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This Idol poll is very special. You all are very "special".
Personally, I think the Blind Box worked pretty well as a twist. The groupings though are going to interesting to see how they play out.
You may have noticed that I have decided to allow anonymous comments again.
A long time ago, back when trolls roamed the Earth, or at least LJ, there were contestants who were being harassed by them. It got pretty out of hand. So I make the decision to block access to anyone who wasn't willing to actually provide a user name.
It worked really well. At one point, I added "track IPs" when folks would create accounts just to harass people.
Things have slowed down in LJ-land, and due to unforeseen circumstances (or maybe should have seen coming circumstances) there are a couple folks who still want to be a part of the community, but don't want to be a part of Livejournal. Which is a complicated situation.
Last night I realized that I could, on a trial-basis, allow anonymous comments again. That would permit people to comment in the Community proper, without needing to sign the ToS. My goal with Idol has always been to reach *the most* people, not just a select group.
That said, if the troll situation returns or if the spam gets out of control - I may have to restore that restriction. It's something I'm keeping an eye on.
It shouldn't impact the day-to-day of Idol. But if you see anything weird, let me know - and if you are someone commenting without an user name attached, I ask that you please identify yourself in your comment.