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Fun Calorie Wiki Contest

We wanted to do something fun in getting the PT Calorie Wiki going. It is going to be great with a bunch of unique entries, perspectives, tags. The wiki is about much more than just the data, it is an opportunity to share all sorts of information about the different foods we eat everyday. The way we set it up is in keeping with PT's mission-- people helping people.

As a little incentive to get this project going, we are going to give away a new iPod, the cool one that plays movies, to the user who enters the most creative, interesting and informative wiki entry. The PT community will nominate the potential winners, and we will choose the winner from the
nominees. We will run this until Aug 15, and then solicit nominees.

The link to the ipod is below!



Tue. Jul 18, 12:31pm

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 1:29 PM

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bringing to the top.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 3:00 PM

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In case you haven't seen this yet...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 5:54 PM

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Please clarify contest rules

Hi Julie, Are you looking for exotic food entries, unique recipes, or great variety in our logs to qualify individuals as candidates to win the iPod? How about just using the Wiki appropriately and daily? Does that count for anything?
Thank you for a FAB tool, and a great site! ~ kathy

Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 12:16 AM

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Hi there, I'm sorry, but I'm kind of out of the loop and showing my age... what exactly is a wiki?!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 12:27 AM

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Hi Kathy,

Thanks for the kind words about the site- we are constantly working to improve it. A wiki is an internet term for "user driven database", where everyone adds and edits content. With our Calorie wiki, we encourage you to add entries to the database, or tag exisiting ones. Tags are simply common identifiers (such as 1 weight watcher point) that allow people to search for information in many different ways. For example, after shopping and you buy something that is not in the database, put it in!

In terms of contest entries, we are simply looking at helpful information-- and that is a broad term. The more info the better. If you think about what we do at Peertrainer every day- everyone is helping everyone else.


Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 8:03 AM

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Are we going to be nominated by our name or by our entry? Will rarer foods versus those that are eaten regularly by a lot of people have less chance? In which case can we do a few entries? If so i'll be entering a bunch!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 9:46 AM

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LOL I actually made the comment asking about the wiki.... :-) I just figured that I'm not the only one who might not know the answer... :-)

Sounds cool. :-)


Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 10:15 AM

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Hmmm. This contest could be a bit tricky. A wiki can be constantly updated, which means that the latest editor's name is attached to each entry, even if their contribution was tiny. (As an experiment I just edited the hi fibre cereal, entered by anita, and voila, now my name is attached instead of hers - she gets no credit and yet presumably she did all the initial work.) Because of it's community-minded, democratic, evolving nature, a wiki seems like a difficult concept to have an individualistic contest on (which is not to say I won't compete -- who knew that IPods play movies these days? that's too cool!).

I love the idea of us entering new foods, and being able enter foods from the caloriefinder into our logs at the click of a button. However, the fact that it's a wiki format, makes me trust the caloriefinder less than I did. After all, wikipedia is famous for it's inaccuracies and inconsistency from one day to the next. Again, I don't think someone is going to sabotage the calorie information, but mistakes seem more likely when everything is always editable.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 11:47 AM

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I just watched a PBS special on wikipedia and was astonished to find that the wikipedia has 4 times as much information as the encyclopedia. If there is an innaccuracy, the wiki gets edited. How much debate can there be about the caloric value of a snickers bar? You can nitpick anything.

I wonder if peertrainer keeps a history of the entries?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 1:55 PM

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