Some of us have noticed that a particular user has moderated some challenges and then picks her own photograph as the winner.

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Why is this allowed? Can Brittney Lynn be stopped from moderating?
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John Larson

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The two challenges I posted I let the votes speak and the top voted image was given the Judges Award by Pixoto.

Pixoto makes a big mistake by letting the contest moderator pick the winner, as evidenced by this thread. Also, judges can be tempted to pick friends images and then the whole concept of the community challenges begins to unravel and become irrelevant.
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It really is a conflict of interest to create a challenge and then enter a submission to it and if togs are actually picking there own image why bother with the whole concept?!
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Terry Gower

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Most are probably being honest, sadly theres always those who will missuse. Simple answer, take away the ability for the moderator to make an award and let it be based purely on votes.
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I'm sure most are being honest, but if the points were published, we'd soon know who weren't and we could avoid their contests.
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John Stocker

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It seems like most challenges are pretty fair and I doubt if the moderator actually enters their own photos into it. But then again, I haven't paid much attention until I looked at the top photos of one challenge I had entered. After a few glances at the other challenges that coincidentally closed at the same time it became glaringly obvious. That's why I felt the need to post something.
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I think most moderators do enter their images into the challenge; however, as a rule, and I sincerely hope this is the case, is that they allow voting to determine the winners. In many ways, it is a great way to be much more specific than the categories ever are and your image can be judged against the same subject matter. I'm hopelessly OCD about rules and think I'd get way to carried away about disqualifying images. I sincerely hope that Pixoto does away with allowing the moderator to pick the winner.
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My feeling is that you knowingly cheated the system for your own benefit and reward, and did it more than once. You cheated others out of obtaining credits that they thought they could get by the excellence of their submissions, and what they thought was a fair and equitable community challenge system. The fact that you say someone else had done it is meaningless. This is about you, and for anyone who reads these threads in the community, you have probably lost all respect in terms of honesty and integrity within this site. Whether you like it or not you now join the long list of cheats that have infiltrated Pixoto, and if I was a member of this staff, at the very Ieast, I would ban you from creating and moderating any further community challenges.

I may be wrong, but judging by your first name, you are probably relatively young and have the mindset of most millennials that you somehow deserve things in life without having to really work for them. Just telling people you made a mistake, numerous, actually, after reaping the rewards of your dishonesty, is a meaningless gesture. If John hadn't brought this to the attention of the community you would still be awarding yourself the judges prize, so please don't insult us by saying you have learned your lesson. There needs to be consequences to your actions, and you should be ready to accept them, whatever they may be.
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Well said, John.
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Alright, I am going to address some issues that you have just stated in your comment(which seems to be you speaking for not only yourself, but every other Pixoto user on the site, including me)

Firstly, how can you judge someone based on their first name? You said that judging by my first name, I am probably young and have the mindset of most millennials. You got that from my name being Brittney? What an incredibly foolish and biased thing to say.

"If John hadn't brought this to the attention of the community you would still be awarding yourself the judges prize" Really? I had no intentions to do so again. I have already made apologies for what I did before this thread was created. I also do not have any of my own images entered into the contest I have running. As I stated in my above comment, I have come to the conclusion on my own that it was wrong to give the award to myself, and that I wouldn't be doing it again.
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For crying out loud, you have selfies all over your account -- it's not rocket science to see your youth and how self-absorbed you are. Your comments here just prove it.
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Lenore has a very good point.
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Grow up Brittney... You did a dirt bag thing and got busted. Blaming it on Pixoto for allowing it in the first place doesn't alleviate your responsibility. People with more integrity than you would have not even considered doing something like that in the first place, whether it was allowed or not. You should be ashamed of yourself.
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Bottom line is she is a cheat. The fact that Pixoto does not state one must not pick one's own image as winner to one's challenge, does not, in any way, get her off the hook. I don't imagine Pixoto staff ever thought they would have to spell out something so blatantly obvious as that. To paraphrase Susan, "it was a dirt bag thing to do." Unfortunately there are people on this site who will do anything to win something, whether credits or cash, and have no compunction in doing so.

Pixoto needs to spell out a rule, under the challenge section, that clearly states: Contest moderators may not enter their own challenges. Period.

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