Something that seems to come up now and again, so I’ll reiterate it and hope that helps.

We accept one entry per day per contest from a single e-mail address and/or household and/or street address.

Let me break that down for you.

“one entry per day.” That means Contest A you can enter once a day, Contest B you can enter once that same day, Contest C you can enter once that same day and so on and so on world without end chunky peanut butter hallelujah. What that does not mean is you have to pick between Contest A, B or C and only enter one of them a day. What that does not mean as well is you can enter Contest A twenty-six times in one day. If you want to go down through the Contests category and enter each and every open contest once that same day, then please, be my guest.

“from a single e-mail address and/or household and/or street address.” This means if you, your wife, your daughter, your son, and your parakeet want to enter, that’s fine–as long as they don’t live with you and don’t share an e-mail address. If you all live in different houses and have different e-mail addresses, enter like crazy (though not so crazy you forget the “once a day” business).

Now…why do we do this? We do this because it strikes a balance between what we want and what you want. What you want is obviously to win something, and you more than likely would like a fair shot at doing so. What we want is obviously website traffic. If we were total bastards, we would just let people run rampant and enter all the time, whenever and wherever. That might be good for traffic, but that would suck for you people who actually have lives and don’t want to sit around all day refreshing and re-entering a contest. We are only partial bastards, so we limit everybody to one entry a day. That way the hardcore who show up everyday are rewarded by being allowed more entries in the prize sombrero, and you less hardcore lot still have a decent shot.

The other piece of this is we want to prevent some house that has fifteen people living in it from entering the contest and “gaming” the system. Every street address and/or household (since you might have more than one household living at a single street address) gets one shot a day. We think that’s fair. And the whole you/mom/dad/daughter/son/parakeet scenario? Seriously, we get entries like that. We get entries from people who think changing up the address just a little bit will throw us off. We get entries from people who just don’t pay attention to the rules and/or think we’re stupid. And I’m not having it.

So people who don’t follow the rules get their entries thrown out. It’s that simple. They don’t get put on a blacklist, they don’t get banned forever–again, we’re partial bastards. Anybody wants to start playing by the rules, whatever the reason they weren’t before, they’re welcome to come and party with us. But this is our party, after all. And we’re trying everything we can to make it good for the majority of our guests. And I think for the most part, we’re succeeding. Hope we are, anyway.

Anyway. I wanted to just try and clarify that again if there were any questions. If you do have questions, you can always comment here and/or e-mail me directly. You can reach me at widgett a t need coffee dot com. As always, thanks for hammering our site for our contests. If you do frequent the site for contests, remember that we have lots of other stuff here too. And I will say this: the more traffic we get, the more exposure we get, the more people want to give us bigger and better prizes. And you know we like to share the goodies. Rising tide raises all boats, so to speak. Thanks again, folks.