provide more details. 

    I understand the concern with benchmarks, they're certainly not the end-all source of a good or bad server. Though unfortunately they are to be expected in reviews nowadays. Even in offers here and elsewhere I have seen people sometimes want to see outputs of common commands or the results of benchmarks. Truth is, most these benchmarks are properly misleading and small differences in DD test results or network benchmarks, etc is likely to never really be truly 'experienced' by the end-user... but they still request them. :)

    Anyhow, I do look forward to your entries! It'll be nice to see some dedicated reviews here as well.
  17. willie

    willie New Member

    May 24, 2013
    Here are a couple of other reviews that I wrote:

    Do they count?
  18. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

    Mar 8, 2013

  19. DomainBop

    DomainBop Dormant VPSB Pathogen

    Oct 11, 2013
    There are a couple of providers I've been with over a year where my answer to that question would be "How the f*** would I know? I've never had to open a ticket." :)
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  20. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

    Mar 8, 2013
    That's a good thing! Be sure to include that in any potential review you may enter. :)
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