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Mindat Photo of the Day

Posted by Brian Kosnar  
Brian Kosnar February 21, 2017 08:07PM
Hi Everyone,

I couldn't figure out where to post this thread, so if someone could please direct me to a more appropriate place on the messageboard, I would appreciate it.

With that said, I've always been curious about the selection process for the mindat photo of the day. Is there a group of individuals that decides which photos make the cut, or is there a voting process where the users on the site can submit their favorites?

The only reason I ask is that I found this incredible photo and was really surprised that it hadn't seen selected for photo of the day in the two and a half years that it's been on the site:

https://www.mindat.org/photo-631159.html I'd like to throw in Jean Pierre Barral's image for consideration.

Thanks in advance, great to see everybody in Tucson!
Reiner Mielke February 21, 2017 08:55PM
Hello Brian,

Photo of the day is a touchy subject on Mindat and has been discussed extensively in the past. It is probably best not to ask that question but for what it is worth POTD does not mean what most people think it does. It is just a photo that one of the managers liked for whatever reason. There is no ranking or relative quality judgement involved.
Jasun D. McAvoy February 21, 2017 09:56PM
I'm not weighing in on the POTD subject in a general sense BUT I just had to add my two cents about the photo - lts amazing!
Chester S. Lemanski, Jr. February 21, 2017 10:16PM
Problem No. 1 with this photo is that it is not in the landscape format. Photos in portrait format are not selected for POTD due to how they display as POTD. Additional disqualifying properties include any copyright or other text on a photo (except SEM images), photos with borders, and photos below a certain size (pixels) (sharpness or display size). Exceptions may be made but are rare such as a photo by or of someone, or of a rare mineral named after someone, in our community, who has passed. Besides that it is largely a matter of preference by individual managers. Occasionally a candidate photo may be discussed within management before being selected (or deselected).

"There is no ranking or relative quality judgement involved." This statement is only partially correct. There is no "ranking" process other than a notch up on the photo's evaluation when selected. The POTD is not a contest and photos selected should not be viewed as a "win" in a competition. There is obviously some objective quality judgement for most of the POTD selections (mineral specimen & photography) but unusual aspects of the specimen, rarity of the species depicted, or even other characteristics may come into play such as too many POTDs of the same species or from the same locality or by the same photographer (give everyone as equal a chance as possible).

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 02/21/2017 10:40PM by Chester S. Lemanski, Jr..
Jolyon & Katya Ralph February 22, 2017 12:21AM
Our decision to exclude portrait-format photos was a bit arbitrary and I agree that many good photos are lost to the Photo of the Day because of this. I am thinking of some ways to resolve this - maybe similar to how portrait phone videos (which I hate!) are shown on some sites with a blurred version expanded to fill the border.

Tony Peterson February 22, 2017 12:39AM
As I'm sure is common, Jolyon has observed this rule in the breach (the portrait one that is):

Huanzala pyrite

and I will channel Reiner here by admitting that the selection process for some PotD mystifies me.:-)

David Von Bargen February 22, 2017 10:40AM
"As I'm sure is common, Jolyon has observed this rule in the breach (the portrait one that is):" - The rule against portrait photos not being POTD only occurred after the last update to the home page and adding phone display to the site. Before that, it was possible to display portrait orientation POTDs.
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