Picking Winners with Punchtab vs. Rafflecopter

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You know, Punchtab does a much better job of validating the entries than Rafflecopter for contests and it doesn’t do a bad job randomly picking a winner but it does lack compared to Rafflecopter in remembering who you choose and it does not offer the ability to announce the winner(s) in the contest widget like Rafflecopter does.

Choosing a Winner in Punchtab

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When you pick a Winner in punchtab, it randomly scrolls down and selects the winning entry and spawns a window for you to instantly send an email to notify the winner that they won.  This is fine and works well, but it doesn’t remember who you previously chose.

Once you have to select a 2nd winner, it keeps no track of the previous winners it would appear.  This makes it hard to know who it selected previously until you receive the email copy to the winner so you remember who was selected.

This is a pretty annoying limitation of the Punchtab contest system and the most lacking feature I have encountered so far.  It should highlight, flag or display the winners with a separate column so you can track the winner.  It should have the ability to publish the winner names in the widget like Rafflecopter can once they confirm, you should be able to click an announce button like Rafflecopter.

Rafflecopter Handles the Winning Entry and Announcement process better than Punchtab in contests and a contest is about selecting the winner.  This doesn’t affect the contestants who won, but it really makes it more of a pain for the one hosting a contest with multiple winners. Need to open an enhancement request with Punchtab to get this added soon.

Meanwhile, I still like both systems and a hybrid of the 2 systems would be perfect.  Rafflecopter does some things better for contests and Punchtab does other things better, but both of them have different disadvantages and lacking features so that once you start using both you wish one of them would implement the features the other has but that one lacks.

-Justin Germino

Updated: October 15, 2012 — 2:26 pm