Policy Poll - The nominations are in and now it's time to start preparing for our contest in earnest. Since we've never done nominating polls before, we have to set some guidelines. Normally I would just choose a plan and apply it to all characters but I don't want to be accused of stacking the rankings so we're putting it to a poll. Basically every character has been put in a numbered list based on the number of nominations they received. Usually that list determines where they are placed on the bracket. However this time you choose which character represents the show, making the list more fluid. One character might be third on the list while competing against another that is fifth on the list. While in most polls whichever character got the most nominations will also win the poll, the question becomes what happens if a lower ranked character beats a higher ranked one in the nominating poll. We have 2 choices. 1. The winning character continues to be placed on the list according to how many nominations they got. I will then just delete any characters that did not win from the list and everyone will move up accordingly. 2. The winning character gets substituted into the higher character's place. This makes the rankings more about the show than an individual character. Let me know in the comments below if you would like more clarification.
Finalist Poll - Along with policy polls, we also need to pick the final characters that will get into the contest. That's the second poll. The top 3 characters in that poll will proceed to the contest while the others will not make it in this year. If both characters from Sense8 are in the top 3, the one with the most votes will get into the contest, not both. This poll will last 24 hours and you can vote for 2 characters.
Nominating Polls - The remainder of the polls today are nominating polls. Remember this will determine which character represents a show in the contest. Not all shows will have nominating polls but since we have many more than I expected, it will take 3 days to do them all. Characters in the nominating polls had to meet the following criteria:
1. They had to have at least 5 nominations.
2. They had to be within 5 nominations of the most nominated character on that show unless they got over 20 nominations.
3. If 2 or more characters got over 20 votes, they went in the nominating poll regardless of the difference between them.
Nuts and Bolts - With the exception of the second poll, all are 1 vote only. Polls will close roughly 24 hours after they start. There is no option to change your vote so please choose carefully. As with all SpoilerTV polls, it is 1 vote per IP address so trying to vote multiple times will not count.
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments. Since this is new, I know it is bound to be confusing at first.