It's quite obvious that certain groups of photographers are very well organized and continue to send, pardon me for saying so, relatively mediocre fair to the top of the front page on a regular basis, and now I see increasingly PC
shots. A.net might not find any problem with it, but I see plenty of problems with it. There are only so many 'prime real estate' spots on the web page that are guaranteed to garner attention, and when those become monopolized by photographers simply because they and a few buddies are dedicated enough to click their pals to the front for every dreary submission it does have an impact on overall views. The top quality photos drive the views to the rest of the database. Let me qualify that. I was following A.net for years as a casual visitor and would base my browsing almost solely on what was on the front page, and if it wasn't much I'd be on my merry way. The internet is just too big and there is too little time to process all the information and if A.net is hosting cabin shots and shirts hanging from the rafters, fine by me but I have better things to do with my time. Now I've been participating in the process as a photographer from time to time I'm starting to understand the dynamics of the site a bit better.
I think Chris has pointed out something all of us are guilty of, I know I am... and that's only investing time to vote PC
for really outstanding submissions, which is far from frequent. My last PC
vote was the night EK
A380 landing, and I can't even remember my vote before that. Unfortunately I adhere to certain criteria wielding my PC
vote... difficulty and aesthestics primarily.... I find 'rare' a/c shots not a valid criteria for voting a PC
. Don't even get me started on have-access-and-camera-click. The front page should suffice.
I certainly don't vote on a regular basis. But if the only way to ensure that PC
retains some semblance of meaning we're going to have to start making a concerted effort to drop by the site on a daily basis, and put our votes to use to make sure that 12 guys in some Internet cafe somewhere aren't wrecking the site with nonsense submissions.
So the solution is, I think, to get out and vote more frequently and ensure at least that the PC
slots are representative of our finest work.
My 2 pennies.
[Edited 2010-12-04 22:32:34]