The Lottery Debate (was: [RC5] Lotteries are a bad idea.)

Chris Eaton tridus at
Tue Mar 17 09:31:28 EST 1998

Enough! Please do not bomb the list with messages saying you don't like the
lottery! I don't really like it either, but this is getting rediculous.

I'll tell you what, if we want to find out what people treuly think of the
lottery idea, lets take a poll. All we would have to do is get one person for
everybody to email their opinions to, and that person could tally up the
I'm willing to do it, I love that kind of stuff... :)

But what would the question look like, maybe something like this: 

1. "Do you think it is a good idea for Distributed.Net to ask for
from its users in order to have a larger prize for the eveuntal winner of

2. "If such contributions were required to participate, would you participate
in Rc5-64?"

3. "If such contributions were optional, but required to have a chance at
winning the larger prize, would you pay a contribution of $1 US?" ($1.41
Canadian, 128 Yen, you get the idea..),

4. "Do you think that a larger prize for the winner would boost membership in
Distributed.Net contests?"

Well folks, how about it? Does anyone like the idea of doing a poll like this
(so only my inbox gets flooded with messages instead of everyones.. :) )? If
people like the idea, then lets do it before the list turns into a propaganda
war for/against a lottery.

At 07:34 AM 17/03/98 , you wrote:
>I hate to do this because of the effect on signal/noise, but I feel
>that it needs to be said.
>I think that a throw in a dollar|euro|peso|franc|yen|kopek|mark into
>the pool contest is a bad idea.  For a bunch of reasons, that I will
>not iterate here.
>Unfortunately mailing lists sometimes are a democracy of the most
>vocal and the pro-lottery folks are being vocal.  So I have a simple
>If you oppose a lottery for any reason, reply to this message,
>to the list, with the same subject "Lotteries are a bad idea" leaving
>the body of the message *blank*.  That way everyone can see the
>opposition to this idea, (or lack thereof) just by reading subject

"In the end, I wonder if one of the most important steps on our journey is
the one in which we throw away the map. In jettisoning the grinds and
brambles of our own preconceptions, perhaps we are better able to find the
real secrets of each place; to remember that we are all extensions of our
collective history."

- Loreena McKennitt: The Book Of Secrets

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