[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!