So, what should we do if there's a tie in the contest at the time the winner is selected?

(Vote for your preference, or add your own solution.)

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    And I suppose, in the spirit of the thing, we should go with the top answer here at the time of any tie. We'll have to open a new thread for what to do about ties in this vote, though. :)
    – mattdm
    Jan 10, 2013 at 13:04

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Option 4

Photo submitted last wins (on the principle that if it garnered the same number of votes over a shorter period of time, people had a stronger "like" reaction to it).


Option 1

Photo submitted first wins. (The other one can, of course, win the next week, with the same advantage over newer contestants.)


Option 2

Moderator picks. (This was, effectively, the previous tie resolution mechanism.)

  • Could be boosted with "objective checklist": 1. Originality (not landscape > landscape , haha) 2. technique (sharpness, noise, composition, exposure - e.g. the new "golden morning" landscape has totally blows red parts, and is more red morning than golden morning). Jan 7, 2013 at 9:48

Check for downvotes on the images (forbidden in theory, but happens in practice), and remove them from the count. If it's still a tie after that, move to the next option in the list.


Option 3

Flip a coin.


Option 5

Both photos run in consecutive weeks and next update is delayed a week

  • This could lead to the photo never changing (if the tie is never broken).
    – xiota
    Jul 20, 2018 at 13:54

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