In the weekly photo competition threads, my suggestion is to hide away the number of votes a pic has received till the competition is over.
- A pic having 22 votes lands up in the top, and IMO forcing the new voter to think that since it has received 22 votes there must be something beautiful in it, hmmm! My point is that showing the number of votes may jeopardize the voter's decision.
- When a new pic is added, it lands up on the bottom of the thread because of the default decreasing order of the voted photos and thus many people may not even notice the new pic.
Also, jumbling up the photos (rather than keeping them in the order they were posted) will give every photo an equal opportunity to be seen.
The number of votes can be displayed when the competition ends.