• Glenn Wilson
    Please make comments about the contest, about voting, questions, issues, etc. in this post.

    Voting is at Vote Here: First August Contest. All comments made to the voting post will be ignored and deleted.

    Additional nominations may be made at Nominations Open August 2018 Contest.

    You need to be a registered user of this site to vote or make nominations. If you need help registering, confirming your email or voting pease see: Getting Started. Read this before Registering. Read this before Posting.
  • Megan Gabel
    I think that you should not allow organizations that previously won any amount of money through one of your contests (maybe in the last six months) to be part of a contest again. I do not think it is fair to the organizations that didn’t win anything.

    So, the Sociedad Protectora de Animales de San Miguel de Allende, A.C. will not sign up for this new contest. We would like to give others a chance to win.

    Megan Gabel
    S.P.A. General Director
  • Glenn Wilson
    Thanks for your comment and your sense of fairness.

    I agree in principle. For the contest this month we said:
    "There will be two more similar contests for $5,000 pesos each in August. The winner each week will not be eligible to win again in August or September." (Nominations Open August 2018 Contest)

    So, if we follow the same pattern in September as in August that would mean distributing money to six different organizations between August and September.

    Between July and August, so far, (but nominations can still be made for later August contests), there have been 11 different charities nominated. If we distribute money to three or four per month, which is what we are doing currently, we would run out of nominated charities in about three months. Over time we expect more charities to be nominated but we are not there yet. Maybe we should only distribute money to one or two charities per month? I don't know.

    I don't want to introduce new restrictions after the fact. That seems unfair to me. So I am not applying any such restrictions to the winners of the July contest. If there were a time restriction perhaps it should be proportional to the amount won?

    We do not know how long our source of funding will last which makes any long-term planning difficult. It could end in a month or last a year or two or three.

    I'm sure I have made some mistakes and will make more. I will try to learn from them.

    Thanks for your input!
  • Linda S Magee
    I have spent almost 1/2 hour trying to vote and still no luck. Someone explain this. First my registration went twice into the junk email box, then I tried to vote and nothing came up in order to vote. Where do I go? This sucks.
  • Glenn Wilson
    I'm sorry you have run into challenges. Thanks for pointing out the confirmation email went into your spam folder. I can't control what goes into your spam folder but I will add a note for others to check their spam folder.

    For help registering, confirming your email, voting or posting please see: Getting Started. Read this before Registering. Read this before Posting.

    The link in this post takes you to the first contest this month and that has a link to the current contest.

    Currently, if you go to the main page of this web site at https://www.smafaq.com/ the current voting post will generally be near the top of the list and begin with the words Vote Here.

    Or, if you are browsing by category select the category Charities and the post will be near the top.

    At the moment the current voting post is at: Vote Here: Second August Contest.

    If this is not helpful please be more descriptive about "I tried to vote and nothing came up" either as a comment or a direct message to me.
  • Linda S Magee
    Glen, what a nightmare. So I signed out and back in. Still won't take my vote on the "Vote Here" page.
    I wonder how skewed all the votes are for the difficulty in it. You know, we're trying to do people a favor. You wouldn't think one would have to work so hard for it.
  • Linda S Magee
    Am I not supposed to hit the name or bar of my choice?
  • Glenn Wilson
    For an explanation of voting including a video see: Polls and Voting

    Vote in this post: Vote Here: Second August Contest
  • Linda S Magee
    Well finally! Glenn, I'm not dumb. I was on a page that showed the graph results and got there directly from hitting the "Vote Now" button. There was no little dohinggy at the bottom to access the actual poll so I had nowhere to go. Here's where I landed 2-3 times: https://www.smafaq.com/discussion/72/vote-here-first-august-contest . This may have happened because I tried to vote without signing in & before confirming my membership--it was real late & I had eyestrain.
  • Linda S Magee
    Maybe I kept trying to use an outdated page?
  • Glenn Wilson
    Yes, the link you mentioned is a past, closed poll that is no longer open to voting. I'm glad you got it to work!
  • Linda S Magee
    Glen, it was an open poll for Caminos de Agua that I finally voted for. What happened is that I never got on that page with the little dots to vote but landed on the graph & may not have seen that button on the bottom to vote. I think by the time I got to the correct page that the voting had changed and I was using an outdated page by almost an hour. Hope that helps 'cause this was neither obvious nor easy.
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