came up with an impromptu Trivia night one evening a few weeks back, and despite being unadvertised in any way, and held pretty late at night, it got quite a rapid following, and a good time was had by all.
She has suggested we might have a more specific and more widely advertised one. This Sunday night 9pm AEST.
is a librarian and has dug out a bunch of 40 x great stamp related questions.
Nothing too hard or complicated we stress. Perfect for even newer or younger collectors to join in with.
What we will do is have her post questions on this thread come Sunday evening, and the first Member to answer it correctly gets a point. Discussion on it can swirl if someone disputes the answer we have!
A question like:
"What is the world's most valuable stamp"
as an example, has no DEFINITE answer as the prime contender has not been on the market for decades, and the owner is locked up in Jail for Murder. (So we will not be asking that question!)
The most expensive stamp ever sold from Britain or Australia for example is far easier to be precise on. (Anyone who read my email/column this week knows the answer to the former! Hint.)
So, if the question posted is:
"What year were the very first triangular stamps issued?"
Whomever's post CORRECTLY answers it first wins that point. A wrong answer loses you a point, so rushing in with the first answer that comes into your head is not always wise!
Yes you can look these things up in catalogues etc if you wish of course. Some questions might need that. Like:
"What year were the first stamps from Nepal issued?"
I would know that unless I looked it up, therefore EVERY member has a pretty even chance unless you collect Nepal actively!
Right here on this very thread.
Eastern Australia - 21:00 AEST - Sunday 22nd July
Which is we understand - but please double check our figures here, is - www.timeanddate.com/worldclock
New Zealand - 23.00 - Sunday 22nd July
London/Europe - 12:00 - Sunday 22nd July
Southeast Asia/Malaysia 19:00 - Sunday 22nd July
USA/Canada Eastern - 07:00 - Sunday 22nd July
We chose this time being Sunday when most folks are about, and it allows VERY easy participation for all Australians and Kiwis, and is even better for all Europeans and Asians, and for our band of America/Canadian regulars is not TOO tough to get up for, before your morning summer jog!
.. well we got very creative here.
The winner will get an EXCLUSIVE user handle designator no other member has, and a 10 carat flashing white diamond designator replacing their current red, blue or gold star etc. You keep this until we have the next Trivia Night. It will look like this:
TRIVIA NIGHT King!
Joined: 30 May 2007
Indeed we set up a fake member thread showing EXACTLY how it will look on a Member handle here:
So if Fred Smith wins who now has 12 posts they can have us change you over to this. If Billy Brown with 1000 posts wins - same deal.
You may of course opt NOT to change what you now have, if you like your Red star or Gold star etc - your choice entirely.
There are few rules basically .. just turn up at your computer on the time shown, and we are good to go. The few rules are:
1. Glen Stephens will recuse himself but be present to act as adjudicator if things get deadlocked over an answer, and be the final word so questions can move on.
2. Members playing **MUST* have at least 2 posts to their name to participate.
So for the ARMY
of you who have joined, made just one "welcome" post and got your tacky yellow "Newbie" star still, this is a perfect chance to make another post ot two to get that ugly "TOTAL NEWBIE" hairshirt off your back!
Likewise if you have friends or buddies at the local stamp club who have NOT signed up yet, this is the perfect time to jog their memory and forward this email on to them please, or give them a call.
Also we have a LOT of Members I have not seen post for weeks - often months ..... come and join us in this one.
We now have well over 1,100 members worldwide and about 40,000 posts, and over 500,000 page views - and this is in a few short months of starting from ZERO. We really have a fun little on-line "Community" in place here, and please come and join in the club. We will have 3,000 members and 100,000 posts by year end.
All you need is a bowl of nibbles and a glass (or three) of something nice to get your grey cells working. And in most of Australia right now . .a good HEATER set to maximum!
Cheating ... sorry, further research on questions is permitted. (Heck how can we stop you?!) But speed is the going to be the key here I'd say.
How long will it take.. who knows .. it is like calling a stamp auction, some lots take a while to sell. My *GUESS* is we'll do 40 questions in an hour or so?
If we get 30 or 40 members logged in it will be a TON of fun I think, and we will do it again monthly or so if this one works out. We might change future ones to the person who get the right answer asks the next question, but can't answer of course, so that will really keep it interesting!
Thanks again to MargoZ
for suggesting it, and writing the 40 questions, and see you all Sunday evening for ozzies
-- and in your own time zone for everyone else!
Over to the Members... this is YOUR board and whether this works of not is squarely in your lap.
See you this Sunday evening AEST for STAMP TRIVIA NIGHT NUMBER ONE!
Add your comments and suggestions to this thread by all means!