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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 02:52 pm
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Herb Kephart
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OK- Here is one that I came up with- what do you think?

Each month, members vote for the best photo (proto or model) posted the previous month. Previous month (singular) winner is exempt.

It MIGHT even be possible to post the winner in the open space up top- no promises!


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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 03:27 pm
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I've got to say that I'm not enthusiastic about this. The votes always wind up as popularity contests -- just look at the AMR forum, where one guy consistently wins who uses a point-and-shoot without a tripod, poor composition, and apparently no special lighting on a layout with RTR equipment, bare plastic structures, and baked-oatmeal scenery. And typical forum etiquette prevents any honest criticism in that kind of circumstance.

A better idea might be to eliminate the "win or lose" structure and have a photo forum where people are encouraged to have constructive criticisms of each photo. THAT would be much more unique. You could actually have two photo forums, one for guys who don't want to have criticism and are happy with attaboys, and another for guys who do want to improve -- with the warning that if someone does say something that's less than an attaboy, you've asked for it.

I think if you can find a way for people mutually to get out of their comfort zones and really try to improve modeling and photography -- even innovate -- while not discouraging the people who don't want to extend themselves that far, you'd have a world beater as a forum!

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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 04:12 pm
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I'd have to agree with JohnB. Contests of any kind in my opinion tend to fizzle out long term involvement as the same peeps tend to win them over and over... which discourages those who don't win.

If a photo contest were implemented, I'd suggest that there be both a PROTO and MODEL category. I would also like the rules to stipulate that previous monthly winners are ineligble to submit an entry for at least 3 months after winning a monthly contest to limit any popularity streak.

The idea of a section for critique of photos would be interesting provided the OP of a photo has thick skin and agrees to rules of that forum stating that any entry for critique may be harsh, may hurt their feelings and that the OP may not reply with subsequent posts bemoaning the critiques of fellow modelers. Any OP who disregards those simple rules should have their post removed and banned from that section so they can not do a repeat. I'd also suggest that no whining about it should be posted anywhere else on the forum as nobody wants to listen to cry babies. :sad:

 



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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 04:12 pm
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JohnB wrote:  The votes always wind up as popularity contests -- just look at the AMR forum, where one guy consistently wins who uses a point-and-shoot without a tripod, poor composition, and apparently no special lighting on a layout with RTR equipment, bare plastic structures, and baked-oatmeal scenery.
Having been on here for a while now, I am fairly certain this wouldn't happen.



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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 04:37 pm
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Oh goodness! I "point & shoot", photos without a tripod (they are all in use), have unmodified die cast autos, have oatmeal scenery, and if they were available I would have unpainted plastic structures.. What's a body to do!

One thing I do have is thick-ass skin and oily duck feathers so I don't get bent if someone blasts what I do. You see, I have been blasted for years about the unhealthy use of radio control, so whatever venom anyone can dish out don't make a dent in my tin. My attitude now is "well then, let's see yours!"...

I don't care for contests, this hobby is not (for me at least) a contest to see who has the best details or the coolest photos. If I wanted that, I would rejoin the NMRA and get on the contest building routine for my jollies. Some like that, I ain't one. My kick is just showing the latest crap I made and if it is crap, I would like to be told (but beware of my vicious cat).

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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 04:57 pm
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OK-- no contest.

I did put in the bit about previous month winner to try to repeat a long run by the same person.

BTW - I intended this to be for photos that were part of other posts--not submitted specifically for the "contest".

The idea of a place that photos could be subjected to constructive criticism of the photo or subject might have some merit.

Dwayne's suggestion that the OP could not respond (except to perhaps answer a question) would keep it from turning into a headache for the Mods

Comments???


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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 07:32 pm
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A monthly photo contest of at least models might be fun. Maybe start with that idea and see how it goes. Just spell out the rules before starting the thing. Number of entries per person, how often someone can win, the prize (?), etc.

Whether or not contest(s) or any other idea mentioned gets more members involved remains to be seen. Some of the members haven't been online in ages and nothing we do will get them back as they've either gotten out of the hobby or simple forgot about Freerails. I dunno. :us:

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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 09:54 pm
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What about calling the forum something like "out of the comfort zone/outside the box"? A lot of things, like Gn15, micro layouts, and so forth were outside the box 10 years ago, but no longer are. Radio control might well be outside the box now, too, but I think it's fine in its own forum.


Another possibility for "outside the box" might be use of micro video cameras on board small-scale trains.


The rules for out of the comfort zone/outside the box might be stated as different from the other forums, where users could make it plain that they'll tolerate replies other than "I can't wait to see more of this", "what a great job", etc.

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I do like this "photo of the month" idea. It is good encouragment and changes things up! :bg: However I am not a fan of modeling contest. It's not about who has a better model and who has the best technique. It's about sharing ideas and inspiration to start new projects, new techniques, and help one another! I have to confess I used to be a "forum jumper" but after finding freerails I will never go back! What makes this forum different is all the people whom make it positive and increditably FUN. It's not as serious here and all my questions have gotten answered by friendly fellow modelers whom have also inspired me and helped me! (thanks guys!).

Now that I am done with my rambling... ;) I love this photo of the week idea because from what I've seen from this forum. There should be limitations to winning and so on to keep things fresh. The "winning" photo doesn't have to phenominal, it should be unique! By the way putting the photo as the websites header picture would be a fun! (maybe if we're good... :P)

Anyways it getting late; I';; hit the hay and dream of some more freerails ideas.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 4th, 2011 01:04 pm
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Dwayne wrote:  Just spell out the rules before starting the thing. Number of entries per person, how often someone can win, the prize (?), etc.


 

First prize; 1 month's membership in Woodie's NMRA (national monkey railroad assn.):doh:

Second prize; 2 month's membership:glad::glad:


Monkey Model Railroader-accredited by the National Monkey Railroad Assn....the NMRA
That's sooo funny:apl:


 



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