After experiencing quite a pleasant experience to ensure a photo is up to the standard, I now have to experience this.
I'm not happy with it, because my aim was to improve my acceptance ratio, after dropping to a measly 24% a month ago. Throughout this month, I've achieved that and bumped my acceptance ratio to 56% at one stage.
Anyway, I'm not happy with what happened, because to me, we were going around in circles over a photo, wasted 2 attempts whilst at it (dropping my ration unnecessarily), and even though I had fixed the only issue with the photo, it was rejected for something else that was OK
'ed first time around. Isn't it frustrating? What makes it even more puzzling was that a head screener (or two) got involved in the decision and advise making.
What can I do next?
The photo in question and what happened. Please note that I don't have the exact timeline log.
Nov 29, 2012: Rejected by a screener for DARK, YELLOW CAST COLOR and MOTIVE for horizontal stabiliser cut off
Appealed the same day it was rejected. I explained during the appeal, that the light was low (about an hour before sunset) and I was told that the crop was fine due to the tight crop as per feedback I gathered from a screener via direct email - no need to guess who it is. He is the most helpful one here on this forum.
Anyway, the head screener who handled the case rejected the appeal saying; Motive and color OK. But contrast harsh making it look a bit dark
So what do you do before re-uploading again? Listen to the advise given and fix the image accordingly.
I re-uploaded the second time after toning down the contrast and probably adjusted the levels to bring it in line with the contrast adjustment.
Rejected Dec 07, 2012: Rejected by a screener for Color is still off and motive (crop) is poor
I scratched my head when I saw this, even though I included in the note, that this photo went through the appeal process and the Head Screener confirms color and motive was ok etc etc etc.. I think you all know what I would've said to save the screener a bit of tip of where we are with the photo. What was encouraging (to me at least), the dark rejection is gone, so to me, I've overcome the DARK
I appealed not too long after the rejection. I thought this should be a straight forward fix.
Woke up this morning to see that the photo was not added to the database with the message: Screener correct
Now, this may sound simple and straight forward rejection for which ever Head Screener who handled the case (even though I included in the note, please get a better understanding on the situation as this is the second time around), but to me, this is baffling at most. Not sure if I am over reacting here but I have followed all valuable inputs to "get it right" and yeah, I'm not going anywhere - quite frustrating.
Is this one of those photo where it is 50/50 which causes subjective decision making, pending who handles it? I wish the appeal process or re-uploading process can be handled in a way, that it is screened by the same screener whom rejected it initially. That way, you won't have this situation where one person says fine, the other says no. For someone who is trying to improve stats, this is a set back and I'm far from happy with this decision.
Hendra Barnes[Edited 2012-12-07 13:43:10][Edited 2012-12-07 13:43:50]
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