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The author of a report should be known.

I think that, when an image was ' reported ' for whatever reason, the author of the image should know who made this report. It would be more ethical than to make it in the shade, in the anonymity.
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  • We will be taking a look at our reporting system in the next month. At that point we will draw on our users for ideas on making it the most effective.
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  • I could not agree more! It really does seem, at times, that people report the high ranking photos just to see if they will be re-categorized. Many times, Pixoto staff moves it without thought (and in error). Once that is done, there is no way to restore place/points. John Larson called this the "Big Loophole" of Pixoto. I think if people knew who was reporting would be much more careful and thoughtful in reporting.
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    Kelley and Gerard, you are both great photographers that I truly respect, but I totally disagree with you about this topic. Here is why. We all have a style to our photography. While our images vary, I can often tell whose image it is just by looking at its style. I'm right a good percentage of the time. Knowing this, I'd fear that there would be retaliation by some (not you, but others) if I reported an image, even if my report was correct. Worse, I am sure that I am guilty of sometimes making a wrong report. Every now and then, I see my error after looking more closely at the image. I'd expect Pixoto employees to recognize my error and not act on that report. I know that every report I've ever sent was done with the intent of making the duels more fair, not less. I am also certain that the person whose image I reported might not see it that way and would question my intentions. How can a stranger know my heart?

    More importantly, the ultimate decision to make a change in category or to disqualify an image is Pixoto's, not the person making the report. It should not matter one bit who makes the report. Honestly, the reporter's intent should not matter either. That's because a report merely suggests that Pixoto evaluate that image for the reason stated. Pixoto either needs to go to a system where they have employees monitoring every category, every day and making those corrections (eliminating the need to report an image) OR provide better training for those who evaluate the reports. If employees are responding incorrectly to reports, that is where the problem lies and needs to be addressed.

    I think it would help if Pixoto keeps track of who reports and how often their reports are legitimate. Perhaps the reporting button can be disabled for a certain amount of time if it is determined that their reports are wrong more than 25% of the time. I can tell you that mine are likely legitimate at least 80-90% of the time, but as I stated earlier, I make mistakes, too. I do think an email should be sent to the person making the report if it is determined that they were wrong. That would help educate the reporter and reduce the number of wrong reports.
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  • Lets be realistic, making wrong reports is the intent of gaining an advantage over high ranking images.
    This will never be turned off or eliminated, neither whith reporters name nor as things are at present.

    If we want Pixoto to evaluate reported images then staff member should have lots of time, which they don`t have!
    I can`t imagine that pixoto will "have employees monitoring every category, every day" simply because this is a great but not reasonable expense.

    I think it should be possible by software, to give the day awards one or two days later so staff will have the time to make the evaluation and sent an email to the parties concerned so they can clarify.

    Another posibility could be different users who monitor the reported images for some days in turns on a voluntary basis.
    In this monitoring time voluntarys in turn, are not allowed to show images in the categories in question!
    A limitation of daily image submissions of 5-10 images per category and user could also help!!

    Thank you Scott for all your efforts, some corrections and improvements are already in view, keep up the good work!!
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  • So I don't necessarily agree with exposing people who are reporting images as this would make people less likely to report, but I do think the system to can be improved to provide more insight and interaction throughout the reporting process.  When someones images are reported, a comment thread should be available to allow discussion prior to any action being performed. With regards to re-categorizations, we can put a mandatory waiting period prior to the new categorization taking place such that the user has time to respond.  By placing waiting periods, we will most likely have to increase the time before we can release certain award groups such that all image have a fair amount of time reach correct placement for that time period.
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  • There should be no consequences to an image being reported, but there should be also no advantage gained by any party from an image being incorrectly reported.
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  • Thank you Scott, this is fair:
    "When someones images are reported, a comment thread should be available to allow discussion prior to any action being performed. With regards to re-categorizations, we can put a mandatory waiting period prior to the new categorization taking place such that the user has time to respond" .
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  • I like the idea of the thread, just as long as a final decision is made before awards are given. Sounds good to me.
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