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Results - Week 39

There are weeks when I read the entries and I go "Wow. This is why I do this!"

There are also weeks when the votes go so wonky that I say "Why the hell do I do this?!?!?"

This was both of those weeks.

I'll come out and say it - there were some voting irregularities that impacted 1 of the 2 results.

Honestly, there were minors ones from almost everyone, to the point that if I just tossed the votes, they end up coming down nearly in the same exact order that the final vote total.

The one who is definitely leaving us is jexia, who has been absolutely amazing this season. Thank you so much for coming out and being such a force to be reckoned with! I hope to see you in the Home Game, and in the Jury, helping to decide how this whole thing is going to play out!

The Jury ended up giving immunity to gratefuladdict! Congratulations for staying in the fray. (and this week, that's no small feat!)

That means that the next lowest will be leaving us - but that's where it gets tricky, because there are quite a few of the discrepancies in those votes.

I *could* strip them out, but it would still be pretty close, and let's be honest, I don't think any actual contestant is telling their friends "Vote with multiple accounts!!!" There are people just getting a little too excited. Which, I understand that. This is exciting!

I'm not going to put the two in the tie head to head in Redemption. They will be in the main poll. But I will have my eyes on everyone, even more than I do now.

Let's see if we can calm it down for next week. OK?

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Apologies to jexia for making her goodbye post me yelling at people. But people should be yelled at when you are eliminated! :)

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gratefuladdict
Mar. 3rd, 2015 03:08 am (UTC)
Holy crap!!! I am absolutely flabbergasted and so, so honored. Thank you, jury! I will bust ass to be worthy of this save!!!
crisp_sobriety
Mar. 3rd, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
Congrats! :D
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crisp_sobriety
Mar. 3rd, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
Oh no, jexia :(
jexia
Mar. 3rd, 2015 03:24 am (UTC)
Whatevs. *shrug*

I'll probably do a proper leaving post as seems to be traditional but right now I'm cookngi dinner then I';m off to band.
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suesniffsglue
Mar. 3rd, 2015 03:33 am (UTC)
Really sorry to see jexia leaving. I've enjoyed your work so much, and the fact that you've reached out and been thoughtful has meant a lot to me, being that I'm sort of a lone wolf here.

I don't speak out here much, but I truly hope we can all keep on the up-and-up for the remainder of this thing. I don't even know who is voting for me--I am flabbergasted and so incredibly humbled, so thank you so much to whoever is out there. I pray that there isn't anyone doing weird multiple voting things in my direction, or anyone else's. It takes away from the beauty of this contest, which is probably costing us all sweat, tears, and maybe blood at this point. I am thankful to be here surrounded by some incredible writers, and I can't wait to see how it plays out.
crisp_sobriety
Mar. 3rd, 2015 03:36 am (UTC)
Here here, to all this!
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dmousey
Mar. 3rd, 2015 04:04 am (UTC)
I would like to second all of Sue's post! Especially the part of Jexia befriending her, she reached a hand to me also. She has taught me much and I admire her talent greatly.

As for the other shenanigans, I hope it was just enthusiasm that caused UNintentional hyjinx. I would hope everyone was honorable and aboveboard. Otherwise, what's the point.

Oh and Sue... I vote for you, you are totally worth it too!
(Grinning)

Edited at 2015-03-03 04:04 am (UTC)
suesniffsglue
Mar. 3rd, 2015 04:22 am (UTC)
Thank you so so much!!
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talon
Mar. 3rd, 2015 04:05 am (UTC)
I've been keeping a regular spreadsheet of what the votes have looked like, established through checking the results programmatically on a very regular timer — it's been alluded to in the comments in the past, but hasn't been displayed. Livejournal doesn't always load every time the program runs so sometimes votes are a bit delayed from where they should be, but in general, it shows a pretty good picture of almost every individual vote.

I've color-coded the results so that you can see when votes were taken away (red) and when votes were solo-votes for only one person (yellow). I've also counted the number of solo votes, and the number of votes that have been changed (end of the second column). The number of solo votes is probably about ~10% overcounted due to people coming back to vote for other people aside from their first choice. Of course, it may also be undercounted by some voters taking votes away after initially casting them.

I post these results without any commentary and draw no conclusions. I don't have a bone in this competition; I simply believe that more information and transparency is a good on principle.

Here it is.
suesniffsglue
Mar. 3rd, 2015 04:25 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this. What do the green shades mean?Maybe I'm just too tired to interpret anything!
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jexia
Mar. 3rd, 2015 04:30 am (UTC)
I applaud you (you know who you are) for your masterful tactical voting. It's surprising that you considered me enough of a threat to do so. It would have been fun to watch it in person, but since the polls close at 3pm my time, I was off doing the school run.

I'd say "it's been fun", but really it hasn't been for the last 20 weeks. What can I say, I'm stubborn.

That said, I got out of it more than I wanted to- impetus to write, including my first-ever fiction, two sold stories, and a couple of new friends.

Good luck to the remaining six - you are all much better writers than me, and I suspect you have more drive to actually do it. Have fun :)
kickthehobbit
Mar. 3rd, 2015 04:39 am (UTC)
I very much doubt that there was a conspiracy to get you out. I say that after having studied Sean's spreadsheet, as well.

This is the end of a very tight competition. While it's tempting to say that obviously this is the work of someone out to get you!, stop and consider a few things:

First, you are fairly well-liked in the community (at least inasmuch as the comments here seem to reflect that). It doesn't seem likely that there would be a conspiracy to get you out.

Second, you wrote fan fiction this week in Idol. Speaking as someone who has read all of the pieces each week, I can tell you and honestly that everyone who has written fan fiction for Idol has gotten voted out that week, with the exception of when it was a "no vote" week. Derivative works do not do well in Idol.

Finally—if you are going to argue for a conspiracy, you could argue that there was a conspiracy to keep you in, as there seem to be 26 votes on that sheet that are for you and only you.

I'm sorry that you are leaving Idol feeling bitter about the experience, but I really don't think there was a conspiracy to "out" you—if there was, it would have succeeded much earlier on.
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amberdawnpullin
Mar. 3rd, 2015 07:55 am (UTC)
I will admit to voting sporadically - not strategically - and I have voted only when I knew I could read all of the entries, voting at one time for the posts I liked. Some of them I wouldn't read much in if it didn't grab my attention and so I wouldn't vote for them. I haven't aligned myself with anyone and I have been busy with other things and not put this as foremost in my mind. If there are other people like myself - voting only here and there and perhaps more often now as we get nearer to the end - that might account for a few votes as well.
bleodswean
Mar. 3rd, 2015 01:43 pm (UTC)
jexia I will miss your entries, your always-creative interpretation of the prompt, and your presence as a commenter! You definitely have a "voice" and I hope you continue writing. I'm certain that when you get some distance on this "game" you'll find writing to be fun and challenging once more!

*HUGS*
jexia
Mar. 3rd, 2015 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, bleodswean! I have learned a lot from reading your work.
fodschwazzle
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:29 am (UTC)
Is it the fact that you don't know for certain whether there is malicious intent that you believe in malicious intent? I think the open conversation aspect of being able to discuss malicious intent with the very people you perceive to be conveying it (while you're commenting on their pieces, saying that you "really liked" their work) is a fascinating study in competitive sociology.

Albeit a little less fascinating than getting genuine concrit or insightful positive feedback. Let not the butthurt conceal the light at the end of the tunnel--you're all winners of production. I could open 100,000 cans of alphabet soup simultaneously in my kiddie pool and never come close to the characters and climaxes and worlds of the competitors this season.

Which is good to know, because that would be very cost prohibitive.
jexia
Mar. 4th, 2015 01:03 am (UTC)
On the plus side, you'd have soup. Rather than electrons.
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