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    Voting Guidelines


    You must:

    • comply with the DPChallenge Terms of Use.
    • submit any disqualification requests as soon as you suspect a rule violation, but no later than seven days after the challenge results are posted.
    • vote on at least 20% of the entries in a challenge. If you vote on less than 20%, your votes will not count.
    • rate entries on a scale of 1 to 10. A score of 1 is a "bad" photo, and a score of 10 is a "good" photo

    You should:

    • recommend an entry be reviewed for disqualification if you feel it violates any rule. To do this, use the "here if you suspect a rules violation". link on the image's voting page, and give your reason in the space provided. After submitting your requests, vote assuming the entry did not violate any rules.
    • keep an open mind to other interpretations of the challenge topic.
    • consider the challenge topic when voting, and adjust your score accordingly.
    • vote on as many entries as practical in any challenge in which you vote.
    • comment on entries using the comment box under each photograph.
    • offer constructive criticism with any vote of 3 or lower.

    You may:

    • adjust the scores of entries you have already rated directly from the main voting page.
    • offer criticism, praise, or other constructive comments.

    You may not:

    • give an entry a lower score because you believe it violates the Challenge Rules.
    • recommend an entry for disqualification for not meeting the challenge.
    • vote on an entry based on its server-generated thumbnail.
    • vote on your own entry.
    • vote in a manner that suggests an intent to disrupt the voting system.
    • offer or cast biased votes for any other user.
    • offer slanderous, rude, profane or inflammatory comments.
    • abuse the anonymous commenting feature in any way.
    • discuss any entry in the forums while voting is in progress.
    • hold more than one DPChallenge account.
    • vote from another user's DPChallenge account.
    • attempt to alter the point totals for any entry in any way.

    We will:

    • display all entries in a random order for each voter.
    • group entries you have rated with other entries of the same rating on your main voting page.
    • declare the entry with the highest average score at the end of voting to be the winner.
    • recognize the first, second and third place entries on the front page.
    • use automatic and manual methods to actively monitor voting patterns for abuse.
    • ignore the votes of any user we believe is voting disruptively.
    • disqualify challenge entries from, suspend or ban anyone who abuses the voting system in any way.

    Last Updated: Nov. 5th 2006

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