I worry about how you (and the other hyper-sensitives in this thread) will fare in an employment context. Here's an uncomfortable truth: workplaces can be, and often are, dysfunctional, "toxic" places where demands for an unearned and unnecessary apology will be justifiably dismissed as sanctimonious whinging. I'm also concerned with how this species of posturing arms the moronic, bloviating conservatives who trash our set of disciplines in the popular discourse. (As someone else in the results thread noted.)
My original comment is a perfect example. I was cranky that day. I admit I could have/ought have chosen more sensitive, less confrontational language to express (what I believe is) a reasonable point. The pushback I received in that narrow and limited context is warranted. Yet, the issue has been continuously revived by additional posters, ostensibly unrelated to the original dispute, for the sole and express purpose of attacking me personally. I've been labelled a dick, an asshole, a Trump supporter (lol, I'm Canadian and extremely liberal), unintelligent and a liar - by individuals who were unharmed by my original (admittedly distasteful) comment. Save for my original comment, every post I've made, both here and in the results section, has been in response to someone who berated/admonished me unprompted.
To the original poster, provided they are reading this thread: I apologize for my inelegant and aggressive phrasing. I appreciate how overcoming an obstacle/set of obstacles elates one to the point where forethought of others' emotions is not practical. I ought have exercised more restraint myself. With that said, to this poster and others: there is a certain dignity in humility that seems largely lost in the reactions on the board and this forum. It is justifiable and expected to react positively - even vocally - to perhaps the greatest success you've achieved in life. Simultaneously, though, your application cycle cohorts are experiencing soul-crushing defeat. Be considerate of how you comport yourself (the irony is dripping, here - I know.) Regardless of the underlying circumstances, openly deliberating over which elite institution you'll choose translates as tone deaf to a sufficiently large proportion of your peers - as demonstrated by the respective up/downvotes - that I feel comfortable in (re)asserting that it's a tactless move.
Now, I have wasted enough cognitive/emotional overhead responding to this thread and the results board for a single lifetime. My defensiveness has morphed into arrogance and calousness, two traits which I'd rather not exhibit. This will be my last negative comment, here or otherwise.
To the admits: congratulations! To the rejections: I was rejected from all 12 programs to which I applied last year. This year, I have been accepted to every program (thus far). Write like mad, publish everywhere you can, go to conferences, harass professors, and reapply next year. You'll be successful.