Only just noticed this. It’s not a change in the rules as far as I can see because it is a policy regarding possible finalists whereas the ‘rules’ are terms and conditions for voters. However, it is a change in the FAQ for candidates.
The second to last clause in the old FAQ stated:
Is it okay to push my fans to vote for me?https://web.archive.org/web/20181017150210/https://awards.dragoncon.org/faq/candidate-faq/
Yes, the Dragon Awards are a fan choice, and it is perfectly acceptable for you to encourage your fans to vote for you.
That has been amended and now states:
Is it okay to push my fans to vote for me?https://web.archive.org/web/20191019015925/https://www.dragoncon.org/awards/faq/candidate-faq/
Yes, the Dragon Awards are a fan choice, and it is perfectly acceptable for you to encourage your fans to vote for you. However, please do not offer anything of value as “encouragement.”
I’m not aware of any body trying to induce people to vote for them by offering something. I assume it is just a precautionary piece of advice. Not sure what happens if some one did offer inducements.