I've acquired a new pet peeve. I may be part of the problem, having a poll for my competition, but I think there is a major difference.
I hate when I am in a chat box, or go into a chatbox and see that there is or has been someone there who is rarely there and this is the extend of their conversation:
"Hey guys! Long time no chat! Hey I'm in the finale of such and such comp will you vote for me? here's the link? Oh man i gotta go! See you later!"
I don't even care if you vote for your friend because you want to do something nice for them. That vote is at least SOMEWHAT earned because you've been a good enough friend to that person that they want good things to happen to you. (I hope that makes sense.) I know people have done it for me and I appreciate it, but the last thing I want is for people to feel like they are obligated to vote for me. I want people to feel free to vote for who THEY want to win. That's why I made my poll anonymous.. I'm hoping that helped.
So please don't come and BEG for votes from people you otherwise wouldn't give a second glance to. Anyway competitions for me are more for the fun and community sharing aspect... Basically I like to look at the pretty pictures, I like to create, and I've gained a ton of amazing friends. If I win, that's just an added bonus.