I'm going to be completely honest with you. I forgot I had a website until about five minutes ago.
I hope you and your loved ones are safe. Kelly had a pretty firm "no politics" rule for ALNM in the hopes of making this a safe space where everyone could get a break from the pain of the world at large. But I do think she'd be on board with me making this exception. I wanted to organize some of the best advice I received in recent days on how to help and how to be a better ally to Black Americans. I'd also love to hear from you guys what actions you're taking.
Where to donate
How to educate yourself
[EDIT 2]: Ok, it took hours, but I was finally able to get the results to become visible in the Championship Poll below. Congratulations to the Sanvers fandom!
I hope to have some fun (drama free) activities in the months ahead as I try to feel out the future of this website. Love to you all and stay safe and health out there.
[EDIT]: Between being cooped up in my apartment away from all my loved ones and a stressful time at work right now, I really don't have time for drama. Comments are moderated now and stop saying cruel things in my inbox. I'll post the champion when the poll closes.
I really loved this site as a lasting connection to Kelly, and now I don't know what I'm going to do with it moving forward.
And the poll is OFFICIALLY OPEN! Notes for this round:
[EDIT 2]: Ok, first off polls reopen at 1PM PT and close at 9PM PT on April 2nd. The total changes in vote totals are as follows:
All the votes from an IP address were removed if 5 or more votes were received in under a second. No more votes can be received from that IP address moving forward. If you have IT issues with voting, just send me an e-mail or leave a comment below. I will be keeping an eye on things moving forward and will delete any fraudulent votes on a daily basis.
Also, for my own sanity, I will be reviewing previous rounds prior to the Final Four to make triple sure fraudulent votes didn't impact any results.
[EDIT]: Hi everyone! First off, thanks for being super kind in your comments and e-mails. And I've done a review of the voting and DID find some strange activity across ALL FOUR polls. So I've temporarily closed these while I determine the best course of action. Rest assured, the closed polls you see below are NOT the final results.
For a little background, with my paid account this year I can see every individual vote linked to its IP address on each poll. Typically I see bursts of 25 votes from one IP address with each vote separate by one to two seconds. These two polls were showing bunches of three (and sometimes as high as five or six) votes within one second at a time from the same IP address. And this issue appears coming from multiple addresses. I created a test fake poll to see if my fingers could move fast enough to vote the quickly, and every so often you can slip in two votes within one second but that's it at most.
I need to go through the full list of individual votes (which on the larger polls are over 100 pages) to determine which IP addresses are the problem. I do have the ability to permanently block these addresses and delete the votes the entered. I'm leaning towards that route, but welcome any input you may have.
Of course, once polls reopen the end date will be extended.
Thank you again to everyone who reached out.
And the polls are OFFICIALLY OPEN! Notes for this round:
And the polls are OFFICIALLY OPEN! Notes for this round:
One of the things I've enjoyed the most is seeing all the fun recipes you've been posting in the Ship Bracket this year. You can find all the recipes under the "Read More" below. Kelly would have loved this.
As promised, here's a master list of all the recs that have come from you guys in the ship bracket below the "Read More." I haven't read these yet, but feel free to leave your own comments below!
[EDIT 3] It seems like some of the polls ended early, but I have no way of telling which ones. So I'll be reopening all the polls for three hours starting at 12PM PT/3PM ET today. Then the next round of polls will open tomorrow at 12PM PT. Thank you to those of you who have reached out with kindness in their hearts, I can't tell you how appreciated it is. This podcast and website was started with one of my best friends, and we came up with the ship bracket together as a way to create a more interactive experience with our listeners. Since her passing, ALNM is one of the strongest connections I still have with her. This first round has been rough for me, but I'm working to remain open about the future of the bracket dependent on how the rest of it goes. So I will not let myself make a final decision about next year until the bracket is completely over.
Some things to look forward to in the rest of the bracket:
[EDIT 2]: This will be the final year for the ship bracket. Reminder that first round of polls close at 9PM PT. There are no bots I can see, no cheating that I can see, and only so much control I have through a third party site running the polls. Friendly requests for help I will continue to respond to and assist via e-mail and comments below.
[EDIT]: We're about an hour into the ship bracket, and it looks like I'm already getting hate mail and threats in my inbox. So I've removed CAPTCHAs and I guess I'll just add them to polls if people start cheating. I'll figure out if I'm going to put any different restrictions on it tomorrow. Just leave a comment if you have any other problems with the polling, cause I'm going to ignore the inbox for a bit for my own mental health. Thank you to everyone in the comments being nice about everything.
And the polls are OFFICIALLY OPEN! A couple notes:
Good luck, have fun, and share your ship love/recs/anything else you think of in the comments!
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