Regarding the "Ladies First" Contest

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  1. Carl Co-founder Staff Member Aug 12, 2014

    Carl, Aug 12, 2014 :
    Women make up half the world, and we want to help them be more involved in tech. We understand that our contest was in bad taste, and have therefore pulled it. All participants will be contacted for prizes.

    We apologize and we will course correct for the future. At the same time, we would love to hear your feedback on how we can better get women involved in tech.

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  2. dsmonteiro Level: Lollipop Aug 12, 2014

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  3. Dexter Morgan Level: Lollipop Aug 12, 2014

    Dexter Morgan, Aug 12, 2014 :
    I have to disagree with people who said it was sexist. Oneplus was simply trying to give the minority in the forum (women) a chance at some prizes. What's wrong with that? Now I know the rules weren't in good taste ('The top 50 liked pictures'), but they could have changed that. I guess The Verge had nothing better to do than to blow something so simple out of proportions. Thanks for the gesture Oneplus. It's just sad how people will continually find a reason to complain/argue/go against something just because.

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  4. Sammekl Level: Gingerbread Aug 12, 2014

    Sammekl, Aug 12, 2014 :
    Should of thought of the consequences before launching the thread and creating false hopes...

  5. mandylee Level: Honeycomb Aug 12, 2014

    mandylee, Aug 12, 2014 :
    I liked the contest but understood some reactions from various women. though, I think OnePlus is doing a good job over all ! thank you :)

    EDIT : I would definitely share a picture with the OnePlus logo again !

    @Carl Thank you for the update ! I got almost afraid we wouldn't hear anything about the contest anymore .

    Keep it nice , thread for everyone. just socializing. enjoy and smile :)
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  7. Illiesyna Level: Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 12, 2014

    Illiesyna, Aug 12, 2014 :
    It's a shame people took it the wrong way... I was just about to post my picture too :( At least I have a nifty avatar now.

  8. beleaf Level: KitKat Aug 12, 2014

    beleaf, Aug 12, 2014 :
    Wise decision removing the contest. It was a popularity contest more than trying to get women involved in technology, especially with how the content was written.

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  13. juanardeparis Level: Éclair Aug 12, 2014

    juanardeparis, Aug 12, 2014 :

    I just got an update from Carl about the prizes for those who participated:



    Thanks for the update @Carl.
    I don't think the contest was at all as it has been portrayed in some of the tech blogs like The Verge, hence why I participated. It seemed like a good contest to me, it even encouraged me to subscribe to the forums! We live in a time where 80% of us post stuff to social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, just to receive a few likes. I don't see why doing the same thing in a contest would 'objectify' any women, but I understand that some people might see it that why, therefore I think that cancelling the contest was the right move.
    Keep up the great work!
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  14. prstorero Level: KitKat Aug 12, 2014

    prstorero, Aug 12, 2014 :
    I don't think it should have been pulled, but of course many people and media will bash you for it and call it "sexist".

    I'll also leave what I posted in another thread "Good grief. So they're giving the minority (women) a much better chance at winning an invite in a predominately sausage fest of a forum, and you have an issue with that? I don't mind if they allow a much smaller group of people a better chance to win...."

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  19. jshjx Level: KitKat Aug 12, 2014

    jshjx, Aug 12, 2014 :
    i dont see anything wrong with the contest. people are just too sensitive! im happy with how u guys went out to try and give out more invites. cheers to you guys! keep it up and dont let haters pull u down

  20. Martin Hotmann Level: KitKat Senior Moderator Aug 12, 2014