Who Won The Laziness Contest?
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“Who won the Laziness Contest?” Is a question I have been asked more than 20 times this past weekend. Under normal circumstance it should be a straight forward answer, which would read: The person with the most votes.
Sadly, this is not the case as several complaints were raised about a contestant who got over 1500 votes in the space of 6 hours. But before I go on I would like to state that the contestant in question did not cheat as has been purported by many. Actually the contestant has been open with how he got his votes, including prints screens and a chronological description of events leading to his vote count.
Based on the above, I have had to weigh both sides of the situation intermittently for days to ensure that I was making the best decision. Now I know that my decision will not make everyone happy, but it will in my opinion be the best compromise solution to a tricky situation.
At the end of the day my decision was based on a simple word…FUN. The whole essence of the contest was for people to have FUN…because of this I allowed people who had sent in their pictures after the deadline to still enter the contest so that they could participate and enjoy the contest. This was a decision that in the end backfired and is one that I take responsibility for. That said I want to ensure that I do not set the precedence for future contests to be decided by what I call “organized voting.” In organized voting I mean websites that are structured/organized to garner multiple votes for contestants, which ends up giving the beneficiary an unfair advantage over others. With that said, my decision on the current contest is as follows:
Winner of The Blackberry 9930 (or $300) Ruth with 572 votes
Winner of the Amazon Kindle Fire (or $200) Chuks 549 votes
3rd place Oyinkasola 362 votes
NOTE: Because I did not do a good job in providing detailed rules and regulations, I will give a consolatory prize to the affected person. And as mentioned before will use the mistakes of this contest to develop detailed guidelines for future contests.
PS: I am not naive enough to believe that everyone will accept this decision, but I do hope they accept that it was made with great difficulty and thoughtful deliberation.