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[CONTEST ENDED] Spend some WFH time here on the community, earn points and win prizes!

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UPDATE: This contest has ended! See who our 80+ winners are here!


While working from home, as many of us are now, online connections to others can be even more valuable than usual. So, we want to infuse a bit of extra encouragement and fun here on the Meraki Community with our third-ever POINTS CONTEST! 


For the next four weeks (today through Friday, April 24th), you’ll earn points just for participating in community discussions. The more points you earn, the more chances you have to win some fantastic swag.


Details below!


How it works


Just like in our previous Points Contests, starting today, certain actions you take in the community will earn you points. Those points will enter you to win a smattering of Meraki-branded prizes. You needn’t opt in — simply taking one of these point-earning actions will do:


  • Reply to any topic or blog post — 5 points
  • Start a topic (e.g. ask a question, pose a discussion point) — 5 points


To optimize the bang for your buck, writing high-quality posts can earn you even more points:


  • Receive a kudo — 7 points
  • Write an answer that gets marked as a solution — 10 points


As you can see, the more helpful your action to the community, the more points you receive!


There are 3 tiers that you can reach based on the number of points you amass. Within each tier, at the end of the month, we’ll randomly select winners to receive swag as outlined below:


    • Tier 1 requires 30 points and will have 50 randomly selected winners who’ll receive a cloud stress reliever and an “I Cloud Manage” sticker

Cloud Stress RelieverCloud Stress Reliever .                    "I Cloud Manage" sticker"I Cloud Manage" sticker
  • Tier 2 requires 100 points and will have 25 randomly selected winners who’ll receive a cloud stress reliever, an “I Cloud Manage” sticker, and a custom Meraki Community mug

    Cloud Stress RelieverCloud Stress Reliever   "I Cloud Manage" sticker"I Cloud Manage" sticker      Meraki Community mugMeraki Community mug


  • Tier 3 requires 200 points and will have 10 randomly selected winners who’ll receive a cloud stress reliever, an “I Cloud Manage” sticker, a custom Meraki Community mug, AND a pair of the all-new custom Meraki Community socks

    Cloud Stress RelieverCloud Stress Reliever             "I Cloud Manage" sticker"I Cloud Manage" sticker             Meraki Community mugMeraki Community mug


    Meraki Community socks (feet not included)Meraki Community socks (feet not included).           Screen Shot 2020-03-24 at 9.57.06 AM.png

AND, just like last round, everyone who earns enough points to achieve any tier will be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE of a brand new MV32 HW (with 5-year license)! Reaching Tier 1 gets you 1 entry, Tier 2 doubles your entries and… (guess what!?) Tier 3 triples your entries to win!

That means that, over the course of this month, you could write just 6 replies or author just 3 solutions anywhere in the community and be entered to win one of these:Screen Shot 2020-03-23 at 3.49.47 PM.png



How will I know how I’m doing?

To keep you all up to date on your progress, every Monday I’ll post a list of everyone who has reached Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3.


When are the winners chosen?

On April 24th at 10 am PDT, the contest will end. We’ll then randomly select winners for each tier (50 for Tier 1, 25 for Tier 2, and 10 for Tier 3) and we’ll also draw the lucky winner of the GRAND PRIZE.


We’ll announce each of the winners here, so be sure to stay tuned!


More details:

  • Promotion period: Tuesday, March 24th, 2030 at 10am PDT through Friday April 24th, 2020 at 9:59am PDT
  • Up to three possible entries per community member: Each time you progress a tier, your entry remains in the tier below as well (meaning more chances to win stuff!). If you are randomly selected to win in two or three separate tiers, you’ll receive only the prize from the highest level tier. If you are selected to receive the Grand Prize, this will be in addition to any tier-level prizes.
  • Shipping limitations: We can only ship prizes to residents of these Eligible Countries 
  • Complete rules and eligibility can be found here
Building a reputation

@WWWolfThanx for doing the math!


It's much better odds actually than doing sweepstakes or lottery 😀


Wowwww 😎

Kind of a big deal

Cool thanks for the calc @WWWolf. If my maths are correct then I've got a 71% chance of winning something then!


Fingers crossed. Good luck everyone!

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@BrechtSchamp I forget how to calculate the combined percentages.

You can't just add the percentages because if you have a 50% chance at prize A and a 50% chance at prize B, you still do not have a 100% chance of winning something. (Using simple percentages for easy math & understanding.)

Multiplying doesn't get it either because 50% * 50% = 25% and it doesn't make sense that having a second chance would reduce your chances.

I also thought about adding the 25% to the 50% as 75% kinda makes sense in this scenario but if your odds are 50% and 25% then .5 * .25 = 12.5% + 25% = 37.5%.  Of course, 12.5% + 50% = 62.5% which kinda makes sense but how do you pick which % to add the combined percentage to (Is it always just the larger one)?

Maybe I'm thinking too much into this.  Maybe I need more coffee.  Maybe it really doesn't matter lol


If my assumptions are correct (big IF), based on my previous numbers, Tier 1 has an overall 27.15% chance, Tier 2 has a 54.88%, and Tier 3 has a 67.94% chance of getting a prize from one of the tiers (including the Grand Prize).


Of course, if any of you math geniuses out there can pinpoint errors in my logic or calculations, I do welcome input/corrections. 


P.S. Sorry for yet another long post about math that doesn't really matter much in terms of this forum. Math does tend to keep me up at night from time to time and apparently there are a few here that find some value.

Kind of a big deal

@WWWolf I reversed the logic (and also assumed your calculations are correct).


What are the odds that I don't win anything: (1-0.27)*(1-0.43)*(1-0.3) = 0.29

So the odds that I do win something are the inverse of that: 1-0.29 = 0.71 or 71%


By the same logic, someone in Tier 2 has 58% chance of winning something. Tier 1 just keeps their 27% of course.


All this disregards the grand prize, but I don't think that'll have much influence.


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@BrechtSchamp Good call!


Your math looks more accurate (and simpler) than what I was doing.

I was so wrapped up in trying to calculate odds of winning that I didn't think to calculate the odds of loosing which is just the inverse.


Thanks for putting my mind at ease.


P.S. If anyone cares, without rounding and including the nominal chance for the Grand prize, percentages are; T1 = 27.36%, T2 = 58.67%, T3 = 71.19% (essentially identical to Brecht's #s for all intensive purposes)

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I love this procrastination method / boredom-beater @WWWolf and @BrechtSchamp!


These odds of winning items from Meraki are still better than the lottery and and don't have to ghost all my family and friends when I get the cool swag.

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It is the Olympic idea that counts - the most important thing is being part of this funny competition! 🙂

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When will the winners be announced? 😃

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The winners have been announced! See who they are here!

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WOW - I think I may have won something. Only took 50 + years to become a winner. LOL



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Nooooo! No Meraki socks for me 😞


I demand a recount!

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LOL @TCAM_ERROR  I needed new socks and a Mug for hot coffee too since it was snowing today here in Canada.