Another forum I belong to for wine, has its annual Berserker Day where wine makers offer deals on wine to their wine-loving forum members (discounts, free shipping, special bottles, package deals etc.) It happens once a year in late January and people look forward to it months in advance. They also have auctions, other fun stuff, and discounts on non-wine items.
I wonder if something like this would work with KKF. Maybe we could have a KKF Day on the anniversary of the start of the forum. We've done special give-aways in the past on the anniversary. Vendors could offer special items, discounts, group buys, unique pieces etc. We could also let hobbyists offer their work.
Members could also be encouraged to flood the BST forum with less-than-fully-used gems they want to pass on to other knuts.
As part of the (wine) day's festivities they do have some administrative rules:
(1) Donors get a sneak peak at deals via a closed forum. (an incentive to support the forum)
(2) Vendors are given random times to announce their deals. This way the festivities aren't done in the first couple of hours.
I am sure there are more rules, but these two come to mind. And just off the top of my head, I could think of a boatload of cool stuff for people to offer: cured meats, artwork, leather work, sharpening services, retail coupon codes, shaving supplies etc.
Of course, most may not have anything to offer, but we could also use this day for fundraising such as knyfe's Rader blade project, so it is always possible to contribute in some way.
So I just throw that out there. The wine day at the other forum is very popular and it is a fun event. I discovered one of my favorite wine makers from it, and it may just be that KKF members will discover something new too.
Anybody else think something like this would work?