according to you, this is the entry that would have allowed you to vote for the first time, that is nr. 17 entry, if you left all your intries in your portfolio, counting back from page 8.
I think you missed a page or 2 in my portfolio (do a sort by recent and start at the last page). The one you showed was my 8th chop. Even though I royally sucked back then I still had 51 total votes after my 8th chop. By the 10th chop I had 103 total votes. I think that should be reasonable enough for anyone to get to.
...But don't forget you had to start doing this one time. ...
You ain't kidding there. It's been nice to see how far I've come with chopping. Even though I still suck at least I know so much more now about how much I suck.
And if I recall my own humble beginnings, I did manage to shop the source into the entry, but I only had windows paint to work with, so I didn't get much attention. As a matter of fact I only picked it up again recently, and now I have a better progr. to work with, so I can get better at this work.
We had a few people doing great stuff in Paint and even in Photo Editor that comes with Windows. Heck I started with Fireworks and GIMP. GIMP is free. So is Paint.Net. And, if you're piratically-inclined, CS2 can be gotten for free (don't do it though!).
Many of the people here have a job in graphics, or they lie about that, so that is kind of an unfair advantage as well.
I don't think that's an unfair advantage. This is like saying native english speakers have an advantage since the site is in english. They have more experience in choppping. Good for them.
If you want to create a difference in beginners and experianced shoppers, then ask for more advanced competitions. Not once a year, but once per three months, and some prize competitions to be entered after reaching a certain level.
That's not what I'm asking for. Re-read my original post. I just want to keep the jokers out. Keep them out before they have a negative impact on a contest that matters (like the laptop).
I'm not suggesting a complete overhaul of how the contests work. PSC's appeal to many is that you compete against everyone and there is no segregation. If you want to beat the best then you must get better. It's that simple.
I'm only suggesting a tweak to the system used to earn voting privileges to keep jokers/trolls/etc. out of the system before they can do damage.