Photo Tourney Discussion

voyagerfan99

Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again
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Okay so since the last tournament went through hell, I think maybe we should revise the photo tournaments. They've been the same way for a while, so a refresh might be good to keep it alive.

As was said in the tourney, a lot of people recycle photos (which I can understand) but it does make things boring when the same photos are entered over and over and don't win.

Please don't use this thread to argue; it's simply for updating the rules of the tournament (such as photo entry submission maximum for a single photo, etc).

Currently, the rules stand as this:

Tournament Rules said:
Rules:
Playing this tournament is simple:

A tournament involves 11 different members max.
The winner of the last tournament will give a theme, and those who want to participate will post their pictures (Only one per person). Please, No more than eleven participants total.

When all participants have entered their picture in the tournament (please submit a link along with your picture), I will then create another thread to vote on the pictures via a poll. Located in the Off Topic sub forum.

Further Rules:
- No spot saving; you will only be counted if you have a picture submitted.
- Only one picture may be posted at a time, if you decide to change it, please edit the original post.
- No posting an image that has previously won a competition.
- When voting you are not allowed to vote for your own submission.

So in brief:
- Users who wish to participate please post your image within this thread followed by a link to the image source.
- If entering a slightly computer manipulated photo, please post the original along with it so users who are voting can see the difference.
- After eleven participants have entered the tournament, a second thread will be made with a poll to vote on the pictures.

Winners will simply be the one who gets the most votes (please no voting for yourself). He/she will then create another thread in which they propose a different theme for the next tournament.

Please resize your pictures to an acceptable resolution.
This tournament will have 5 days of voting.

You are permitted to change your image but if you could just change the URL in your original post and leave an edited comment with it.

Have fun & enjoy.
 

vroom_skies

VIP Member
Alright, I'll start off the arguing...har har.

I don't feel that anything has to be changed with the current setup.
I do think that a monthly tournament could be a nice addition. Since it would be a month long process we could choose harder topics and so on.
 

spirit

Moderator
Staff member
A monthly contest would be a good addition and I too agree that nothing needs to be changed to the current setup.
 

voyagerfan99

Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again
Staff member
I do think we need a submission period for the quick ones. They tend to sit open far too long. Also I think the starter of the tourney needs to quickly submit their photo. Otherwise they're likely to be excluded from the voting.
 

spirit

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Staff member
I do think we need a submission period for the quick ones. They tend to sit open far too long. Also I think the starter of the tourney needs to quickly submit their photo. Otherwise they're likely to be excluded from the voting.
Yes, I agree with all of this. This is the problem we have now with the current tourney. You should really submit your photo when you create the tourney thread if you're creating the tourney.

I also personally don't think you should participate unless you know that you can get a new tourney up within a week. If the winner hasn't created a new tourney within a week, then the runner-up should just create a new one.
 

voyagerfan99

Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again
Staff member
I also personally don't think you should participate unless you know that you can get a new tourney up within a week. If the winner hasn't created a new tourney within a week, then the runner-up should just create a new one.
That's not fair. You don't always know if something will come up where you can't create a new topic.
 

spirit

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Staff member
That's not fair. You don't always know if something will come up where you can't create a new topic.
Granted, I did actually think about that after I'd posted it.

OK then, maybe don't say 'you cannot participate unless you know you can get a new theme up', maybe say instead: 'the runner-up can create a new theme if the winner doesn't do so for a while.' I personally don't see how that would be unfair.
 
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Punk

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Alright, I'll start off the arguing...har har.

I don't feel that anything has to be changed with the current setup.
I do think that a monthly tournament could be a nice addition. Since it would be a month long process we could choose harder topics and so on.
Yup, but we have that on Camera Forum...

Agreed on the runner-up suggestion.
 

Ramodkk

VIP Member
Camera Forum is Camera Forum, this is Computer Forum, we can do the same thing, nothing bad's gonna happen.
 

vroom_skies

VIP Member
I do think we need a submission period for the quick ones. They tend to sit open far too long. Also I think the starter of the tourney needs to quickly submit their photo. Otherwise they're likely to be excluded from the voting.
Yes, I agree with all of this. This is the problem we have now with the current tourney. You should really submit your photo when you create the tourney thread if you're creating the tourney.
Well the issue lies within other members setting up the poll with out approval. I'm all for the help as it really is handy. However I don't always have a photo in mind when I choose a topic. With that being said there have been times where a topic was created and the OP has no intention to submit a photo at all.
Just simply asking if they wanted to enter a photo is enough. If they do then just give them an hour to do so. Or if not and you want to setup the poll then go ahead.
I don't mind limiting the submission time to a few days though.

Yup, but we have that on Camera Forum...
I don't feel that the overlap is a negative.
 

Punk

Moderator
Staff member
So we would have two tournaments at the same time? Yeah that could work, at least we can try.
 

spirit

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Staff member
Well the issue lies within other members setting up the poll with out approval. I'm all for the help as it really is handy. However I don't always have a photo in mind when I choose a topic. With that being said there have been times where a topic was created and the OP has no intention to submit a photo at all.
Just simply asking if they wanted to enter a photo is enough. If they do then just give them an hour to do so. Or if not and you want to setup the poll then go ahead.
Yeah sorry about going ahead and making a poll for the current theme before you had a chance to put a photo in - but the thread was going a bit off the rails and Travis (understandably) wanted to just get a poll up and going and then close the thread.

I'll also just mention that we had a similar kind of theme to the current one on the Camera Forum about a year ago and nobody kicked up a fuss: http://www.cameraforum.com/showthread.php?473-Photo-Contest-for-January-2013-Your-Best
 
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Punk

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Staff member
Anyone wants to make a new tournament? I think it was Travis who won the last if I remember correctly :)
 

Darren

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I'll venture something that might not sit well but is probably a big part of the problem.

This forum is dead and the amount of users that
1. Care about photography enough to enter a competition are few and far between
2. Amount of people that actually can take good pictures worth even posting is even less

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying ditch it all together, but I think the real issue with this, and many other things around here, is that it's just dead. We've got a dedicated member base of about 10-15 people and then just a stream of random people asking questions (which is fine). Not enough active and regular users that are capable of participating are even here. Most of these tournaments are the same handful of people so stuff tends to get a bit stale after a while.
 

voyagerfan99

Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again
Staff member
Nah, I totally get what you're saying Darren. That's why I haven't been pushing them.
 

Punk

Moderator
Staff member
Agreed Darren, I'm actually trying to get some fun on this forum back so we can get new traffic.
 

spirit

Moderator
Staff member
It's a shame that people like Justin, Dale, Bob and numerous others who were into photography don't seem to post here any more. I guess the member base has just dried up.
 
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