But, the front page traffic should be organic - promoting a shot that wouldn't make it on merit just denies the next photog that opportunity. It would be nice if we could all play fairly.
I agree with you (exception being newsworth/outstanding photos).
The son of a photog that always has shots on the front page has admitted he tries to get his dads shots on the front page, his reasoning is he feels his dads images are under appreciated. So, it does happen.
Yeah, I'm aware of those posts on that forum. I also posted the 'official' stance on that over there, although you likely don't know it was me
Personally I have seen my own shots be the underserving recipients of Photographers Choice promotion - at one point a few weeks ago there was something like 5 or 6 in a row. Totally ridiculous (and unrealistic).
I remember your post about that as well. Goes to show that not everything is as always as it seems. I too thought you were promoting your own photos, but your statement regarding that puts things into a different light.
There are ways to cheat the system and it is happening. Maybe by bringing this topic out in the light people can be discouraged from behaving like that in the future.
Unfortunately very true, but we just don't have the means to check at the moment. We can appeal to one's morals, but ultimately that's down to the willingness of the photographer.
I am sure it is somewhere on this endless "list" of correction of the new site.
I don't think it's on the list (yet).
One more parameter is the amount of images added on the same time. After one of my pics was added there was almost nothing added for 5-6 hours
Also a valid point, which I've noticed as well. But we can't force people to screen at certain times all the time.