ok this might be a delicate question since people might have a conflict of interest
when a company donates some copies of a program, what i think we'd like to do is, save some to give out as rewards for guest reviews or for programmers writing coding snacks.
but then i think we should give out one or two to members of the forum (ie donating members).
but how should we decide who to give to?
based on subjective view of their contributions on the forum (ie have they helped people etc?) but this might hurt people's feelings who feel they are being over looked?
or totally at random?
or based on whether they have some need for the program in question?
or some probabilistic function based on all these things?
do we end up giving to someone who doesnt need it?
any thoughts? we don't want this to be a big thing, with people trying to make their case why they should get some piece of software, since it could create antagonism. im just looking for innovative ideas on the matter.