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Alright, look. First of all, an apology--yes, it's taken forever and… 
12th-Dec-2008 11:46 pm
CB2J: Kyrie
Alright, look.

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.
-The Judges.
Comments 
13th-Dec-2008 05:16 am (UTC)
People aren't giving you hard times are they? I'm not a participant, but an eager lurker who may join in someday and be immediately eliminated as I have no skills in this area, but.. yeah. People have lives. It makes sense that these things would happen. ;.;
13th-Dec-2008 05:26 am (UTC)
Oh. Well, hello there! o/

It's really unfortunate when life happens to people, yes. We're going to try to get everything back on track, but it just.. Takes some time when you're derailed as much as we are right now.
13th-Dec-2008 05:33 am (UTC)
Well hell! That's why I have a hard time participating in these sorts of things. For one, I have the attention span of a gnat and then like clockwork the poo hits the fan and I have other things to deal with. I suppose my concern was that people may be giving you a hard time for it... and if so.. not cool guys, not cool.
13th-Dec-2008 08:06 am (UTC)
I totally understand that most of us are adults (or you know, adult-ish) and we have jobs and school and other shit to worry about, and yeah, internet competitions take a backseat to that. I'm there, I get it. No one expects it to be your top priority, but to be quite honest, I stand by my original comment that almost three months with no recognition whatsoever of any of the comments that were being left is fucking ridiculous. Sorry. I appreciate that you actually wrote this entry, and I completely respect everything that you said in it, but I don't think it would have been so much to ask to have seen it a lot earlier.

(Also, I was really sorry to hear about your dad's heart attack. I've had both parents in and out of the hospital before for various surgeries, so I know how stressful it can be. I hope you and he are both doing ok now.)
13th-Dec-2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Amen to that, sister. I couldn't possibly agree more.
13th-Dec-2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
We offer our apologies. Unfortunately without marking timestamps we cannot take that back.

Thank you for your understanding.
14th-Dec-2008 04:33 am (UTC)
The very reason why it wasn't posted earlier was because I've been trying to get everything back on track for a while now. Every time I try, however, something ends up popping up and I have to put my work on hold again. A lack of a reply to the comments again, was a) lack of time, and b) well, crap, I mean, what do you say to comments like that? I can apologize, but it's not really helping anything if everything is still not happening, right? I would just have to issue another apology.

Organizing and running this thing is an extremely time consuming thing. I don't realize whether you guys know exactly how much of my free time I ended up pouring into this competition. The very reason why we have to pull back on some of our efforts isn't because we're not enjoying ourselves, but because of how much time I personally do not have anymore to invest in it. I don't plan on giving it up, but I have to find a way to balance my job, my life, this internet competition, and everything else I'm involved in. I've been overloaded from day one--for one and a half cycle's I've pulled this thing together almost singularly, only asking of the other judges critiques, judging outfits, and ideas. A vast majority of what has been done with this competiton is thanks to myself, Jae, and Renee. (Antona and Wren are both very busy women, and I appreciate that they're able to do as much for us as they do. ♥)

Regardless, we're going to try our best to get everything back on track by the time I estimated, but just as we've had patience (almost too much in some cases) with you contestants, please, have patience with us.
16th-Dec-2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Cheers to that!

And an overdue thanks to you Kyrie. I know you really do put alot into this competition, and you've always been the unofficial "leader" if you will. So thanks for that! If you need help with anything as far as getting it up and running again.......you know where to reach me!

17th-Dec-2008 06:39 am (UTC)
Yeah I somewhat understand, but all I was really asking for was an update...one sentence long. That's all. And when I would check your page, I'd see posts like "got a new game!" or some other online stuff you'd be doing. But I know how it is...well not really.

I'll just place this aside...and hopefully from here on out...it turns out great!

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I am sorry about your dad, I hope you and him are doing good. (:
19th-Dec-2008 04:42 am (UTC)
Yeahhh, those new games? I just would like to say that I've play a grand total of.. 4 hours of Tales of Vesperia, and maybe 2 of Fable 2 total. So.. I've been too busy to indulge in that any, either. For me, gaming is over.. Pretty much everything besides livelihood, so.. That just says.. How much free time I've actually had. XD
16th-Jan-2009 05:18 am (UTC)
It's another month...I really hope this continues.
16th-Jan-2009 05:20 am (UTC)
Nah, I totally have another day. :|

Sorry about this. Tax season came early this year, and Christmas wasn't exactly as relaxed as I'd thought it would be. I ended up having way less time than I thought I would.

Also, excuse lack of CBNTM icons. Paid account expired.
16th-Jan-2009 06:11 am (UTC)
Ah, well then I cannot wait for the results! (: When they come.

I know...the month came around quickly...especially with trying to get college apps completed. And now financial aid fileing.
3rd-Feb-2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Any news on the front?
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