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Bjørn Rørslett

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Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« on: October 19, 2016, 16:55:31 »
Background for the suggested change in policy and posting format


Based on the experience with the 'Daily Blog' run in 2016, the NG Team has decided to reduce the possible rate of submission, plus change the format of the subforum itself. Suffice it to say these measures are intended to help our members be more attentive to the quality of the submitted work.

While the notion of 'stream of consciousness' indubitably can be valuable, it mainly works on an individual level and for a shorter period of time. On a community level, it can tend to lower the signal to noise ratio of users' contributions. The pressure to post something, no matter what, every day is in itself non-conducive to quality work and thus can alienate participants as the days pass by. Even the most talented of us hardly can deliver consistently peak results day in and day out.

For the entire NG community a more appropriate format has to be established. The NG Team suggests the following policy:

  • The submissions will be at a recurrent interval to be decided (see the poll): either weekly, bimonthly, monthly, or per quarter.
  • Each member can only post 1 (one) image in the given period. You can, however, replace your submitted image at any time until the end of the period.
  • No contest as such is implied. The contributions will not be ranked.
  • A member does not need to participate in all periods.
Please cast your vote in the Poll to help us decide what format to use in 2017.



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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2016, 16:56:36 »
Every other week should read: biweekly :)
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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2016, 16:58:58 »
Biweekly can be and usually are understood as twice a week.

The poll explanation is adjusted to indicate we are referring to something occurring every other week, ie. twice a month.

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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2016, 17:12:05 »
In order to avoid ambiguity, how about: fortnightly :D
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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2016, 17:13:05 »
Feel free to edit. No problem.

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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2016, 17:14:57 »
I had a premonition this week on these decisions to come to the fore, but i disregarded it as being paranoid.

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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2016, 17:18:01 »
Fortnightly is every two weeks.  Its meaning is quite unambiguous.

Every other week should read: biweekly :)
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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2016, 17:33:39 »
Well, at least that small linguistic hurdle should have been taken care of.

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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2016, 19:10:35 »
Suffice it to say these measures are intended to help our members be more attentive to the quality of the submitted work.

...Please cast your vote in the Poll to help us decide what format to use in 2017.

Thank you!
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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2016, 20:19:09 »
In my experience, personal and professional, any community needs a playground,
where rules are set simple and open and partizipation and engagement are stimulated and honored per se.
Low thresholds should allow for a wide variety of input.
There is life in it, therefore will it cause some rumbling an fuzzing (noise), but that's not the key.
The key is that selection and low frequency is contra productive for any individual to start growing into something better,
and 'open daily' is indeed very helpful for that.

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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2016, 20:42:14 »
So long as you can start a thread in other sections (such as "Critique", "People, Portraits, Street, PJ & Cityscapes" etc.) anytime, I don't think that lowering the submission rate would lead to lowering the enthusiasm of the members.

That said, I think "every week" is good enough: it reduces the submission frequency by 1/7, which is fairly significant.
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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2016, 20:50:43 »
So long as you can start a thread in other sections (such as "Critique", "People, Portraits, Street, PJ & Cityscapes" etc.) anytime, I don't think that lowering the submission rate would lead to lowering the enthusiasm of the members.

That said, I think "every week" is good enough: it reduces the submission frequency by 1/7, which is fairly significant.

The main source for lowering submission is a restriction of just a single image per period. That, plus longer periods, should help improve the situation.

While I personally fully understand the wish of showing one's work frequently, this approach blurs the sense of critical appraisal of one's achievements. Little or no harm is done being forced to reconsider one's production for a short period of time. Besides, as Akira correctly points out, images can be posted at any time elsewhere on NG.

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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2016, 20:55:21 »
This whole site is one big playground!
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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2016, 21:06:47 »
I agree with the spirit behind the proposal to change the format.
I have not participated - or followed - the thread much but it is likely I would do it more if the proposed changes take place.
There is nothing stopping anyone opening a personal thread and updating it every day with new pictures if they so wish.
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Re: Decide the submission frequency for 2017
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2016, 21:10:31 »
This whole site is one big playground!
True, speaking for myself. But I'm not fainthearted trying things and getting feedback.

Instead of reducing the frequency I'd prefer to see it deleted after a certain amount of time, for example after rolling 32 days (a month and a day),
no questions asked (will say: scripted).

Good captures will survive that, lesser shots will go with grace.
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