I have taken part in some 3D Scanning Thursday "contest" and, to me, it has been a nice excuse for capturing reality and publishing it according to the suggestive titles chain. I think that it is nice that to be that way.
Regarding timing, well, I cannot compromise to be there every week, but try to keep an aye on subjects and -when possible- bring up a model. Indeed there is "time availability" issue that we all deal with in our lives.
What I rather not like at all is the voting system. Please do not misunderstand me. I think that it is a great idea that "the community" gets to "vote" the most liked model. But then who is exactly the jury?. My user experience: I publish a model, check out if there are more under the tag, and star my favourite... and the ones submitted later?... oh did´t get time to check them out... or I may -why not- start 2, or 3 or more models... yes, only one time but...
I am just joking, do not take it bad but I believe that maybe it would be nice that only participants on the even where able to vote, that all participants acceded a "final list of entries" and thus could vote "with knowledge". And well, how to say it: one vote one person, as it has been "long time ago". That would grant that the award was to consider all subjective and individualistic likes and approaches to the 3D scanning art were represented equally, or at least the ones that were to participate that good Thursday.
And the coupon price... I live in Canary Island. Shipping from anywhere is more that that. Taxation apart. Price is not my main motivation I could say. I would rather a bitcoin tip!