I have to admit I’m in a bit of a tough spot with the Reader’s Vote, which I had set to close at 8 PM tonight, but due to a glitch in my poll widget, kept running unbeknownst to me even after I checked it at 8 and started writing my post (announcing the winner, I thought…). Just now I glanced at the blog again, realized the poll was still open, and then to my surprise discovered another person had galloped clear past the winner and won by 15 votes. Well, that seemed like some shenanigans to me since there’d been a pretty clear lead when I checked it to write the post, so I closed the poll and went to investigate what was going on. As best I can tell there’d been a bit of a twitter frenzy to rally the vote in the 11th hour. Sooooo…I guess I’m just going to have to call this. Since I want to go to bed and don’t want to rewrite my post, my apologies to those twitter pals who joined us late in the game, but I’m going with the person who got the most votes when I wrote my winner post. I suppose that may seem unfair. But I’ve got a busy day tomorrow and I want to go to bed.
UPDATE: Thank you for your comments. I really appreciate that while it’s likely some of you may be seething in anger you are saving your hatred towards me for another day. I did email Jenny (whose lovely gray ruffle top was the top that surged ahead in votes after I checked it last night, to apologize and while she was sad she was very, very gracious. However, after reading some of the comments left here her patience is most likely wearing thin. So I want to be crystal clear here about a couple of things:
There were absolutely no “shenanigans.” It is perfectly fair for participants to rally votes through avenues such as twitter, facebook, desperate emails, etc. Anyone who heard about this contest had a right to come and place their vote, for whichever top they liked the best. That’s part of the deal with internet polls, that participants can ask others to vote for their tops. This means that the only misstep here was my inability to close the poll properly. I take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for this blunder. I should have checked to make sure the poll was closed when I thought it was. It also would have helped if I had found a better poll widget than Blogger’s (which not only has an incorrect time-stamp but leaves one unable to hide poll results as they come in, something some of you have suggested and I would have personally preferred. Incidentally, there’s also no easy way to save poll data besides leaving the dead polls up, so you all had to take my word for the winners, something that left me a little uncomfortable as well).
The biggest apology here is owed to Jenny, who has been a complete trooper through all of this. I’m just hoping someday she’ll forgive me for the grief I’ve caused her. Can we all try to be nice about this, maybe say: “Rae you dork, next time get your act together, ya idiot!” and move on? Thanks, friends.