Before we do anything else - let's say hello to everyone who is coming out to support our contestants! Thank you! I know they appreciate it!
"Support them where" you ask? http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/468227.html !!
We also have the Free Topic up. http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/468544.html I've been really impressed with what I've seen so far, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that I was hoping for more! ;) Who needs a dozen or so roses when you can present the same number of creative endeavors! :) (she appreciates writing much more than she does gifts of flowers actually. . . )
Now for the "meta of the day". Well, less of a feature and more of what is on my mind.
I've had this discussion with a couple people over the course of as many days, so I would be remiss if I didn't bring it out here for everyone. Not that you don't know it - or should, given that it's been mentioned a few times before. Plus LJ itself announced it, and was met with a ton of resistance.
Sometimes people have family and friends who do not have Livejournals - but want to come out and support them. I love this. You love this. Everyone loves this. Quite frankly some of us are kind of jealous of that sort of thing. :)
"Support? From "family"? - what's that? ;)
I've always been rather leniant on "if someone lets me know" which account is which, that I would just keep an eye on it so it didn't get out of hand. It still hasn't, but. . it has got me to thinking. . .
LJ has been allowing people to log in via their facebook accounts (and other Open ID). There should be a button to do so on your log in screen.
If LJ allows it, we're part of LJ, so it's going to happen. I wasn't sure how I felt about the security issues, and if we were going to be overwhelmed, but so far this season only a couple people have voted from their FB. About the same that have done that from Open ID accounts.
Again, if it gets out of hand, I will have to come up with something. (or rather, I'd have to implement it) Don't make me do that. Please. I like being "evil" rather than "that bastard"!;)
Everyone left in the competition is an adult. I think that you can act like adults. I suspect so can your friends and family. It would be a shame, at this point in the competition, if that turned out not to be true. . . especially since the winner doesn't get to play anymore! I've always hoped that was enough incentive for people not to act ridiculous! :)
As long as you don't abuse it, that is another way to promote your work and expand the audience/potential voters.