Last year, I posted a blog entitled "On submissions, approvals, and comments". You can read that blog here. http://animeshinbun.com/use...
That blog has been linked every month in every contest blog, with a message telling people that they should read it, so at this point there's really no excuse for not having seen it.
What I want to draw everyone's attention to are the rules in that blog on submitting content from a website that you're a staff member of, or are otherwise associated with. In general, you should not approve any stories from a website you yourself are affiliated with unless they were submitted at least 24 hours ago, and there are no other competing submissions (ie. submissions for the same story from other users/websites) in the approval queue. We allow you to approve submissions after that 24 hour period simply so that we don't have too much sluggishness in the approvals queue.
Over the past few weeks, I've been carefully watching the submissions from and for a certain website. I won't mention the website in question in this blog, but I'm sure most of you can guess which website I'm talking about. This website has been the source of some complaints from users. Specifically, these complaints have centered around the content being sub-par and below their expectations for AnimeShinbun. Up until now, I've been hesitant to step in. While I did have some concerns about the content myself, I had not witnessed any overt rule-breaking. And while it was certainly plausible that there were some, I did not feel it was in the best interests of AnimeShinbun or its community for me to be going on a witch hunt.
So, what's changed? Well, the blatant attempts to push through articles that aren't even an hour old, while at the same time ignoring many high quality articles lower down in the queue (including a number I'd purposefully planted in there earlier). Now if we'd just been looking at a case of people over-enthusiastically approving every story in the queue (and it's certainly not the first time that's happened), I'd be inclined to use a much gentler touch. But being this blatant about things? Even if it wasn't against the letter of the rules, it's clearly against the spirit.
As a result, I will be fail any submissions for content from that website for the next 30 days. I am also placing the accounts of the six users involved with this website under 30 day restrictions for both submitting stories and approving submissions. These six users will be ineligible for the October and November AnimeShinbun monthly contests. Again, I'm not going to be naming names. But I do hope those users will reconsider their actions, and step up their game in future. I will not hesitate to hand out stronger restrictions or bans in future if it is required.