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Should we continue the contest voting?

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  December 7, 2009 03:28 PM

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A question for all of you: Should we continue to have the public (and you) vote on the Final 50 contest entries, as chosen by our professional judges, or should we just leave it all to the judge each month in the interest of getting the Top 10 posted faster?

I know that many of you enjoy taking part in the judging process. And I came up with the voting idea to encourage more direct participation in RAW.

On the other hand, the voting process is fraught with peril (isn't that a great phrase?):

As I've mentioned before, photographers who work in large organizations sometimes benefit from the well-meaning enthusiasm of co-workers and friends who vote as though it's a popularity contest rather than a skills competition. That leaves the self-employed, stay-at-home parents, or people who work for very small companies at a disadvantage.

Also, every month we have trouble getting everyone's photos in the Voting Machine because inevitably, somebody hasn't made sure their Flickr settings are correct. It takes time to straighten out these issues, which only delays the whole process.

So what do you think -- do the community benefits of letting everyone participate outweigh the hassles, or would you prefer to leave everything up to the pro?

Please take this poll. A YES answer means you want the public voting to continue; a NO vote means you want to stop the voting.

We'll leave this up for a week. Thanks.

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