The last task was to estimate the amount of hits Fantageville got in the month of July 2013, so I will reveal this first:
The answer was 97,112 hits.
Before I tell you the winners, I want to mention that there was an unusual amount of cheating going on for the bonus points part of this task, which was to list Harry Potter’s Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers from his 1st year to his 7th and why they were removed from office after only 1 year of teaching.
Several people copied and pasted answers directly from Harry Potter Wiki, thinking they could get away with it, even though the rules clearly state that submitting work that is not your own is banned.
Not only was that highly foolish, it was also unnecessary; it was only worth 5 measly points. Was it worth putting my trust at risk for just 5 points?
I did not disqualify them, as I should have. I instead gave them a 10 point penalty (meaning I took away 10 points). It was obvious those people were cheating because the words they used were highly sophisticated and were of the British spelling. I hope this will serve as a warning to people who try to cheat in front of my nose in the future, because it will not work.
There is no need to apologize to me; like I said, it was only 5 points. You should instead apologize to yourself, because that costed you 10 points and, more importantly, my trust.
On a lighter note, let’s announce the winners now!
ice_lily, with the final score of 206.612!
Her estimation for Task #5 was 100,500 hits, and she got the bonus.
iceycycle91, with the final score of 218.028!
Her estimation for Task #5 was 90,140 hits.
latida18, with the final score of 218.129!
Her estimation for Task #5 was 101,983
Congratulations to our winners along with everyone else that participated, you all did really well! To the winners, please comment the prize you would like. Remember that 1st place chooses first, 2nd chooses second, and 3rd chooses last. Click here for the main contest page for the list of prizes.
For those of you wondering how I did the math to calculate the Task #5 scores, here it is:
100,000 minus the difference between your guess and the actual number of hits, all divided by 1000.