Monthly Archives: February 2012

Announcing DuelBoost

Are you not satisfied with the number of votes your images are getting on Pixoto?  Now you can do something about it: just press the DuelBoost button next to any image, pay 10 credits, and your image is guaranteed to get 5 additional duels in the next 24 hours.


  • Images that currently are “unpaused” or “Boosted” may not be boosted
  • You can boost anybody’s image – not just your own
  • Boost images as many times as you like
  • Votes will come in randomly over 12-24 hours in order to prevent cheating

Some background

By far the most common question we get from avid Pixoto users is “Why isn’t my image getting more votes”.  The answer is usually “because your Image has stabilized and, based on its ImageScore, will now only get duels periodically.”  This is because our algorithms allocate the most votes to images that are doing the best – this fact is the reason Pixoto works at all.  One thing we didn’t really grok until recently was that while in aggregate the system might be getting the best results possible – individual members were feeling slighted.  Essentially they wanted more votes for their images and there wasn’t anything they could do about it.  On Pixoto, a higher number of votes doesn’t mean a higher ImageScore – it just increases the confidence in the score the image has so adding more votes to images actually helps the system overall.  By pricing DuelBoost at 10 credits for 5 votes we’ve assured 15 additional images get at least one more vote than they would have thereby improving the accuracy of the system even more.

Happy Boosting!