How do IP addresses affect my voting?
Hello and thanks so much for being a part of the Star Messiest Kids Room in San Diego contest. In response to your voting question, there are many variables where IP addresses are concerned. Please be aware of the following:
- Each photo/entry can receive one vote per email address per day.
- There is no limit to the number of votes each photo can receive each day, provided that each vote is made using a different email address. HOWEVER our voting system will only accept three votes per Internet Protocol (IP) address per 24 hour period. The 24 hour period is based on the time that the third vote is placed from that IP address.
An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is a numerical label assigned to each device (e.g., computer, printer) participating in a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication. An IP address serves two principal functions: host or network interface identification and location addressing. Its role has been characterized as follows: "A name indicates what we seek. An address indicates where it is. A route indicates how to get there."
- Our voting tool monitors the public IP address to minimize fraudulent voting practices and therefore prohibits any vote beyond the third vote from being placed. This will affect your home, workplace and public venues such as libraries and schools.
- Many businesses utilize static, public IP addresses, meaning that there is only one IP address for all users in that network (or business), meaning only three votes can be placed from your workplace each day - no matter how many computers/users are available.
- Some companies and government agencies may have security measures in place which will prohibit users from transmitting information (in this case submitting a vote). If this occurs, please contact your network administrator.