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People's Choice Award: Important notice!
To all contestants in the WAF and Inside People's Choice Awards,
The People's Choice Awards have received global press coverage and we have spoken to many of you about the awards on the phone or by email. Here are some important notices about the awards and how to compete:
How to vote
People vote on the website by hitting 'vote for this project' (adds 1 point) and by 'checking in' on the mobile apps (adds 5 points). Facebook likes do not count towards the final score but just help to push the project out on social media and raise awareness of the project and the competition.
Integrity of votes
We have identified that some votes have been placed by automated scripts that added votes automatically. We have tracked for this sort of activity from the start of the competition; these votes have been isolated and removed - the affected contestants have been notified. To further combat this we have put in place a series of additional security measures that will safeguard against this from happening in the future - these include users having to register to vote (including an encrypted code that must be hand typed).
We log all votes cast and can assure you that only real votes will be counted. The integrity of this award is an absolute priority for us.
Fairness of the competition
Some contestants have mentioned that large companies have an unfair advantage. The opportunity here is to learn about how to market your project and services online - on the internet smaller companies have as much if not more opportunity to be creative and create a following. Please check out our blog for tips how to do this over the coming weeks and months.
Updating your project information
Projects in the People's Choice Awards are not openly editable - this is to stop people from tampering with the projects. If you have any changes you want to make, you can do this by emailing us directly and we will make the changes for you - firstname.lastname@example.org - please try to group your changes in one email, as this will help us to respond to you more quickly.
Stay up to date
Follow the OpenBuildings blog for more information about the awards. We will be posting regularly with articles about the awards, the contestants and most importantly ways to market your project online and to build a following.
Invite colleagues and friends to comment on projects in the competition - we have 5 free tickets to give away to those with the 'best' comments.
Still have questions?
Please email email@example.com