The Now-Infamous Stack Exchange Spinning Wheel

Abbey, Katey and Brett from Stack Exchange made their way to HeroesCon over the summer. Along with them for the ride was the Prize Wheel, or as they like to call it… the now-infamous Stack Exchange Spinning Wheel.

One lucky spinner watches the Prize Wheel.

The crew’s first stop was Spandex City. Lucky Prize Wheel spinners were able to chow down on barbecue while winning some great prizes, including bags, shirts, stickers and comics. A few lucky people that spun the wheel walked away three-day passes to HeroesCon.

After the pre-party, it was on to the main event. While there, the trio discovered the power of the Prize Wheel.

The big event itself started on Friday and lasted until Sunday. We expected that our table, located at the far end of the convention center floor on the edge of the artists’ space, would get some foot traffic. We really expected to spend the entire weekend shooting video content for our YouTube channel one person left behind to work the spinning wheel. That…didn’t exactly happen. Little did we know, but people love spinning wheels. And I don’t mean a passive love, I mean an all-consuming and incredibly active love. The kind of love that leads to repeat visits and waiting in long lines. Because we had long lines. For the better part of two days.

long lines for the prize wheel

The 18-Slot Floor & Prize Wheel was so popular that they had to ration their supply of bags, t-shirts and comics to make it through Sunday. In fact, three trips had to be made to the show floor to find more comics for the spinning game.

Katey Watches the Wheel Spin

Two important tidbits that Stack Exchange learned were:

  1. People love spinning wheels (this cannot be reiterated enough).
  2. Regardless of the answer given, the spinning wheel is a fun introduction to our site that leads to many smiles and much swag.

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