So, most of the gift codes are out, which means the contest is now finally almost completely over.
Now I guess I should respond to this here:
The first thing I want to say, is that regardless of your criticism and if it is true or not, I certainly don't appreciate you describing this contest as an "atrocity". That's just not very encouraging.
Now, I while I'm the first one to agree that the voting process wasn't as well thought out as it could have been, I don't think the problem was that there was a vote at all. The other possibility would have been me dictating who should win and who shouldn't and that's not something I want to do.
Contrary to you I also because don't believe in objectivity in music or art in general. tamkatie's version wasn't "objectively" the best, but the subjective majority thought it was the best. There are no facts in art.
In my opinion, the big problems in the voting process were
a) Using an outside poll site where I have no control or insight over it, with only being able to look at the results. Even though I realized this mistake pretty fast, I didn't want to stop the whole thing and start it again.
In hindsight I would say it would probably have been the best solution to let the people vote via PM.
I also would probably use the "Eurovision" system, where you don't vote for an absolute favorite, but give a certain amount of points to the contestants.
b) Not enough voters. This resulted in a very narrow poll, without a lot of difference between the contestants, which is what you seemed to criticize too. If you subtract the contestants, only 13-17 people voted, which is what me disappointed me the most. Sadly, I really have no idea what the reason for this was, or how to remedy it. The contest was often bumped by other friendly users, and thus should have been visible for more people in the forum - maybe it was the title that didn't make it clear enough that this is a contest? Input in this regard would be very welcome.
As for your criticism that I only posted one of your versions, I did enjoy your post very much, and I said so, but that wasn't exactly the assignment of this contest. I also wanted to restrict it to one version per person, both for fairness and simplicity's sake.
I also asked you which version you want to enter to the contest, but I got no reply from you, so I had to improvise, which to me logically means using the version that's closest to the original.
If you consider your entire post a piece of art, rather than just the individual songs, than that's is of course a valid viewpoint - but I can't let that be judged in contrast to individual songs, because those are just much too different to be compared - in the same way like you can't say that this sculpture from this artist is better than the painting from this artist, but worse than the performance piece by this - there just has to be a certain kind of standardization in order to compare them - and while I would have loved to give every contestant a prize, I can't afford that - somehow a winner must be chosen.