Hi everyone, Before I switch over to the sock and post the next challenge, I would like to say a few things. I won’t repeat what @Mira_Jade, @devilinthedetails, and @Gabri_Jade have already very eloquently said about the nature of this thread, its challenges, what it means/doesn’t mean to win them, etc.; they’ve already said what needs to be said in that area. But in the interest of transparency, I did want to say a word about how I count and handle the votes that come in. I administer three threads that feature regular (or semi-regular) votable challenges: this one, the OC Revolution thread, and the Fanon Thread. For every challenge I run in these threads, I put together a spreadsheet or a list to tally the votes. When it’s voting time and a vote comes in by PM, I add it to that spreadsheet or list. Then I PM the voter back with something like “Vote gotten and counted, thanks!” That’s partly just to let them know, of course, but partly for record-keeping purposes on my own end, so I know whom I’ve counted. As thread hostess, I MYSELF NEVER VOTE, and while I may enter a story myself in one of my threads’ challenges if I’m inspired to, I ALWAYS ENTER OUT OF COMPETITION. So I can assure you that: 100% of all votes that come in on any given challenge come from people other than myself; and zero of the stories that get voted on in any given challenge come from me! Hopefully that clarifies a few things and assuages some concerns, and you’re welcome to ask any questions if you have them. And with that, on to our very special 25th challenge!