I was asked again today (I am asked at least once a week it seems) to vote for a good friend in a pay-to vote contest for Mr. hunky leather twink 2009, or something or another.
I had to very apologetically say no, and explain why I no longer vote if I have to pay:
1. There is a huge potential for fraud. Although one fashion blog now is under criticism for alleged fraud in 2008, I specifically will NOT point them out here--- this is not the point, and not the reason why I am writing this post.
The point is that voting tallies if not audited can be rigged, alts can win contests, the owner of a contest can "donate" money to someone who will then kick back a percentage, and so on.
I am NOT saying that all contests can be rigged, and I am NOT pointing to any one contest. I'm just saying that the potential is there.
2. I don't want to have to vote! I feel I should be able to vote for free. It's a personal thing. Why do I have to give money to vote to see a friend win? I don't like it.
That's my two cents, and I would like to see these contests discontinued. If the argument is "we have to pay tier", so do I. Hey this recession is hitting everyone, and I would rather give any spare money I have to a charity, like www.breadandjams.org
That is my two cents. If you want to submit an opinion on this, you can do so in a comment.