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01/18/2007 04:12:47 PM · #1
New to DP and was hoping to get some tips on voting.

Below average ratings - I am having a hard time voting under an average rating. Someone out there may have put a lot of effort into a shot I absolutely hate. I may not have seen the same subject that they were portraying. Should I give them a 1 because the shot didn't make sense to me?

Above average ratings - After voting I usually end with 2 or 3 "10's" 5 or 10 "9's", 10 or so "8's", Several "7's" and most of the other photos are mixed in with the 4, 5 & 6's. Is this normal or would you only select one "10" for the best photo?

Some shots are a little "set-up" for me and tend to irritate me, does it deserve a 1 because I'm irritated, a 5 for effort or a 10 because they nailed the Title?
01/18/2007 04:27:57 PM · #2
There are many threads on here explaining the way people have decided to vote.
There are no strict guidelines. And there are countless different approaches to voting.

The best rule of thumb, I think, is to regard each photo the same way you'd like your own photos to be considered.

For example, nobody likes receiving 1's - would you want your own photo to score a 1 just because it doesn't make sense to the viewer? And remember, there are many different people here with vastly different geographical and cultural backgrounds: it's easy for someone not to understand another photographer's point of view.

Also, I'm of the opinion that no-one deserves a 1 just because you're "irritated"... If the photo really does bother you that much, rather just give it a reasonable score, and then burn that photographer's village ;-)
01/18/2007 04:45:01 PM · #3
HA, Burn baby burn!

Well I hope it didn't come across that harsh, just providing an example.

Another example "Motion Panning II" - There are shots that didn't use panning. What do rate and picture that doesn't use a technique that the submission calls for?

01/18/2007 04:46:58 PM · #4
Originally posted by JimyThing:

HA, Burn baby burn!

Well I hope it didn't come across that harsh, just providing an example.

Another example "Motion Panning II" - There are shots that didn't use panning. What do rate and picture that doesn't use a technique that the submission calls for?


Vote however you like. So long as you are consistent it doesn't really matter.

Some people just think DNMC = 1, others say DNMC means a lower vote than they would give otherwise. Some vote on a sliding scale from their "best" to "worst" photos.

It's up to you.
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