Suggestion: Drop should make a budget barebones kit.
Drop has marketshare in many areas, but they appear to not have any cheap barebones kits (sub 50$) currently available. They could do something like the CIY tester 68, MG75, or MG108 (ideally a 65%) . This could be a keyboard that would be a great entryway into mechanical keyboards, and have drop be recognized as a budget player more. It could also have deals that encourage you to buy other drop products alongside it (IE: keycaps 10$). It could also work as a 'travel keyboard' which one would bring travelling with them or just something fairly cheap to not be super careful with and just test out whatever.
May 27, 2023
What’s this about a giveaway? More details can be found at the end! The short version: we will be giving away two $100 Drop Rewards credits to participating users who contribute and tag their Mech Keys photos using the Battlestations flair! In order to be eligible for giveaway prizes, your photo must include at least two tagged items (not required to be Drop products—see Tagging Non-Drop Products below). Giveaway Categories: ▪️ Random - selected in a raffle format; each Battlestation post submitted grants one entry into the raffle ▪️ Best Photo - selected by a committee of community members known for their incredible photography work as well as contributions to the community; criteria is ultimately up to the judges, including composition, lighting, set design, etc.
THE PRIZES: Both winners described above will win the same prize—$100 of Drop Rewards issued to their account after the giveaway concludes! What is Product Tagging in Photos? Product tagging allows you to tag any products in a Photo post—both those found on Drop currently, as well as write-ins that will be manually approved and allow you or others to request new products that we don’t yet carry. Detailed instructions can be found below:
Posting a Tagged Photo The process is designed to be intuitive and easy to understand without prior instruction. However, if you run into any questions or snags, the detailed instructions below should help. Also feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I will do my best to assist. Start to make a Photo post as you normally would.
Tagging Products When you get to the screen shown below, after uploading the photo and clicking ‘Next’, you will be prompted to tag products in the photo. In order to tag a product, simply click or tap on the product in the photo. This will bring up the product identification interface, which allows you to search for products listed on Drop (active or not). You have the option to be as specific as you would like to; for example, you could simply tag a keyboard as “Drop CTRL Keyboard”, or you might want to specify the type of switches and case color in addition.
Note: A product tag cannot be moved around the photo once created; if you realize you want to move a tag to another location within the photo, you will need to delete the tag and re-tag the item. Tagging Non-Drop Products If the product you want to tag is not yet available in the system, you will have the option to create an entry for that brand/product in the system. After the entered item is approved by the moderation team, that brand/product name will be available for yourself or others to select from the autocomplete dropdown at any point going forward. Manually entering a product in this way will also create a minimal product page for the item that will compile any photos which tag the item together.
Tagging Additional Products After tagging the first item, you can then tag as many additional products as you’d like in the photo.
Adding Flair After tagging the photo, you will be taken to a screen where you can add Flair (select “Battlestations” to be eligible for the giveaway), as well as a Title and Description.
Finalizing Photo Post Tagged items will now be automatically added to a table below the photo for easy reference/linking when viewed.
Browsing Photo Feed With Tags Item tags will show up collapsed in the corner of the photo when viewed (both on the post and in the Photos feed); hovering anywhere over the image will expand the tag names for everyone to see.
Why would I want to do this? It’s very common for people to come across a photo on the site and want to know more information about what products are in the photo—anything from keyboards and keycap sets to desk toys and widgets. Rather than needing to create a list below the image or in a comment (and find the links and mess around with formatting if you would be so inclined) this is a simple and straightforward way to share what’s in the photo with those who would be interested. After posting your own tagged photo, be sure to check out the other Battlestations posts! Reminder—Giveaway! This was a long read, so in case you forgot...we’d like to give away some prizes to a couple lucky individuals who participate and tag Battlestation photos during the first week! All you have to do to enter is post a photo to the Mech Keys community (with Battlestations flair) and tag at least two products shown in the photo (not required to be Drop products—see Tagging Non-Drop Products above). The initial giveaway period for submissions will be one week, after which time a winner will be randomly selected from the pool of entrants. In addition to the random winner above, we will also be giving away a prize to the Best Photo, as selected by a panel of community members known for their photo work (and being amazing community members, lifting up the entire mechanical keyboard hobby). Giveaway Categories: ▪️ Random - selected in a raffle format; each Battlestation post submitted grants one entry into the raffle ▪️ Best Photo - selected by a committee of incredible community members; criteria is ultimately up to the judges, including composition, lighting, set design, etc.
Reminder: photos must include at least two tagged items and be submitted by 11:59PM PT on Tuesday, April 25th in order to be eligible for both giveaway categories above. THE PRIZES: Both winners described above will win the same prize—$100 of Drop Rewards issued to their account after the giveaway concludes! Edit: Adjusted submission close date