As many of you know, I asked Sean if we could have some changes to the contests due to vote solicitation issues we had in the forums and the trouble it was causing.
Many people refused to enter the contests any longer due to these things happening which is such a shame as the contests are meant to be a FUN way of enjoying our art and having a little competitive spirit.
The changes that have been made to date are
All names have been removed from the artwork.
All links to individual artworks have been removed.
It is possible now to link to the actual contest but not to the images and when you do go to vote the names will not be there.
We both believe this will be fairer and hopefully make it harder fpr those who feel the need to win, win, win by any means necessary. It won't eradicate the problem but, if anyone is desperate enough to go to even greater lengths to get their images wnning then that is their problem.
I have put forward a suggestion about the Leaderboard also and Sean is thinking about it. But these two changes are fantastic and may help a lot to bring the FUN back into contests.