All right I was going to let this slide because I just entered into the DHSOTM for fun and to maybe get a few new eyes to look at my website, it’s a great way to get some feedback and learn what other designers think of your site. I’ve gotten some good tips in the past when I have entered other sites. But I just need to know. For July 2008 http://www.smartmarketmovie.com had the highest average vote total. I probably should have won. No disrespect to the site that DID win, it was a really nice site. But my average vote total was 0.47 higher.
I’m not trying to be a sore loser…I’m just trying to figure out why I was penalized as written in the July08 newsletter:
“You see, there is a bubbling controversy about DreamHost’s website-rights record when it comes to this contest. Some claim that in the past sites have been brutally teased, witheld the award for no good reason, and even unfairly detained with no award for weeks.”
I didn’t tease anyone, I didn’t vote dis-respectfully against others. What I DID do was ask all of the people I have signed up for DreamHost to log into their accounts and vote for me. Most logged in themselves but two asked me to log in for them and cast their votes (they aren’t the most tech savvy). Am I being penalized for asking my customers to vote for me?
I guess DreamHost should be penalized for asking their customers in that same newsletter to vote for them in the Best Corporate Blog Competition just a few lines down in the same newsletter:
“Speaking of Web Hosting competitions, I was wondering if you had a second, you could go to http://blog.dreamhost.com/ and click the “This site nominated for Best Corporate Blog” link? And then vote for us? We won last year without deserving it, and I’d like to keep that tradition going.”
I still love the service DreamHost provides. You guys are second to none. I’m just trying to make some sense and hopefully grab a little clarity as to what is going on with how winners are chosen for DHSOTM.