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04/10/2009 10:40:32 AM · #1
Shortly after Tue. roll over I got a message to submit proof of original image. I had 48 hours to send the image or contact the site council if there was a problem. Failure to due so would DQ the image.
I complied within an hour of the request and now I have this message that thanks' me for submitting the original and further actions are pending.
This is my first time for such a request in the middle of a challenge. How long do I have wait to get "validated"? (quite the torture)
Since I had 48 hours, dose the council have the same time to review the image?
No big deal, I just can not stand the unknown (score is not that good anyway)
04/10/2009 10:46:27 AM · #2
I'm currently in the same position you are. I sent in my Validation on Tuesday night (if my memory serves me correctly), and am still waiting for it to be validated.

It is normal for it to take a few days. You don't need to worry about it. :)
04/10/2009 11:00:48 AM · #3
Because this question comes up in the forums dozens of times a year. Would it be a good idea to include an estimated timeframe of how long validation may take along with the validation request? Perhaps say photos are usually validated with in 48 hours, sometimes longer if the challenge has a large number of entries, If you do not have validation result with in 48 hours you can submit a ticket to SC to make sure they received your original photo etc.... Just a thought.
04/10/2009 11:10:36 AM · #4
Thank you guys. Like I said, it is no big deal, I just do not like the "unknown" and I also find the some what hostile wording offensive (Thank you for submitting your proof file. Your submission is being reviewed by the administrators and is pending further action.). Setting the tone that you are assumed guilty unless proven other wise. I agree that since we are under a time limit, that there should be some sort of defined timeframe to get this resolved.
Just a thought, not trying to stir a hornets nest :) - again first time this happened to me in 80+ entires
04/10/2009 11:12:54 AM · #5
Just got mine Validated :D
04/10/2009 11:26:57 AM · #6
It can take anywhere from 1 to 7 days, typically 2 to 5. Depends to a large extent on how close you are to the boundary between acceptable and not acceptable. Quick responses occur if you clearly did not violate the rules or if you clearly did violate the rules, whereas it will take longer if the SC has to discuss among themselves whether what you did is OK or not OK.
04/10/2009 12:44:53 PM · #7
The main thing to keep in mind is that Site Council is a group of volunteers, scattered around the US and beyond. We don't have set times where we converge on site issues at the same time; we simply contribute as our own time permits. Admittedly validations often go a little longer than any of us would like, but we make honest attempts to respond to items in as timely a manner as possible.

As mentioned previously, if a shot is at all controversial it can definitely take us a lot longer to come to an agreement on whether its legal or not. There are plenty of split decisions we deal with, and they definitely take longer.

I thought I'd use this opportunity to remind people of a couple things since these are probably our most common reasons for DQ...

- Keep your original versions of your shot! Lots of shots are disqualified because the photographer can't provide us a shot as it came out of the camera. Many image transfer programs tag shots, which alters the EXIF data, which invalidates them as originals.

- Check your camera's time and date settings. It seems like there have been quite a few shots recently that have been disqualified because the camera's date was probably set wrong. We have a shot in the queue right now that was apparently shot in the future. Just check your camera periodically to be sure the date is still accurate.

- Vignettes are not allowed in Basic. I'm not sure why people have been doing this so much, but we've DQ'd a lot of shots for violating that rule. And keep in mind that a "vignette" does not pass as a "border" in Basic.

Anyway... please be patient if you have a validation request. If you followed the rules, you know you don't have anything to worry about! :)
04/10/2009 01:43:39 PM · #8
To follow Alan's post, I recommend reading the following threads too:

Transfer Software Guidelines
Some reminders about requesting DQ
The DQ Process: A Voter's Guide
04/10/2009 04:32:24 PM · #9
Again, Thank you everybody and site council members for your responses. I got validated shortly after my last post. Just the first time and I hate waiting on an unknown.
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