Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

Summary: ZDNet’s 20th anniversary: It’s week four of our custom Timbuk2 laptop bag giveaway. Tell us how to improve ZDNet.com to enter to win.

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UPDATE 2: The contest is now closed. Congratulations to srkelley9 and kenosha7777! (Don't forget to check Between the Lines this Wednesday for the next question and another chance to win one of two free bags!)

Last week, we gave away our third pair of custom ZDNet-branded Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 laptop bags in honor of our 20th anniversary.

This week, we're doing it a fourth time. We. Just. Can't. Stop!

(For those counting at home, this is week No. 4 of six total weeks of ZDNet-laptop-bag-giveaway fun.)

The bags are sized medium and are black with a gray stripe down the middle, like the photo above. They're TSA compliant and, in a special limited edition twist, customized with ZDNet's iconic red diamond logo.

You can't get them anywhere else. Period.

(Why Timbuk2? We'll say it again: like us, they're based in San Francisco. Like us, they're in their early twenties. And like us, they're rugged as hell and perfect for tech.)

What you need to do to win this week*:

  1. Check the site Wednesday morning for a post about the contest. If you're reading this, you're already here. The fourth round begins right now, in this blog post.
  2. Respond to the question below by leaving a comment in the TalkBack section below the post. (Don't delay: the contest is open for 48 hours, and ends tomorrow at 11:59 ET. Standard ZDNet contest rules apply; see below for details.)
  3. That's it! We'll pick winners based on the responses we deem most creative, funny or interesting.

We'll announce the winners (pending verification) the following Monday.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: What is one way we can improve ZDNet.com, and why? And...go!

Good luck!

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENT OF ONE OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR D.C., 18 YEARS OLD OR AGE OF MAJORITY IN YOUR STATE OF RESIDENCE OR OLDER AT DATE OF ENTRY INTO CONTEST. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, ALL U.S. TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. CONTEST ENDS AT 11:59:59 PM ET ON JULY 21, 2011. SEE OFFICIAL RULES FOR DETAILS.

Topics: Laptops, Browser, Hardware, Mobility

Andrew Nusca

About Andrew Nusca

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • RE: Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

    Put the full post content in the rss feed.
    andrewdcaudle
  • Change your flagging system

    maybe mark it as flagged after X amount of different responders flag it. (like maybe 5 people)

    As it is now [b]some[/b] people just randomly flag because they don't like their "facts" being shot down, or they just don't like a particular person no matter what they post, even if the post was not offensive, off topic, or anything.

    Let more then one person decide if it's flag worthy.
    Will Pharaoh
  • RE: Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

    Boobs. Lots and lots of boobs.

    Why: Because this is the Internet and it demands more boobs!
    Bates_
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      LoverockDavidson
    • RE: Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

      @Bates_
      Seriously now, aren't there enough boobs writing in this comments section already?
      uaamf@...
  • RE: Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

    More facts and less sensationalism in the articles. In other words, fire a certain 3 bloggers because they add nothing of value to this site.
    LoverockDavidson
    • RE: Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

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  • RE: Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

    To be honest, your comment system is rather atrocious. Posts are often doubled up, and you can't reply more than two deep. The flagging system is also kind of bad. One user that hates another users views flags a post which is equivalent to a flag where a multitude of users find a post offensive. Make it a counter instead. Increment for every unique user than flags a post so you can moderate posts by priority instead of having one giant list of "flagged" messages.
    Aerowind
    • RE: Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

      @Aerowind That's what I suggested as well. If they can't fix it they should atleast get a Disqus license.
      snoop0x7b
  • Claims based authentication and like

    Why can't I logon with my facebook account? And add a like button to the comments and articles Let's see which comments and articles illicit the most visceral responses.
    Your Non Advocate
    • RE: Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

      @facebook@... We're currently investigating this.
      andrew.nusca
  • Commenting system can be improved.

    You have done a great job at cleaning up the previous spam attacks in the comments section, kudos for that! I also like the recent blog reorganization where it is easier to scan back for older blogs chronologically.

    Adding a thumbs-up/down capability like Yahoo or Youtube would help improve the quality of feedback in the comments section, by hiding or filtering out the trolls and non-helpful comments. There is some good feedback, but mostly buried by fanboi rants that do little to further the discussion.
    terry flores
    • RE: Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

      @terry flores Stay tuned; we're working on this.
      andrew.nusca
  • RE: Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

    ZDNET definitely need some rating system for articles (and comments too). Too many sensationalism and title with "?" at the end that reads like a link bait.

    There are a few editors in ZDNET that consistently producing badly researched, low quality articles. I'd love to see them go. A rating system should weed out those junks from the ZDNET system.
    Samic
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      snoop0x7b
  • RE: Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

    I think the home page is a bit over run. A cleaner landing site would be preferable to me.
    WatcherJohn
    • RE: Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

      @john.kirkpatrick@... Noted!
      andrew.nusca
  • Notifications on comments

    Add a way to suscribe to email notifications on article's comments for those that I'm interested in
    raul.vejar@...
  • RE: Improve ZDNet.com, win another custom Timbuk2 laptop bag

    More real news and original reporting instead of ruminations on the implications of news from someone else's original reporting. And break the fingers of those who write questions as headlines. I have a ball peen hammer you can borrow.
    R.L. Parson