As some of you may be aware, there have been cheating allegations in this year's VCA semifinals. After a thorough investigation by the administration we have found proof that fake "sock puppet" account(s) were created by certain members to boost the amount of votes their video(s) received in the VCA Nomination round.
The use of these sock puppet accounts led to certain videos and editors moving on to the semifinal round, when they should not have. Not only is this a grave offense concerning the VCAs, but creating multiple accounts for a single user is also against the basic rules of AnimeMusicVideos.org. After careful deliberation by the administration we have decided to extend the Semifinal round of the VCAs by 1 full week and re-tally the votes without the sock puppet accounts factored in.
What does this mean for me, the voter?
It means that you've got some new videos to vote for! As stated above, the semifinal lists will be updated with the re-tallied votes so you may see some new names on the lists. You've got another full week to place your votes and ngsilver will be running streams that will be advertised on the official AnimeMusicVideos.org Facebook and Twitter accounts, so watch out for those!
But what if I don't want to change my votes?
If you have already placed your votes and no matter what is added to the list, you're dead set on sticking with your choices then you're good to go. Votes that have already been made will be unchanged. While you always do have the option to update your votes by adding and removing selections during the nomination period you do not have to update your votes if you do not want to. Please keep in mind that any votes placed for videos that have been removed during the re-tally will be considered null and void.
But what about the ones that cheated?
They have been dealt with. We consider this to be a rather serious offense but any punishment will be kept private between them and the administration. Please note that any attempts to lash out against those involved will also be dealt with by the administration. Cheating is something that is not taken lightly and the same goes for attacks against members of the community. They've done the crime and now they'll do the time, there is no need for an angry mob to add on to the situation.
And finally, we'd like to thank you all for your time and patience. We recognize the fact that the VCAs are not without issues, whether it be running late, videos in incorrect categories, or very large griffons eating votes. But no matter the situation, this fantastic community stands by the administration while we do our best to work things out. We sincerely appreciate this amazing community.