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Are you getting excited? There are only a few more hours to get your entries in! Lemme tell yah, I’m totally stoked that y’all like pumpkins as much as I do. And lest I forget, I’d like to send many thanks out to this year’s competitors – pumpkin carving is way freakin’ hard, so I appreciate all you’ve done to craft your entries.
Here’s how the voting in this wee competition is going to work: there will be pumpkins to vote for tomorrow (Sunday, October 28), and on Monday, October 29. Winners from the first two days of competing will go on to the finals on Tuesday, October 30th. You will see the pumpkins organized according to the date they hit my inbox. That means you’ll see them in the same order that I did. I figured that was a random/fair way to group everyone. I hope you’ll squeal with delight just when you see ’em!
Here is your voting schedule – please plan your lives accordingly. Also, if you don’t know what/when Atlantic Standard Time is, google it.
- Sunday, October 28, 2012 – polls will open at about 5:30 am AST and close at about 9:00 pm AST.
- Monday, October 29, 2012 – polls will open at about 5:30 am AST and close at about 9:00 pm AST.
- Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – The Finals – polls will open at about 5:30 am AST and close at about 9:00 pm AST.
- Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – winner officially announced, national holiday declared.
I have changed the way the voting is set up. In past competitions, repeat voters were blocked by cookie only. Yah, I don’t know what that means either, but it worked just fine. Sure, people would utilize cache clearing techniques and/or head to the library to vote on every computer they could get their hands on – it was fun! But every party has a pooper. I guess some people got their knickers in a knot during Bake My Cake 2012. A couple of dudes thought I had somehow rigged the interweb and pre-determined the contest winner. (Good grief.) Anyhoo, as my sister kindly pointed out: movita is not qualified to manipulate an internet poll. She is barely qualified to get her head through a turtleneck sweater without incident, a trait all Beaucoups share.
So, repeat voters will now be blocked by cookie and IP address. Polldaddy says this could be problematic for some voters. I’m really sorry if that is the case, and that’s why I haven’t used this option before. But that’s how it is. Because of the poopers. (sigh.)
That said, I encourage competitors to use ANY means possible to win. Email yer family. Blog it. Tweet it. Facebook it. And tell your supporters to do the same. If you find a shortcut in the voting system? Have at it. All’s fair in love and pumpkin carving! Remember, it’s not necessarily the best pumpkin that wins, people. It’s a freakin’ popularity contest. Like high school! You’re playin’ with the big kids now – don’t be a cry baby.
So, meet me back here tomorrow. Let’s judge some strangers from the interwebs!