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12/01/2017 03:12:25 PM · #1
There has been much moan about challenge topics. But I think this is more fixable than you may believe.

It starts by making more suggestions. I'm going to do that myself. Maybe your dislike of my suggestions will inspire your own! That's fine!! Diversity, baby!

But you don't always have to come up with stuff from thin air. Consider going into old challenge suggestion threads and bumping them up. I'm pretty sure that Ursa Major aka BM would rather use your suggestions than have to make them up or dig them up, and be the sole target of thy wrath.

When there are more suggestions available, and diverse suggestions, then you will see a good balance of different kinds of challenges. i.e., there will almost always be at least one thing you want to shoot for.

I will be the change I want to see in the site, and start doing these things myself. Join me in this last ditch effort bold new adventure!!!

12/01/2017 03:19:40 PM · #2
another thing, it helps if you make a little effort and follow the format:



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12/01/2017 04:48:05 PM · #3
Thanks for a very timely suggestion, Don. If I had anything to add, it would be that we TRY to strike a balance between 3 broad categories of challenges:

1. Subject: This would be stuff like "Wildlife", "Landscapes", "Blue", "In the Marketplace", and so forth.
2. Technique: Things like "High Contrast", "Rule of Thirds", "Long Exposure", "Macro", "Portrait", stuff that involves how we use our cameras or our software.
3. Concept: This category is for intangible stuff, ideas, etc like "Politically Incorrect", "Ordinary", "Sorrow", "Joy", less definable concepts as it were.

Obviously, sometimes a topic won't fall cleanly into one of those categories, such as "In the Style of: David Muench" (is that technique or a concept) but this doesn't really matter; the categories are just a good way to keep challenges variegated.

Also bear in mind that many (if not most) of the really relevant Technique Challenges have been run before, often many times, and there's nothing wrong with that; even professional concert musicians still practice their scales :-) DPC has been around for what, almost 16 years now? It's just not possible for every challenge going forward to be unique, or at least not if we don't want them all to be "niche" challenges, so to speak.

Message edited by author 2017-12-01 21:37:48.
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