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Grumpy Old Guy

(3,145 posts)
Thu Nov 23, 2023, 07:42 PM Nov 2023

Rules change for the monthly photo contests, please vote!

Last edited Fri Nov 24, 2023, 03:25 AM - Edit history (2)

A few months ago there were some discussions here concerning the requirement to resize photos for the monthly contests. Several of us feel that it’s unnecessary, and creates an extra burden for the person who is running the contest. At the time we took an informal poll, and the vote was overwhelming in favor of scrapping the requirement. (I think the vote was seven in favor of scrapping the rule, and one in favor of keeping it. I don’t know for sure because I can’t look back that far with the new interface).

Therefore we’re going to do another poll, and this time we can make the results official. Here are some salient points to consider.

1. The requirement to resize places a burden on the member who is running the contest. These contests are not easy to run. There is a lot of cutting and pasting, and double and triple checking to avoid mistakes. It’s very time consuming. There is usually a large percentage of the entries that are not correctly sized, and the person running the contest has to check all the sizes and contact all the people who entered over sized pics. It’s a lot of extra work.

2. There really is no advantage to entering larger photos, since the web browsers automatically resize the photos. In fact, a larger photo may actually be at a disadvantage, since the viewer might have to scroll up or down a little to see the entire image.

3. Many photographers strive to produce sharp, clear images, and it’s disheartening to see them lose sharpness due to the downsizing of files.

4. There are many members of DU here who would like to get involved in the contests, but they don’t have the skills or experience to properly resize the entries. There would probably be greater participation from the membership at large without the resizing requirements.

5. One argument for keeping the resizing requirements is that there are some members who still have slower internet connections, and it takes longer to load the pages. That is a valid point. However, is it fair to ask the contest runners to do all that extra work for the sake of just a few individuals? Yes, it might take longer for the pages to load, but if they’re patient those users may enjoy having much higher quality images to vote on.

We would like to get everyone’s input on this. Please add your two cents worth to the comments and vote in the poll.


Grumpy Old Guy
Tom Kitten

28 votes, 0 passes | Time left: Time expired
Change the rules and eliminate the resizing requirements.
28 (100%)
Leave the rules unchanged and keep the resizing requirements.
0 (0%)
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Rules change for the monthly photo contests, please vote! (Original Post) Grumpy Old Guy Nov 2023 OP
Thank you for this beautifully written poll, my dear Grumpy. I hope this will settle the matter for good! CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2023 #1
I'm not a photographer, so Mr.Bill Nov 2023 #2
I'm not sure. Grumpy Old Guy Nov 2023 #3
Thanks for the reply, Mr.Bill Nov 2023 #4
Kick for more exposure! CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2023 #5
KICK!!! George McGovern Nov 2023 #6
Kickety kick kick! Grumpy Old Guy Nov 2023 #7
Kick! Grumpy Old Guy Nov 2023 #8


(24,214 posts)
2. I'm not a photographer, so
Thu Nov 23, 2023, 10:50 PM
Nov 2023

I don't participate on that level, but I am a big fan of the contest and always vote.

Would it be possible set things up so that we can't see how many votes each photo has before we choose one to vote for? Sometimes I feel my vote can be unintentionally swayed by knowing where the vote count on a particular phots stands in the contest. It's easy to go with the flow and vote for the most popular one, or in my case, I may sometimes tend to go with the underdog.

I don't know if this can be done or how much trouble it would be, it's just something I think about.

Grumpy Old Guy

(3,145 posts)
3. I'm not sure.
Thu Nov 23, 2023, 10:54 PM
Nov 2023

I know that we can make the voting anonymous, but I don't know if we can hide the totals.


(24,214 posts)
4. Thanks for the reply,
Thu Nov 23, 2023, 10:57 PM
Nov 2023

it was just a thought. It won't affect me participating in the voting one way or another.

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