Then on the way home today there was a bus that never showed up - followed by another bus that took a *long* detour (really weird considering how easy their detour could have been... but I digress...) and a general grappy day at work.
I apparently decided to top it off with completely spacing that I said 8 instead of the usual 9. Why did I say "8" in the first place? Who knows. I don't! Had my eye still not been bothering me earlier, I probably would have took a closer look at it. Of course then I would have been flipping out trying to log on from my phone and figuring out how to close two polls in the span of a couple seconds...)
At any rate, thank you for the emails.
Because of them, I did get a screen shot of where things stood within 10 minutes after it ended. I know there were a couple last minute surges though that may have come after the poll would have been closed... it's one of those decisions that I'm probably going to get wrong regardless of what I do. That's why they pay me the big bucks though. ;)
I was going to add scores together or take the top few from each poll and give them something special - but I was looking at giving advantages to roughly half the field at that point. So since this week was unexpected with the dropouts, and unexpected with me missing a poll closing, I'm going to do something equally unexpected:
I'm giving the advantage to everyone!
That's right, it's an even playing field.
The 10 remaining contestants have each received ONE TOPIC BYE.
Not the usual bye, which covers a week. But one that covers an individual topic. (If there are two topics that you would need to write that week, you would only need to write one... if there are three, you only do two... and so on)
You can use them between now and before we hit the Top 4, and yes - you can give them away if you really want to do so.
Sorry to those on top of the polls. (Although you are getting what you would have received anyway!) But congratulations to those on the bottom.