After exchanging emails with AOL, we've learned this evening that they do not intend on respecting their published deadline regarding voting for AOL CityGuide "Best Of",which includes of course, "Best Coffeehouse" in Pittsburgh.
AOL's representatives haven't come right out and said that we didn't win, but as we were in first place at the published deadline of 3pm but not at midnight - the time they now claim to be official - we expect we won't be named the winner.
Regardless what happens, we thank you for giving us a strong showing. Every time we reminded y'all to vote, you did. Our only mistake was telling everyone that the voting ended at 3pm. We all probably could have continued voting until the AOL site ceased taking votes, but we simply figured they'd roll back the voting to the 3pm deadline.
We do not wish to disrespect any other competitors, but we consider what AOL is doing to be extremely poor policy and a huge disrespect to everyone who went to AOL to vote in the "Best Of" survey.
How a company with billions in assets and one that is a supposed technological leader does not possess the software capability to (a) lock down voting at the published deadline, and; (b) failing (a) above, rollback the voting to 3pm, is beyond us.
Their official winner will be announced on Monday.