Super Weekend Trivia Contest

Join us February 1-2. Free domains every hour!


How do I play?

Sign up for a Twitter account and follow us (our username is @namecheap). We’ll post one Namecheap question every hour from February 1 through February 2 (starting at midnight EST on February 1, 2014, -0500 GMT). The question may be asked at any time during the hour. Eight people (first one with the right answer + seven chosen at random) who answer correctly will win a free domain. Here's an example:

  • Namecheap (@namecheap) tweets: “I always thirst yet never hunger. I wear a hat in the summer heat. But when the cold winds blow, my head is bare. What am I?"

  • You answer: "@namecheap a tree" or "a tree @namecheap."

Remember to include “@namecheap” in your Twitter response. Without it, we won't see your answer! If you're the first person to answer correctly, we’ll deposit $10.87 for a new domain or renewal directly into your Namecheap account. Seven other winners chosen at random will win the $10.87 domain name credit as well. Answers that don’t follow the outlined conventions may not be eligible to win.

How do I claim my domain credit?

We’ll announce the winners and answers on Twitter every hour. If you’re the first to answer correctly or one of the seven winners randomly chosen by our automated system, you win a new domain. Our system will automatically tie the domain credit to the account associated with your Twitter password, so be sure to link your Namecheap account to your Twitter account before participating (otherwise, we'll have to manually process your credit, which can cause delay). The linking process is simple – click here to learn how to correctly integrate your accounts.

In addition to the domains awarded hourly, we will award* an iPad 4 (16GB WiFi)* to the grand prize winner and an iPad mini* to the 2nd prize winner. In the event of a tie for any of these places, we will choose the winners by a random draw. If there is a tie for 1st place, the 1st place winner will be selected by us and the other tied winner will be our designated 2nd prize winner. This applies until all prizes are awarded.

In order to qualify for the grand prizes and be featured on the leaderboard, you MUST answer your question correctly within the first ten (10) minutes after a question is asked. You can win a domain if you answer at any time, but grand prize eligibility requires you to be active after the question is asked.

You do not have to be the first person to answer the question in order to be eligible for the grand prizes. You can answer as many questions as you like every hour in order to add to your tally of correct answers. Answer as much as you can for your chance to score some of the hottest gadgets of the season! Please note that you must be present within the hour for your answer to count.

1. Each contestant may win only one domain each day (between 12:00am and 11:59pm EST) during the Trivia Contest, for a total of up to two domains during this two-day contest. Remember though – to be considered for the iPad, it is to your advantage to keep playing! Your Twitter account must be publicly viewable during the time you participate in this contest. If your tweets are protected, we have no way of tallying your answers.

2. Anyone caught using bots to game the contest will be automatically disqualified from this promotion and all future contests and must relinquish their earnings. To report a suspected bot, please email contest-at-namecheap-dot-com.

3. Only one participant per household may take part in the contest. Limit one Twitter/Namecheap account per person/location. Any suspicious activity connecting one user to multiple accounts will result in disqualification and removal of any earned credits.

4. Major prize winners of previous Namecheap contests are ineligible to win any of the grand prizes in this contest. This includes any prizes for which we requested your mailing or PayPal address, such as hoodies, iPads or Namecheap credit equivalents.

5. Providing two answers in a single tweet is grounds for disqualification from this and all future contests. Please use your best judgment and provide only one answer. Your first answer is final; deleting a tweet will not count as it is recorded by our system. If you provide an answer such as "@namecheap $55 or $32," you will be disqualified.

6. We accept answers until the top of the hour only, and only for the current question. In other words, if we ask a question at 9:13, we accept answers up 'til and including 9:59:59. Once the clock strikes 10:00:00, your answer to that question will NOT be counted. We provide answers for previous questions every hour, so you should not attempt to answer any previous questions, because those answers will not be counted and you might look silly in front of your friends. :)

1. How can I see my score if I am not on the leaderboard?

Unfortunately, given the number of participants in this contest, there is no way to see your score if you are not on the leaderboard.

2. Sometimes the last question of the day does not have an answer. Why?

We are aware of this; the answers may be delayed by a few hours. Feel free to check back later in the day for updates.

3. Can you go back and review my answer?

Because we have hundreds of answers per question, we're unable to review individual answers.

4. The answer you provided is wrong! Can you change it?

Our answers are final, but we will review your feedback so we can improve on our trivia for next time. We're sorry if some questions are imperfect; we can never anticipate answers before the trivia contest starts.

5. Does spelling count?

Yes.

6. Does capitalization count?

No.

7. My answer didn't count. Why?

You should answer the question as soon as possible. If you answer too close to the next question being asked, our system may be unable to record your answer.

8. I was first. Why didn't I get my credit?

Being first is not necessarily determined by the first answer in Twitter search. We use Twitter's API, and the data doesn’t always match. 

9. How come I was first according to the Twitter screenshot but I did not win?

If you're referring to the actual tweet with the question and your answer is directly below as the first reply to the actual tweet, this can only be done if you hit "Reply" when the tweet is posted. Our system tracks mentions of @namecheap only, not actual replies that are linked via Twitter to any particular tweet. Most people answering the question have already typed "@namecheap" in their Twitter program and then simply type in their answer and hit Enter right away. In other words, their replies are not linked to the actual tweet and are still valid. For example, in this tweet, even though @rockets appear to be first, he was not actually first, because others are not hitting "Reply" directly to the tweet but are still answering correctly. In most cases, we've determined that on average, over 140 people have replied correctly before the first replies to the actual tweet (like @rockets') are counted – so if you want to be first, don't hit "Reply," just get your Twitter app going and hit Enter as soon as you know (and type in) the answer!

10. How do you select winners for domain names?

In this competition, there are eight winners per question: The first person who answers correctly and seven randomly chosen people who also answer correctly.

11. It looks like I have not won a domain. What gives?

The system is totally automated when selecting the random winners. Your best chance to secure a free domain name is to answer correctly first.

12. Can I answer twice?

No. Only your first answer to @namecheap is counted after the question is asked. Therefore, if you ask Namecheap a question about your (future) answer, it is counted! Please use your best judgment.

13. When are questions asked?

They can be asked anytime during the hour. You should answer that question during the hour to avoid any loss of points. For example, if a question is asked at 7:20, you should answer no later than 7:59.

14. I have not gotten my credits yet. Why not?

We ask that you link your Twitter account to your Namecheap account *before* you start to play. Otherwise, we have to manually process the request. You can email contest-at-namecheap-dot-com with your Twitter ID and we'll take care of it.

15. I found someone violating the contest. How can I report it to you?

Please email specific details to contest-at-namecheap-dot-com. We review all complaints but are unable to disclose the outcome of our investigations.


*Disclaimers
  • During the Trivia Contest, you are eligible to win one domain only.

  • The equivalent cash value may be substituted based on availability. We cannot ship these products to non-US residents (due to Apple Store restrictions). Cash equivalent will be paid by PayPal only. Please ensure that you have a valid PayPal account and that you can accept incoming payments. Alternatively, the equivalent cash value can be deposited to your Namecheap account upon request.

  • The Apple iPad is the 16GB WiFi edition valued at $499.

  • The Apple iPad mini is the 16GB WiFi edition valued at $399.

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