If your image is rejected because it did not meet the criteria... Then it is a rejection. You get dinged! Oh well... Besides getting your pride hurt.. What do rejections really do to hurt you? Decrease your uploads? Cut your chances of being featured? I think yes to those things .. But what they really say is go back to the drawing board.. Your missing something! The acceptance ratio is the boogie man and will freeze you in your tracks!
If these things seem unfair or hurt your feelings you may be looking at stock as a hobby and not a business. Hobbies are fun, business is cold! It is possible to have a hobby that is fun yet cold and calculating! This isn't a hobby for DT.
Many of the editors are also contributors and know how hard it is to get a quality image that is not only accepted but also sells.
The responsibility lies with the contributor as a seller of their imagery to provide DT with quality images with a potential for sales.
Well this direct acceptance into RF (normal) image section will cause a whole lot of trouble for admins and reviewers. Imagine what would happen...every single contributor would fill in all 10 photos right away. There is nothing to fear anymore. No loss, only gains. People would even reupload what is already online (as that is something already allowed).
Result: Some 200,000 additional pending files out of which 50,000 are already online and 50,000 are not relevant.
@Sjankauskas: Well the files take a long time to be reviewed. Makes it only harder to improve them in time. You need to be really badly confident to upload more than 3 in a go.
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
so if assignments are a separate review process and have nothing to do with "normal" acceptance criteria, the whole thing should be excluded in terms of counting submissions against the allowed total and refusals against AR. Ideally, assignment rejects should just fall back to the normal pending queue