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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2015, 04:11:06 AM »
Voted at long freaking last!
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2015, 01:14:26 PM »
I still have a few to read, but there are still 6 7.5 days left (it only ends July 2 lunch time)

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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2015, 02:37:31 AM »
Away from home for a while but had to drop in and vote. Thank you to all our wonderful writers, I love traditional fairytales but also the twisted ones. So many to  either smile gently or ROFL about. ;D Made hard choice, look forward to seeing result. BTW Thinking of you @Nora you can't wait in patience  for the monthly contest results - how on earth are you going to manage waiting for Tor ? Good luck in both  ;D
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2015, 02:42:32 AM »
Away from home for a while but had to drop in and vote. Thank you to all our wonderful writers, I love traditional fairytales but also the twisted ones. So many to  either smile gently or ROFL about. ;D Made hard choice, look forward to seeing result. BTW Thinking of you @Nora you can't wait in patience  for the monthly contest results - how on earth are you going to manage waiting for Tor ? Good luck in both  ;D

Oh it's ok, the monthly contests hopefully will help me channel my impatience, and after 2 or 3 months I reckon I'll forget about that damn submission. Also, now that it's submitted I see heaps of faults with it (typical) so I'm trying to just ignore it all.
Besides, if they turn me down at the first reading, it'll be a rather short wait, they say that a 4 months wait is meaning you're probably in the second reading pile (by senior editors) so more than 4 months wait seems like a compliment. It's one case where waiting is actually a good sign, so you know... why not! T_T

Thanks for the luck, I'll need it. It'd be such a massive achievement (still quite unlikely I suppose) to get my first ever publication in tor seriously...  ;D ::)
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #19 on: June 28, 2015, 08:40:23 AM »
Fifteen votes so far!
And one story managed to get two thirds of them. But which?  ;)
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #20 on: June 28, 2015, 10:04:08 AM »
And one story managed to get two thirds of them. But which?  ;)
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2015, 10:11:03 AM »
And one story managed to get two thirds of them. But which?  ;)
You are evil >:( curiosity doesn't kill just the cat, me too ;D

I actually like it better when everyone gets a couple of votes. Just because every story deserves a vote :3

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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #22 on: June 28, 2015, 10:55:30 AM »
And one story managed to get two thirds of them. But which?  ;)
You are evil >:( curiosity doesn't kill just the cat, me too ;D
Agreed.  :P


And one story managed to get two thirds of them. But which?  ;)
You are evil >:( curiosity doesn't kill just the cat, me too ;D

I actually like it better when everyone gets a couple of votes. Just because every story deserves a vote :3
That can still happen I think, since everyone gets multiple votes.  ;)
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #23 on: June 28, 2015, 12:11:11 PM »
Fifteen votes so far!
And one story managed to get two thirds of them. But which?  ;)

Precisely why I don't like it so much without the likes. Got no idea which is popular and I miss it.
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2015, 12:31:07 PM »
Fifteen votes so far!
And one story managed to get two thirds of them. But which?  ;)

Precisely why I don't like it so much without the likes. Got no idea which is popular and I miss it.
@xiagan likes to tease us with his superior knowledge...  >:(
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #25 on: June 28, 2015, 01:06:14 PM »
Fifteen votes so far!
And one story managed to get two thirds of them. But which?  ;)

Precisely why I don't like it so much without the likes. Got no idea which is popular and I miss it.

Won't you know which story is popular when the poll ends?
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #26 on: June 28, 2015, 02:06:33 PM »
Precisely why I don't like it so much without the likes. Got no idea which is popular and I miss it.

Won't you know which story is popular when the poll ends?
Exactly.
You're not going to vote for something yourself just because it's popular with other people, are you?
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #27 on: June 28, 2015, 02:44:34 PM »
Just voted and I've used all my votes this month
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #28 on: June 28, 2015, 02:55:30 PM »
Precisely why I don't like it so much without the likes. Got no idea which is popular and I miss it.

Won't you know which story is popular when the poll ends?
Exactly.
You're not going to vote for something yourself just because it's popular with other people, are you?

No. Not at all. Why would I? It was interesting to see what others found very good, as sometimes I didn't share their opinion. I never got the argument that people would vote for stories that had lots of likes?
It's not like we're in a physical group were we see everyone physically voting en masse for a story and get some sort of pressure from it. We're all behind our computers, we're all able to make our own mind quietly and privately.
Likes made things dynamic. I'd come back when someone posted something new and look around how stories did in their likes. Gave a vague idea, but honestly didn't see it reflect this much on results.
Yes I'll know when it ends, but I don't like being completely in the dark and the disappearance of that dynamic in the thread. To me it just feels like a lot less is going on.
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Voting Thread
« Reply #29 on: June 28, 2015, 03:19:15 PM »
I'll admit, I'm with Nora on this one. It feels like something is missing since the likes have gone. I enjoyed seeing how people were reacting to certain stories as they were being released. It's just not the same waiting for the votes to be released all at once with only the briefest time to take it all in. Plus you get an interesting comparison of what level people are willing to like a story and what level they're willing to vote for it.

And, honestly, I question the idea that likes influence votes. I think you're confusing correlation and causation there. Surely it's much more likely that, rather than people seeing the likes and being influenced to vote, the reason the winners have so many likes is because... well... people really like them and want to both vote and like the post. And even then, likes=votes is not a sure science. There are a number of entries just in the last few months which have either higher votes than likes or vice-versa (sometimes significantly). And I know that, when I'm reading a story for the first time, I rarely pay attention to the likes it has (after all, I usually read them when they're first released before many people have had a chance to like them) and form my own opinions regardless. And I don't think that's uncommon here.

Admittedly, it may just be because I'm a massive likes whore that I want likes back so badly (seriously, I have a higher likes count than post count), but I still think the contest is missing a part of itself without them.
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