I have been watching some discussions and have listened to others in the recent past and wonder aloud if it isn't time to change the way we do the cover.
We have been voting on the cover images for going on three years now and I think overall, it has been a good exercise for all of us to see good impressions (and some not as good) put up for consideration/discussion every month.
The aspect that I liked about the contest when I suggested it to Paul a few years back was the idea that a discussion about impressions would develop based on what people saw objectively in the represented photos. Unfortunately, at times, this became personal and the discussions generally vanished and when we tried to revive them, the voting itself continued to take precedent over the discussion.
With that being said, I want to suggest a change for the monthly contest. This isn't my idea. It has been suggested by several individuals at different times and I welcome them to respond to this post in support/dissent of my proposal. Frankly, I think it is time for a change with the way that we do it and it doesn't mean that we couldn't change it again in the future if other ideas come along as well.
I suggest that we continue to have a monthly vote. We still collect ten images every month around the same time. The change would be to vote on our favorite real (original) image from the war. There would be no need to whittle down the ten to a final three, etc. This would simply be based on which image makes an impression on the membership here and carries the day. I think that it would generate a ton of discussion and we don't have to worry about whether or not good/bad/terrrible impressions make the cover, just whether we like them and why. Images of ancestors would also be welcome.
I am putting a poll question attached to this post. Please feel free to contribute your thoughts. What do you think?
This poll closes in eight days.