First of all, an apology--yes, it's taken forever and a day for any of us to get anything done. No elimination thread has been put up yet, I'm not even sure we've decided on a Final Two, and we've been doing nothing for.. Months-ish. I've tried to get this thing off the ground again, but we keep running out of steam halfway out of the finish line. I cannot say this hasn't been in large part to me, but, of course, like most group efforts, everyone has had their fair share of failing out.
You guys remember how when people drop out we look for a reason why and try to understand? It's the same thing here. We judges have lives, unfortunate as all that may be. Elimination posts, judging? It's all very time consuming. We try our best to be as speedy as possible, but honestly, that happened quickly because I was out of work, and had nothing better to do with my time. The difference now is that all of the judges have work and school, and we've all had circumstances that have prevented us from giving this competition all of our time. For instance, my father's recent heart attack, medical problems others might have had.. Just. Lives.
We've been endlessly understanding of you and your problems, offering you extensions, skips, being understanding when you drop out of the competition for non-frivilous reasons, extending welcomes to you to come back next cycle even though you failed us during the current or previous ones? I would ask that you do us the same respect. You have to understand how this, our baby, our child, has ended up disappointing us with drop-outs and disappearances, bad attitudes and just.. an overall lack of respect. It's depressing. I've felt like I've been treated like someone who is getting paid for this--and guys? I love doing this, but I'm not getting paid for it. I can't support myself on Candybar's Next Top Model. I do this out of my freetime. It's the same with all of the other judges. Please, try to understand this.
As for right now, I think the judging is half over. I'm not entirely sure. If you would give me until after the 17th, I will try my best to get it up to you before Christmas. After that, the Final Two. Then, a hopefully, a revolution on the Candybar Format--no more 10 hours long judging sessions, for instance. It's too much on one person. It's too much on five people.
If you can be patient, we can fix this.