April 14, 2011 at 1:04 am #2137
Photograph the classical elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. Difficulty: Each entry should primarily represent a single element and each must be a different element. Note: You may post up to 4 vote enabled photos for this contest, but you are not required to do so.
Theme suggestion kudos go to BecauseISaidSo!April 14, 2011 at 4:51 am #35256
Represent a single element…when I think of the representation of air, I can imagine something like seeds blowing in the wind – but would the subject then be the seeds? Are we allowed to use items to represent the element that aren’t necessarily the element?April 14, 2011 at 4:54 am #35255CauseISaidSoParticipant
Yep, as long as it primarily represents a single element. Kestrana had the same question in the polling thread:
What exactly would qualify as air though? steam? windy trees? clouds? a bubble gum bubble or balloon?
And those are all good and valid ideas.April 14, 2011 at 4:56 am #35258
Gotcha. Thanks for clarifying 🙂April 14, 2011 at 5:08 am #35257olavfParticipant
Yeah, generally something that’s showing the effect of, particularly an intangible like air, is okay.
We’ve allowed the effects of rain (raindrops on the ground, or a windowpane) to show rain in the past, for example.April 15, 2011 at 3:37 am #35254geom_00Participant
Not that I would, but would we be allowed to actually use all four?
In other words, have one entry of each element?April 15, 2011 at 3:43 am #35253KestranaParticipant
You’ll still be bound by the three voting entries but you can always post a 4th non-voting entry to complete the set.April 15, 2011 at 4:18 am #35252
Wonder if it would be like dividing by zero to allow a fourth voting entry for this contest? If we did that, would we want to *require* all 4 elements/photos? Would it induce too much chaos?April 15, 2011 at 5:20 am #35251olavfParticipant
//looks for recepit for the tapeApril 15, 2011 at 5:46 am #35250
Wonder if it would be like dividing by zero to allow a fourth voting entry for this contest? If we did that, would we want to *require* all 4 elements/photos? Would it induce too much chaos?
This could make things legendary. Four required entries for the four elements? I love this idea – but it’d take a lot of other people agreeing before it made things official. I, for one, am in.April 15, 2011 at 5:55 am #35249CauseISaidSoParticipant
I’d be up for it. There’s nothing in my stats scraper that prevents more than 3 votables and I’m almost certain that FSM doesn’t care either. The downsides are that it might limit the casual entrants and almost certainly cause some policing headaches from those who don’t read the rules and just throw one or two out there.April 15, 2011 at 8:09 am #35248ravnosticParticipant
Count me in on 4. Or 3 if it doesn’t go.April 15, 2011 at 11:30 am #35247
Yeah the FSM doesn’t care either, we’d just know it was an outlier with 4 allowed votables. Of course, some people play for averages, and a 4-votable week might be a challenge for that, but whatevs. The bigger issue might be the length of the thread itself with 4 entries per person. CauseISaidSo is right that policing (especially if 4 entries are required instead of an option) might indeed be a headache to check that each person has all 4 and that all 4 elements are represented. And yes, 4 required entries might be a deterrent to casual folks.
Other options would be to make it optional, or even to require all entries (however many) in the same post, which might present other challenges for our stats scrapers (I know FSM will only “see” the first photo, though it will record the votes properly–dunno what that does with CISS’s scraper). The benefit would be that we’d see the person’s elements together as a set more easily. The downside would be that we’d probably want to limit to one entry per person with however many we decide on (up to 3 or 4 optional/required) or the thread would get crazy long. We did something similar with the Take 3 contest.
Dunno which way to go on that one.
/just realized I listed CISS’s Fark handle instead of his farktography.net name for the theme suggestion credit.April 15, 2011 at 11:41 am #35246KestranaParticipant
I’m down for allowing 4 entries for this whether or not they are posted as a set but I don’t think it should be required unless we are using the “post all 4 in one post” option. The policing (especially for people who don’t read the boobies and would not notice that people had posted one extra photo simply by scrolling) would become a nightmare and possibly make a lot of people quite angry when their 1, 2, or 3 photos get dq’d. The last thing we want is to turn people off of Farktography because we got creatively stringent with the rules.April 15, 2011 at 11:45 am #35245
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