We are introducing a small change to the daily contests. It is not going to affect any of the old timers, but will affect new members (who we seem to have a lot lately).
So far any member, new or old, could vote deals up/down and thus give their votes to the deal submitter towards winning in the contests. Starting as of now, only members with 250 total score and 30 days tenure will be able to do so. The rest will still be able to vote, but their votes will stay off contest.
This essentially means that if you want to vote up other member's deals and have your votes counted, you need to prove that you yourself can find hot deals and post useful comments (each activity will earn you points), and by doing so earn "reputation".
We have had a similar restriction for comment/topic votes for some time now, and all this change really does is widens it to deal votes as well.
For your reference, here is the relevant wiki page with the complete contest rules: http://www.buxr.com/wiki/contests_prizes
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