Instructions for the voting process

First step

The community makes suggestions for the categories. Making suggestions in the first step is not necessary for voting in step 3, but a wide range of suggestions is still highly appreciated and needed.

Deadline: Sunday, 19 January 2020, 23:59 EET (GMT+2, Finnish time)

Second step

The jury chooses nominees for each category. The jury members choose the candidates according to their experience and knowledge (they also read, and strongly take into consideration, the community suggestions).

Deadline: Sunday, 9 February 2020, 23:59 EET (GMT+2, Finnish time)

Third step

After the nominees for each category are made available, the Elma community votes on their favourites. Jurors vote as regular community members. If you want to send your votes via Mopolauta, your Mopolauta account has to be registered before the start of the first step. The votes should be sent to pawq in a private message on Mopolauta or in the Elma Discord server (@pawq#0659). You don’t have to vote in every category, but if you do vote in a category, you must pick a full top 5. In short: choose top 5 or nothing.

The voting happens on the GAA voting website. After voting the website gives you a key, which you should send to pawq in one of the aforementioned ways before the deadline. The votes have to be given in ranked order, from 1st to 5th. Each 1st position will give 5 points, each 2nd position will give 4 points, etc. The jury assemble these points after the voting process ends. You can only vote and send a PM once. Do not make your votes public.

Deadline: Thursday, 27 February 2020, 23:59 EET (GMT+2, Finnish time)

Fourth step

The jury collects the top 5 for each category according to the community votes. The point system is as follows: 5 points to every first position, 4 points to every second position, etc.

The final top 5s will be used in the final show.

Fifth step

If the voter turnout in step 3 is equal or greater than 30, then this step is skipped, that is the result of the community voting is the final result of the competition, and the winners are chosen solely through community voting. However, if the voter turnout is below the threshold, a secondary voting system is employed:

The jury members rank nominees in all categories, using the same point system as in step 3 (5 points for 1st, 4 points for 2nd, etc.). Moreover, 10 points are given to the nominees who won in community voting, and 5 are given to the runners-up. The jury votes are public. In the event of a tie, the candidate who got the most points from the community in the third step wins. If there still is a tie, the one who got the most 5 points wins, then 4 points, etc. If the winner is not resolved this way, the jury comes together and discusses the matter to decide the winner.

The final show, where the winners are announced, will be held on the Elma Discord #gaa channel, and will be bridged to IRCnet (channel #gaa).

Date and time: Saturday, 29 February, 20:00 EET (GMT+2, Finnish time)