Hey, Kdoodle. DBCoop posted strong implications that this is the end of the blogs for all of the builds. He said the software was poorly supported, too time consuming to update, and people were making attacks on the site. At least that's what I recall, and that's in my own words. Yes, we all wondered if the Blog Cabin would be renamed. Maybe they would reopen the blog during traditional voting for options? Maybe voting can happen at one of those other sites. Since I don't use them and won't start now, I don't know about that. People posted their dissatisfaction with the pretense that social media sites are in any way equivalent to a blog or message board.
Just for fun, I googled for a bunch of channel names and then the word forum. Every channel I tested has a forum, so I am scratching my head over why Scripps is eliminating theirs, Coop's post notwithstanding.
The picture was titled Join the Conversation, and, yes, they did take it away. The last blog was this one, so it doesn't really matter. Just shows how much they are tying up loose ends to kill the blogs.
No matter what the 1099 says, you can challenge it with facts. The IRS has a particular form for that challenge, in fact, because sweepstakes do that so often. You just have to *substantiate* the real market price of any prize.
I won about $10,000 in prizes from sweepstakes over the course of a decade. When I won TVs, for example, I checked the internet to see what sales prices I could find. My prizes were always the latest models so there weren't any sales prices, but if there had been, I would have printed out the advertisements and used that to substantiate an actual value.
I would request an official appraisal if I won any Scripps home. Maybe it would come out the same, but it would only be sensible to check. Another way to challenge would be to do exactly what you did, showing evidence of what the other houses in the neighborhood have sold for, but a formal reappraisal would be your best evidence.
One tactic is that as soon as you win, you ask the Assessor's Office for an appraisal. That is the price you use for reporting your win to the IRS.
They said the house is so high up from the water that the skeeters aren't really a problem. I don't want to be bitten at all, so I guess that means either screens or a bee keepers outfit. :)
If I tell you, they will take it away.
Okay, here goes. Shhhhhh.
On the Main page, scroll down until you see a picture on the right-hand side that is captioned something like Continue the Conversation. Click on the picture.
They've taken that away now. I shouldn't have mentioned it.