I guess I am still unsure of what it is you are trying to achieve here. The contest is pretty straight forward from what I can tell. Is it that you are trying to draw more people to this community to participate in a signature contest? What is it that you are wanting to change? Maybe if you specified what your rules would be I would have a better grasp of what you are trying to get across.
There are only a handful of people that frequent this particular forum that even get involved with signatures and I believe all of them are in this months poll.
This contest runs in multiple sections of the forum. I don't see why it is meeting such resistance here.
I am pointing out that a contest that simply said "Post your Starhawk sigs! We'll have a vote to select the best one. Please abide by the forum terms and conditions" will likely do more for the community and its members than writing a treatise about what you can't do and then having folks speculate as to why an entrant will be disqualified. Look for ways to get more people to enter the contest, not less.
You are correct that there are only a handful of people that frequent this forum that are involved with signatures. There are only a handful of people that frequent this forum, period. Those that post regularly might want to think about why that is and what they can do to increase participation.
I would be willing to wager a rather large amount that my comments about the contest don't change the participation level between the January and February iterations. Trying it my way, though, might. I guess we'll never know.
If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
Yes and its darn loud when it happens! Sometimes it even kills things like poor little unsuspecting animals who didn't realize a big mean and nasty tree was ready to fall on them.