Thank you Pixoto!

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This goes hand in hand with my suggestion on new sorting options but I thought it deserved it's own mojo per say.

I hear all the complaints, we all do, no site is perfect but from one lens monkey to another let me personally and unequivically say thank you to Pixoto! I love the site, even with it's perceived flaws, and am wildly impressed with how involved my kids have become in wanting to vote on the site. My teen daughter loves the voting and asks regularly to get on and cast votes, my wife gets on as well and votes, even my 8 month old loves sitting in my lap and looking at the pictures. Pixoto, whether it intended to or not, is extending the reach of photographic art to more and more people of all ages.

Lastly, and I say this as a semi-pro lens monkey, you would be amazed at how many incredible shoot ideas I get from Pixoto. Seeing the collective creativity and melding concepts has given me many great ideas and led me to much more satisfied clients!

Thank you Pixoto!
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Matthew Chambers

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I am glad that you are happy Matthew, but as a 'semi-pro lens monkey' it must get you down when you see some of the crap that makes it to the top on this site.

Its lens monkeys like you, that let their kids and wives vote, that promote crap which will eventually lead to the downfall of pixoto. Do they look at the quality of each shot before clicking. NO they just press the frigin button and on to the next.

If you are really a semi pro tog get your work off this joke of a site and post it some where people actually care before it does harm to your reputation..
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Martin, while I definitely respect your opinion and I hear you saying that your frustrated that "crap" wins at times you also have to realize that many a photographer has learned that what they perceive as greatness is not received as such by the masses.

Pixoto's concept is surprising innovative, let everyone vote, while I might agree that increasing the value of votes might help, it won't stop super clickers, it will simply mean they get more out of the misbehavior.

As far as concerns about Pixoto harming my reputation I say simply this "it can't" that is the beauty of the system in play, each photo is a stand alone item. It is viewed alone, not in the context of a series. I have posted many pictures that I have thought were great shots that have floundered. This is an international competition, what is great by US or UK standards may not stand the test of say an Indonesiian viewer. On the same note I have learned to submit shots that my clients liked, that I felt like were lacking, and seen them do well.
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A good photo is a good photo where ever it is seen. The trouble with pixoto is that there is no quality control. I for one cant be bothered to waste my time posting any more just to go up against serial/ super clickers in far eastern countries trying to flood the site just to win money. Its not about the money its about sharing great images.
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Matthew Chambers

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A good photo is not always a good photo anywhere, for example, boudoir and nude image remain banned in many countries, many religions frown on such exposure of the human form. Going outside of nudity a photograph depicting nationalism may not be perceived as anything more then propoganda in another country.

Furthermore, assuming that all super clickers are in far eastern countries is incorrect and is really rather inappropriate to say in this forum, it denotes ignorance and you don't strike me as an ignorant person.

Lastly everyone would love to win a bit of cash, granted I love the site for the exposure and ideas as well as the reports on how I fair against other photographers, I wouldn't mind a bit of cash too. Also bear in mind that for many what they could win here is multiple times their monthly salary, so while it may be annoying take a bit of candor with it. -- Matt
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Matthew i comend the way you dealt with the issue it is inapropriate on this and any forum, i can only add

Martin, why do you bother if you dislike it so much ? why not find somewhere else to insult ? and leave the many satisfied customers to debate the real pros and cons of this site !
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I have to agree with you both Matt and Ralph, seems Martin has a bee in his bonnet and wanted to vent his frustration at someone but there really was no need to react that way.

I too have family who image duel, we all are aware we have differing tastes but we are all also photographers ourselves and we do know what we are looking for, we dont speed click - we dont have to because from the youngest (18) to the oldest (67) between us there are 5 people to do duels at different times of the day

again Matt you are right in what you said originally

" Pixoto, whether it intended to or not, is extending the reach of photographic art to more and more people of all ages."

and that alone despite the flaws of Pixoto, is something to be grateful for - so thankyou Pixoto
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Very well said Michelle. You are a wise woman.
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On any peer photography site the outcomes are subjective
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I have let my 4yr old decide the winner on a few occasions, with me doing the actual clicking. Each and every time, I asked him why he preferred one over the other, and he told me.

That's kinda the point isn't it?

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