Opinion on voting choices

Discussion in 'Competitions & Challenges' started by ezdays, Oct 15, 2005.


Your opinion on voting choices

  1. I like voting for more than one entry

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  2. No, I'd rather be restricted to vote for one entry only

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  3. I don't care, I don't vote anyway

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  4. I rather not have a contest in the first place, those great entries only make me look bad

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  1. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    The past two months we've changed the voting to allow muliple selections. The theory is that some people can't choose one favorite and this way they have a chance to vote for all entries that they like. Vote for one, vote for all. I'd like your opinions on keeping it that way in the future, so here's yet another poll.
  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I wanted to vote for all the choices, but it wouldn't let me! :D :D :p
  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Hardy har har.....:wave::D:wave::eek:
  4. ausien

    ausien Active Member

    I voted for choice 2, 1 vote. after all a contest has to have a winner. and with the great modleing thats out there it is bound to be a hard choice to make, but I think if your going to vote you should make you vote count....steve
  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I like voting for more than one, but usually restrict myself to my "top" two or three.

  6. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    I vote we have a poll on wether to eliminate polls :D
  7. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    I think that if it's just one vote then the vote total gives you a
    clearer idea of the level of participation. "One man, one vote" :thumb:
  8. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Ahh, but at the bottom of the poll results you can see the number of people that have participated, not the total number of votes. So now you have the best of both worlds...:D
  9. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Just one more argument "for" open voting. There are many great entries in every competition, some really good ones are worthy of recognition, but would tend to not get any votes when standing in the shadow of greatness. I'm not advocating lowering the bar, or trying to keep someone from feeling inadequate, I'm just trying to promote recognition when it is due.
  10. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    I'll drink to that Don :thumb:

    There is always something of interest in each entry and the more entries submitted the more ideas get spread around.

    I just hope most members realise this is NOT the sort of competition in magazines to find "Modeller Of The Year".
    Come on guys lets just have fun. :)

  11. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Thank you Errol. You are correct, "let's just have fun" are the words we shold be thinking about when we enter or vote here. That's the main reason we don't have prizes. Not a real "contest", but a chance to show off your work a bit, be it your layout or your talant with a camera and your ability to see something worth passing on to others, and a vote to see how others react.

    Things like this make the Gauge unique, somehow we are passionate about our pictures here.:wave::wave:

    BTW folks, we've to less than two days to enter for this month's competition. :D:D
  12. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    I didnt even know there was multiple voting till after i voted this time :sleeping: :confused:
  13. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Don, after re-reading the questions I think I caught on to #3 :D :D
  14. Lisap

    Lisap New Member

    I like the option of voting for more than one entry. If this was a real contest with prizes then that but like Don said this is about having a chance to show off a bit.
  15. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    Sorry, I missed this post, but yeah, think about the irony in that. Someone voting for "...I don't vote anyway":D :D
  16. Marxed

    Marxed Member

    i think that the topics of what the contests are on are going to affect how many people participate.... voting isn't going to have much of an effect... a good photo is going to win regardless of the voting... even if you remove voting all together, the best photo is still going to rule the thread with tons of comments...

    for example if you did a secenery contests, theres only soo many people who have well modeled stuff and only a hand full of them do it extremely well.. leaving those people to win with a chance for anyone else... you have to think up something that will be really broad that anyone can participate in without needing large sums of money or modeling hours... our contests are a bit more of a "scenery and modeling contest" than they are photography contests

    maybe some contests on photography creativity, as in photo angles and lighting effects or something... something thats more photography?? i know even if i hired a professional photographer, i still wouldn't have had a change of winning half the contests i've been around and seen here soo far just for the fact that i use plasticville, a flat green platform with no landscaping, and that ugly 3 rail lionel track as opposed to anything else.... but thats what i want to model, soo i cant just go out and get photos of well modeled and landscaped stuff
  17. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    I quoted your entire answer, since I am somewhat confused by your position. You may be enlighted if you take the time to look the past "contests" over again. I've been running these contests since April. Let's take a look at the ones I've done so far.
    • April - Anything from your layout (which support your position, it is restrictive to be sure)
    • May - "Anything unusal on the rails" (which has no relationship to anyone's modeling ability)
    • June - "Anything railroad related and humorus" (Which again, can be either a layout or a prototype photo and is in no way restrictive)
    • July/Aug - "Anything railroad related" (Again, layout or proto, anything, same goes)
    • Sept. - Two structure contest, one scale, the other prototype (can't get more diverse than that)
    • Oct. - Scenery, (yeah, here we go with model stuff again) :D
    • Nov/Dec - Anything holiday related, cards, photos, or just a message or poem: "If it is holiday-related, it can be any holiday that falls between now and the first of the year, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years Day or any other that I may have overlooked" (Again, wide open to anyone, even those that don't have a camera)
    So, out of seven contests, only two were restricted to modelers. All the others were diverse enough to allow photographers to do their thing, and this month, it is a "no contest, contest", and you don't even have to submit a photo, something you composed would be just fine.

    I have done my best to make these "contests" interesting and open to the general membership. In many of the modeling "contest" rules, I've even stated that the photo can be of someone else's layout, just a long as you took the picture. You've got to remember, this is a model railroad forum, and I'd be remiss if we didn't have a "contest" now and then strictly to allow modelers to show off their work. Remember also, this is not a photography forum and as such we are not going to start judging on photo techniques.

    I also have another thread here asking for suggestions, and I plan on implementing some of those starting in January. If you have any ideas for a "contest", feel free to add your comments to that thread.
  18. Marxed

    Marxed Member

    allright, well i didn't go back and look at everything before i posted it.... it was just a random blabber of thought that was on my mind.... just delete that reply and lets pretend it never happened?
  19. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    And every so often, we have a contest that permits or encourages "photo magic", which means manipulating the photo to enhance its effect, replacing the tartan curtains with a shot of the rockies or adding your Commodore Vanderbilt to the prototype station in Chicago.
    Yes, much of it is designed to encourage you to add some scenery or detail a car or something.
  20. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Yeah, I like photo magic too. Some people find it restrictive because they don't have the skills or the software, but to me we need to get all different aspects a chance. I will have one of these soon.

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