After thinking about it throughout the past weeks, I've decided to put a temporary halt to the weekly challenges (at least for forum based ones). While I've enjoyed them and some of you have as well, I had one main reason:
It sits at an awkward spot where allowing too many entries ends up flooding the forum with posts that don't get as much traction (while also burying contributions by other content creators), and limiting the number of posts ends up getting too little traction and it loses its purpose. For the first, it's great to see participation, but I also don't want users to feel discouraged having zero comments on posts that they put a lot of effort into making. For the second, I personally liked that more but I still wonder if there could be a better method, especially when we already have the site-wide contribution based giveaways.
So for now, I'm thinking of two things:
1. Stop the usual forum based weekly challenges, but come up with challenges that will be non-forum based that we can do once in a while.
2. Think of ways to better highlight our usual site-wide contribution based giveaways and work on ways to further encourage users for participating.
Those are my thoughts so far. If the weekly challenges have been something that you really look forward to, then I apologize for stopping it with such a short notice. Please feel free to share your feedback in the comments and if you have any ideas for future non-forum based challenges, please suggest them below!
Couple of challenges I'm thinking of are:
1. Trick Shots - Users submitting a trick shot using board game components
2. Photography related
3. Challenges related to using more of the website's other features such as play logging, leaving reviews/ratings on game pages, etc.