Violation Points (VPs)

Introduction

Violation points or VPs are assigned to a designer's account when the Designer Code of Conduct has been broken.  They can be assigned from losing a Logo Court case or manually assigned by a LogoTournament administrator.  

If you accumulate over 150 Violation Points, administrators will be disabling your account unless there are unusual circumstances.  All violation points will expire after 6 months, with the exception of 50 point violations which expire after one year.  

Violation Points List

If you lose a logo court the following violation points will be assigned:

Stock Art 50 VPs
Trace 50 VPs
Similar to an existing logo (within a contest): 25 VPs
Similar to an existing logo:  50 VPs

If you are accused in logo court and withdraw your entry the following violation points will be assigned:
Similar to an existing logo: 10 VPs
Similar to an existing logo (within a contest): 10 VPs
Formatting Rules Violation: 0 VPs

If you initiate a logo court and lose the following violation points will be assigned:
Similar to an existing logo (within a contest): 10 VPs

If one of your comments in a contest is removed the following violation points will be assigned:
Not respecting or valuing the contest holder:  20 VPs
Unprofessional Comment: 5 VPs
Promotion of Designs:  1 VPs
General Violation:  1 VPs

If you lose a logo court caused by formatting rules violation the following violation points will be assigned:
Multiple logos in an entry:  1 VPs
Watermark:  1 VPs
Oversized or not Centered:  1 VPs
Border:  1 VPs
Unapproved Background:  1 VPs

Banned or disabled accounts

A Designer becomes a candidate for a ban if their Violation Points (VPs) exceed 150 points. Designer's actions may also result in being banned.  The facts of each individual case are carefully reviewed before we make a ban decision.

In addition and in conjuction with the above VP list, designers can be be banned for the following additional reasons:
  • Disrespecting Clients or fellow Designers in an unacceptable manner
  • Submitting designs that are too similar to other Designers (eg. copying lead Designers in a contest)
  • Abusive behavior
  • Creating multiple accounts
  • Making special deals with clients that bend or break the Rules or contradict Logo Court results
  • Promising to provide free files or work to clients to win a contest

Note: If you are banned and later win a previously entered contest, we will evaluate the winning logo against your violations and reason(s) for being banned. We may warn the client of possible issues related to using your winning design.

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