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All Entries In Challenges NOT Getting Equal Number of IMAGE DUELS

Recently I started a challenge FOLIAGE...as soon as the voting started,I observed that all image entries were not getting the equal number of image duels....and to my utter surprise,even at the end of voting I found this same disparity...top ranked entries got upto 85 image duels whereas some other entries which are too many and having winning potential,got only 50/52 image duels.I want to know what is the basis of getting image duels in challenges?why there is such disparity?If all entries are not getting equal number of image duels,then how the awards can be offered?And this problem is happening with each and every challenges...please reply.
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  • Jasenka (Official Rep) April 14, 2014 16:32
    Hello Amrita, if I understand correctly duels for challenges are done in same way as they are done in categories. I will ask to be sure, and I will let you know when I get feedback.

    Why some images have more duels then other can be seen on About us page:

    "My photo is not paused but isn’t getting any more duels. Why?

    The ultimate number of votes that an image gets is dependent on its early dueling history. The more early wins an image has the higher its ImageScore will go and the more duels it will ultimately receive. The highest rated unpaused images on the site will end up with four times (or more) duels than the lowest. After the first 50 duels or so the change in ImageScore with each additional duel slows down. Essentially the first 50 or so duels define the approximate area of the leaderboard an image should be and the remaining duels refine that placement. We are primarily focused on refining the scores of the top image – which is the reason for the disproportionate number of duels to those types of images."
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    • I don't completely agree with everything here, as some "technically wrong" aspects of a photograph can be an artistic choice -- and art has always been and always will be subjective. The penalty to such images should not be refusal from the site, but from a low score from the voters. And if there isn't a low score.....well, the voters have made their choice. Sure, I see images I don't think should score high, but the votes show otherwise. The issue is not so much with the photos as it is with the folks who keep voting for them.

      Unlike other stock photography sites where images must be accepted before going on the site -- and photos are critiqued and may not be accepted -- Pixoto is truly an "anything goes" site.

      Also, one other point. Photos that are taken on a cell phone and edited on the phone as well can honestly look good -- on the phone. ONLY on a phone. It is only when viewed on a computer screen that they look horribly wrong, with over-saturation and over-sharpening completely ruining the photo. Folks who only use their mobile device with Pixoto may not be aware of how bad their own photos look. or how bad the photos they vote for really look.
    • My point was that votes for an image are issued based on nothing, by a disturbingly large base here. I had an image on here, that I made, that was nothing but a white dot on a black background. It's wins and losses were tied at 18 each. 18 people voted for the dot. I think it is likely, to any prudent person, that the ones who clicked on that image were not concerned at all with what it looked like, rather just wanted the credit that came along with the mouse click.
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  • Dont completelly agree with your list above modern photographic styles break some of the more traditional styles but there are valid points to some of the list.
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