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Minor change to the contest rules (related to deal voting)
I will be implementing a minor change to the contest rules over the next week. As of the moment all votes for/against a contest eligible deal if they are made before the contest deadline will result into monthly points if the deal wins. All deals that stay up for at least 24 hours get rolled into the contest drawing at the end of the day.
This (currently implemented) rule has a slight problem. Since all deals are grouped together for the contest, depending on moderation time, some deals get exposed for a longer while others for a shorter period of time which gives some deals advantage over others.
The upcoming change will give each deal an individual voting window of 24 hours (counting from the moment the deal is moderated) and only the votes collected during the 24 hours will a) result into points, and b) will be used to make the daily win decision.
The votes on the right side bar will be grouped into two parts with eligible votes listed on top and the rest (made after 24 hours are over) at the bottom. The vote count on the left (in the voting box) with show the total just as it does now
I can see several benefits. First this sets in stone the final contest vote count for each deal upon the deal's reaching 24 hours and renders needless the arguments about which deal had more votes at the end since we all can see contest votes for each deal even after the contest is long over (we can list these vote counts on the daily contest page as well). Second, as I already mentioned, each deal will be given an equal opportunity to gain votes, each will have exactly 24 hours, and only the votes collected during the 24 hour period will be considered when deciding on the winning deals. Third, this will make late voting ineffective since each deal will have its own life span.
A drawback? The only one I see is that it will become a bit harder (but not impossible) to know at the moment when you vote if your vote counts towards the contest. But this should not be a problem because ultimately this is not important at the time you are casting the vote. (I will explain later how you can know this during voting)
Any thoughts or suggestions?