It is the second time that I jumped in. It has been very costly for my acceptance ratio. I do agree with you (Alvera). The voting system is no good. Comparing to the Eurovision, we know the rule and we can see the progression of the winner. DT rule is abstract, blur, gray and whatever you want to call it but it is not crystal clear. Nobody know or can tell how the calculation is done.
The calculation is easy, simple and clear. There is no secret to it, it's very basic maths. If a picture gets 10 votes ranging from 1 to 5, you simply add up all the points and divide by the number of votes which in this case was 10, you then have a mean value, this is your score. There is no gray area or unfairness on DT's part, remember DTis giving away $600 of prize money every 6 weeks or so and leave all decisions about the winners to us.
When we talk about the voting system not be fair ( I have not said this ) we talk about that you can see who you vote for, people with lots of friends possible could have an advantage. I'm not sure if this is the case though, I have voted for everyone on the picture alone and not taken in to account who took it, eg I love the work of RED but only found out today she had two shots in the contest that I have already voted on. I would like to think most voters would work in the same way.
Good luck to all :)
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I dodn't mean to suggest names should be hidden because I vote for friends, but I'm unlikely, for example to vote a photo from someone I know a '1' - I'd just not vote on it. But if it was side by side with a stronger image it would be easy to vote the other 'up'. I think an A/B comparison would make voting easier, but not sure it would be any more fair.
While I agree with Brett that the calculation is probably simple enough, it isn't that transparent - for example what if one image only gets one vote of '5'? Should it win? What if one image gets way more 5's, but due to a couple of 1's has a lower average? In reality, there seems to be a pretty good spread of votes, and no image seems to get skewed too far. I don't think a subjective contest can really ever be truly fair.
It is an assignment, not a publically run lottery, so I don't have any problem with DT choosing a winner any way they want, I enter for exposure and hope for sales, plus maybe a prize. Also keeps me doing new stuff.
@BCritchley: Your reply makes me laugh really. In my example, there is only two pictures in the contest and the winner is the third one :D :D :D You illustrate perfectly what I mentioned above about the "gray". Never mind, it is a simple contest to increase the exposure and to have fun.
Quoted Message: I`ve never won so the voting system must be flawed. :-)
Me neither! Soon, I will be a fallen king and must go for president! :)) No joke, an editors vote or from DT admins (ones with photographic skills) will reinvigorate this assignment. They will indicate us, with that vote, what is good and what is bad for stock. They must say something like this: first place goes to User for composition, lighting, concept etc. Or just put an symbolic prize - not money, just a tshirt or 5 credits - I am also a buyer.
One star from me for both photos. My algorithm is here: *****=5/*** minus 5*2 (two photos per user means ***** multiplied by three stars) minus [2^5 (if accepted photos are from same user at same time)] minus *** 3 star^2.
Quoted Message: One star from me for both photos.My algorithm is here: *****=5/*** minus 5*2 (two photos per user means ***** multiplied by three stars) minus [2^5 (if accepted photos are from same user at same time)] minus *** 3 star^2.
Please stand by while I take a degree in Mathematical Sciences so I can understand your formula.
I could not send my photo in competition...and I use mobile with all of my photos...I know that I have to learn and practice to improve my work...and still...this is my theme... Next time...oh...would it be the next time... :-) Some great photos in competition...congratulation...
Poor of me :( Too late, it is not for this time that I will have an average of 5 :(
Seriously, it seems that not a lot of buyer downloaded the submitted pictures before the votes. It doubt that it is a kind of picture that designers are looking for ... too much filter effects reduce the usability of the picture... they look like a family private pictures for the majority of them.
Yes! I've asked that in the past and had to figure out for myself that 5 is better than 1. I originally thought that 1 for "first" was the best. I wonder how many new voters think that too. Add some more instructions for those who never visit the forums and also clarify the "vote for all images," I'm wondering if not voting for all images skews the results?