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alex_noel 2 36 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 5:21PM
What happens to the votes? Do the editors choose a photo of the week or something from the voting?

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KarenFB 8 4.4k 163 England
22 Aug 2012 5:26PM
No.

It's just for fun! Grin

Some people may get a bit het up if they don't get (what they consider) enough, but it makes no difference to life. If you get thirty on one image then one of the faded boxes (Readers Choice) turns brightly coloured but that's it!
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
22 Aug 2012 5:40PM
Voting is just a bit of nonsense, really. It was brought in, in 2004 with the best of intentions but has proved to be all a bit silly with groups of people ('virtual friends') voting for each others' photos regardless of how good or bad they are. However there is no stomach for ditching voting altogether.

However............... about a year or so ago, EPZ gave individual members the facility to disable voting. One of the best innovations to date, IMO. Smile
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
22 Aug 2012 5:43PM

Quote:Voting is just a bit of nonsense, really. It was brought in, in 2004 with the best of intentions but has proved to be all a bit silly with groups of people ('virtual friends') voting for each others' photos regardless of how good or bad they are


The only nonsense I`ve ever seen is those that complain Smile
PinkK 5 80 1 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 6:07PM
If you want to see who has voted for your image, you have to become a paid E2 member, which is a shame. But the voting is essentially just for fun Smile
alex_noel 2 36 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 6:18PM
I am not a paid member and I can see who has voted on my Bridge shot
JackAllTog e2
5 4.0k 58 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 7:03PM
I do slight use voting to guage how i'm doing in different genera's - with a large pinch of salt. But comments are much better.

I also look at voting on other's photo's to see if i see why it got the votes it did. and whether i agree with it.

I also like it when some specific people vote on photos i like as i know they will have enjoyed it. And also when some of the more experienced members vote on a photo of mine as i think they indicate that its not bad Smile

But don't worry about votes, some are way under voted and some way over voted.

Welcome to ePz Alex.
joshwa e2
4 710 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 9:12PM

Quote:I am not a paid member and I can see who has voted on my Bridge shot


How long have you been a member? It could be that you are still in the free e2 trial period Smile
YoBellzaa e2
7 224 England
22 Aug 2012 9:15PM
Yes Alex, you're on a free 2 week e2 trial, which all new members now get, enjoy!
rayme330 e2
2 16 1 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 8:09PM
I have suggested recently that it may be a good idea that you can't see to whom an image belongs until you have voted for it.
This would mean that you would only vote for images that appeal directly to you, and go some way to preventing cliques from forming.
Eastlands e2
4 683 3 Northern Ireland
25 Aug 2012 8:13PM

Quote:I have suggested recently that it may be a good idea that you can't see to whom an image belongs until you have voted for it.
This would mean that you would only vote for images that appeal directly to you, and go some way to preventing cliques from forming.



Sounds like a good idea, but in practice my experience from this site and from my Camera Club is that after a while you can often identify the work of a tog without seeing their name
saltireblue e2
4 4.3k 26 Norway
25 Aug 2012 8:35PM

Quote:I have suggested recently that it may be a good idea that you can't see to whom an image belongs until you have voted for it.
This would mean that you would only vote for images that appeal directly to you, and go some way to preventing cliques from forming.

Sounds like a good idea, but in practice my experience from this site and from my Camera Club is that after a while you can often identify the work of a tog without seeing their name


You would also get the cliquees tipping each other off as to the identity of their images.

Malc
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
25 Aug 2012 9:05PM

Quote:I have suggested recently that it may be a good idea that you can't see to whom an image belongs until you have voted for it.


How would you know which pictures to vote on then?Grin
cantona43 9 915 4 England
25 Aug 2012 10:02PM

Quote:you can often identify the work of a tog without seeing their name


That's easy on mine they are all c**p
Neil Wink
Tooth 9 5.8k 227 Ireland
25 Aug 2012 10:31PM

Quote:The only nonsense I`ve ever seen is those that complain Smile


Quite agree Paul - just because (I believe) a small proportion of members use the voting system as a mutual back-slapping exercise, it doesn't mean that everyone does, and it doesn't mean it's worthless. I honestly think it's quite insulting to the majority of members who use the voting system in a genuine bona-fide way, to be accused of being mindless saddos by people with a chip on their shoulder.

To Alex Noel

welcome to EPZ. Here's my view on the voting system

1) if you like an image, click (vote) on it. If you don't, don't - simples

2) don't vote on an image just because someone's voted on one of yours, unless you are of the mentality that wants to be part of a mutual appreciation club

3) don't be disheartened if your pics don't receive many votes, especially early on. It's a very big site, and your photo can easily slip through un-noticed

4) the more active you are on the site, the more people are likely to se your pics, the more likely some of them will like them, and the more likely you are to get votes. So browse the galleries, vote on pictures you like, and more importantly, comment on them - in short interact

5) NB point 4 is not the same as saying the more people you court, the more mindless you are, which is what some of the begrudgers seem to think.

Imagine you move to a new town where you know no-one, and go to the local pub once a week. You could

a) sit in the corner reading the paper and ignoring people

b) be open and friendly and inteacat genuinely with people, till you eventually probably find a small circle of friends, and are an accepted part of the pub community, or

c) be the life and soul of the party, go round buying rounds for everyone and licking up to everyone..

If you prefer b, then that's best the way to be on here IMO.

6) beware of people who very quickly land and vote on every one of your photos - after a while it becomes easy to spot the worthless clique voters (who as I said are in the minority)

7) don't use the number of votes to guage how good you are against other members' votes. But it can be useful to use it to see what is liked and liked less within your own portfolio. Eg you put up a pic you think is great, but it gets only half the votes that you normally get for a similar pic. This might cause you t re-examine the pic and realise some faults you hadn't seen yourself

8) comments are worth much more than votes, especially if they're constructive and honest.

9) signs of people who may use the voting system as a back-slapping mutual appreciation exercise

(This is going to rattle a few cages Smile

a) in their recent activity, the ratio of comments to uploaded pictures is 30+

b) they have recent activity tuened off

c) the description on their pics thanks everyone for voting on the last one - even links to it - and especially if in bold type..

d) they give an update on their personal life before mentioning the pic

e) look at a random page of the galley and see who's votes on each pic one by one - you may see a pattern

10) now you know what to look out for, decide how you want to use the site. Don't be put off using the voting system because of a few begrudgers, just decide how you want to use it and be honest to yourself

11) enjoy EPZ, it has the potential to be a wonderful positive experince in your life Smile

Stephen

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