4. All MM member visitors, contestants and Contest Host/CH contestants are encouraged to vote and may cast ONE vote per competition. Contest Hosts who have not entered competition will not vote. As a contestant you are encouraged to invite friends to view and participate in this contest; however, to keep things fair, votes cast for you by friends and associates will not be counted. Soliciting votes in any way, on behalf of yourself or others, directly or indirectly, in MM or in any other social media is strictly prohibited. This contest is not a popularity based contest and if *established indicators suggest that votes have been solicited by anyone, for anyone, we will disqualify those particular votes. A vote DQ however, is not an accusation of cheating or vote stacking; it is the result of a neutral safeguard we have put in place to net votes that display the typical indicators of solicited votes.
Typical indicators of votes suspect of being solicited are: *Votes posted by friends and members located in the same geographic area as the contestant.
*Votes posted in quick succession by members who don't normally visit the forums and have a low post count.
*Votes posted by friends associated with the creation of an image who are not regular participants in the contest. If one or more of your votes is DQ'd by a Contest Host you will be promptly notified via private message. If a contestant feels he/she has had votes wrongly DQ'd, the contestant may contact a Contest Host via pm to enter a protest but may not post a protest in the contest thread. Final ruling/decisions by the Contest Host will not be reversed. As of 3/31/13 a new BONUS Incentive is being offered to all contestants who vote in the contest they are entered in. A 2 vote bonus will be awarded as an incentive for contestants to vote! This will offset the competing vote you've placed and will compensate you with an additional vote for your participation in helping us to grow this competition.
2-way ties will be awarded and 3-way ties will be broken by a deciding vote cast by Craig Seay.