02-17-2008, 09:54 PM
Ride of the Month Rules
The first order of business is to set up some hard fast rules. I will be monitoring the nominations threads very closely to avoid any confusion upon voting.
To be eligible a member must have a photo album. This is to ensure pics end up in the voting thread, so that the casual user can know who he is voting for. Anyone being nominated must also be an active member. This means he or she must have had at least 5 posts in the previous month. No one car can win ROTM twice in the same year regardless of catagory, but, if you happen to have more than one car, you can win once with each car. Also, a member cannot win the same ROTM catagory twice in a row with the same car. This means that bi-annual catagories can be won a maximum of once per year by a single car, and that annual catagories can be won a max of once every other year by the same car.
The process for being entered onto the ballot is as follows:
- Timmy nominates camarobob for ROTM
- Jimmy 2nd's the nomination for camarobob
- camarobob sees that he has been nominated twice and accepts his nomination thus ensuring his spot on the ballot.
In any given month, each user will have 2 nominations. You can give only a single first nomination andyouhave the ability tosecond someone else's first nomination, you cannot second your own first nomination. You cannot nominate yourself. Both of your nominations can be used to second previous nominations.
Nominations will take place during the first week and a half of the month PRIOR to the month of interest (ie, if we are doing march ROTM, nominations will start on Feb 1st and run for 2 weeks).
Because we are a reletivelysmall community right now the rules may be fudged somewhat in the interest of filling the ballot. However, if nominee #6 fulfills more of the requirements than nominee #3 (if for instance #3 did not accept his nomination) then #6 will win the ballot slot. If you are nominated without all of the requirements and decide to make the necessary updates be sure to PM me (or the moderator overseeing the current ROTM nominations thread) that the updates have been done. This way, if the entry comes down to a time stamp, we will be able to make a fair call as to who gets into the competition.
Most of the time nominations will not take up the entire two weeks. Once a member is nominated it is his or her responsibility to PM me (or whoever is looking after ROTM at the time) with a URL to the picture they want used during voting (max 800x800 pix), and the URL of his or her photo gallery, as well as (optional) a brief description of the car to appear below the picture. The message can include mods, times, resto, or originality information. Do not waste your time making a long message because there are size constrictions and an overly long message will be reduced in size until it is illegible anyways.
Voting will begin directly after nominations and will rununtil the first day of the last week of the given month.That is, in any month, once noms and voting have taken place there will be 1 week remaining in the month.
Competing members are encouraged to wage their own little PR campaignes. You are welcome to post up additional pictures or information within the voting thread once it is up, or put a link in your signature to the thread with a "vote for me" tag. Feel free to act just like all the scuzzy politicians we know an love (Note: mudslinging commercials will not be tolerated).
What You Get!
Aside from the recognition and the ultimate glory of being the ROTM, members will get to write an article about said ride that will be stickied in the ROTM section. You will also recieve a new member title telling everyone of your prize.