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    • Flat Eric
    • By Flat Eric 10th Feb 18, 10:08 PM
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    post or online - which is best?
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    post or online - which is best? 10th Feb 18 at 10:08 PM
    I've been puzzling this evening and am now ready to submit my entries for the take a break weekly mag puzzles. Now entering online means no postage or associated costs but how do the competition bods distinguish between online and postal entries? If there's only one prize then it can't be a simple case of this comp we'll pick an online entry then the next comp we'll pick a postal entry? I'm guessing a winner from online entries is generated by computer but postal entries, surely it's a first out the hat job?

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    • mjm3346
    • By mjm3346 10th Feb 18, 10:41 PM
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    • 10th Feb 18, 10:41 PM
    I've been puzzling this evening and am now ready to submit my entries for the take a break weekly mag puzzles. Now entering online means no postage or associated costs but how do the competition bods distinguish between online and postal entries? If there's only one prize then it can't be a simple case of this comp we'll pick an online entry then the next comp we'll pick a postal entry? I'm guessing a winner from online entries is generated by computer but postal entries, surely it's a first out the hat job?
    Originally posted by Flat Eric
    They are all combined before winners are selected (the postal entries are computerised).



    Found a bit from an old post about the company that handled real people magazine and others in that group

    The monthly entries are scanned initially and then the unique competition code for each entry is captured by our data capture team. This allows for competition entry results to be provided and each entry is placed in a unique competition pot to allow for computerized winner selection once each competition has closed.
    Last edited by mjm3346; 10-02-2018 at 10:56 PM.
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    • mansey
    • By mansey 10th Feb 18, 11:13 PM
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    • 10th Feb 18, 11:13 PM
    They are all combined before winners are selected (the postal entries are computerised).



    Found a bit from an old post about the company that handled real people magazine and others in that group
    Originally posted by mjm3346
    I never knew that
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    • By mjm3346 11th Feb 18, 11:12 AM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 11:12 AM
    I never knew that
    Originally posted by mansey
    It's similar to what they do with with postcard entries to the Derby PO Boxes for ITV, C5 etc

    The company that handles that lot
    We regularly capture data in any volumes from a variety of media including:... competition entries...

    data capture is split across two locations, each providing connectivity and contingency for the other in the event of a major system failure....

    We have the capability to process data via the traditional method of keyboard input; by scanning; through the use of automated data capture and data recognition systems
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