>>> Challenge 131: Vote Here <<<

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>>> Challenge 131: Vote Here <<<
Nov 29, 2006

A BIG THANKS to all 72 photographers who contributed to this theme...you made the Challenge a great one. The galleries contain 224 photos in all...72 in Eligible and 152 in Exhibition. I hope you can tell that I genuinely appreciated viewing each and every one of them...so many wonderful shots leaving so many lasting impressions. Thanks a LOT, everybody, for sharing your photos!

Due to the large number of entries, we need as many voters as possible to determine the placements...so, PLEASE VOTE, whether you entered any photos or not. The "voting booth" system we have now really simplifies the voting process. If you're new to the system, like I was in the last Challenge, I think you'll really appreciate the automated ease and efficiency of voting now. No more writing, pasting, or sorting

VOTING GUIDELINES:

Voting time frame
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• You will have 48 hours to review both galleries and make your choices. Voting ends at 10PM EST (NY time) on Thursday, November 30th, 2006. An international time chart will be available on the Challenge 131 main page for deadline reference.

The Challenge theme
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• Please keep in mind the challenge theme, "Two or Three", when casting your votes.

The Voting System
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The voting system is provided to us by Warren Sarle and can be accessed here... http://www.warrensarle.com/vote/ . First, you should select the Sony Eligible or the Sony Exhibition gallery for voting. It will open a window with all the thumbnails listed from the selected gallery...that loading will take just a moment until fully finished. You can click on the “show help” button for explanations, but here is a short synopsis about usage...

I suggest checking the 4 checkboxes at the top of the page for displaying the image titles, etc. Clicking on a thumbnail will open a new window of the photo's "full-scale" viewing in PBase. Below each picture is an evaluation line. It includes points from 4 to 1, "H" for honorable mention, "X" to move the thumbnail to the end of the page, and "0" if you want to clear a vote on an image. You can award points by clicking once on the appropriate number below the thumbnail.

You must remember to do two things... 1) Enter your dpreview ID name as your "name" when voting and... 2) Always hit the "Save your votes" button when you are finished awarding your votes. A new window will then appear and display your selections.

NOTE (INCREASED SECURITY): IN ORDER TO ASSURE THAT NOBODY ELSE COULD CHANGE YOUR VOTES, YOU CAN APPEND, IF YOU WANT, AN UNDERSCORE (" ") ONTO YOUR "ID" FOLLOWED BY A THREE FIGURE CODE TO ACT LIKE A PASSWORD. EXAMPLE: ela_475

Please post a short message back into the "Vote Here" thread indicating you've voted after you're done. This helps validate your votes...plus, you can be notified if something is in error (e.g. you forgot to save your votes, etc.).

Rules for awarding points are the same as always:

• First, you must cast 4 points for your favorite single photo in each of the galleries you vote for. If your time is very short, PLEASE try to choose at least one favorite entry from each of the two galleries.

• After awarding your 4-point favorite, you can then award up to 12 more points in each gallery that you're voting for. That means you have 16 points total to work with for each gallery (32 points total for both galleries). You're not required to cast any or all of these additional 12 points, or to cast them the same way in each gallery. You can award the remaining votes however you like, keeping in mind the following guideline...

• Award between 1 and 4 points to each of your additional selections.

To show appreciation for each other's work, please don't vote for any of your own photos. Header photos should not receive any votes either. Please vote honestly and in the good spirit of these challenges by reviewing the merits of ALL of the photos.

After finishing the voting process in one gallery, you can go back to http://www.warrensarle.com/vote/ and select the other gallery for voting.

It's really a lot more fun to cast votes now...and your vote means a lot to the final success of this Challenge, especially with so many entries So, get to that booth and start voting!

Thanks A Lot Everybody,
Mike(MFC)

Links to the galleries:
http://www.pbase.com/stfchallenge/challenge_131_main
http://www.pbase.com/stfchallenge/challenge_131_eligible
http://www.pbase.com/stfchallenge/challenge_131_exhibition

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