01. Unless you have a very good reason not to read a story (if there are warnings for rape, extreme sexual/graphic content, etc), then you must read all stories when voting.
02. Even if you've never seen one of the shows (if you've never see [insert show here], or maybe [insert show here], etc) or even a specific season, you still need to read all the entries from the show when voting. Your votes only count if you read and vote in all the categories! (we can't have an uneven amount of voters, it will throw the voting process off)
03. ALL stories should be given EQUAL standing, no matter the characters, show or relationships, etc.
04. You may ask your friends on the internet to vote as long as they have a LiveJournal account. You may NOT tell them your story title, so they can vote for you.
05. DO NOT, discuss your vote with anyone until after voting has ended. If I discover that anyone discussed votes biasing either/both parties' votes, or there seems to be some kind of collusion, the votes WILL NOT COUNT and such actions will result in the removal of the author (if still playing).
06. You are voting for the best written story (not necessarily your favorite, but the best written based on identifiable criteria which you will state in your reason for your vote and the story you think was the LEAST well written (not the one you disliked the most, but least well written, again, there is a difference). Please ASK or clarify if you don't understand the difference
07. When you vote, you must give a reason for your vote (the criteria on which you based your decision. The reasons must be thought out and somewhat descriptive.
08. Current players of a round MAY vote, they just must NOT vote for themselves.
09. Players who have defaulted and/or been voted out in the current round MAY still vote!
10. ALL votes are screened and anonymous - now and forever! I will never tell you who voted which way nor who gave which specific comments.
11. You MUST vote for BOTH Best and Least; if you submit a vote for only Best, it will NOT be accepted
12. You may ask any questions you have about voting in the comment thread below called 'QUESTIONS'.
01. You may not vote against a story simply because of ...
- its word count (you think it's too short or too long)
- you don't agree/like/etc the relationship written about in the story
- you don't agree/like/etc the character(s) written about in the story
- you don't agree/like/etc the show(s) written about in the story
- the story has slash and you don't agree with or like slash
02. You may vote for a winning story because ...
- it was the best written (but only if you explain WHY it was the best written)
- uses the prompt in the best and creative way (but you must describe how that was so)
- the story is a rework of an actual fandom
- the original characters are MarySue/GaryStu's
03. See the following examples of acceptable and unacceptable voting;
ACCEPTABLE: I vote for [insert story title here] as the one that is the worst because the original characters were MarySue/GaryStu's.
ACCEPTABLE: I vote for [insert story here] because it was the most well written story BECAUSE the way the author used the prompt was especially creative and never done before.
NOT ACCEPTABLE: I vote for [insert story here] as the worst story because who could possibly think that [insert plot here] could EVER happen? It was total crap! Why would anyone think writing that would be okay?
NOT ACCEPTABLE: I vote for [insert story here] because it was the most well written story.
For more examples of what is not acceptable and why, using real life votes, visit here.
01. Copy the following information and paste it into a comment to MY comment that has the subject 'VOTING' in it.