Just a quick note to let our members know that all images submitted in 2011 will be eligible for Best of the Year awards which will be handed out in mid-January. Points will be given for these awards based on the number of images submitted in that category for the entire year. A special best of the year award badge is being designed for the occasion. We will add the ability to filter the player leaderboard by time period in January.
We’ve been burning the midnight oil here at Pixoto just released our first major overhaul to the ImageDuel voting system since our Beta launch. We’ve been listening closely to your feedback and analyzing the data and we think this new version of ImageDuel is a very significant improvement. Here’s a sampling of what’s new:
- It’s much faster (actually – the whole site is faster)
- Inaccurate pausing of great images should be vastly reduced
- Images with higher ImageScores will get more votes than other images
- Images now compete only against other images of similar quality (essentially they are in on a ladder system and compete with other images in their “rung”)
- Established images will not be dragged down by duels with new images
- New images now compete mostly with new images
- Improved cheating prevention techniques
We also added EXIF data (e.g. camera, f-stop, aperture, etc) to the image detail page. This is available for all images that have EXIF attached to the file.
Please let us know what you think!
We’ve had a lot of feedback lately that there are too many repeat images on the site and that miscategorization is becoming a problem (especially for compiled images). Based on this feedback we’ve decided to clarify our rules and add a few new ones. The most important are:
1) Thou shalt not upload an image more than once (without deleting the first one)
2) Thou shall place all compiled images (HDR excluded) in “Photoshop Art” or risk image deletion.
We hope this helps to make Pixoto an even more fun place to come and be inspired.
All the rules can be found in the sidebar of our contest page.
Carlos Castro suggested that it would be helpful to see what ImageScore was required in order to get an award (instead of having to do the math). Thanks for asking Carlos. The simple answer to this questions is:
To be included in the Top 5% it takes an ImageScore of about 640 and the Top 10% and 20% come it at around 615 and 580 respectively.
This changes from week to week and category to category but should give you a sense of where your images are trending.
Here is full analysis by category: