Massman Posted June 17, 2013 Share Posted June 17, 2013 Okay, I've closed the previous thread since it was obviously going nowhere. The problem is the following: "How can we, as a community, embrace the increased external funding for our hobby and passion and use it for the benefit of the community?" External funding for overclocking comes in many forms and shapes. The one we know best is the sponsorship with hardware, but getting sponsorship for a group event falls under the external funding as well. I call all this "external" because none of the money involved in overclocking, the leagues or competitions comes from HWBOT. It comes from 3rd party corporations. That means we, HWBOT, do not have much direct influence on the money flow and we can only re-organise the structure of the rankings and competitions to make it flow differently. It is very important to understand that hwbot has no control over the sponsorship and any of the funding attached to overclocking that appears at HWBOT comes mainly through the members of the community. Also important: the money will flow wherever those with benefit and gain think it is most important. So, even if you would make an entirely "sponsorfree" version of hwbot, you would still have vendors trying to get to #1 on the rankings. In the end, no matter where the overclocking community goes, it will be the community that figures out how to deal with the increased external attention and funding for their passion. Let's use this thread to think about the future of overclocking in a world where corporations are willing to spend money on it. We have seen seven (or more) overclocking activities at Computex this year and most of them were actually a lot of fun for the overclockers. We will not tolerate any form of personal attack or bad language in this thread. Unlike usually, this thread will be strictly monitored. Too many bunnies and you get a time-out. First, we should focus on defining what we talk about. What are the types of "external funding"? - hardware support - binning opportunity - paid bills (eg: ln2) - secret oc event - oc competition (eg: moa) - paid transportation to events - sponsor community gathering (eg: AOCM) - ... Where does the community want to see funding flow to? and How can HWBOT help to achieve that? In my opinion, as much funding as possible should flow to events like AOCM and EOS. These are overclocking gatherings where the central focus is having fun and share the hobby. It is not about PR, marketing or world records and actually the events we all have the best time at. The Gigabyte OC Gathering post-Computex was pretty much the same. No records mandatory, just free beer/pizza and ln2 to relax. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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