Last night wasn’t fun. We had a little bit of a widget malfunction, so a lot of people had problems signing up for the contest. We’re so, so sorry about what happened. A lot of people still managed to make it in, but because we feel bad that the widget didn’t work like we said it would, we’re opening up one last submission window today at 12:00 noon EDT (or 9:00 a.m. PDT).
The widget will accept 25 more entries (for a total of 200
entries), and these will be the last entries, I promise. If the Internet
implodes a minute before noon and only Molly the Mole Person makes it into the
contest, well, we’re just going to have to live with it and go with what we’ve
got. Of course, I hope the Internet doesn’t implode and 24 more people--in addition
to Molly the Mole Person--make it in, but I’m just saying that however things
turn out at noon today is how they’ll be.
Here’s the thing, though: THE SUBMISSION WINDOW WILL GO UP
AN HOUR EARLY to eliminate the problem* we had last night. You’ll see the
widget with the 175 existing entrants at 11:00 a.m. EDT, but you won’t be able
to add your name to it until noon. That means that, AT NOON, YOU'LL HAVE TO
REFRESH THE PAGE TO BE ABLE TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WIDGET. But the widget will
be good to go right at noon this time (we hope).
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.
(I’m starting to sound like a broken record, aren’t I?) Or if you're already
sick of us, just take this pretend cookie and our apologies. We feel terrible.
Moral of the story: If at first you don’t succeed, refresh,
*The problem we had last night was that, while we were resetting
the widget to accept additional entries (you have to activate the widget to reset it, apparently), a few people jumped the gun and
started signing up on the first window’s post several minutes before the second
window officially opened. So then we had to delete those early entries and
reset it again, and by then, it was 9:01 p.m. So you would have had to refresh the page
at least once AFTER 9:01 p.m., and not everyone did that, and everyone was
confused, and the four of us coaches ran away screaming, waving our arms over our heads.