After all of the recent flap about the Write Off, I feel compelled to say a few things. I don't know exactly what prompted one member to remove his piece and himself from the competition, but I have a good enough idea.
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This Write Off was a bit of an oddity because we didn't manage to get a banner on the front page as usual due to some unforseen difficulties. I understand that the banner draws more views and keeps the Write Off top of mind, but some of us oldtimers remember when there was no banner and the Write Off did just fine.
Secondly, one commentor took exception to the facts presented in one piece, and his detailed corrections may have had an influence on later votes. But keep in mind his comment was not malicious nor was his rating low... I know criticism can be hard to take, but competitors know how it works when they agree to participate. I myself have had people drive by rate some of my better pieces, and leave inscrutable comments that I couldn't make heads nor tails of, but it's part of the experience.
Lastly, none of the complaints about this Write Off were ever directed to me, the person solely responsible for running this aspect of the site. If you can't follow the channels then don't be suprised to find your complaints unanswered..
To close this out, I'm saddened by the lack of fairplay and adolescent whining that surrounded this competition, but will continue to run the Write Off. We have many successes and every once in a blue moon someone gets upset when they find themselves lower on the totem pole than they imagined... If you take your toys and run when you aren't winning the game, then the Write Off is no place for you.
However if you enjoy the challenge of testing your writing chops against fellow writers, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll welcome you to the kitchen. Just be warned, sometimes it gets a little hot.
Smile if you're stupid,
laugh if you understand.