As of 8:30 am here in chilly Massachusetts, we have the oddest tie I've ever seen going on in the caption voting: out of the 9 captions that made it to the finals, two have received 25% of the votes, two 13%, and four 6%. It's a beautiful thing but, like everything so magically aligned, it just can't last. By the end of February we need to have a clear front runner so we can, finally, award the first caption winner of 2012! Click here to go to the ballot!
Contributor-extraordinaire David Ashton offered to help pick our final January captions for voting and so forsook his chance to win this month -- in exchange, I took his suggestion of adjusting our number of finalists depending on the total number of captions submitted -- once again, check out the comments below for details.
MarkBort's caption, "While very eager to impress his staff, yet mesmerized by the product's
excellent realism, Jack cleanly sent his lucky ball into the R&D lab's new
65-inch flat screen" didn't make it into the finals, but it did bring us an entertaining story from zeeglen: "Mark, this brings to mind an off-topic episode of a similar nature. Long ago my
TV Sales-and-Service boss was called to a customer's home to inspect a fracture
of the CRT screen of a brand new TV set. He remarked that it looked very much
like a foreign object had been propelled at the screen and thus was not covered
by warranty. Later the customer interrogated his kids. They finally
admitted that yes they had been playing hockey in the living room using glass
marbles for pucks. Your caption brought that memory back."
OK, back to Google Docs we go. I like David's idea of narrowing down to 10%. Anyone volunteering to help choose the top 9 for January so we can really get this vote underway? Send me an email at email@example.com with your top 9 pics and I'll have the form ready by Friday's newsletter.
Naomi...I applaud your efforts, but either reddit is just not ready for "primetime" or many of us have become too accustomed to the easy user interfaces in our lives. I personally am not in favor of keeping it in it's present form. Other opinions?
Well, we've gotten a few votes and someone added a new caption to the list, so some progress has been made. Though from what you've said it sounds like the votes may not be very accurate. Is anyone in favor of sticking with reddit?
Well when I click on the up arrow next to yours, Dave, the number beside it goes from 1 to 2. If I click it again it goes back to 1. I just got in again and your number is a different colour, so I think it remembers me. What does it do for you?
Oops...just saw your instructions on how to vote. But when I logged in IO got taken to a different page, and when I clicked back to get back to the EET page I think it logged me out again, so I couldn't use the arrows....aaarghhh!!
Hmmmm... a bit clunky Naomi, and I'd tend to agree with Wireman. I got to the page and when I logged in it took me back to a different page. How do you actually vote? When I clicked on a caption it took me to making a comment.... Also, I think you'd have to put all the captions in every month, I'm not enough of an egotist to put my own ones in.
I think you're going to have to get on to those web programmers of yours.
I hate criticising without being constructive, so.... interim suggestion: select 10% of the captions at the end of every month and submit those to a vote as usual. So for January there are 90 captions, so vote on your panel's top 9. Bit more choice than 5. For December where you got 207 captions, put out 20 for voting.
Another suggestion to avoid the programmers... get a panel of readers and EE staff (you could basically have whoever wants to do it, not limited to any number) who submit their list of their top 10% of the captions. You then add together the votes from those readers and select the top captions from that list, the number being 10% of the total number of captions. So in a field of 120 captions, your panel would pick 12 each, and you'd wind up with a list of 30 or 40 probably. Arrange those by number of votes and pick the top 12 of them, and get the readers to vote on them as usual. I guess this is basically what you're doing at the moment but your panel size would be far larger (hence, hopefully, more democratic)?