I went back to the beginning of this thread to see how "insensitive" and "uncouth" it may sound - but after reading it, all I see is kindness, encouragement, and congratulatory responses. I was super happy that I was able to pay for a root canal for goodness sakes. Another person didn't get a split but won their first contest, and we all congratulated them. Another didn't hit the split but won a $300 contest which they thought was out of their reach. Last month we had someone that won over $600 on splits and was able to see their family for Christmas, how awesome is that!?. I love reading these stories. If you don't like reading the success of others ($ amounts included) then don't. But the fact is, you enter the cha-ching thread b/c you're curious and want to see.
And when @hollygirl posted a stand-alone thread "Oh my goodness, unbelievable!!" about winning a $500 contest, how fantastic was that?! Was that insensitive? Bragging? Unnecessary? Absolutely not! Good on her, she deserved it and she should be proud of that. How is that any different then this? B/c it was one time? What about the next person that wants to do that? When is too many, too many? Now it starts to get petty . . .
We are a part of SH for one reason, and that is to provide the very best names, taglines, and designs for the CH. If and when that CH chooses to abandon a contest (which is frustrating in itself) then yes, why not congratulate each other on splitting the reward ($ amount included). In the end, this is a competition people, not a therapy session.