A wise policy update for the Dragon Awards

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?
Yes, the Dragon Awards are a fan choice, and it is perfectly acceptable for you to encourage your fans to vote for you.

https://web.archive.org/web/20181017150210/https://awards.dragoncon.org/faq/candidate-faq/

That has been amended and now states:

Is it okay to push my fans to vote for me?
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.”

https://web.archive.org/web/20191019015925/https://www.dragoncon.org/awards/faq/candidate-faq/

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.


3 thoughts on “A wise policy update for the Dragon Awards

  1. I vaguely recall that a Dragon finalist in the YA category did a giveaway of a book or something, if people sent them a screenshot of voting for their book in the Dragons. Maybe this is what this rule change is referring to or maybe there were other examples.

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