...not one person has stood against my claim that the rule made the game statistically unfair and my reasons understating that claim.
Saying something doesn't actually make it true. The problem is that you don't understand "fair", like so many of the entitlement generation. Fair is to be unbiased and impartial, and you cannot be either one when the verdict directly impacts you. It's why judges don't rule on things where they're involved for example. "Today's case is Old_Engineer vs. Judge Joint in the case of the missing bitcoins. How do you rule, Judge Joint? Oh, you rule in favor of yourself? Shocker!"
The "change" in rules made it clear what time zone we were voting in, for the express purpose of avoiding what ended up happening. If the $4 mark had been breached on Dec 19 UTC, you would have won and you would have been happy. In fact, if it had happened on Dec. 18 you would have likewise won. If the $4 mark had come two hours earlier, you would have also won. When the rule clarification was made (because some people would wrongly assume that the world revolves around their time zone), that's all it was: a clarification of when exactly we were expecting the $4 mark to breach. That is not unfair--statistically or otherwise. When you throw out terms like "statistically unfair", you sound like you either have no clue what you're saying, or you're just trying to use big words to improve your nonsensical argument. Statistics have nothing to do with when the $4 mark was broken, or whether it was fair to switch to UTC/GMT or not.
Again, not that you'll understand, but the only thing that happened was that what you claim was a vote for Dec. 19 CST ended up being counted as Dec. 19 UTC/GMT. You said it allowed people to vote for the same time, but it didn't--if someone else voted for Dec. 19 after you, you had the earlier post time and thus would have won. The overlap of votes only occurred in a non-UTC view of voting times, which would only create difficulties. "Hey, I live in EST and voted Dec 19, but that overlaps UTC Dec 20 for six hours, so if the $4 mark is hit during that time make sure to calculate things so it turns out in my best interest!" If OE had decided to give you the 5BTC, Goat would have a much stronger case to make as the rules were clarified to be UTC and anyone who didn't read that is SOL. All you can really say is, "I never saw the updated post where I was informed that my assumption of Dec. 19 EST was shown to be incorrect." Next time, you'll hopefully think a little bigger than EST and either ask before voting or check back on any contest where you really think you might win.
Anyway, I voted for June 27, but I actually live in an alternate realm where June 27 TST (Trogdor Standard Time) is actually Dec. 20 UTC. It's a parallel universe with a phase shift of 190 days. My vote came in before Goat, so I should have won! Damn you to hell, Old_engineer! You greedy bastard, giving 10BTC to some shmuck who likes to help orphans. What about me and my peasants, huh? We need BTC as well, and I'll donate 3BTC for them to rebuild their thatched roof cottages. Then the dragon comes in the niiiiight.....