Contributor Program Contest Official Rules

  1. 1. Sponsor. The Contributor Program Contest (the "Contest") is sponsored by Elasticsearch, Inc., 800 W. El Camino Real, Suite 350, Mountain View, CA 94040 USA ("Elastic").
  2. 2. No Purchase Necessary; Entry Instructions. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE THE CHANCES OF WINNING. THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, RULE, OR REGULATION.
  3. 3. Overview.
    1. 3.1. Eligible contributors (“Contributors”) to this Contest participate by earning points (“Points”) by submitting Qualifying Contributions (defined below) during the Contest Period (defined below). Contributors may submit and earn Points for Qualifying Contributions made during the Contest Period. See Section 6 below for eligibility requirements.
  4. 4. How to Participate.
    1. 4.1. To participate in the Contest, you must register and login to an Elastic Cloud account by visiting cloud.elastic.co and agree to the Terms of Service. One account per person. Any attempt by you, or any other entity on your behalf with your knowledge, to participate as a Contributor using more than the stated number of accounts by using multiple/different email or addresses, accounts, identities, or any other methods will void your Qualifying Contributions and you may be disqualified. In the event of an ongoing dispute as to identity of any Contributor, Elastic has the right to make determination as to the Contributor in its sole discretion. Elastic reserves the right to reject any submission of a Qualifying Contribution and/or Contributor for any reason.
    2. 4.2. Within your Elastic Cloud account, you may participate in the Contest by agreeing to these official rules and submitting Qualifying Contributions (as defined below) during the Contest Period. “Qualifying Contributions” include the following activities, the requirements of which are further described in Appendix A:
      1. 4.2.1. "Organized Event" means organizing an event that focuses on Elastic’s products and solutions, such as a meetup, hackathon, or workshop.
      2. 4.2.2. "Presentation" means creating and presenting a presentation that focuses on Elastic’s products and solutions at an event, such as a meetup, workshop, or conference.
      3. 4.2.3. "Written Content" means creating and making available written content in the form of an article, research paper, or blog post that focus on Elastic’s products and solutions.
      4. 4.2.4. "Video" means creating and making available a video or a video series, such as a tutorial or use case recording, that focus on Elastic’s products and solutions.
      5. 4.2.5. "Translation" means a written translation of a blog post on Elastic’s website at https://www.elastic.co/blog/.
      6. 4.2.6. "Code" means a code contribution to Elastic’s open source projects available through Elastic’s website at https://www.elastic.co/community/all-things-code.
      7. 4.2.7. "Contribution Validation" ” means a Contributor’s review of another Contributor’s submission of a Qualifying Contribution as compliant or non-compliant with the requirements of the applicable Qualifying Contribution as further described in Appendix A.
      8. 4.2.8. “Technical Q&A” means answering a question posted on an Approved Channel that is validated on the Approved Channel. “Approved Channels” are stackoverflow.com and discuss.elastic.co.
    3. 4.3. If an activity meets the requirements of more than one type of Qualifying Contribution, then you must submit separate submissions for each type of Qualifying Contribution. For example, if you (i) organize an Elastic meetup, (ii) create an Elastic-focused presentation for the meetup, and (iii) record and publish the presentation online, then you must submit three (3) separate submissions (one per Qualifying Contribution).
    4. 4.4. Either (i) Elastic, in its sole discretion, or (ii) three (3) other Contributors’ review of the submitted activity through the Contribution Validation process shall determine whether or not a submitted activity meets the requirements of the applicable Qualifying Contributions and, therefore, be eligible to earn the specified Points. The requirements for each type of Qualifying Contribution is described in Appendix A.
  5. 5. Contest Period. This Contest begins at 12:00 AM AOE on February 1, 2021 and ends on 11:59 PM AOE on January 31, 2022 (the “Contest Period”). The following website is the official time-keeper for the Contest: https://www.worldtimeserver.com/time-zones/aoe/. All submissions of Qualifying Contributions must be received during the dates and times specified in this section.
  6. 6. Eligibility.
    1. 6.1. The Contest is open only to legal residents of the following countries within the three (3) regions listed below:
      1. 6.1.1. "AMER Region" consists of North America and Latin America and the Caribbean.
      2. 6.1.2. "APJ Region" consists of Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.
      3. 6.1.3. "EMEA Region" consists of Europe, Western Asia, and Africa.
      4. For a full list of countries by region, see the UN Statistics Division Geographic Regions list located at https://unstats.un.org/unsd/methodology/m49/. AMER Region, APJ Region, and EMEA Region are collectively referred to in these official rules as the “Territories” herein. Participants must be at least eighteen (18) years old and the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence. No one outside of the Territories is eligible to participate in this Contest. Officers, directors, and employees of Elastic and its affiliates, and each of their immediate family members and those residing with them or any other entity participating in the design, administration, or fulfillment of the Contest, are not eligible to participate or win.
    2. 6.2. The Contest is not open to any person to whom Elastic would otherwise be prohibited from awarding a prize under any applicable law, rule, or regulation or any internal policies of your employer. By entering this Contest, you represent and warrant that you (i) are not located in a destination prohibited by the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) (15 C.F.R. Parts 730-774 (2010)) and are not a person or entity listed on the economic sanctions regulations and guidelines of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control (“Restricted Parties”), and (ii) will not export, re-export, or otherwise transfer any of Elastic’s products, technology, content, information, services, or any intellectual property rights therein or related to any of the foregoing (“Elastic Technology”), or permit any Elastic Technology to be used by, or disclose any Elastic Technology to, any prohibited destination or Restricted Party. You shall indemnify and hold Elastic harmless from and against claims, losses, costs, or liability arising in connection with your breach of this section.
  7. 7. Prizes.
    1. 7.1. 7.1. Elastic may award prizes up to the top thirty (30) Contributors in each region based upon ranking in the GOLD, SILVER, or BRONZE tiers, each as described in the table below (collectively, the “Tiers”). Odds of winning the Contest depend on the number of Qualified Contributions submitted during the Contest Period.
      TIERRankingPRIZES
      GOLD1st – 3rd Points earnersSwag
      Elastic Cloud extended trial
      1 year Standard Elastic training subscription
      2 certification exam attempts
      Elastic Gold Virtual Badge
      Shout-Out during ElasticON events
      Regional ElasticON ticket
      (aggregate retail value: $6,750.00)
      SILVER4th-12th Points earnersSwag
      Elastic Cloud extended trial
      1 certification exam attempts
      Elastic Silver Virtual Badge
      Shout-Out during ElasticON events
      (aggregate retail value: $1,000.00)
      BRONZE13th – 30th Points earnersSwag
      Elastic Cloud extended trial
      Elastic Bronze Virtual Badge
      Shout-Out during ElasticON events
      (aggregate retail value: $450.00)
    2. 7.2. Any prizes of swag will be determined in Elastic’s sole discretion. All values in U.S. dollars.
    3. 7.3. In the event there are fewer than thirty (30) Contributors in a region, winners in each tier will be decided in Elastic’s sole discretion. Prizes for achieving GOLD, SILVER, or BRONZE are only valid for twelve (12) months from the date that the prizes are issued.
    4. 7.4. No substitution, assignment, sale, exchange, transfer, or cash redemption of the prize is permitted, except by Elastic in its sole discretion. Elastic reserves the right to substitute a prize with another of comparable or greater value or add additional prizes for any reason. Winner is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with the receipt and/or use of the prize.
    5. 7.5. Prior to receiving any prizes, winners may be required to complete, sign, have notarized (if applicable), and return, without alteration and in the form presented by Elastic, (i) an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (unless prohibited by law), (ii) applicable tax documentation for your jurisdiction, and (iii) any agreement or terms of use applicable to the prizes (including, but not limited to, Complimentary Online Training Subscription Agreement) by the date specified by Elastic or the prize may be forfeited. In the event of noncompliance with these requirements, the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner in Elastic’s sole discretion.
  8. 8. Winner Selection and Notification.
    1. 8.1. Contributors may access the current rankings of Contributors by Territory by logging into the Elastic Contributor Portal available at https://contributor-program.app.elstc.co/ and clicking on "Leaderboard".
    2. 8.2. There may be up to a maximum of thirty (30) winners in each region, subject to Elastic’s tie-breaking and verification procedures. Winners will be selected on or about March 2022. Winners of the Contest will be determined based solely upon Point value. Winning the Contest is dependent on the number and quality of submissions received. There is a limit of one prize per individual Contributor for the entire Contest Period. Elastic will contact each potential winner by email with information on how to collect the prize. If (i) the potential winner does not respond within the time provided in that email or cannot be reached after a reasonable attempt has been made, (ii) any prize notification or Contest-related communications are rejected, faulty, or returned as undeliverable, (iii) the winner cannot attend or participate in any portion of the prize, then in each case that winner may be disqualified and Elastic may select an alternate potential winner in Elastic’s sole discretion. Elastic is not obligated to pursue any alternate winners; in which case, some prizes may go unawarded.
    3. 8.3. In the event of a tie, Elastic will consider the following factors in the following order and determine the winner in its sole discretion: (i) the Contributor that achieved the winning score earlier, (ii) the total number of Qualifying Contributions with the highest Point value; and (iii) the total number of Qualifying Contributions.
  9. 9. General Rules.
    1. 9.1. By registering for this Contest, you agree to abide by these official rules and any decision Elastic makes regarding this Contest, which Elastic shall make in its sole discretion. Elastic reserves the right to restrict participation, disqualify, and prosecute to the fullest extent permitted by law any entrant or winner who, in Elastic’s reasonable suspicion, (i) tampers with or impairs Elastic’s website, the registration process, or the administration, security, fairness, or proper play of this Contest, (ii) damages or attempts to damage or cause an interruption of any online service, website, or the Contest, (iii) enters or participates in the Contest in a suspicious manner, (iv) intentionally registers more than a single Contributor account, (v) provides false information or attempts to win the Contest by fraudulent means, (v) violates these rules, or (vi) acts in an unsportsmanlike, disruptive, obnoxious, inappropriate, threatening, illegal, abusive, threatening, or harassing manner.
    2. 9.2. Elastic’s failure or decision to not enforce any provision in these official rules will not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision. In the event there is an alleged or actual ambiguity, discrepancy, or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials and/or these official rules (including any alleged discrepancy or inconsistency in these official rules), it will be resolved in Elastic's sole discretion.
    3. 9.3. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these official rules will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these official rules will otherwise remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
    4. 9.4. If the Contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason, Elastic reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify, or suspend the Contest and award the prizes in its sole discretion prior to cancellation, modification, or suspension or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Elastic.
    5. 9.5. In the event of a dispute concerning who participated, the Contributor will be declared to be the person who is the registered account holder of the e-mail address for the registered user account, but only if that person meets all other eligibility criteria.
  10. 10. Intellectual Property.
    1. 10.1. Except as expressly set forth in this section, participating in this Contest does not grant you any rights in or to Elastic’s intellectual property rights. Elastic retains all right, title, and interest in and to Elastic Technology.
    2. 10.2. Subject to and in accordance with the terms and conditions of these official rules, in the event you create and submit a Translation, Elastic grants you a limited, personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable right to prepare a Translation and make such Translation available on a website that does not have a paywall during the Contest Period for the sole purpose of participating in this Contest. You agree to assign and hereby assign to Elastic all rights, title, and interest in and to the Translation, including, without limitation, all copyright, moral rights and any other any intellectual and/or other proprietary rights therein. Upon request from Elastic, you shall cooperate with Elastic and promptly execute or cause to be executed and all applications, assignments, consents, releases or other instruments, and shall take all further actions, in each case that Elastic deems reasonably appropriate or necessary to permit and assist Elastic, at Elastic’s expense, in obtaining, perfecting, and enforcing the full benefits, enjoyment, rights, and title throughout the world in the Translation.
    3. 10.3. You hereby grant Elastic the irrevocable, sublicensable, free of charge, worldwide right and permission to use, publish, post, or display in any medium now known or hereafter discovered, (i) your name, username, photograph, likeness, voice, prize information, biographical information, any quotes attributable to you, any other indicia of persona (regardless of whether modified in Elastic’s sole discretion) and (ii) and any Qualifying Contribution, in each case for advertising, trade, promotional, and publicity purposes without further compensation of any kind and without any further notice. You hereby waive any right to inspect or approve any such use and release Elastic from any and all liability related to such uses.
  11. 11. Disclaimer, Release and Limit of Liability.
    1. 11.1. NOTHING IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES LIMITS, EXCLUDES, OR MODIFIES OR PURPORTS TO LIMIT, EXCLUDE, OR MODIFY ANY STATUTORY CONSUMER GUARANTEES OR ANY IMPLIED CONDITION OR WARRANTY THE EXCLUSION OF WHICH WOULD CONTRAVENE ANY STATUTE OR CAUSE ANY PART OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES TO BE VOID (“STATUTORY GUARANTEES”). EXCEPT FOR ANY STATUTORY GUARANTEES, ELASTIC MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING ANY PRIZE OR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST AND EACH WINNER AGREES THAT THE PRIZE IS PROVIDED AS-IS. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, AND SUBJECT TO ANY STATUTORY GUARANTEES, EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS ELASTIC AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS, DISTRIBUTORS, ADVERTISING/PROMOTION AGENCIES, AND PRIZE SUPPLIERS, AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENT COMPANIES AND EACH SUCH COMPANY'S OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) FROM AND AGAINST ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, OR DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF PROPERTY, ARISING OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST OR RECEIPT OR USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE.
    2. 11.2. THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR: (i) ANY LOST, LATE, INCORRECT, INCOMPLETE, OR MISDIRECTED INFORMATION, CORRESPONDENCE, OR MATERIALS, WHETHER CAUSED BY ENTRANTS, PRINTING ERRORS, OR BY ANY OF THE EQUIPMENT OR PROGRAMMING ASSOCIATED WITH OR UTILIZED IN THE CONTEST; (ii) TECHNICAL FAILURES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO MALFUNCTIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELAYS, OR DISCONNECTIONS IN PHONE OR CABLE LINES, NETWORK CONNECTIONS, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE, OR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS; (iii) UNAUTHORIZED HUMAN INTERVENTION IN ANY PART OF THE REGISTRATION PROCESS OR THE CONTEST; (iv) TECHNICAL OR HUMAN ERROR WHICH MAY OCCUR IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE CONTEST OR THE PROCESSING OF CONTRIBUTIONS; (v) ANY VIRUSES OR TECHNICAL OR MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS; (vi) ANY INJURY OR DAMAGE TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY WHICH MAY BE CAUSED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, FROM ENTRANT'S PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST OR RECEIPT OR USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE; AND (vii) ANY CHANGES OR UNAVAILABILITY OF THE CONTEST WEBSITE THAT MAY INTERFERE WITH THE CONTEST OR ABILITY OF THE ENTRANT TO TIMELY PARTICIPATE, RECEIVE NOTICES, OR COMMUNICATE WITH ELASTIC, IN WHICH CASE ELASTIC, IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, MAY TERMINATE OR MODIFY THE CONTEST.
    3. 11.3. If for any reason your registration and/or Contribution(s) are confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, your sole remedy is another registration or Contribution(s) in the Contest. Unless otherwise specified, no more than the stated number and types of prizes will be awarded. In event that production, technical, programming, or any other reasons cause more than stated number of prizes as set forth in these official rules to be available and/or claimed, Elastic reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by selecting the winner in its sole discretion among all legitimate, unawarded, eligible prize claims.
    4. 11.4. Without limiting any other provision in these official rules, Elastic is not responsible, or liable for failure to operate the Contest or supply the prizes or any part thereof in the event that any of the Contest activities or Elastic’s operations or activities are affected by a force majeure event, as determined by the Elastic in its sole discretion, including, without limitation, by reason of any acts of God, any action, regulation, order, or request by any governmental or quasi- governmental entity, equipment failure, threatened terrorist acts, terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, pandemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal), labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any law, rule, regulation, order, or other action adopted or taken by any governmental, federal, state, provincial, or local government authority, or any other cause, whether or not specifically mentioned above.
  12. 12. Privacy and Use of Personal Information. Elastic collects personal information from you when you enter this Contest. Elastic reserves the right to use any information collected in accordance with its privacy policy, which may be found at https://www.elastic.co/legal/privacy-statement.
  13. 13. GOVERNING LAW AND DISPUTES. THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE CONTEST ARE GOVERNED BY, AND WILL BE CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AND THE FORUM AND VENUE FOR ANY DISPUTE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES SHALL BE IN THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA. EACH ENTRANT ACCEPTS AND SUBMITS TO THE PERSONAL JURISDICTION OF THOSE COURTS WITH RESPECT TO ANY LEGAL ACTIONS, SUITS, OR PROCEEDINGS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS CONTEST. EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED, AS A CONDITION OF PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONTEST, YOU AGREE THAT ANY AND ALL DISPUTES THAT CANNOT BE RESOLVED BETWEEN YOU AND ELASTIC ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS CONTEST MUST BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION. THE REMEDY FOR ANY CLAIM SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL DAMAGES, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY PARTY BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING ATTORNEY'S FEES OR OTHER SUCH RELATED COSTS OF BRINGING A CLAIM, OR TO RESCIND THIS AGREEMENT OR SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR ANY OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF.
  14. 14. Winners List. Individuals may request the name of winner(s) by submitting an e-mail to: contributors@elastic.co.

Appendix A

Qualifying Contributions

The following activities are considered “Qualifying Contributions” if such activities meet the requirements described below and do not violate Elastic’s Community Code of Conduct. Each Qualifying Contribution submission must be reviewed and approved in accordance with the process detailed in Section 4.4 of the official rules prior to the issuance of Points.

  1. 1. Organized Event.
    1. 1.1. Requirements: The Organized Event must: (i) be focused on Elastic’s products and solutions, (ii) be one (1) hour or longer in duration, (iii) be open to the public, (iv) be attended by a minimum of ten (10) attendees, and (v) for any event other than a conference, provide free admission to such event. To submit an Organized Event as a Qualifying Contribution, Contributor must submit a URL link to the event page featuring the Organized Event that includes a description of the Organized Event, the date and time of the event, and Contributor’s name.
    2. 1.2. Points: Six (6) points per Organized Event.
  2. 2. Presentation.
    1. 2.1. Requirements: The Presentation must: (i) focus on Elastic’s products and solutions; (ii) be Contributor’s original work; (iii) be a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes in duration; (iv) be open to the public, (v) be attended by a minimum of ten (10) attendees. To submit a Presentation as Qualifying Contribution, Contributor must submit a URL link to the event page featuring the Presentation that includes both the date of the Presentation and the Contributor’s name. If Elastic concludes that the Contributor plagiarized someone else’s work, the Contributor will be disqualified from the Contest.
    2. 2.2. Points: Six (6) points per Presentation.
  3. 3. Written Content.
    1. 3.1. Requirements: The Written Content must (i) focus on Elastic’s products and solutions, (ii) be Contributor’s original work, (iii) be published on a website that does not have a paywall (required registration or login to the website without a paywall is permitted); and (iv) be a minimum of two hundred (200) words or ten (10) lines of text. To submit Written Content as a Qualifying Contribution, Contributor must submit a URL link to the website featuring the Written Content that includes the publication date and the Contributor’s full name. If Elastic concludes that the Contributor plagiarized someone else’s work, the Contributor will be disqualified from the Contest.
    2. 3.2. Points: Six (6) points per Written Content.
  4. 4. Video.
    1. 4.1. Requirements: The Video must: (i) focus on Elastic’s products and solutions, (ii) be Contributor’s original work, (iii) be made available on a website that does not have a paywall (required registration or login to the website without a paywall is permitted); and (iv) be a minimum of five (5) minutes in length. To submit Video as a Qualifying Contribution, Contributor must submit a link to the website featuring the Video that includes the publication date and the Contributor’s full name, in each case, either in the Video or on the website. If Contributor submits a video series, each video series will count as one (1) Qualifying Contribution only, and the URL for each Video in the video series must be included in the submission. If Elastic concludes that the Contributor plagiarized someone else’s work, the Contributor will be disqualified from the Contest.
    2. 4.2. Points: Four (4) points per Video.
  5. 5. Translation.
    1. 5.1. Requirements: The Translation must: (i) translate Elastic’s original blog post to a language other than any languages in which Elastic’s blog post was written; (ii) be made available on a website that does not have a paywall (required registration or login to the website without a paywall is permitted); (iii) be Contributor’s original translation, (iv) use technical terms consistently; and (iv) include in the Translation a link to Elastic’s original blog post on https://www.elastic.co/blog/. To submit a Translation as a Qualifying Contribution, Contributor must: (a) submit a link to the website featuring the Translation that includes the publication date and the Contributor’s full name and (b) submit a link to the original content on Elastic’s website. If Elastic concludes that the Contributor plagiarized someone else’s work or used an electronic translation tool (e.g., Google Translate), the Contributor will be disqualified from the Contest.
    2. 5.2. Points: Two (2) points per Translation.
  6. 6. Code.
    1. 6.1. Requirements: The Code must be (i) contributed to Elastic’s repos and (ii) approved by Elastic in the Elastic GitHub repo at https://github.com/elastic. To submit Code as a Qualifying Contribution, Contributor must: (a) submit a link to the Code submitted on the Elastic GitHub repo at https://github.com/elastic and (b) include the date the Code was published in the applicable repo.
    2. 6.2. Points: Six (6) points per Code.
  7. 7. Contribution Validation.
    1. 7.1. Requirements: For a Contributor to earn a Point for a Contribution Validation, the reviewing Contributor must either (i) accurately validate another Contributor’s submission as compliant with the requirements of this Contest or (ii) accurately flag another Contributor’s submission as non-compliant with the requirements of this Contest, the accuracy of each as determined in Elastic’s sole discretion. For a submission to be flagged as non-compliant, the Contributor must accurately, as validated in Elastic’s sole discretion, describe the non-compliance based upon at least one of the following reasons: (a) plagiarism; (b) an invalid or non-existent URL link to the submission; (c) Written Content that is shorter than two hundred (200) words or ten (10) lines; (iv) Video that is shorter than five (5) minutes; (v) Code that is not made to the Elastic GitHub repo at https://github.com/elastic; (vi) a Translation or content that is not of an Elastic blog post at https://www.elastic.co/blog/; or (vii) a violation of Elastic's Community Code of Conduct; or (viii) Technical Q&A was not validated in the Approved Channel prior to submission. In the event Elastic determines that a reviewing Contributor’s validation or invalidation of another Contributor’s submission was inaccurate, Elastic may deduct the awarded point from the reviewing Contributor.
    2. 7.2. Points: One (1) point per Contribution Validation.
  8. 8. Technical Q&A.
    1. 8.1. Requirements: For Technical Q&A, the Contributor must answer a posted question about Elastic products or services on an Approved Channel that has been validated within the Approved Channel by either (i) the individual that posted the original question in the Approved Channel or (ii) a moderator of the Approved Channel. To submit a Technical Q&A as a Qualifying Contribution, Contributor must submit a link to the validated Technical Q&A.
    2. 8.2. Points: One (1) Point per Technical Q&A.