Tier (2 years ago) #3085442Views/favorites/etc. are not so much a function of when a picture is submitted as much as a reflection of how many cats are in your photo.
lol, too true. And/or just throw your figure on the lawn for a quick shot or two and you're golden!
@DanteMagica Seriously though, it sometimes seems a bit random. If your goal is to get lots of hits, settings with cats and flowers seem to have the best chances to attract views. It's also hard to go wrong when shooting against simple black backgrounds (for which I'm often guilty of doing).
Sadly, more often than not, I'm mystified when I post a photo that I have very high hopes for gets negligible views. Usually it's because I happened to submit it during a deluge of someone's cell phone snaps or it gets summarily buried amid a mass upload by one of several chronic photo spammers.
It's fair to say that maybe I have too high an opinion of my submissions but I think it's safe to say that most everything beats out a casual phone snap so I guess my best advice is to make your submissions withl due humility; some will get some attention and others, seemingly inexplicably at times, won't. It does feel really good when a photo gets good recognition so don't give up.
Timing wise, the most obvious choice is to submit photos right after the date changes (IIRC the server is on GMT but the easiest way to verify is to watch when the POTD section updates to be 100% sure). The next best time is likely early morning US Eastern time IIRC; the theory being that fewer uploads are occurring during that time and that it's during a time when people in the Americas are waking up, checking the first few pages of latest submissions and voting here or there but less likely to be submitting contributions of their own.
Likewise with POTW, POTM, etc. save for the possibility that, perhaps, there is a bit more competition on Sunday when the new week's submissions start and people are not working and have the time to do so vs. Monday which is more likely to be a day that people view rather than submit photos. That said, I do think the scores are weighted to allow later entries to remain competitive with earlier submissions.
I've also seen people link their own photos either here, on the figure threads or externally which also inflates their scores but, really, it's all still very luck-of-the-draw; sometimes your photo will win the dice roll and other times it just won't.
I can't claim to speak for everyone here but, for what it's worth, I'm most likely to respect a solid photo with good technical and compositional skill for its own merits than some score earned by luck and/or the praise of the masses.
You know what might be fun!? Perhaps a thread here along the lines of "Why Didn't My Photo Make POT*?". I can see it as being a hybrid of the standard photo critique thread and a second chance for a photo to get proper recognition when perhaps its only failing was crummy timing.