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November 01, 2006

Thank you, thank you, thank you...

Tenspeed and Brownshoe wrote:

Just wanted to take a moment to say thanks for the site. It is very easy to navigate, make comments and find information. The potd's have been wonderful as well. Thanks again.

Thank YOU again. All of you. You have really made this site a great success in little over a month.

I'm glad the user interface has been well-received. Look for some more tweaks and enhancements in the days or hours to come.

Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on November 01, 2006 12:55 

Here come the judge...

Bill "Michael" Vickers scribed:

So far everyone seems to feel that you are much more objective and all the POTD's have been worthy. It might be a good idea if you did a paragraph on how the POTD's are chosen...if that would be to your advantage and would show your objectivity

I've been called objectionable before, but wow... Objective! Of course my objectivity is very subjective -- especially to those who don't win each day. I've added a new page to explain a little about the POTD competition. It can be found HERE or in the POTD menu at the top of the screen. It details a little about the judging of photos and descriptions of the categories.

Be sure to let me know what you think!

Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on November 01, 2006 13:02 

Size matters...

Karen Chappell posed:

Did you recently change the size of photos you accept? I tried uploading one that is 640x480 (that's how I resize most of my photos for entering contests) and it was rejected. But I had one win before at that size and the winning photos today are that size. Would you consider allowing 640x480 to be uploaded? If not it will take a lot of work to resize and process all of the photos I want to enter.

You may have noticed that 640x480 is now accepted in the posting form. We had it set to 600 minimum size as a rule from the beginning -- but like most rules, they were made to be ignored.

The new form helps with categorizing and eliminating some basic rule violations, but the 600 pixel size minimum we decided to relax. That said, I believe most sites accept 800x600 images so they will show better on the web today. So if you can, start sizing them accordingly.

Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on November 01, 2006 13:12 

Bugged about categories?

Lyn Winans whined:

Love this site ... it's great to have something new and different. I do want to ask (moan, LOL) about a couple of things though. Being a northerner, I'm finding some of the catagories/theme a bit challenging given the 90 day limit. Short of crawling around in the basement we will soon be devoid of "bugs" ;>) Also, colours and harvest may work well further south, but the colours/harvest won't cut it here after today, too late. Was wondering if you'd consider backing the theme up a bit and maybe extending bugs to macro at some point.

Thanks ... from the people in the igloos

I understand your concern. We recently got some feedback from folks in Australia where they schedule their seasons differently from the USA. Come on! Really! Seriously though, I think there are enough categories to allow anyone to submit anything throughout the year. Plus, there is always crawling around in the basement.

As for a macro category, it is something definitely on the list for future growth. Some very good macro-shutter"bugs" out there.

Also Kerry Haines complained:

Would it be possible to include a B&W category as part of your POTD contest? I suspect many enjoy capturing images in this format. Rather than using your diverse "Open/Abstract" category, perhaps a separate B&W option would prompt additional interest. Thanks for your time.

Thanks for your time as well. Another good suggestion and one that is on the list for the future.

And Peter posed:

Ever consider a category for sports/action shots?

We have now.

Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on November 01, 2006 13:19 

Archives still there!

I was wondering, do you guys have a link to the photographers winning shots like you used to. That is an amazing feature (avoided double submissions alot). Thanks for a great website and keep up the cool work.

followed by:

I just found the links to the winning shots. Sorry to bug you guys. Thanks for hosting a great site. :)

Ah! A victim of the new menus. FYI, the archive is located HERE. Look for a few more improvements to that feature soon.

Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on November 01, 2006 13:27 

Category confusion?

Mark marked:

I would also like to congratulate you on the site. It has developed very quickly into one of the top POTD sites. It is very profesionally run and excellently presented. Your hard work is appreciated.

One minor point. Maybe there is a little grey area between the general and open/abstract categories. Abstract isn't a problem but perhaps the difference between open and general might benefit from a little clarity. Probably just me!!!

Wow. Thanks. Based on the quality of the work submitted, I'm glad the photographers think so and have supported us so quickly.

We have added the POTD About Page to clear up just this sort of category confusion. Give it a look and let me know if it's still unclear.

If it is, then it probably IS just you.

Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on November 01, 2006 13:35 

Multiple categories per photo?

Bob broached:

Can a photo be entered into more than one category?

No. Nothing prevents you from submitting more than once, but we delete the duplicate entries and put it into the category we think fits best.

Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on November 01, 2006 13:47 

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