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    It's disheartening to see voting in a group rise by about 40 votes, then look at the stats on your own story and see only a handful of people have clicked through in the same time period.

    It would be nice if folks at least scanned the other entries before deciding. We all spent a lot of time on these and it would be considerate to at least take a look.

    On the other hand, losing won't have the same "ouch" effect, I guess. :-)

    KT

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      Just an FYI we're going to change up the final round voting to try and reduce the vote "recruiting". Only active members of the forum will be able to vote on the final round. I haven't decided on a post count restriction though yet. I'll figure that out when we get closer.
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        Hmmm...I'd better get chatty if I want to continue voting then...

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          Originally posted by Dan Hocker View Post
          Just an FYI we're going to change up the final round voting to try and reduce the vote "recruiting". Only active members of the forum will be able to vote on the final round. I haven't decided on a post count restriction though yet. I'll figure that out when we get closer.
          That would even up the field for sure-in fact, it might even make it so some members of the contest would be unable to vote, since some have not participated in these conversations. I would hope there would be a way to make sure everyone who had entered was guaranteed a vote, but I think it is a good idea regardless.
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            well, this will be my tenth post : blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah, blah blah, blah blah...blah. ok, I'll stop now

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              Originally posted by Dan Hocker View Post
              Just an FYI we're going to change up the final round voting to try and reduce the vote "recruiting". Only active members of the forum will be able to vote on the final round. I haven't decided on a post count restriction though yet. I'll figure that out when we get closer.
              Great idea!

              sk

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                Originally posted by Dan Hocker View Post
                Just an FYI we're going to change up the final round voting to try and reduce the vote "recruiting". Only active members of the forum will be able to vote on the final round. I haven't decided on a post count restriction though yet. I'll figure that out when we get closer.
                Great idea!

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                  Originally posted by Nik Houser View Post
                  I think it'd be a fun exercise if, after the voting is done, those who felt constrained by the character limit finished "Author's Cut" versions of their entries and posted them.
                  That would be interesting, Nik. My own story was about 2,500 words before cutting. I have to say the initial two revisions, trying to fit this contest, actually made the story stronger. After that it got a bit choppy just trying to make the final cut, so if I get nothing else out of this, my story is stronger (at the 2,200-word range) and hopefully I learned a little more about self-editing.

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                    "Best in category" voting might be better for the final round, with the final decision made by Cemetery Dance staff. On an aside, all this reading makes me feel like a slushie; which, of course, begs another tale of horror...

                    The Editor Unleashed forum (now defunct due to hackers) held a similar contest. There were over 300 entrants. If I remember correctly, only entrants could vote. And they got three. It was the most honest outcome I've seen for something like this. The lead story is very cool and can be found for free over at Smashwords. It is called Flash Fiction 40.
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                      Originally posted by Dan Hocker View Post
                      Just an FYI we're going to change up the final round voting to try and reduce the vote "recruiting". Only active members of the forum will be able to vote on the final round. I haven't decided on a post count restriction though yet. I'll figure that out when we get closer.
                      Wow. I guess I'd better stop lurking then.

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                        Don't worry I will make sure that every contestant is able to vote.
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                          Originally posted by Dan Hocker View Post
                          Don't worry I will make sure that every contestant is able to vote.

                          I bet this has been a lot more work then you had anticipated. Keep up the great work!
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                            Then why not have people have to post their vote. That way you can quickly make a tally mark on a piece of paper. Then it won't be by post count, but only by the people who are in the contest and long-term forum members? Great idea, btw.

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                              Originally posted by Dan Hocker View Post
                              Just an FYI we're going to change up the final round voting to try and reduce the vote "recruiting". Only active members of the forum will be able to vote on the final round. I haven't decided on a post count restriction though yet. I'll figure that out when we get closer.
                              That sounds fair. When it gets to the final 11, regardless of how the previous rounds went, or how people got their votes, it HAS to be about the stories.

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                                Good Luck to everyone who entered,the Writing contest. Do not forget to vote, it is only fair. The second part of the work,we agreed to. It takes bravery to put any Art out there for judgement. So in one way WE are all winners. I remember my MFA painting reviews where you faced a faculty of at least 13 ,your work on the wall,A written statement in your hands, and there was 25 minutes of Face to Face criticism. It was hell. However it was the most important learning experience of all -to take subjective critics who try to be objective-and not let the slings and arrows kill your spirit ;or the compliments inflate your head." Life is short, the Art long, Decision difficult, Judgement treacherous."( Hippocrates physician Ancient Greece 4th century B.C.) I think. Beambounder

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