The ridiculous numbers involved in the Merlinception poll immediately led to accusations of vote-fixing, but the Slash Madness tournament isn’t an election. It’s not necessarily about which pairing has the most fans (probably Sterek, although it’s pretty much impossible to do any kind of official census about counting the number of fanfics for each pairing on Archive of our Own), but which has the most intense fanbase.
Merlin and Inception may not be the most current of fandoms, but that just meant they had more to prove. People voted multiple times, to the extent that the Slash Madness Tumblr tag is full of people saying they’d been temporarily blocked from the site. According to The Backlot:
“You may vote as often as you like, with one caveat: be aware that too frequent voting or a voting pattern that appears to be computer automated (i.e. a “voting bot”) will result in a “suspicious activity” message and will trigger a one hour cooldown period.”
As Tumblr user lemmylynxu put it, “COOLING DOWN PERIOD? MORE LIKE RILING UP PERIOD.” [READ MORE]