Reflecting on this thread I think I agree with much of what's been said; certainly in that the less important rejection reasons tend to be the most tenaciously enforced. If a photo is slightly soft, or slightly over-sharp, so what? Who's really looking? Now level and colour are much less subjective, and almost instantly detract from a photo (often being noticeable just by the thumbnail).
A lot of images seem to be getting rejected for truly trivial reasons, and a lot accepted that suffer serious (and obvious flaws). I gave up uploading here frequently because it was like playing a lottery - how many of you (please be honest) reuploaded a rejected photo unchanged and had it fly through when it previously got done for umpteen reasons? I've done it countless times!
I know screening is subjective, blah, blah, blah, but there does have to be some kind of consistency, otherwise photographers will go elsewhere. Paul and I predicted this mass departure 5/6 years ago but A.net seemed so sure of its place at the top back then. Complacency. Now it seems whatever can be (and is being) done will simply be too little, too late.
Not so much now, but not so long ago, the site considered itself bigger than those who make/made it what it is. It thought photographers needed A.net whereas, in truth, A.net needed photographers.
Finally, to address Barbro's point about creativity, part of the problem is just how much of aviation photography is considered creative these days. Taking a photo of an aircraft accelerating down a wet runway, kicking up spray, is not creative. Nice effect maybe, but not creative. It's quite irrelevant anyway, since he's right in suggesting that this site has fallen too far behind in that department. What could have been discussed and decided upon in hours as usual had to go all round the houses, from pillar to post, before finally being approved. Spontaneity has unfortunately never been this site's strong point.
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