October 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
On 11 Oct 2012 we made an announcement on this blog, and on our associated Facebook page, that Rachel Donnelly had been disqualified from the 2012 Painmonth competition due to ‘inconsistencies in voting’. This posting was done without allowing Rachel the opportunity to comment on the votes that had been placed. We now acknowledge that we were in error for placing this posting in this way and accordingly offer our unconditional and sincere public apologies to Rachel.
While reviewing the votes that we received, we noted that there was a large number of Rachel’s votes that came from the same IP addresses; there were 11 IP addresses with a total of 69 votes coming from them. The competition rules stated ‘one vote per IP (one vote per computer)’. We now acknowledge that this rule is contradictatory. Although it is acknowledged that most of Rachel’s multiple votes came from a single IP address being the computer server of a large Auckland company, we have interpreted our competition rules literally and have made these votes invalid. i.e. only one vote per IP address. As these votes represented about 35% of Rachel’s total votes the management decided to disqualfy her from the competition. As a result of this we also advise that we will carefully scrutinise the wording of our competition rules for the future.
Once again we reiterate our public apology to Rachel for the way in which her disqualification was managed by us and announced on the website and Facebook. We acknowledge that we should have requested her input when we found what we considered to be inconsistencies in the voting. In no way did we intend our posting on the website and Facebook to suggest that Rachel had done anything wrong or deliberately tried to manipulate the voting. We are extremely sorry for any pain, anger and embarrassment caused to Rachel, her family, and her friends, as well as anybody else who has been effected by our error of judgement.