The DBH Special Contest winners are chosen on several factors including votes, comments, printability, and input from the DBH Art Department. The contests usually have a judging panel from the contest partner and the DBH team who make the final decision. This is based on the partners brand, characters and artist reactions to the brief provided. The number of votes, which are cumulative, can differ greatly. The judges and staff use votes as a guideline for popularity within the community. Votes are not the sole deciding factor on whether or not a design gets printed. For more details, please see Rules and Prizes. Fraudulent votes are tracked and removed and not considered in the overall scoring of a design.