I have been planning to write this post for a long time now. I was procrastinating as it is not so relevant for most of my readers. Ah, call me fortunate here, as most people I read and who read me don't indulge much into contests and likes! So far, I have participated in BPL (and our team won that. Such a big show off I am :P) which was also way too taxing for me. That was probably the last time I took part in a contest.
The shy me runs away from popularity. I somehow cannot ask people to even read/comment on my post. Imagine asking for votes from them! I prefer to stay in my shell than going to people for reading/acknowledging my work.
But not everyone is as dumb as me, especially when the stakes are as high as 50k! People can literally go for a kill. Trust me, I am not exaggerating at all! I have seen people abusing, disgracing, reporting and blocking others just to win contests. Fake profiles are created, groups are made, others are harassed and what not is done just to win a contest. Rather, win 50k. There have been such contests in the past with smaller amounts at stake, and nobody even bothered to participate. Now suddenly there is an outburst of participation! Money talks!
I have nothing against those who participate, but it is not a right thing to torture others for votes and comments. I am too blunt to tell you not to do so, but there are others who do care about maintaining good relationship with you. Thus they never tell you even if you spam their mailbox with vote appeals.
Those who are not affected by the vote appeal, let me give you a fact: Each day, we receive 50 to 60 mails asking for votes from different people! I envy most of you as I know nobody bothers you with such nonsense.
I so far never uttered anything about the spamming part too; but when a few bloggers started behaving like a bunch of mean and hurt hypocrites, I lost it. I don't even want to get into the details, as I prefer to name them directly, but they are all "respected" bloggers and I do not want to start a war as my peace of mind is more dear to me than getting into their immature turfs!
All I want to request (read: warn) you guys that please don't bother me with such nonsense stuff. I am not interested!
Today only I came across another contest organizer who gave a slightly biased decision which according to me was unfair. But more on that, later as I do not yet have all the details of it. I prefer to play safe unlike others who say things without confirming the facts (remember Restless and her post bashing me? :P)! Ah, I love to drag this thing again and again in my posts! I do give people so much of free publicity! This is the major reason I have stopped giving linkback to people. I don't even want those 10 people who read me to click on their page and give them more hits!