... and there you have it - screeners will always get it wrong! Either we push the stuff through quickly and go by our personal instincts and get accused of "inconsistency" or we consult on the marginal shots and are then given grief for slowing things up
Bottom line - no one should be uploading stuff they think is iffy anyway - if you've got better stuff, just upload that. And once uploaded, forget about it - what's the hurry anyway? You all know your shots will get processed in due course. You also know the screeners are fitting in screening between work, photography, and - believe it or not - spending time with their friends and families.
I know it all seems straightforward on the uploading side of things - I used to wonder myself why things happened the way they did - once you see things from the screener's side you realize things just aren't so simple.
We should all step back and take a broader perspective. Can anyone think of any other web service that has provided such a consistent service on such a large scale over such a period of time purely on voluntary effort (and not just the screeners - check out the new "about" page - and also the many thousand contributors). How many highly financed .dot coms have flourished and died in the time A.net has existed?
When I first started using A.net, one of the things the most impressed me was the way it worked - I'm an IT professional, and this was the first site I'd come across that really implemented all the theoretical potential of the internet. As far as I'm aware it is still the best example of genuinely international group work on a large scale without regard to the god of profit.
So, yes, there are problems with A.net, but somehow it works. Sometimes we just can't see the wood for the trees - but the sum of A.net is a tremendous achievement which should not be forgotten. I guess now is as good a time as any for the many thousands of contributors to A.net to give each other a big "well done" and Happy Xmas.
Colin K. Work, Pixstel