I think the process by which we vote for promising picture of the week themes is a very interesting use of the stack exchange engine for voting. I wonder if we could change the picture of the week contest to use a similar system?
It Would Work Like This
- One "Featured Picture of the Week" question/thread would always be open.
- Entries would look just like current entries.
- You could enter at any time, with an enforced-by-agreement rule that you shouldn't enter more than one photo within a week.
- Every week, the top voted entry would be taken from the top, with that answer moved to the Hall of Fame thread. (And of course featured on the site.) As currently, downvotes wouldn't count.
- Less work, since new threads don't need to be continually opened and closed at a certain time.
- Less "winner take all", more collaborative community.
- Great photos that happen to be beat one week by something amazing would automatically get a second chance.
- Current process has a slight bias towards entries submitted earlier in the week; this would even that out.
- Always something to look at even on slow weeks.
- "Slow-burning" interesting-but-not-obvious photos could eventually accumulate enough votes to win (but wouldn't automatically, since great new photos could easily jump ahead).
- Interesting format different from most contests.
- Interesting format different from most contests
- Could take a little while from submission to winning
- If one person's work wins too many times in a row, the next time it comes up it could be skipped for a week with a comment from the moderator.
- The themed contests would run for a limited time and work on the existing system.
- If you don't like a certain themed contest, you could still add an entry to the regular one that week.
- Voters could be encouraged to look at all three of the "answer tabs" — active, oldest, and votes.