February 2nd, 2012

JohnHart::big gun

Winners: Challenge #19

→ Congratulations to the winners!
→ Banners this week are by ms_bekahrose.

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Notes & Announcements:
→ All entries and votes are already unscreened.
→ The past winners page and layout will be updated by tomorrow evening.
→ The next challenge will be posted tomorrow. So look for it!

Winners: Challenge #19 (and Important mod post)

→ Congratulations to the winners!
→ Banners this week are by ms_bekahrose.

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You have probably noticed this is a repost. I received a PM informing me that several weeks people who have won in the contest haven't actually voted, and I thought it was important for me to address it to the community at large and to explain why I did what I did this time.

1) I am sadly aware that it happened pre-hiatus. To be perfectly honest those sorts of mistakes helped trigger me in taking the hiatus from the community. I was so caught up in thoughts of "I have to post" that I stopped looking at the details. It was usually discovered as I was updating the layout and/or website days after the winners were announced (and sometimes even after banners were made/posted). I know it's no excuse. I was hoping that stepping away and rethinking how I was running the community would help with that. It clearly hasn't.

2) This week the mistake happened because I've come down with a head cold/sinus infection of some type and I just started working ten hour shifts. When I post in the mornings, I've just come home from work. I was exhausted and not focusing. I'm still aware that's no excuse. When the mistake was pointed out to me, I was compelled to fix it and the only way I could do that was by reposting the winners.

To juliet316, I'm sorry I had to disqualify you. By the time the mistake was caught, I had already unscreened entries and votes, and it didn't seem fair to let you vote now. I'm also sorry that I didn't remind you yesterday to vote.

To everyone, I am truly sorry this has happened again. I have never, ever intended to show any favoritism as a mod and none of my mistakes have ever been intentional. I'm only human and I try to do my best and pay attention to the details, but I'm obviously still going to make mistakes.

3) I am begging, begging for a co-mod to help out. At this time, the co-mod's main responsibilities would be to help with advertising/building our affiliates list, double checking things before I post winners, and taking over posting, etc, if I ever go on vacation or will be without internet access. Ideally, this person would be available in the early mornings EST, but if not we can look at reworking the current schedule.

The votes from the poll I took indicated that most people don't mind if mods participate as long as things are transparent, so I'm considering allowing it if someone is willing to help me out. At this point, I'm willing to give you my first born child if you'll do it.

Please, please, please feel free to express your feelings, thoughts, or concerns here. If anyone would like to co-mod, please volunteer here, send me a PM, or leave a message in the drop box.

Again, I'm sorry this happened and I'll do my best to make sure it doesn't happen again.