Throwdown rules changes
1. No votes will be allowed until after both first arguments are in. The vote buttons won't be active until after the users make their initial arguments.
2. Once a Throwdown is created, there are 24 hours for it to be accepted and have a 1st argument made. If neither of these things happens, the Throwdown will automatically be removed.
3. After a Throwdown is underway, there is a time limit of 24 hours for each argument. A fanmail or email reminder will be sent at the 22-hour mark. If you miss your turn, it will be forfeited. (This is still being fine tuned, please bear with us while it is perfected.)
4. You can only have 20 Throwdowns open at the same time. Once a Throwdown is forfeited, the voting period starts, or there is an agreed Draw, it is considered a complete Throwdown, and you are free to start another.
5. You'll see 3 new options on the main Throwdown page:
a. Report Violation button:
This if for the Throwdown itself, in the pop-up you'll have the following options:
Protest - If you suspect there is something not on the up and up in the Throwdown.
Offensive - If the Throwdown subject matter is offensive or inappropriate.
Invalid - If the Throwdown is not sports related or In Game.
You're required to give a reason when submitting, and your info will be provided to the Moderators to review. Then the appropriate action will be taken.
b. Draw button:
This allows user to propose a Draw to their opponent. This might happen if the user misunderstood the question, or if the users have argued well, but just decided to agree to disagree...basically, it's up to you to determine. If you propose, your opponent will then have the opportunity to accept or reject that proposal.
c. Play by Play button:
This will give a brief rundown of the Throwdown. It shows up when the arguments are made, and when people have voted--but it will not show who voted for whom. This is just to provide transparency and keep everyone honest.
Hopefully, this clearly explains and addresses the new features and changes that we have made to the site. If anything is not clear, or there is a specific problem, please post a comment here, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All concerns will be addressed in a timely fashion.
Finally, the vast majority of these changes came directly from feedback from users. We encourage everyone to drop us a line and let us know what we're doing right and what needs to be made better. The more specific you can be, the more we can help. Use the same email address as above.