To trim a quote from that email, punctuation and placement edited to maintain anonymity...
A while back I was going to leave Kitelife because it was obvious to me that the RNG wasn't so random. But, I kissed it off. But, others have shared my concerns. I would suggest that if the RNG comes up with anyone that could be tied to any interior motivation, that you just kiss off the RNG and give the contest to some unknowns. At least for a couple months or so.
With this in mind, I want to jump in and address it right now - first by showing our track record.
Winners from the past 13 months:
- Dominic Juliano 4/5/11 #122
- Rocky Freed 3/1/11 #639
- Bill Hayes 2/10/11 #272
- Komuro-san 1/25/11 #448
- Joanna Chen 12/27/10 #790
- James Rodriguez 11/25/10 #638
- Brad Bixby 10/15/10 #574
- Terry Ashenfelter 9/10/10 #631
- Steve Tisch 8/5/10 #593
- Dale Ray 6/30/10 #643
- Stuart Forsythe 6/25/10 #584
- Wayne Fu 6/20/10 #98
- Steve Thorsen 6/15/10 #619
- Bob Matteo 5/1/10 #94
- Walt Ellis 3/18/10 #478
Additionally, nearly half the list I've never met, or only met once or twice.
Said with all love and respect, there are a lot of "unknowns" there - as I understand the reference I quoted above.
We use this RNG (random number generator) - http://www.random.org/sequences/
We leave the starting number at 1 and enter the highest (most recent) subscriber number for the largest value:
Then we hit "Get Sequence" and get a list that looks like this...
In the shown examples, the list has 847 numbers (all the subscriber #'s we've ever issued), from 1 to 847, in random order.
We start with the top number and look it up in our database, if it's an active number, we award the prize to that person.
If that first number is expired, i.e. no longer a subscriber (over 400 numbers are currently dead), we move down to the next number on the list, and so on.
Because so many numbers are no longer active, we sometimes we have to go through a dozen number or more to reach one that is currently active.
We don't have any preference as to who wins, none at all...
After the fact, our only "bonus" is if it's someone who really needed that kite to fill a gap in their bag, or if they're overjoyed enough to post on the forum about it.
Those in the know understand who I am, the essentials of why I do what I do, and the ethic with which I conduct my business.
To the rest of you... Come fly with me anytime, let's talk, I'll answer anything you want to know, anytime.
Regards! Feel free to add further inquires and challenges here.