Ultimate Day of Dining *Dinner*
Congrats Jason on your winning entry!
Moving on...I'm wondering if Chow will be posting how the judges picked the winner. I noticed that in the boards a few days ago somebody was crying foul because one of the entrants had gone up to 500 votes in a short amount of time. Now, I just posted in there now that the contest is over. I also recieved A LOT of votes in next to no time at all. Why? Because I asked people to vote for me or if they felt another person had a better entry to vote for them. I belong to a few message boards, I have 2 blogs (1 for friends & family and 1 general), and I have a large number of people I know.
I feel I have a right to know, along with all the other people who entered this contest, how the judges came to choose Jason. I believe that judging cannot be private in sweepstakes by regulational rules, but I may be wrong (I'll find out after I am done here). This means they would need to explain how the criteria was used to pick the winner.
I AM MAD. I am not usually a sore loser as I have entered contests before and lost, but this one smells fishy. I got a private message that guided me towards your contest. I went ahead and put in my entry and decided to ask for votes since I don't know anybody here @ chow. I sent out an email to the people I know, I posted a vote request to my buddies on the message boards, and I posted on my blogs. I also asked my neighbor's, doctor and the lady who runs the internet cafe down the street from my house. She even kept a copy of the link so she could ask a few more people for me.
I was amazed at the pouring in of support that I had gotten this many votes! Normally, my life isnt all roses. I have 2 sons with Hirschsprung's Disease (which nearly took my youngest child's life from the 11 surgeries that he needed and the complications that arose), my daughter has a heart condition, my first child was a twin, but his twin died in utero. I suffered 4 pregnancy losses (as late as 20 wks) and was then diagnosed with lupus AND endometriosis. Just over a year ago I was also diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis along with everything else. I felt short while standing at 5 feet, but in my wheelchair I get to stare at people's bottoms all day. Recently my husband was so sick I had to get him to the hospital...he was diagnosed with acute renal failure (kidney failure). He missed 6 weeks of work and is starting to get better a little, day by day. I am not even getting into the fact that my health insurance is only paying for pallative care for myself. I am not being treated with anything other than steroids and a lot of pain medications.
I shared that info with you so show that I am not a weak person by any means.I can handle A LOT. However, I feel that I need to see the judges decision to know that this was a legit contest.
Did you read the rules? The number of votes received didn't factor into the final decision.
"The five entries that receive the most votes from the CHOW community during the submission period will eligible to win the grand prize. The grand prize winner will be chosen from the five finalists by a panel of qualified judges on or around July 3, 2007 based equally on the following criteria: restaurant selection, quality and cost of meal and creativity relating to meal (dinner). The judges' decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest."