RotM is going to have two big changes to give more members a chance to win!

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Please read the post below and then vote for your preferred revision for RotM issues #1 and #2.

  • Fix issue 1 with solution 1.a.

    Votes: 46 80.7%
  • Fix issue 1 with solution 1.b.

    Votes: 1 1.8%
  • Fix issue 2 with solution 2.a.

    Votes: 33 57.9%
  • Fix issue 2 with solution 2.b.

    Votes: 15 26.3%

  • Total voters
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You guys have given great feedback on our Rig of the Month contest and I'm glad to see everyone really likes its implementation on the forum.

After four months of doing this, pretty much everyone agrees there are two major problems with it:

1. If you don't submit your photo pretty quickly, your chances of getting the most votes are lower, especially if you submit it two or more days after the contest opens.​
2. If your truck is stock or close to stock, your chances of getting the most votes are unfortunately lower, which is not necessarily fair. In my opinion, this contest isn't just about the truck. It's the whole scene and vibe captured in the photo.​

After some of the suggestions you guys have provided, the following changes are going to be made to the contest:

1.a. The first few days after the contest opens are now used to submit your photos, but not to vote. The amount of days for submissions could be around 2-4 (let me know). When submissions close, a new thread is created, where I will post all of the submissions at once and then voting will begin.​
1.b. Another option is, instead of using a time frame, we could just limit the amount of submissions per month to 10, for example. However, this option would once again create the issue of the faster you are to submit, the better your chance is of winning. Therefore, I think it should be open on a set time instead of a set amount.​
2.a. We are going to have some months where only "stock class" trucks will be allowed to be submitted. This will allow people who haven't had the time or money to heavily modify their trucks yet, a chance to win some money or a sponsored item to get their build going. The "stock class" will be defined as: stock bumpers, stock wheels, no bed rack, no roof rack, hidden winch mounts are ok, tires up to 285/75 in size are ok, lift kits up to 2-3" are ok, lighting upgrades are ok, regular bed caps are ok, cosmetic changes (decals, blacked out emblems, tinted windows, etc.) are ok, any mod that you can't see (interior mods, engine mods, gearing mods, etc.) are ok.​
2.b. Now, do we allow members who have heavily modified trucks to submit older photos from when they were stock? It seems fair to me, but I want you guys to decide that yourselves. If you think yes, vote for 2.b.​
 
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Definitely think you've addressed my only issues with the ROTM contests. Vote placed. (y)
 

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Maybe add themes to the months to focus more on backgrounds for example a month of BEACH, NIGHT, SNOW, TRAIL, SUNSET, etc.
That's a good idea. Maybe even truck colors as well.
 

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Granted I think some of this would also be dependent on who or what "prize" is donated and how many of said "prize"...but I definitely think having the time frame of everyone submitting photos...but no vote until the submission dates are closed!

The theme idea is great too...and you can change said theme to allow people to get creative.

Either way...I greatly appreciate you taking your time to improve the overall quality of this forum group!
 

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ooo maybe the winner of the last month decides the next theme if you do themes. That'd be kinda fun
That’s interesting. I’ll keep that in mind.
 

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I like the idea of stock only to allow some of us the opportunity to win prizes, to start doing mods we might not otherwise be able to afford.
Agreed! I’m glad we thought of this early in the year.
 

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Okay, I'm not sure how issue #2 is even an issue. Why would anyone want to vote for bone stock rigs for Rig of the Month? A truck that has just rolled off the lot is not as interesting as one that has had some mods to reflect the owner's creativity. This whole idea of a stock ROTM sounds like a participation trophy. I'm not a fan of it.

That said, I will vote for a stock rig if it is in an interesting picture with the truck doing something interesting or parked in an interesting place. I'm not going to vote for any rig, stock or modded, that's parked on pavement and looks like a craigslist ad. For me ROTM is as much of a photo contest as a rig contest.

And this is from a guy whose rig is pretty mild when it comes to mods.
 

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Okay, I'm not sure how issue #2 is even an issue. Why would anyone want to vote for bone stock rigs for Rig of the Month? A truck that has just rolled off the lot is not as interesting as one that has had some mods to reflect the owner's creativity. This whole idea of a stock ROTM sounds like a participation trophy. I'm not a fan of it.

That said, I will vote for a stock rig if it is in an interesting picture with the truck doing something interesting or parked in an interesting place. I'm not going to vote for any rig, stock or modded, that's parked on pavement and looks like a craigslist ad. For me ROTM is as much of a photo contest as a rig contest.

And this is from a guy whose rig is pretty mild when it comes to mods.
I think you answered your question in the second paragraph.

Rig of the Month is not just about the truck, but about the whole story. The location, the camping gear (like you had), the way the photo was taken, the way the truck is positioned, etc. A stock truck can do all of those things right and still get overlooked because it is stock.

Also, in this case, stock doesn’t mean bone stock. I mentioned what our “stock class” would entail, which is basically a truck like yours. One that appears stock but still has some mods for functionality would be acceptable.
 

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In my opinion, I think it’s more about creativity and composition that is at play here, regardless if the rig is stock or modded.

Either way, I support changes to make it equitable for all.
 

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In my opinion, I think it’s more about creativity and composition that is at play here, regardless if the rig is stock or modded.

Either way, I support changes to make it equitable for all.
Exactly!
 

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The stock truck of the month is a great idea for those short on cash or just getting started. Also like the idea of waiting a day or 2 for likes.

Not sure if anyone has mentioned but what of a non scenic photo. Like a driveway photo.
My truck is heavily modded and I can get some scenic photos but nothing like some of the amazing photos I have seen.

Also rig of the month in action. On the trails. Towing. Whatever action our trucks can do haha.


Either way your doing a great job man.
 

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The stock truck of the month is a great idea for those short on cash or just getting started. Also like the idea of waiting a day or 2 for likes.

Not sure if anyone has mentioned but what of a non scenic photo. Like a driveway photo.
My truck is heavily modded and I can get some scenic photos but nothing like some of the amazing photos I have seen.

Also rig of the month in action. On the trails. Towing. Whatever action our trucks can do haha.


Either way your doing a great job man.
Thank you!

Some of the themes I thought of so far, which we can add to as suggestions come in:

No theme, anything goes
Stock class
Scenic
Truck flexing
On the trail in general, no need for flexing
With your dog (is that fair?)
In your driveway ;)
 
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