Can a buyer ask friends, family, and co-workers to participate in their project?
We try to provide a level playing field here, and entries by people you work with or know personally have an unfair advantage. Therefore, any such entries would be disqualified.
It’s much like when there is a contest on a cereal box, and all the folks associated with that cereal company are not allowed to enter. Really, it’s only fair.
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