Here is one way to randomize it. To simplify this, lets assume there are 25 entries, but the #25 can be any number as you'll see:
Step #1: Find 2 (trustworthy) random posters, and 2 mods to help.
Step #2: All 25 names are publicly put in any kind of order on the message board. (in order of "signing up" works well).
Step #3: Random person #1 goes to random.org, and creates a list of 25 numbers from #1 to #25 in a mixed up order. He PMs this list to BOTH MODS. whoever was #1 on the public list, will go wherever #1 is on the random list. (Eg: if the public list of 3 names was Xname, Yname, Zname, and the random list came back 3, 1, 2. The order would now change to Zname, Xname, Yname).
I can clarify if that is unclear.
After this both mods will have a reordered list (THAT THEY KEEP PRIVATE), and both of their lists should be the same.
Step #4. Random person #2 sends the Mods his random.org list identical to how #1 did it. HE AT NO TIME CAN SEE RANDOM PERSON #1s list. This again shuffles the order. Both mods again keep a private list of the reordered names.
Step #5. The two mods compare their twice shuffled lists, and make sure they are identical.
Step #6. Burgertime picks a number between #1 and #25. This corresponds to a person on the list, they win the ticket.
Step #7. Random poster #1 and Random poster #2 both post what they sent the mods, to ensure that noone changed anything along the way.
I think the intent was to give away a pair of tickets, but that sounds very thorough if they're doing 2 giveaways for 1 ticket.
Oh I get it now. Continue on.
Also, just to clarify, that whole process is only necessary if we don't trust the mods to do it correctly the first time without any sort of tampering. I think we can all agree that they wouldn't do that, so it might not be necessary.
We're currently working with burgertime on this. Rustuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu is right, the giveaway will more than likely be for a pair of tickets together, not separately.
The mods will probably not be involved in the draw in any way. This contest for all intents and porpoises is outside the boards realm of control. The only say we have as mods is whether we consider this to be legit, and whether we are allowing it to take place on our forum. So far, all signs point to yes.
Last Edit: May 14, 2013 15:51:43 GMT -8 by emptyfox
I can pull however you guys see fit. If it's a hat we can do that and film it. I'll let you guys decide the method but it needs to be decided today since I have to do all the legal T&C's that come with something like this. I would prefer to let it run over the weekend and pull on Monday. Keep in mind that for this giveaway you will need to send a photocopy (fax or email) to us and sign a release. The ID is to ensure you are both who you say you are and over 18. The release is due to the the prize exceeding $300 in total.
Just as a side note if we do Sasquatch next year I'll try to hold over more tickets for this board. I didn't find it until yesterday when looking for places to promote. I frequent boards a lot and hate when no one on the board gets anything out of it. Anyways thanks for being so receptive to this.
Last Edit: May 15, 2013 4:54:13 GMT -8 by burgertime