Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Time to vote for the CannonFest 2012 logo!

First off, your CannonFest 2012 organizers are thrilled at the number of entries in the CannonFest Logo contest.  It is downright exciting to see the enthusiasm for this event dovetailing with such creative pursuits.

Now it's your turn, readers.  Below are the entries in the Logo Contest, and it's your job to vote for your favorites to appear on web ads, posters and t-shirts between now and 11:59PM EDT on July 13.  Now, we're not just going to do a "Vote for One", that would be too simplistic.  Nope, we're using Instant Runoff Voting.  In a nutshell (and thanks, Wikipedia, for this quick explanation):
It is a form of preferential voting (or ranked choice voting) in which voters rank the candidates in order of preference, and their ballots are counted as one vote for their first choice candidate. If a candidate secures more than 50% of votes cast, that candidate wins. Otherwise, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. A new round of counting takes place, with each ballot counted as one vote for the advancing candidate who is ranked highest on that ballot. This process continues until one candidate has more votes than the other candidates combined, and then that candidate is declared the winner.
The stats and social science geeks amongst us hopefully will appreciate the brilliance of this voting model.

Simply put, you're going to rank your favorites in order.  The logo contest entries are below, followed by a link to the ballot.  They are displayed in order received.

VOTING TIP: Grab a pencil and paper, and rank them in order of preference as you go along.  It will make the online voting process MUCH easier.

Entry Number 1

Entry Number 2

Entry Number 3

Entry Number 4

Entry Number 5

Entry Number 6

Entry Number 7

Entry Number 8

OK, those are the entries.  To vote on them, go to the following link (and note that the site likes to randomize the entries...):

I'd like to thank the following individuals for participating in the contest (some have more than one entry, which is OK in my book):
  • Adam Heineman (who gets special mention not just for his entries but for helping a couple others with theirs!)
  • Chris Blake
  • John Wooten
  • Kevin Neff
  • Trevor Richards
  • Brett Ireland
Lastly, I'm disabling reader comments for this post in the hopes that people's preferences are expressed with minimal outside influence.  

Again, voting closes at 11:59PM EDT on July 13.  The winner will be formally announced on July 14.

Good luck to all of the contestants!

NOTE: It has been brought to my attention that multiple voting is possible using the free (Read: Get what you pay for) DemoChoice service. In looking into this claim, I learned that the only way to ensure "one person, one vote" is to register voters and limit the voting pool to those whose email addresses I authorize. That clearly won't work.

Thus, I'm putting it out there: If you really want to game this thing, you can. But don't be a jerk. Vote once and let the chips fall where they may. This is all in fun, with a token prize for the winner. It's not worth getting all worked up over, so be a good sport...OK?