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As is the yearly tradition here at T-ShirtForums.com, August is the official "Member Appreciation" month!​

Member Appreciation Month is a celebration of both new members to the forums and our great existing community of experts and t-shirt enthusiasts who take time out of their day to offer help to their peers.

It's my chance to say THANKS to all of you who help to make T-ShirtForums a great place to share and learn about the t-shirt industry!

This is our 3rd year, so we've got 3 GREAT giveaways to announce!

Instead of saving the best for last, lets jump right into the biggest announcement:

  1. Alpha Supply Company is sponsoring our biggest giveaway yet! How about:
    • $3500 worth of prizes
    • 100 winners!
    • Something for everyone!

    To help us celebrate our forum 3rd year anniversary and our Member Appreciation month, Alpha Supply Company is giving away $3500 worth of heat transfer and dye sub merchandise to 100 lucky T-ShirtForums members.

    Alpha Supply Company wanted to open this contest up to as many members as possible, so we only require that you have 3 posts in the forum to enter this giveaway!

    Prizes will be given in the form of credits for retail merchandise, normally sold by contest sponsor, Alpha Supply Co. Contest winners may use their prize credit amounts the same as cash, to receive their selected merchandise.

    PRIZES - (amount of merchandise credits)

    1st Prize - $1,000

    2nd Prize - $500

    3rd Prize - $250

    4th Prize - $100

    5th-24th Prize - $25

    25th-49th Prize - $20

    50th-100th Prize - $10

    Did you know that Alpha Supply Company offers:

To enter the contest, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a registered member at T-ShirtForums.com (registration is free)
  • You must have made at least 3 posts in the forums.

    What's the best way to get more posts without spamming? Here are 4 GREAT ways to contribute helpful posts in the forums:
    1. Give your constructive feedback to fellow members' websites and designs.
    2. Write helpful articles or post video tutorials in the article section.
    3. Share your knowledge by tackling some of our unanswered questions.
    4. Just join in on the ongoing discussion in one of our many forum areas that fit your interest!

    Not so great ways to get more posts? Making small posts just to say "thanks" or "me too" or "I'm interested in this too". Those type of posts may be removed :)
  • You must visit AlphaSupply.com and find the correct answers to 2 quick questions about our contest sponsor :)

    You can find the questions and multiple choice answers at the bottom of your edit member profile page on your T-ShirtForums.com account. Only entries with the correct answer will be eligible for the prize.

What are you waiting for? Enter the giveaway today!

2. This is also the time where we vote for our new "Most Helpful Member"

Our first winner, badalou, has served his title well. He has logged over 3,800 extremely helpful posts here at T-Shirt Forums! That doesn't count all the cool tools he's created, videos he's produced, private emails and phone calls that he has taken the time to answer over years. Lou is truly an asset to T-Shirt Forums!

Our second winner, Richard (Fluid), has contributed over 4,000 posts in the forums, many of which go in depth on advanced screen printing and graphic design techniques. Although Richard has been taking a break from the t-shirt biz lately, through the beauty of online forums, his posts still continue to help both new and experienced members.

With so many helpful members of our community, I know it's going to be fun challenge to vote in a new MHM (Most Helpful Member)

The member (with more than 15 posts) that is voted "Most Helpful Member" for the month of August 2008 will win a $100 Gift Certificate to eBay or Amazon.com (or $100 via PayPal)

You also get a cool "most helpful member" t-shirt avatar background (instead of a white or black t-shirt background). Lou's is a cool tan color, Fluid's is graphite gray...what color will you choose?

Q: What do you mean by "most helpful"?

A: Everyone here is already pretty darn helpful, so this will be hard to judge. For the purpose of this contest, it means things like:
  • Seeing if you have an answer for some of our "Unanwered Topics". There's also a link to unanwered questions in the left hand area once you're logged in.
  • Refraining from referring new members to "use the search function" :)

    Don't get me wrong, the search IS very helpful for finding answers that may have already been posted. It should definitely be the first stop when trying to find an answer to a question.

    However, not everyone knows how to navigate an online forum.

    Also, it can be a challenge sometimes know which terms to search for since they weren't part of those older topics. It can also get frustrating sometimes to search and search through 1000's of topics, when you aren't sure if the answer is there.

    "Use the search" also doesn't come off as very helpful or friendly to someone that is new to the whole process.

    Some alternatives to "Use the Search" would be:
    • take a second to repost an answer if you know it
    • just skip that topic and wait for another member to get a chance to answer the question (it may be their first time getting to answer a question and contribute).
    • link them to a specific popular search tag keyword that would give them an answer to their question
    • link them to a specific thread so they don't have to try dozens of search terms. You can also let them know what search terms you used to find the answer to help guide them in the right direction.
    Not to worry, I'm definitely guilty of this too :) But let's all try to make an effort this month to avoid pushing that UTS button (U.se T.he S.earch)
  • Take a second to welcome some of our new members in our Member Introductions forum.
  • Give some helpful suggestions and reviews in the "Site Reviews - Design Reviews" forum.
  • Keep posting helpful tips, information, suggestions, videos, answers in the forums!

Q: Who will decide who the "Most Helpful Member" is?

A: You do! You can send your nominations to me privately via the Forum Feedback section, or PM or Email. Only these 3 methods of voting will be accepted.

You know what they say once an MHM, always a MHM, so no votes for past Members please;it's time to pass the torch on to another deserving member :D

I will tally the votes at the end of the month and announce the winner!

3. While we always encourage new members to register and post their questions in the forums, for the month of August, we're offering a bit of incentive :D
The new member that starts the "most interesting" topic in the month of August wins a free, supercool, highly coveted ;) Bamboo/Organic Cotton T-ShirtForums.com T-Shirt!

Q: What is a new member?

A: Someone who has registered for the T-ShirtForums and has a total of anywhere from 0-14 posts during the month of August 2008.

Q: What constitutes the "most interesting" topic?

A: Good question. It could be a simple question that gets a lot of response from other members. It could be an interesting observation/tip that members can use.

The winner will be decided by a combination of number of replies to the topic, the "thread rating" of the topic (members can rate each thread on a 5 star rating scale), overall member response to the topic, etc. The final decision will be made by yours truly :)
If you've been watching and reading the forum posts for a while, waiting for a chance to register and introduce yourself and get involved, this is a great time to join our t-shirt community.:) You know who you are

So that's it :) August 2008 should prove to be an exciting month here at T-ShirtForums.com!

Any questions, please feel free to send me a Private Message, an eMail or post in the Feedback section of the forum.
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