<center> ![Curie - Discovering exceptional content.png](https://steemitimages.com/0x0/https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmVoin8DrtojP9BocyuNjMtetZRxCWsF4sUEQfk26E7WXr/Curie%20-%20Discovering%20exceptional%20content%20-%20wide.png) </center> <hr> * In the spirit of Curie's commitment to building community and fostering engagement on the Steem blockchain, we are pleased to present a weekly comment contest administered from the @curie blog. * For those new to Curie, please follow @curie, and join us on Discord: <a href="https://discord.gg/jQtWbfj">https://discord.gg/jQtWbfj</a> * Follow @curie's votes to support the authors. Please consider following our trail and voting for curated authors. If you are a <a href="https://steemauto.com">SteemAuto</a> user, @curie is an available curation trail to follow. <hr> <h1>Curie Comment Contest</h1><p></p> <p></p><h3>Earn Steem by leaving good comments on posts upvoted by <a href="/@curie">@curie</a>!*</h3> *Only posts which receive a @curie vote through Curie curator/reviewer operations are eligible for this comment contest. <b>PLEASE NOTE</b> the @curie account casts <i>many</i> upvotes which are <i>not</i> part of Curie curator/reviewer operations. See below for two methods to tell what posts have been upvoted by Curie through curator/reviewer operations: <ul> <li>Visit <a href="https://www.becquerel.io" rel="noopener" title="This link will take you away from steemit.com">becquerel.io</a> to see a record of the most recent posts upvoted through Curie curator/reviewer operations and leave thoughtful comments on them for your chance to win!</li> <li>@curie also leaves an automated comment on all posts upvoted through Curie curator/reviewer operations, so alternatively you can visit the <a href="https://steemit.com/@curie/comments">@curie blog comments</a> to find eligible upvoted posts to comment on.</li> </ul> <h3>How do I sign up?</h3> There is no need to sign up to be eligible for the main contest prizes. Simply commenting on posting upvoted through Curie curator/reviewer operations makes you eligible for the Curie Comment Contest. There is an **OPTIONAL** [Comment Contest Signup](https://steemconnect.com/sign/profile-update?curiecomp=true) which is not required for the main contest prizes. See below for more. <h4>The contest week will run from Sunday 15:01 UTC through Sunday 15:00 UTC</h4> Curie will use an algorithm that evaluates comments on both quantitative and qualitative metrics. This means that in addition to the <em>number</em> of Curie-upvoted posts that you comment on, the <em>quality</em> of your comments will also factor into the score. In addition we will look at other metrics designed to measure engagement with the authors that Curie upvotes. <h4>OPTIONAL contest signup for a chance at RANDOM PRIZE PLACEMENTS</h4> - This is **NOT** required to be eligible for the main contest prizes - OPTIONAL [Curie Contest Signup through SteemConnect](https://steemconnect.com/sign/profile-update?curiecomp=true): Click the [Curie Contest Signup through SteemConnect](https://steemconnect.com/sign/profile-update?curiecomp=true) link to register your Steem account for the Curie contest (select "continue" and then select your Steem account to register it for the contest): !(https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmWcnDUHsuMAd98H79bgoJ1UjDL5eCqRqyuFaFpinZnFTv/image.png) <h4>Random Prize Placements - rules & eligibility</h4> Up to five x 1 Steem prizes will be paid out to users who *both* sign up for the optional contest signup as described above *and* comment on at least five Curie upvoted posts in the contest week. Users who qualify for one of the 20 normal prize payout positions are not eligible for the random prize placements. If more than five users satisfy these criteria, the five winning placements will be chosen randomly. Even a 15 SP brand new plankton account can leave five comments in a week, so this is a chance for everyone to participate and possibly win some Steem for engaging with the authors curated by Curie. <hr> <div class="pull-left"> ![Screenshot (889).png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmaqtzDJ4fYqv2TqpMZ1GRtFiPdtMH6jGVvbdDtS2aqQcz/Screenshot%20(889).png) </div> <strong>THE EXACT ALGORITHM AND METRICS USED TO GENERATE THIS SCORE WILL NOT BE REVEALED TO HINDER ATTEMPTS TO GAME THE CONTEST</strong> That being said, for reference here are the top 20 commenters by # of posts commented on for this contest week, as well as the total character count of those comments and the replies generated. <h4>Continued interaction</h4> with Curie upvoted authors beyond the initial post commented on is another factor. So remember to follow the authors and comment on their new posting as well to score the maximum number of points! <hr> <h3>PRIZE STRUCTURE - Win up to 10 Steem!</h3> Curie Comment Contest winners will be announced in a weekly post. In addition to the prize payout structure outlined below, the weekly champion will receive an honorary role in the Curie Discord server of "Comment Champion". Bragging rights! 1st place (Curie Comment Champion): 10 Steem 2nd place: 8 Steem 3rd place: 6 Steem 4th & 5th places: 5 Steem each 6th & 7th places: 4 Steem each 8th & 9th places: 3 Steem each 10th place: 2 Steem Honorable Mentions (11th through 20th): 1 Steem each* *A minimum of 5 @curie -upvoted posts must be commented on during the contest week to qualify for prize payouts. In the event that less than 20 users comment on 5+ posts, there will be fewer than 20 payout positions. Random Prize Placements (must have registered Steem account for Curie contest as described above and commented on minimum 5 Curie upvoted posts): 1 Steem Total weekly prize pool: 60 Steem/ 20 payout positions + up to 5 Steem for random prize placements <h1>Spam Comments will NOT be rewarded</h1> The comment history of all winners will be manually reviewed for spam before any prizes are paid out. Short generic comments that could have been left without reading the post will not qualify for the Curie Comment Contest. Examples of spam comments include (but are not limited to): "Nice post"; "I like your post"; "Nice picture"; "Good song"; "Great story", etc. <strong>EGREGIOUS SPAM COMMENTERS WILL BE REPORTED TO STEEMCLEANERS</strong> <h4>A few words of advice on leaving good, thoughtful comments</h4> - tell the post author <em>what</em> in specific you liked about the post, <em>why</em> you liked it and/or <em>how</em> it made you feel. If your comment is so generic that it could have been left without reading the post, it will not qualify for the Curie Comment Contest. <h1>Weekly Winners!</h1> For comments left during the contest week of June 30th - July 7th. All prize payouts will be sent out shortly from the @curie account. <h4>Comment Champion - 10 Steem prize! @angelro</h4> <h4>2nd place: 8 Steem - @vibesforlife</h4> <h4>3rd place: 6 Steem - @road2horizon</h4> <h4>4th & 5th places: 5 Steem each</h4>@delishtreats & @iamsaray <h4>6th & 7th places: 4 Steem each</h4>@hlezama & @hgn66 <h4>8th & 9th places: 3 Steem each</h4>@elfranz & @menoski <h4>Honorable Mentions (10th through 20th): 1 Steem each </h4>@ferrate, @nevies, @cryptoandcoffee <h4>Random Prize Placements</h4> (must have [registered Steem account for Curie contest](https://steemconnect.com/sign/profile-update?curiecomp=true) as described above under "Rules Update?" and commented on minimum 5 Curie upvoted posts): 1 Steem each Nil <h1>Let the wild rumpus begin!</h1> So what are you waiting for? Start reading those Curie-upvoted posts and leaving thoughtful comments already!