Maybe a silly idea for a cooking site, but I like the way the Photography site promotes their weekly competition by changing the photo at the top of the page weekly to show last week's winner.

Might we do something similar here, and show a photo representative of the week's topic at the top of the page? The photo should also link to the weekly meta discussion of the weekly topic details (or similar).

  • I made this same recommendation around the time the contest started... unfortunately my impression is that they're unwilling or just not really interested in changing the design to improve the promotability. They won't even move the house ad above the newsletter widget...
    – Aaronut
    Commented Mar 17, 2012 at 13:18

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I mentioned this when Aaronut brought it up right after we started running these contests, but I'll repeat it here. We at SE are working on a new tool that will allow us to advertise these sorts of events better than we currently can. It's in progress and will hopefully go live in the next 2-3 weeks.

(Also, just a note: the photography contest is advertised with photos because, well, it's a photo contest. And that space for the photo + caption was built into the site design from the very beginning - the rest of the sites in the network were not designed to be able to devote space in the header to custom messages.)

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    At least you didn't say 6-8 weeks...
    – Aaronut
    Commented Apr 6, 2012 at 0:42

I like the idea. In fact, I have been thinking of something similar. But I would like it to be more cooking-related, including recipes along.

One way for that would be to ask people to submit both a picture of their food and the recipe they used. Then the selected picture will go to the banner, and link to the meta-thread with the recipe in it. But I am open to any other idea which brings a more culinary twist to the thing.

Another thing to think of is if it won't be a nice promotion if the topic is announced in advance, so we can have a pie picture while the pie contest is running. However, this is somewhat problematic, because people seem to prefer to make the contest items during contest, hoping to come up with good questions. Doing this one week beforehand would require them to remember the question for a week, which is suboptimal. So maybe the week-after is the better time; I would like to hear other opinions about that.

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    Meh, this really seems entirely unnecessary, the photo is not the contest, it doesn't need to be submitted by members and I honestly don't think it would engage that many members. This is a cooking site, not a photo site. It's just a little eye candy to draw more attention to the topic. I'd rather dispense with this artificial complexity and just use any good photo when the contest starts; it'd probably be better quality than anything we're able to come up with anyway.
    – Aaronut
    Commented Mar 17, 2012 at 13:19
  • Agreed with @Aaronut, the point isn't for users to submit photos--the moderators can do that when a topic is selected.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Mar 17, 2012 at 15:49

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