I believe that the point of my post has been missed due to the heated method used to convey it.
I wasn't trying to belittle the generosity of those running such flash-in-the-pan, google intensive contests. This post was more of a warning to those with aspirations of running a contest and giving back to the community. Their contest will be over much faster than they might imagine if it is simply a basic trivia contest.
The simple fact that BarzooMonkey has received so much praise for running such a contest tells me two things:
1. (good) BarzooMonkey, and others like him, are doing a good job of providing some form of entertainment to the community.
2. (not-so-good) Unlike Vestax's opinion that there is "nothing wrong with the contest situation," these contests (not just "find these lyrics" contests, but any simple google-for-the-answer kind of contests) are obviously the best thing that the contest forum currently has to offer. Maybe others are okay with that. I'll have to deal with that on my own.
However, the next guy who feels like giving back to the CB community is going to look at these contests--and their aforementioned praise regarding their comparison to other contests--as the easiest way to achieve his goals. After all, these contests are starting to become the "norm."
The problem is, instead of coming up with something that entertains the masses, these contests simply turn into giveaways. The person running the contest for the sake of running a contest doesn't achieve his goal. Two recent, blatant examples of this can be found here
A quote from the first example:
"sent 5k to wuss and everyone else got a refund.
i tried to make a decent contests. . .and i failed"
And from the second:
"cupofjoe won....crap i thought this would be hard"
I feel bad for these two guys, because they were trying to do something entertaining--in vain, due to the nature of the contests.
I wrote all of that to say this: If you want to make a contest that entertains, think of something original. If you want to give away stuff to the fastest-googler-in-the-land, make a simple trivia contest.