General requirements have been stated in the first entry. Choosing a winner we were considering our impressions on an image. What could affect an impression - the image quality, long shot or close-up, scenery and the scene itself - a static position or an action, unusualness if anything. A caption was not required but if a player chose to use a caption, it added something to our impressions too. Summing up all impression we made our choice. You have the right to disapprove it and you have the right to a personal opinion, but calling other images crap etc, just because you don't like them, is not fair to my mind.
I agree calling others pictures crap is not giving a good impression of what a person someone is, nor a good example of how to behave in the community.
Since with or without monsters in the picture, it was about giving the spring theme the go, so flowery in picture is what counts, and there been really great pictures filling the theme in. Personally I loved really many of them, less or more, but none was bad. Each was beautiful in its own way, as the person seen the spring in the game.
On the other hand, you now say people putting in Caption, give them a bonus on impressing you by choosing a winner???
While I personally asked in the topic if a caption is needed or not, when I saw people put them in, but there was not stated they are needed. And even Kira confirmed to me they are not needed.
How fair is it to take the caption in consideration then??? You cannot take that in as a bonus point for someone, when you stated it is not needed. Beacuse it right away gives less chances to win to all the people (all the pictures) who according to the information, didnt put in a caption. So to the fairness ... this was not fair to be even considered as something to help people win. According to the rules you guys set, you should consider only the pictures themselves. So in a way I understand even Fostons reaction, tho as mentioned I dont agree with the calling others pictures crap, coz as I said before all been beautiful in their own way.
Maybe a good advice for the moderators for the next contest.
State clearly on the beginning what will be considered. And if something is not stated there, please dont take it into consideration at the end to find your winners. Find them, by the parameters given at the start only. Since all top winners (except Koluchka who ended 3rd) had captions, and this way you disqualified all the other entrants in a not very pleasurable way, showing them you dont play by your own rules.
(Just to make it clear. I have no hard feelings, I seen many better pictures than mine run in the contest, yet according to your own words and what I said in this advice, some things may have had looked differently, if captions were ignored, as they were not a need for the contest.)
Once again congrats to all the winners. I love the pictures.
And ... Hopefully all who entered the contest have enjoyed the run for itself, and no one will be too disappointed. It still is a contest
If I was to choose, each of you would have had gotten a prize, because you all worked hard for your lovely shots
P.S. to Kira maybe make for each of the entrants one Templated picture of one of their entries as a bonus for their hard work? It would be a lovely dot after the Spring contest to welcome the Spring in