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Perhaps there is just chance involved, but I've noticed that depending on the time of day, my submitted photos get different results, which is why I raise this question. For example, last night I submitted a few new orchid shots, and they failed miserably, barely getting 100+ points before being paused. The same thing happened when I submitted them the night prior. But, early this morning I removed them and then resubmitted, and they are now doing well, over 500 points in some instances.
Thus, having exercised this re-submission of the exact same photos 3 times, and the third time working well, based (almost) solely on time of day, it would seem something is awry. Are nighttime voters just clicking through, or perhaps there is a different audience? The former is what concerns me, as there is little that can be done for the latter (unless Pixoto were to provide duels that engaged users from different countries and timezones).
Perhaps there could be a way to catch improper voting (those just clicking through to get credits), by sometimes putting in an obvious loser image that would have to fail (something so out of frame and focus). Or, perhaps you could have a feature to just resubmit images (which would of course cost points, but would make the process easier).
In the meantime, I think I'll be submitting my images during the AM (PST), and not at night. This seems to give me better results.