zekecatz wrote:I for one voted because I really like the design. I just happen to have been touched by cancer as well so I shared my story but I would have voted for this even had that not been the case. Most of the voters did not post comments so perhaps they simply like cats.
I think, by and large, most voters at woot don't even look at the comments. The sheer number of votes that people get compared to the (comparatively) small number of people who ever make a peep in the forums suggest that this is so. So If I had to guess where most of the votes are coming from, I would say they see the derby theme this week is motherhood and that they want to buy a kitten shirt for their mom. But it's certainly true that I'm getting votes for other reasons as well.
Some people are just cat people, and buy any shirt with a cat on it. Some people love my art (I've seen the love in past derbies with no story about my mother in sight). Some people, I imagine, just need a gray shirt and saw this one was closest to the fog.
And, yes, I'm sure there are sympathy votes out there too. But I like to think that being sympathetic to another person's pain is a good thing, that it should be encouraged in humanity, especially when the end goal is to provide funding for cancer research, in hopes that nobody else will ever have to lose a mother to this disease. Or a wife. Or a sister. Or a friend.
I realize others might disagree with that, but that's how I see it.