The Mega List of FAQs
(These FAQs may be updated, so, please check back frequently!)
If you notice a
beside a question, it means that these questions are of particular importance. Please do not ask any questions already answered in the list of FAQs below. If, however, you have a question not addressed below, please post it in the Support Sticky or via 'REPORT!', and we will respond and/or update the list of FAQs accordingly. The FAQs provide just a quick (and, hopefully, easier) snapshot of questions asked during previous Awards, which are applicable to these Awards. Please realise that not all of the FAQs may be relevant just yet.
Reading Period What do you mean by 'Reading Period'?
Whilst, we always hope that everyone reads the stories that have become finalists before they vote, we know it's highly unrealistic. In order to combat the problem, whereby, people automatically vote for only the stories they know (and not necessarily focusing on quality) or other factors, a week-long reading period has been set aside before voting begins, to allow everyone an opportunity to check out the finalists. When is the Reading Period?
The Reading Period has been set for Sunday, 5th December, 2010 to Sunday, 12th December, 2010.If I'm dying to vote, can I send my votes in during the Reading Period?
Unfortunately, no votes will be accepted during the Reading Period. The Reading Period has been set aside specificially, so, it would defeat the purpose of the week-long period if voting was running alongside it. If, however, you'll be away during the entire voting period, and would still like to participate, please let us know via the Support sticky or 'REPORT!'.
VotingWhat's an important piece of advice when it comes to voting?
There is always the tendency to vote for who we know and what we have read or looked at. Please, if you have time, take the opportunity to check out the other finalists as well during and after the Reading Period. All of them have been made a finalist for a reason, so do have a look around at all the other finalists, especially those you have never checked out before, before you vote. After all, we want the very best choice as the winner. Where are we meant to vote?
When the voting period begins, please post your votes HERE
(Please do not use this link until the voting period has begun). When is the Voting Round?
The dates for the Voting Round has been set for the 13th December, 2010 to the 26th December, 2010. What does "secret ballot" mean, and is it really all that secret?
The term, "secret ballot", in this regards refers to the fact that no other member will know how you voted. However, as we conduct the voting via the 'Emailing Ari-san!' link, Ali will see how you voted because each post lists your name. Therefore, no, it is not actually all that 'secret'. How many times can I vote in each category?
You may only vote once per category, as we would be down to the stage of selecting winners. This is unlike during the nomination round when you could make two nominations per category.What information are we meant to put down to indicate our votes?
You must put down the category title and the finalist you'd like to vote for. You must indicate clearly exactly who you are voting for, and in which category. So, include information like the character's name, story title, author's username, banner creator's name, etc. Otherwise, if you do not clearly state who your vote is going to, we may just consider your vote null and void. Do we have to make a vote in every single category?
No, as with the nominations, you may vote in however many categories you wish to participate in, whether this be all or only a few categories. It is entirely up to you. Can I send in my votes for each category separately via the 'Emailing Ari-san' link?
Please avoid sending your votes individually. Please collate them all together and send them as one post only. You may send more than one should you wish to vote in a few categories that you may have missed out on. But, please do not send them all as separate votes. Can I vote for myself, my story, my characters or my banner?
Yes, you can vote for yourself, your pieces or your creations. The whole voting process is done via "secret ballot", and hence, you are free to vote as you wish. However, please read the question and answer below. I want to vote for myself. Is there anything I should know beforehand?
Yes, there is actually. If you are a finalist in several categories, but you only send us votes for your stories or your creations (and no other votes in other categories where you are not a finalist in), we may have a hard time in accepting your votes. Of course, if you send in votes, where some are for yourself and some are for others, then, that's most acceptable. My friend has been nominated in several categories. Can I vote for him/her in every single category they were nominated in?
Yes, you can. However, as with the question above, referring to whether finalists can vote for themselves, their pieces or their creations, please avoid simply voting only for your friend, and not anyone else. It's a bit suspicious receiving votes (likewise, with nominations) that solely revolve around one particular person. Although, they may be absolutely fantastic, it would be good to see more votes in more categories than just those that your friend is a finalist in. I can't see myself or my creations anywhere on the list of finalists, but I know I was nominated! Where am I?
Unfortunately, not everyone who was nominated will be a finalist. For some categories, we have had up to ten different nominees. Only the top four or five nominees (with the most 'votes' backing them) from each category will be the finalists. If you do not see yourself or your creations as finalists, we're sorry to say that you were not in the top four/five, and hence, are not a finalist. There seems to be some mistakes in the spelling of story titles, character's names, author's names, etc. on The Official Vertigo Awards Voting Thread. What should I do?
Please let us know if you notice any spelling errors. We aren't perfect and may have added or left out that extra letter or something the like. Please inform us in the Support sticky ASAP, so we can fix them up. Have the finalists, in the thread announcing the Award finalists, been listed in any particular order?
Absolutely not. The list of finalists in the thread are in random order and do not reflect any particular rankings from the nominations round.Can we discuss our votes on MCMB?
No, please do not discuss your votes anywhere on this site. They are, after all, meant to remain 'secret'. You may, however, discuss that you're in the process of voting, but do not reveal any details of how you voted at all. Please avoid winner-speculation as well, for the truth is that no one knows who will actually take out an Award until the results are released. Who decides who the winners are?
You do. As with nominations, we only sit here with our Excel spreadsheets, counting the number of votes for each of the finalists. The finalist with the most votes at the end of the voting period is the 2010 Award winner for that particular category. From past experience, it has been extremely close for most categories, and hence, every vote counts.Do the winners receive any prizes of sorts?
As with the 2007 and 2008 Winter Awards and the 2008 and 2009 Vertigo Awards, each winner will have a banner created by our amazing banner geniuses here on MCMB posted onto the very first post of their winning story. The summary section of story winners will be replaced with a small note like: 'Vertigo Awards Winner: That Ron Weasley'. A list of all of this year's winners will be posted in the Completed Stories section, with a different banner indicating their win. The full list will also provide readers in the future a guide to who won in past Awards.If I won 'Amazing Wordsmith', can I post an 'Amazing Wordsmith' banner onto my 'About Me' section on my profile page?
Absolutely! Just let us know, and we can give you another banner (we like to keep the banners that are posted on the official winners' list, and those that are posted on the individual stories different) to post onto your profile page. Please don't hesitate to contact us via the Support sticky, and let us know!