I dont know if Im the only person who finds when I create a contest.. that people will add works that I had specifically stated I do not want in the contest..I find it time consuming having to go and delete the photos..and also feel awful for doing it..
Dawn, you are the administrator for the contest, it is up to you to eliminate those images that don't fit the rule, it is clearly stated. And, especially contests that have the description of the theme in the name of the contest. You shouldn't feel awful doing what you must do.
Don't feel awful, just disqualify a bad entry and rejoice that you will be helping improve their functional reading ability. Do your part to cure functional illiteracy. I'm semi-serious about that. I add a line to my contest description/rules: All entries not meeting these criteria (oh! A fancy word) will be disqualified without notice.
Same thing happens with groups. I started one for "Point and Shoot" cameras, and I am getting images that are clearly shot with DSLR crop sensor and full frame cameras. One person in particular, loaded about 50 of their own images in one day. And I know they are mostly shot with a full frame sensor.
People do not listen and they do not care. For the most part, we live in an "All about ME, society".
It is selfishness and ignorance.
Same as when I drop my kids off to school, in the morning. The drop off circle is for "dropping off only"... NO PARKING!! signs everywhere. People will still pull up in their Hummers and SUV's and park for 15 to 20 minutes, while watching their kids play, before school. Back up traffic, down the street. I made the mistake of asking one lady, why she insisted on doing it every day. I got blasted!! She was even more upset, when I asked her if a lobotomy came with the Hummer. :P
Just go with the flow, and learn to revel in your role as judge/administrator.
Here's a contest that I ran. You should read the discussion threads relating to the contest. I disqualified EVERY entry! It was fun!
Follow the Rules Contest
Thanks guys for the comments, the contest ended while FAA was having technical hitches and guess who won the contest? a non group member... lol I made it clear in my rules, sent numerous emails to all contestants making them aware I wanted group members... I will leave the contests up to others in future :)
As an aside I've often thought that the web in general allows too much bad behaviour to go unpunished. I have long been advocating internet punishment electrodes (which could plug into a USB port), by which means competition transgressors could be chastised with immediate effect direct from FAA HQ or Beth's livingroom.
Very good idea Johnny, where can we buy these devices?
Seriously there has always been and always will be a large number of people who don't think that rules apply to them. These same individuals tend to howl with self righteous outrage when it is pointed out that their "right" to cheat is rather unfair on the majority of us who respect rules. They often justify their actions that everyone except the unworldly few are going to do it anyway, a view in my opinion that betrays the intellectual capacity of sheep. Pass me that electronic cattle prod, Johnny!
As already noted, this is very common...unfortunately. People either don't read the rules or don't care, don't think it applies to them. And then scream if you disqualify them accordingly.
I've been in Beth's position a few times, and have seen the same thing more times than I care to think about. Not just in contests, but just the everyday rules and guidelines of a thread type forum or chatroom. You make it very clear what the rules are and plenty people simply ignore it. I've banned quite a few...
For example right now, I set up a thread for people to show off images featured in whatever various groups they have joined. So far it looks like everyone has been posting just their featured work from various groups, but I also stated in the few and simple rules at the top "3 per post". Someone immediately posted 6...I haven't researched it thoroughly, but I don't think I can delete the 3 extras, or the entire post but would love to be able to. Sorry, you ignored the rules...
I don't feel bad about that. I'm not a huge fan of lots of rules, if I set up a thread or contest I'll try to keep it simple, but I expect participants to follow those guidelines and when I see infractions, I don't mind deleting them or whatever else needs to be done to rectify it.
Some administrators are just as guilty as the entrants...I entered a contest for impressionistic horses..The painting I entered was questionable..it was looser than most I have painted but it was removed...Meanwhile another contestant entered a painting in the same contest that was a painting of a horse statue...about as far from impressionistic as you can get. It was not removed. Many administrators are biased...They may favor a particular style of art, a particular artist, or maybe it is someone who is in their "group"...
I am keeping on top of my contests now... I have one of horses... the only thing I ask is that they join the group and make sure its a painting or drawing and I am going in everyday and deleting the ones who arent following the rules... time consuming but worth it.. I only join a contest by following the rules... I believe in playing fair in my contests and cancelled the last one because the winner wasnt part of the group.
Its a pity not everyone is fair.. even admin at times!