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The Community Engagement Challenge - Day 1 Diary

The amount of support and participationin the Community Engagement Challenge has been... Amazing Fantastic Surprising Overwhelming and I am having the time of my life! image source What's the count?

At the time of this post we have 34 Steemians who have signed up for the challenge; 3 donors, and 23 qualifying posts.

There are 142 upvotes and 268 comments! A BIG SHOUT-OUT TO OUR DONORS Each have donated 10 SBD to be used toward the prize pot!Our total SBD for distribution is currently 180 SBD and growing pixabay.com Answers to some frequent questions

The original post has very clear guidelines for the Community Engagement Challenge but there are a few things that need to be clarified.

Q: Do we need to respond to SPAM comments?

A: No. You don't have to engage with them or leave thoughtful comments. In fact, you will not be penalized if you respond directly to them in kind. In fact, it goes toward your post/comment count. It's up to you how to handle that. The penalty is for challenge participants who use "Nice Post" or spammy crap as their ONLY comment on a lead post. That is unacceptable.

Q: Do we have to respond to every comment?

A: Yes and No. Obviously if someone is engaging you in conversation within the thread, it would be good practice to chat and increase your post/comments count. It's a great way to get to know someone. On the flip side of that, you don't need to have the long good-bye either. As most conversations go, it naturally wanes and nothing else is left to say. That's okay! Move on.

Q: 500 posts/comments is a lot. Aren't you encouraging SPAM?

A: Absolutely not. Anyone in the challenge caught spewing SPAM will automatically be disqualified as stated in the original post. Maybe I'm being old school, but when I started there were people who made it a daily goal to post 100 comments A DAY. I've halved that. You're welcome.

Addendum

I'd like to make it very clear...

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