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HOPDG rules

  1. HOPDG nominees cannot be in a Hall of Fame, with an Oscar, or recipients of the AFI lifetime achievement award/ Kennedy Center Award.
  2. If an inductee is elected to a one of the qualifying entities above, they are removed from the inductee list and put into the “they went home” category.
  3. An inductee cannot be removed from Induction.
  4. Fans vote the nominees into the HOPDG.
  5. There will be an induction every 90 days. One inductee will be chosen per session. Furthermore, the bottom vote earners in a category are available for replacement. (One-year eligibility before replacement.)
  6. Candidates will be screened via social media for nomination. Candidates may be suggested by the Otters and can repeat as a candidate if not selected for nomination in a given session.
  7. The commissioner reserves the right to induct any nominee who may pass away during their nomination period. (The Cliff Robinson Rule.)
  8. Every “Otter” is given 6 votes per category. Additional votes may be obtained through a number of ways.
  9. Any nominee that is within 2 votes for first place are Inducted. (The “bad wifi rule”)
  10. Any nominee whom the commissioner can meet in person can be officially inducted at that moment.
  11. The commissioner is allowed to choose special nominees without prior notification to the fan base in the categories of sports, film/tv, and music. This will be called the Commissioner Award.
  12. The Commissioner is allowed to award a Governor’s Award to any nominee who has shown significant voter interest over their nominee history, yet has failed to be inducted.
  13. The commissioner is allowed ONE reprieve per session if he/she believes the nominee up for elimination has shown 1) strong voter presence from past sessions, 2) strong statical arguments, 3) the “top fan” consortium concurs with his/her intent.
  14. Nominees are allowed a “fan rep” to argue their case for induction and help with their induction process.
  15. Any fan rep who has their nominee inducted is also inducted in HOPDG. Furthermore, each successful fan rep may nominate a song in the Song Category.