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Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Bob, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Outstanding!

    Yes, we need new voters to pile in and keep us there.
     
  2. Battery Muncher

    Battery Muncher Senior Member

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    Wow, that's amazing!

    Well done to all involved - that is a phenomenal effort. Just got to maintain that lead now :)
     
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  3. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Gak - bit of a surge from the competition and we're back in second, by nine votes: it's 851 vs 842.

    We need more people!
     
  4. Bob

    Bob

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  5. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Although we're lagging, that's an impressive shedload of votes we've got, considering that you can only vote once from the same house, basically. In the days of voting for WPI in the Chase contest, weren't we only getting something like 1,000/day? And that was the whole community all excited about WPI. So we're not far off that, for a contest that is much smaller and hasn't yet had much publicity, for a charity that probably isn't as well-known internationally. And it's still very early days.

    I find this encouraging!
     
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  6. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    We're just 30 votes behind first place - our 969 to their 999.

    So if you haven't voted yet, please do it now! Quick and easy.
     
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  7. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    We're only 7 votes behind now! Their 1,066 to our 1,059.

    It's within reach! Please vote now if you haven't already - the link is in my signature. :)
     
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  8. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    We're back in first place, just! :thumbsup:

    Our 1,112 to their 1,088 - that's just 24 votes in it - please vote, if you haven't already, and tell your friends!
     
  9. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    We're storming now - 1,166 to their 1,123 - 43 votes ahead. :)

    By no means safe, though, it's early days in the contest - please vote if you haven't already!
     
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  10. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Still in first! Our 1,228 to their 1,172 - that is, 56 votes ahead.

    Not voted yet? Got any more friends/family who would vote?
     
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  11. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

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    Can't believe the Weimaraners are (were?) in third place yesterday - I mean I love the breed - my pic - but how'd they get over 500 votes?
     
  12. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    They're listed as having 380 votes today and are in 6th place. Do you think they've had some votes disqualified?
     
  13. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

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    Don't know but they had over 500 yesterday?? I only noticed the number as I had the breed for many years before I got ill.
     
  14. SickOfSickness

    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    Current results
    • Invest in ME 1264 Votes
    • Breakaway Visits 1187 Votes
    • Chelsea's Angels 941 Votes
     
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  15. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    We're in first and have pulled further ahead - our 1,306 to second place's 1,200 so we're 106 in front at the moment.

    That can all change, though, so we need to pile on the votes! If you haven't voted yet, please do (follow the link in my signature).

    Given that this is a single-vote exercise, I think it will be interesting to see how many votes we get in total. We don't have a very good idea of the size of our voting community at this point in time. It's my hope that it's still building!
     
  16. PhoenixDown

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    Well not really, because those 250,000 are not defined by a neurological illness criteria, they are defined by idiopathic fatigue lasting at least 4-6 months, without PEM being mandatory or inclusive (Even if one uses the 1994 Fukuda Criteria), without tilt table tests, without fMRI's, without spinal taps, and without comprehensive immune assays.
     
  17. snowathlete

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    I am worried about third place, because over the last couple of days they have got lots more votes than us, so we really need to push hard if we want to stay in first place. If we dont then we will likely be in second place tomorrow or the next day, and we dont want that to happen, so make sure you facebook it, send out emails to friends and family etc. It makes a big difference and its a one-off vote rather than daily so i think people will do it for us if we ask them too.
     
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  18. Purple

    Purple Bundle of purpliness

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    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Delighted to say we're still in first place - I was a bit scared I'd wake up this morning and we'd have slipped! The top three have 1,335, 1,237 and 1,128 votes, respectively.

    So we're not safe but we're doing well for now - but at any time we could get overtaken! The contest runs for another two weeks so if you haven't voted, or have friends who haven't voted, please get them to do it now. :)
     
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  20. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Really happy to say that we've pulled even further ahead: We're 1,383; 2nd is 1,246; and the Chelsea thing is 1,214.

    So we're leading by 137. :balloons:

    We've got to maintain it, though - we're not safe, by any means, and there are two more votes to go.

    If you haven't voted, please vote now and tell your friends!
     

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