We are noticing that some creatives are engaging in directly or indirectly ridiculing some Contest Holders about choice of ratings, or their engagement with the contest. Even though these types of messages are prohibited as per our messaging policy, it is unfortunate that some creatives are ignoring the policy and still posting these comments.
We’ve now seen few instances where the CH has asked for a refund, or decided to no longer participate in the contest directly as a result of unprofessional comments that make fun of the CH. We do not believe it is fair to other creatives who work hard in contests, only to find that the contest was abandoned or cancelled directly as a result of inappropriate comments made by few creatives.
Please consider this a reminder that if we find any violation of messaging policy, we will take action including removal of messaging privileges or suspension of user account.
In addition, we are now going to make changes to our Winner Selection algorithm for abandoned contests to take into account any violations of messaging policy by a creative. Specifically, if your account is flagged for messaging policy violation, the system will automatically reduce your probability to win an abandoned contest, and will likely pick other creatives who do not have such violation (in case of a tie breaker scenario). Any such flags will remain in effect for a period of 60 days.