Tim A2: Even the 28th place finish had a score of 3.019.
Ruth, I knew I should have elaborated more in my comment. What I should have said was the high quality of the entries is shown by the high scores, that even the 28th place still had a 3.0.
I don't see all that many very low votes, at least compared to the usual amount. Now the Door Challenge, on the other hand, did have a significant problem with unwarrented low votes. Check the 21st place entry there and you will see what I mean.
Luc Peire's "Optical Spaces"
Even the 28th place finish had a score of 3.019.
There simply is no good reason for those low votes.
PaulChapman: Since when have gliders had engines?
Self-launching gliders have engines. Good to see someone reading the rules.
Deleted pending purge: Well, the Voters Have Voted! As far as I'm concerned, I'm happy with all efforts put into making this one such fun. Congrats to the Winners, and a heartfelt thanks to all who participated!
Thanks, that was fun.
Wildbegonia: Tim,We got our answers.Barbara,You were right, outstanding vote participation record.
Yes, I guess it is not surprising that traditional erotic photography photos rose to the top. The distribution of votes in the histograms tellsl us, though, that voters had more than the usual differences in voting criteria.
wolfbane: Agree with Barb_s about the success in drawing entries, but not sure that thereby cheating will be reduced. Personally I do not worry about cheating - I submit for a bit of fun and I never vote.
If one was sufficiently concerned abiut sandbagging, one might use the MEDIAN score rather than the MEAN score: the median is relatively less affected by extreme (high and low) scores.
A possible disadvantage is that several images might have the same median score, making it impossible to allocate a unique ranking to each entry. But ask yourself - is it possible (as it were) to distinguish accurately the (say) 47th best entry from the 48th or the 46th?
I do not think so, any more than that it is possible to mark 400 student assignments and be sure that you have allotted the exact % score in all cases. Any teacher who tells you the opposite is either a fool or a liar or is pulling your leg.
Thanks for setting such an interesting challenge, Alistair.
You have a good point, but would best be discussed in the forum.
painted wood turtle
FBreview: Maybe iron filings under magnetic influence?
I think you got it.
An abstract still life photo.
I don't know, but I wouldn't want to fall into it.
Voters don't be misled by the entries, the theme is not "Nuts".
refracted candle light on a CD
Wildbegonia: Host: a lot of entries show that the concept of "conceptual erotic photography" is not qutie clear for a lot of the participants or they did not care to find about what it means.
Well we will soon see if the voters knew the difference or if they even cared, or even read past the title for that matter.
Pr0peller: Sorry to disappoint you, but "Peace in a Big City" is an oxymoron. It simply does not exist.
Keep in mind though, there are a variety of kinds of peace.:peace of mind, at peace with one's self, inner peace, making peace, keeping the peace, keeping your peace, peace meaning harmony, no strife, no violence, etc. Anywhere people are relaxed and free of fear of violence can be considered a place of peace.