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05/26/2011 08:57:59 PM · #1
I've seen a few comments from people lately saying things like "I can't see why I'm being asked for proof for my entry -- it's not scoring well at all!"

Please understand that while we do request that the top 5 finishers in each challenge provide their originals, everyone else must still follow the rules, and we can request proof for any of them. When we make validation requests, it is either because other users have pointed something out to us (this is the case the majority of the time), or we ourselves have reason to question an aspect of the shot.

The vast majority of shots we review are actually valid... most people should think of it as a badge of honor that people couldn't immediately recognize how a certain effect was attained. At the very least, people should not be offended by the request.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming :)
05/26/2011 09:18:33 PM · #2
I admit......I have exif envy.
05/26/2011 09:29:37 PM · #3
I request DQ to everyone in every challenges... so? they all look like fake to me :-\

Message edited by author 2011-05-26 21:29:48.
05/26/2011 09:31:13 PM · #4
This sounds fair to me, but I would like it if we were told what the aspect was that provoked a need for validation. Besides my two yellow ribbon entries I have had to have the odd one validated without ever knowing why.
05/27/2011 01:20:50 AM · #5
Originally posted by alanfreed:

At the very least, people should not be offended by the request.

Maybe it's the way it's worded...

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05/27/2011 04:38:33 AM · #6
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Originally posted by alanfreed:

At the very least, people should not be offended by the request.

Maybe it's the way it's worded...

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I actually thought that was the nicer version.
05/27/2011 07:16:03 AM · #7
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Originally posted by alanfreed:

At the very least, people should not be offended by the request.

Maybe it's the way it's worded...

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LOL! The one I get usually just says "prove you didn't cheat, bitch..." ;D
05/27/2011 08:21:46 AM · #8
Immediately after roll-over and after the challenge results are posted some photos would be shown as disqualified for not being taken within the contest's time window concurrently with roll-over; my question is: how does one doubt the date of a photo while in voting and reports it for it to be disqualified during voting?

05/27/2011 08:36:49 AM · #9
Originally posted by HighNooner:


how does one doubt the date of a photo while in voting and reports it for it to be disqualified during voting?


I had always assumed that they were photos that were posted up almost as soon as the challenge was announced, and as such were unlikely to have been taken within the challenge period.
05/27/2011 08:38:55 AM · #10
Sometimes you are able to view exif and the date/time is in there.

Also, someone may have stumbled on to a similar image on the internet.
05/27/2011 08:39:18 AM · #11
Originally posted by jomari:

This sounds fair to me, but I would like it if we were told what the aspect was that provoked a need for validation.

I asked Alan about that when he was here for the Superbowl recently, and he told me that after the challenge, you only need to go to the "contact us" menu and submit an inquiry to SC to find out. The validation info is also kept with the entry afterwards, so they can go back at any time and see what was the reason for the validation request.
05/27/2011 09:14:31 AM · #12
Originally posted by SaraR:

Originally posted by HighNooner:


how does one doubt the date of a photo while in voting and reports it for it to be disqualified during voting?


I had always assumed that they were photos that were posted up almost as soon as the challenge was announced, and as such were unlikely to have been taken within the challenge period.


The most common reason is that there is some content in the photo that places it outside the dates. For instance, someone recognizes that a photo was taken at a particular event that occurred outside the dates. Or they recognize a location, and the appearance of plants/trees is not in keeping with the current conditions. There are numerous possibilities for this kind of tip-off. And Yes, the presence of EXIF can be a give-away, but someone has to have a reason to look. I have a feeling that the reason is usually a suspicion brought about by image content.
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