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  1. snowathlete

    snowathlete

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    The site is back, but what on earth has happened?
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    Is it a mistake? Perhaps their database died and they restored to an old version? Or did they adjust everyone to remove dodgy looking votes? I can't believe we would have had so many dodgy votes though?!
  2. snowathlete

    snowathlete

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    Now they look back to 'normal'?
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  3. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    We've slipped a bit but we're not as far behind as previous days for this time of day, I think - I've just posted a follow-up reminder on Co-Cure and I'd like to remind everyone that people slack off on voting at the weekend so let's not! Let's keep up our voting!

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  4. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    I've just noticed how odd this contest is - there are only 100 votes between 1st and 2nd place, and only 100 between 3rd and 4th, with 5th pretty much nowhere. Very, very close!

    Off to bed now - by the time I get up tomorrow, I hope we'll be back in third place. :cat:

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  5. Mark

    Mark Acting CEO

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    Yes, I noticed the same thing a while ago when PR sent out a special mailing on the contest. We caught up by about 200-300 votes, and really pulled away from 5th place, but then within 24-48 hours the lead was restored to the same 500-vote cushion it was on before. This wasn't just the time zone effect: it was a big increase in the vote for both of us in a 48-hour period and at the end of it their lead had gone back up to near enough an exact round 500 votes. Now, after we just got a big boost that took us temporarily into 3rd, a lead of 100 has been restored, and it seems to be sticking uncannily close to that 100 - while the second place has slipped back from neck-and-neck to about 100 votes behind first place in the same time period...

    These are all animal charities, so I think it's fairly clear that there's a lot of tactical voting going on here - and the round numbers of the lead suggests it's somewhat co-ordinated. I'm not suggesting there's anything wrong with them doing that, but my guess is there's an animal charity (perhaps another forum) where people are managing tactical voting to try to keep both of them in their places. After all, we've done similar on other contests where there were two ME/CFS charities involved. Hopefully the boost in our vote in the last week or so, and the closeness of the race for first, will put enough pressure on the combined tactical vote to force them to let go of 3rd place.
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  6. helen41

    helen41 Senior Member

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    Bounty agreed that groups supporting each other was allowed, although I have stalked the pages of both animal groups and haven't seen a trace of that yet. Hopefully we can do something with Reach for the Rainbow. Fingers crossed we could have a really strong finish!
  7. snowathlete

    snowathlete

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    Have you signed up to their mailouts / newsletters too?
  8. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    We've slipped to 4th place again by a bare 100 or so - it's the weekend, when other people tend to slack off so we've got to keep our vote up! 3rd place still very doable.

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  9. snowathlete

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    I just voted!
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  10. Ember

    Ember Senior Member

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    Third place:
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  11. snowathlete

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    I just sent out the email on the reminder service.
    We are in third at the moment, but not by much
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  12. helen41

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    I didn't. I only looked at their websites, FB pages and then a few individuals who posted that they were voting each day. I didn't see them promoting more than one group.
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    Kina Moderation Team Lead

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    I have been in contact with Reach For The Rainbow and they are not partnering with any other group. They declined to send out an email asking people to vote for us too. They did say they would revisit the idea next week and make a decision. I receive their emails and they have sent out two emails related to the contest. If the votes between first and second are close next week, they may decide to put the ME/FM Charity in their email -- we vote for them, they vote for us. I will let you know what Maggie (the contact person) says next week.

    Kina :)
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  14. OverTheHills

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    In 4th at the moment. NZ still plugging away.
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  15. caledonia

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    I'm still voting - it's great to see that we're bumping third place! Got keep up the pressure.
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  16. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Bump! We're about 150 behind third place.

    It's the weekend when everyone slacks off - this is our chance to catch up and overtake!
  17. ggingues

    ggingues $10 gift code at iHerb GAS343 of $40

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  18. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Just voted - we're just under 200 behind third place.

    Let's hope everybody else is slacking off on Sunday and we can pull ahead!

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  19. Nielk

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    I know it will be a bad day for me when it takes me three tries to copy their (unrecognizable) characters!
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  20. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

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    Have we lost some votes?

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