Lets just clarify things a little - it is true that, for any given picture, the likelihood is that the picture will get more hits if it makes it onto the database just after Swedish midnight than it will if it goes on just before Swedish midnight. The reason for this is that each picture appears in the "Most popular of last 24/48 hours" view on the calendar day on which it is accepted, and the following day, based on Swedish time. It is clear therefore that a picture that makes it onto the database at 23:59 Swedish time will be in this view for 24 hours and one minute, whereas a picture that makes it onto the database at 00:01 Swedish time (two minutes later) will appear in that view for 47 hours and 59 minutes. As many site visitors appear to use this view to look at new uploads, it follows that pictures posted just after Swedish midnight are in view for almost twice as long as those posted just before Swedish midnight.
Of course, NOTHING will get an all-so-ran picture views - the most part of getting views is uploading a good original picture - a really GOOD picture will get viewed plenty anyway, and in my opinion this before/after midnight thing is just a crutch that some folks with marginal images try to cling to, to justify hit counts lower than they hoped for.
Now, to understand the screening process - It is of course a fact that a.net has screeners from Europe, the US, and Australia (at least). Swedish midnight is of course midnight across most of western Europe, its 23:00 in the UK, 18:00 on the US east coast, and 14:00 on the US west coast. It is something like 09:00 in eastern Australia. So, notwithstanding the fact that we don't fish specific people's pictures out of the queue, it is of course obvious that there is a vast conspricy going on - by habit the screeners in Europe mainly screen just before they go to bed, screeners in the eastern US screen just after they leave work, screeners on the west coast screen in the early afternoon, and screeners in Australia screen after they get up in the morning. And we do this, each group works at different times of the day, with the express intention of upsetting those few photographers who seem to think hits are everything by processing their pictures at the most inopportune time.
YEAH, RIGHT - NOT! In reality its a lottery as pictures are presented in a system determined order which screeners don't influence. Or, to put it another way - if anyone thinks that there's a conspiracy going on amongst the screeners, just to cheat a few photographers out of a few hits, then their energy would be better directed towards getting out more and spending more time taking really good pictures, than it is worrying about whether anyone here will see them.
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