It is with sincere regret and disappointment that I’m making the call to effectively cancel the “Metblogs Grinch of the Year” contest.
The final choice of Grinch is intended to be representative of the feelings of common Metblogs audience, which I don’t believe this year’s “contest” accurately depicted. Open web polling, the system I used to make the final pick , is open to “ballot stuffing,” manipulation, and even well intended campaigning.
In the case of the 2009 Grinch of the Year “contest,” it was the campaigning that did it in.
Technically speaking, Russell Brown received the most votes after being nominated by Kim Cooper, who used used multiple platforms, including her business mailing list and Facebook account to encourage people to vote for Mr. Brown as Grinch of the Year.
And, technically speaking, Kim Cooper was not violating any rules (of which there were few) of the Metblogs Grinch of the Year contest.
However, it didn’t seem that the average Metblogs reader was even aware, or had much concern, for Russell Brown’s involvement with the LA Downtown Art Walk. And a few of those aware, many of whom expressed a fondness for Kim Cooper, believed this was largely a business or personal issue between her and Mr. Brown.
In the future, with similar contests, I’ll need to consider other methods to award titles – perhaps allowing for open nominations, but leaving the final vote to Metblogs authors or choosing a panel of judges from among our readers or broader community.
Now, I’m tucking the Grinch award under my arm and keeping it myself until next year. If you have any issue with this, feel free to chide me in the comments where I’ll be enjoying my last can of Who-Hash.