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The most inept conspirators in history

If anyone thought that those of us behind Wizbang are some great conspiracy, yesterday should have put an end to that line of thought.

It's no great secret that the three of us (Kevin, Paul, and I) who regularly write for Wizbang are pretty much autonomous. We all do what we want, when we want, how we want, and only occasionally does Kevin remind us who pays the bills for this place -- but gently.

Yesterday, though, we kinda stomped on each others' toes a bit.

Wizbang has a few regularly-scheduled features. The Caption Contest goes up Friday morning, the Carnival of the Trackbacks is on Saturday, and Thursday is the day I've set for Milblogger of the Week. (Nominations always being accepted.) The rest is pretty much catch as catch can.

I have fallen into a pattern, though. I'm a morning person, so I try to write three pieces before work. I put one up immediately, then time the others to go up later in the day -- usually 11:00 and 2:00. If I have more, I'll slot them for 8:00 and 5:00, covering the time I'll be at work and unable to post. This usually works out well, but occasionally doesn't, when a story I cover falls apart between the writing and publishing.

One thing I do NOT do is get in the way of the Caption Contest. I give that a wide berth -- it is the 800-pound gorilla of postings, and anything I write too close to it time-wise will get plowed under.

Yesterday, Paul got a great idea for another contest of sorts. It's going quite well, but I dunno if I woulda published it less than two hours after the Contest went up, and right after two other pieces.

Then, I decided to chip in my two cents' worth about the Weblog Awards. Sorry, Kevin, I probably shoulda kept my mouth shut, but I still am appalled at the rampant cheating attempts last year. Further, I was also peeved at one of the competitors (who shall remain nameless), who thought it would be cute to e-mail me and ask for my help in rigging the voting in their favor, making allusions to the Bush re-election and Iowa and Florida. Toss in that this is a blogger I read once and casually despise, and the fact that this jerk was actually leading, got me a little annoyed.

In retrospect, I should have let that one go. It woulda been better to just PayPal Kevin the two cents directly, and found something else to write about.

In the meantime, though, I should work on my 11:00 piece. I got a dumb criminal story out of New Hampshire that oughta make most people cringe at just how stupid this one guy was...


Comments (8)

>Yesterday, Paul got a grea... (Below threshold)
Paul:

>Yesterday, Paul got a great idea for another contest of sorts. It's going quite well, but I dunno if I woulda published it less than two hours after the Contest went up, and right after two other pieces.

I didn't think of it as a contest... i just got a funny fortune cookie and blogged it. I don't put that much thought into this stuff.

The most inept conspirat... (Below threshold)

The most inept conspirators in history

You're not inept, you're special.

Excellent! Maybe 'dumb crim... (Below threshold)

Excellent! Maybe 'dumb criminals' should be a regular weekend post when events tend to slow.

Signed,

Waiting in Cleveland with Abetted Breath

"Further, I was also peeved... (Below threshold)
Eli:

"Further, I was also peeved at one of the competitors (who shall remain nameless), who thought it would be cute to e-mail me and ask for my help in rigging the voting in their favor, making allusions to the Bush re-election and Iowa and Florida. Toss in that this is a blogger I read once and casually despise, and the fact that this jerk was actually leading, got me a little annoyed. "

Gosh, I must be having some kind of weird cognitive failure. Because it still just looks like "whaaaaaaa" to me.

I must be having some ki... (Below threshold)
joe:

I must be having some kind of weird cognitive failure.

Good self-diagnosis.

Now there's two of them, "w... (Below threshold)
Eli:

Now there's two of them, "waaaah"-ing in harmony!

A question: what safeguard ... (Below threshold)
onecent:

A question: what safeguard was in place to keep anyone from disabling cookies and rigging the outcome?

It's done so often with online polls and is so obvious. Why be surprised when the unwashed and brainless minions of a certain blogger whose ethics have always been suspect is the winner?

I'll be the first to declare a victory for the cookie disabling goon squad.

Best blog? My ass!

The poll didn't use cookies... (Below threshold)

The poll didn't use cookies. That, in and of itself, makes for an excellent safegaurd. Voters could clear cookies all day long - to no effect. In case you missed it the polls were done in Flash.




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