Absolutely, you should always know what you're getting into and why you're getting into it (the latter being possibly more important sometimes). At the least, someone could opt to not sign on the dotted line and win in Ruckus, hence retaining their idea. I'd like to think that if they didn't read the rules thoroughly and were one of the winners they'd be smart enough to read the document that let's them win but also gives control of the idea away. If they're not that smart it's unlikely they'd win anyway
Whoa. Letâ€™s back up a second, here.
Being able to find creative solutions to serious problems isnâ€™t necessarily the same thing as being â€˜book-smartâ€™ or as having the ability to defraud innocent people. If good people go about participating in a contest and trusting the promoters not to use cleverly worded legal jargon, which doesnâ€™t hold any water specifically because those promoters donâ€™t plan to ever defend that intentionally deceptive language in court, itâ€™s not really fair to label anyone who gets duped by them as being too stupid to play the game. Who the f#@k do you think YOU
The problem with the HopeLab contest is that the promoter(s) stand behind a set of dubiously-worded rules. The extent of their campaign to promote the contest tells me that such dubiousness would be no accident. When the discrepancy in the interpretation of their own rules, and the fact that it could not be enforced in a court of law, is brought to their attention repeatedly, they play dumb.
One would be compelled to assume that they have an ulterior motive with the contest. Given that most inventors are concerned with bettering their own lives, in addition to anything else, and given the peculiar circumstances surrounding the representation of that particular contest on this particular site, let me give you the most likely scenarioâ€¦
1. They have little or no expectation that the selected winners will accept the prize amounts.
2. They fully expect many other participants to be duped into relinquishing control over their own intellectual property, simply because they will have been misled by the contest promoters into thinking that they must.
3. They register new members on this forum to promote the contest, and to pretend that they donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going on.
Now, there have been other contests of dubious nature that have been presented at this site, as well. I have to insist that this thread topic isnâ€™t about the ruckus contest, and that thereâ€™s no good reason why any discussion about it should continue here. If you want to talk about that contest, or any other contest, then please do it in the appropriate thread. If you have anything else to say about the Create the Future
contest, then by all means, letâ€™s hear it.