A lot happened last season, and it was an incredibly bumpy ride for the lot of us. I wanna try to avoid that this time around, so I'm bringing up the discussion of the rules.
- Users are allowed to make three self-nominations per category.
- In the Autumn Awards, In order to submit more of their articles, users were required to nominate other people's pages. This is no longer valid: Three per category is the limit--No Exceptions.
- As always, we will post our nominations for each category in the comments. While nominating your own characters/pages are allowed, it's strongly encouraged that you nominate things made by others.
- Users have the right to deny their articles from being nominated by others.
- All nominations must have a page, and it must meet standards. Exceptions are made for nominations such as weapons, items, attacks/skills, which can be part of a list on a bigger page. I will NOT accept sub-standard pages. (If I happen to miss one up until the voting round, it will be disqualified once discovered.)
- No Canon Content Please! This is a Fanon Wiki, and such, we don't need to award any canon characters for their feats.
- Certain Categories are split in two. During the final round, both halves will be voted against each other. Only one will win them both, but the runner-up still gets a winning award for his/her respective half.
- Any winning article of a certain category cannot re-enter said category again. The only exceptions are Best Character (must have won Best Male/Female, but not the Best Character award to enter,) and those who have only won a runner-up in said category.
- A category MUST have a minimum of four nominations in order to pass into the Voting Phase. If it fails to meet these requirements, the category will be dropped and all the nominations inside will be disqualified.
- After all current nominations are tallies, All New Nominations MUST be posted in a new comment.' 'DO NOT REPLY TO OLD COMMENTS WITH UPDATES AND/OR ADDITIONAL NOMINATIONS.
- When Voting begins, you can either give someone a +1 or -1 vote. (You cannot exceed 1.) You can do this for as many characters in any category (except in the Final Round), though voting a +1 for your own articles is forbidden. (Exceptions in the Final Round may or may not be given depending on circumstances.) You are allowed to vote a -1 for your own character/article, should you feel it is undeserving of said award, however. (It is advised that you notify me before voting begins if there is a problem with your article being nominated.
(of course that's a moot point now))
- When voting, it is strongly advised that you either create a blog post listing all of your votes, or put all of your votes in a single comment. DO NOT make multiple comments for voting! This makes it unnecessarily confusing and complicated, and ultimately takes more time to tally up.
- Users are required to make at least one sentence describing the reasoning behind their vote, unless they are neutral. Comments may vary, but please do not simply put a +1 or -1 with nothing following it.
- Though it is impossible to really enforce such a rule, please try to judge each nomination based on quality, logic, experience (if possible), and relevance to the category. There have been suspicions of unfair judgements and concerns of overly biased votes. As the host, It is my responsibility to make sure this is as fair as possible. Thus, I will be moderating user votes. Do not worry, I won't be super strict. I cannot change people's opinions, however, should I find a vote that is most certainly injust, It may be voided from the final tally. Note that other users may do the same, and I may call a blog up for discussion for questionable judgement. But in the end, only I decide whether votes get voided or not.
- Users are allowed to skip up to 3 categories total. Any more than 3 will require reasoning with an Awards Admin first. Skipping too many will result in your entire votes to be voided. This also applies to nominations within the categories. Skipping nominations without specifically stating neutrality may result in the category being skipped, adding to your total number of skipped categories. The reason for this is that skipping so much creates an upset in the balance of the votes, and generally makes a lot of people unhappy. Why should we bother nominating so many people for all these categories if you're just going to skip them?
If time constraints are a problem, you may be excused depending on how much you were able to vote for. Otherwise, your votes will be voided from the final tally.
- Users are Not Allowed to skip any tie-breakers in the Final Round. Do you all realize how many times we have had people overlook specific categories and have them nearly go overtime from neglect? Last winter was the most egregious example of this, with the bonus round that brought in categories from the final round. Let's not do that again.
- Do NOT berate a user should they vote against your nomination.
- Editing nominated articles in accordance with other people's votes (i.e: Example the Character is criticized for having super speed in one user's votes. Owner of Example promptly edits page to remove said super speed.) is prohibited. This is considered unfair and dishonest, as it is basically trying to sway the other voters into changing their opinions--and by extension, their votes--in your favor. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as correcting faulty information that may confuse others while judging. However, this situation must be brought up with an Awards Admin first, so to determine whether or not it is fair game.
I want you guys to look over these rules and give me feedback on them. I would also like to hear some suggestions for new rules as well, since I get the sneaking feeling that I am forgetting something.