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    Guess the Author contest - updates and queries

    We're are off the starting blocks for the Guess the Author (GTA) contest!

    Everyone is requested to check their emails. 15 members have been sent emails from my gmail ID [iscmecontests], requesting them to be authors for the contest. Please check your spam box, too, in case my email has landed there & ensure that this gmail is not henceforth marked as spam to facilitate quick further communication.

    Please do not get excited on being selected & give any hint that you have been approached for the contest, either in this thread or in any communication with other members! All authors must retain their anonymity till the winners are announced. You are free to turn down the request, but please let me know by 3rd December latest if you do not wish to be an author, so then I will select another member.

    This thread is only to give you updates of the progress for the GTA contest. You may also submit queries or any problems that you face (such as not being able to send your entry) about the contest in this thread. Do not post any response otherwise.

    Hope to see good participation for this contest!
  • #617870
    Happy to report that 14 members have acknowledged my request email to them & agreed to be authors, a few of them having already submitted their title and text. The 15th member has still to respond. If that member does not respond to my request by Monday morning latest, I will be obliged to select another member to be an author.

    Everyone should check out this thread daily for updates. I will also give hints and clues to help you guess the authors.

    I would like to request members not to reveal their identity as authors even after contest 1 and contest 2 closes. I I have a little bonus surprize just for the authors, for which it is very crucial to retain their anonymity throughout the entire contest schedule. Names of authors will be revealed only after that surprize.

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #617875
    It's great to note that 14 Members have agreed to the request of the ME to become authors. Eagerly waiting for the contest announcement.
    Non-violence is the greatest Dharma; So too is all righteous violence.

  • #617993
    Seven authors have sent in their title & text. The one selected author who did not respond to my email has been removed from the list of authors and another member selected. So please check your emails, everyone, to see if you have been selected as a replacement.

    A few of the selected authors seem to be a bit confused about whether to submit the text in the forum under another name! Please do not do so - I will be submitting your write-ups myself. Do not reveal your identity at all in any manner.

    This is how it will work -
    For Contest 1, I will submit the list of titles with only the topic mentioned and the titles you gave. So, it will be 'GTA 1: [Topic] [Title], GTA2: [Topic] [Title], and so on.
    For Contest 2, I will put an attachment of a Word doc. containing the write-up text of each author in a similar manner.

    Note that when I announce the contest and the write-up of the authors, I will not be correcting spelling & grammar, punctuation, typo errors, etc. It will be presented exactly in the manner in which the authors have written it. Thus, if you have been an active forum participant, you will know about a member's particular English and writing skills and can see this in the write-up too.

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #618381
    We're all set! I have received the submissions from all authors. One author whom I selected did not respond, so selected another one & when that person, too, did not respond, had to select the third one. The third one, unfortunately, also did not respond. I thus got a fourth member, who luckily gave the submission within the deadline I had given. I was vastly relieved since each time I had to select a new member-author, I had to select a new topic to somewhat match the author and/or his/her role/contributions.

    Contest No. 1, to match the member to the title, will be announced on 9th December (Saturday) after 1p.m. and will remain open for entries till 10th December (Sunday), 4p.m.This will give you ample time to work on it over the weekend, so do not be hasty in sending your entries. Members are requested not to play any guessing games or mention their answers in any forum thread even after contest 2 closes because there is will be a surprize third part after that just for the authors for which all members' support is required.

    Those who do not participate in contest 1 are allowed to participate in contest 2 (guessing the author of the text). However, to be eligible for the bumper prizes of winning the cash awards for the maximum points, you must participate in both. Keep in mind that the authors of the titles are the same as for the text. So it is possible that in contest 2 you may think of another member having written the text and not who you thought was the author of the title. Hence, you may give a different answer for contest 2. Will you stick to the same name or try for another one? Will you lose points in guessing the wrong one the second time? Tricky, that!!

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #618654
    The much awaited contest 1 has been announced. Just go through this thread -
    GTA 1 - Who wrote the titles?

    Regards,
    Jagdish

  • #618747
    Happy to have received 10 entries for Contest 1. The second part of the contest, where the text will be provided to guess the author, will be announced tomorrow afternoon after 1p.m. Those who did not participate in contest 1 can participate in contest 2, but will not be eligible for the bumper prizes.

    Authors who did not send the common theme of the topics will be allowed to send their answer with their entry for contest 2.

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #618752
    Madam,
    Before you conduct GTA 2, you should announce the results of GTA 1. You need not mention it with the authors name, but only the number of right answers posted by the participants.
    Eg. Sun 4/15, Padmini 14/15 etc. It will help us in GTA 2.

    No life without Sun

  • #618753
    Mr. SuN: You have not understood the contest at all. It is not possible to announce the result of first contest before conducting the second one.
    Non-violence is the greatest Dharma; So too is all righteous violence.

  • #618756
    Partha,
    The result need not be complete, but partial with scores and CC only as done before for every contest in the past.

    No life without Sun

  • #618759
    "Happy to have received 10 entries for Contest 1".

    There are at lest 15 authors. Entries are less than 15. That is, even all the authors did not participate. To guess the author from just a few words in the title is of course difficult. Let us hope that GTA 2 gets more participants including all the authors.

  • #618762
    Yes, I do hope for more participants in the second contest. It would be interesting to see if the participants of contest 1 change their guess of the author of a topic on seeing the text or it would make their guess even more definite. As I said, that would be tricky!

    Sun - I do not understand how it would help for contest 2 to reveal the scores of contest 1.

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #618941
    Vandana,
    It would help to know that some number of authors guessed by me are correct and are there to guess in GTA 2 contest. It will give some sort of satisfaction or disappointment. Nothing much can be done . Will discuss after the contest results.

    No life without Sun

  • #619001
    Here's the "surprize" for the authors for their work: Through a forum thread, members will be invited to cast their vote through a secret ballot (sending their votes to the same Gmail ID) for the text they consider to be the best, without knowing who wrote which text & the two which get the maximum votes will get their authors cash awards. That is why I have requested authors to retain their anonymity till I give the green signal. Discussing and guessing can also be done only after the closing time for votes.

    The thread for votes will be announced today late evening if possible, otherwise tomorrow.

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #619155
    All members are requested to cast their votes for their favourite text submitted by the anonymous authors .
    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #619322
    We have crossed the deadline of midnight 1200 hrs(IST) on 14th Dec 2017. And it is time to post our comments on GTA contest as announced by the author of the contest. Though privileged, I shall post my comments/feed back only after the announcement of the results. Eagerly waiting for the results of all the GTA-1, GTA-2 and GTA-Surprize contests.
    No life without Sun

  • #619333
    I am in the process of checking the answers and tallying the points.

    Just a few teaser revelations before I reveal the names of the authors:
    1. I was author #14. Nobody got that right in either of the contests!
    2. Only Venkiteswaran got the wild card entry of author #15 right in contest 1 but changed it in contest 2.
    3. Nobody got right author #8 and author #13 in either of the contests.
    4. Aditya and Partha got author #12 right in contest 1 but changed the name in contest 2.
    5. The maximum correct answers in contest 1 were for author#1 and in contest 2 for author #2 (five each.)

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #619336
    Phew! It was so hard to guess the authors at least for me! I did a wild and random guess for each topic and text. All over the contest was good, gave me a tough time to guess.

    While guessing I was trying to associate the words with each author, so I guessed that Mentor could be Vandana, that was my logic of guessing each author. I guess I made a wrong guess.

  • #619338
    Vandana,
    Before I draft my feed back and comments, I would like to know this. We were told that there were 5 editors who wrote the text. Why none of the editors participated either in GTA 1 or GTA 2 or GTA surprize? Is there any special reason for their non-participation? Who are those 5 editors except Managing editor?

    No life without Sun

  • #619340
    Sun,

    I was frankly disappointed that not all the authors themselves participated as well as that not a single editor submitted an entry for either of the contests. It is possible that the authors & editors did not have time to tackle the guesses or were hesitant to do so for not being wholly aware of active forum participants.

    At least the participation was better than the previous occasion when I conducted the GTA contest & for that I am thankful.

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #619345
    MadamVandana,
    Another query. Why SuN a platinum senior forum active member was not invited to draft a text on a topic? What SuN lacks? Can't he be one among the 15 authors? He could have scribbled a funny text on any topic with his good or bad or poor English on your contest based on the theme education, and shared the pleasure of the authors.

    No life without Sun

  • #619356
    Who wrote #5 and #9?

  • #619358
    Sun - as the contest organizer, I have the prerogative to choose. Besides, applying my acumen, I deliberately did not select some of those members who may be too obviously the ones selected. After all, I do need to think a bit to make the contest intriguing.

    Neeraj - since I have not yet revealed the identity of the authors, feel free to guess all the other 14!

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #619359
    Vandana,
    It is a game within ISC with the ISC active members participation, especially the forum active members who are visible and alive 24x7. Let me come out with points after the declaration of the result of GTA. Waiting.......

    No life without Sun

  • #619363
    As Vandana is the organiser of the contest I thought she will not participate as an author. But she revealed that she is also a participant. Another point I understood here is Sun is not an author of the contest. who are all the other 14 members of the contest is still a puzzle? Anyhow, we have to wait and see for the final answers and points.
    drrao
    always confident

  • #619365
    I thought the first passage since it was associated with astrology it was Mr. Sun, which obviously turned out to be a wrong guess

  • #619382
    I had a guess about Vandana.First I was thinking she may be the wild cat entry. But as others I was also misled by the assumption that Vandana will not be an author, for two reasons- as she conducts it and as she may not get time after organising the contest.

    When the clue about entry no.1 was given as 'easy, it was obvious who the author was . But I did not see regular style of the author in that. So I went against the easy answer I went for some other answer, In fact 14 style was a matter of fact style and I had many names in my mind. But stuck to one name in both contests. I now know it is wrong.
    The change in wild cat entry in the second contest was actually a mistake I regretted after sending the answer. I could not remember more threads by that author and so I had vacillated and brought in another name.
    I never imagined that SuN was not an author. So I related one entry to SuN and stuck to it in both contests.

  • #619383
    Now the time for speculation is over for me. I am eagerly waiting for the announcement of result. I want to see the outcome of my guess-work.
    Non-violence is the greatest Dharma; So too is all righteous violence.

  • #619384
    Since Vandana did not respect and select me to write (calling it as a privilege) with some disgruntlement, I too did not take much pain to participate in the GTA contests with lot of interest.

    @ What I really did was – I read all the 15 titles/ texts sincerely once, and got confused. I just wrote 15 names of well known forum active members (including 5 editors and 5 lady members) in 15 paper bits, folded and threw them in a corner( I included Vandana too). And then I picked up one by one, read the name, and wrote the name against GTA 1, then the next against GTA2, and upto 15. I really did not take any pain to read the text again and again to break my head to find the author. Of course, I took little extra pain to grade the authors of the text. I really don't know what the result would be. Chances are bright to have a big ZERO/15.
    I sincerely hope that every member who participated in the contest would have placed my name against one of the title/text. Let us wait and watch what happened to GTA.

    No life without Sun

  • #619438
    I will announce the answers first & the best author as per votes received from members and later the winners of the two individual contests & the bumper prize winners. I am closing this thread now.
    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)


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