We have a restriction against artificial borders in the contest photos; do we also want to restrict watermarks and text? I thought we did, but on rereading, it's unclear. The original rules had:

Images must not contain any artificially added borders or of any kind

added in July 12 with the "borders or of" just like that, and I apparently copied that right into the new rules and no one caught it. I thinK that was intended to say "borders or decorations" or "borders or watermarks", but I don't know for sure.


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Given the limited space in the header, and because we've done very well with hundreds of great entries without 'em, I'd like to clarify the wording to disallow all added decoration, text, and logos.

  • \$\begingroup\$ If the photo is of a table on which there is a CocaCola bottle, should I retouch away with the company logo? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 11, 2013 at 16:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ That wasn't my intent, and I've clarified the wording, but I think in general if a corporate logo is the primary subject of a photo, we would want to avoid it. If it's incidental to the image, it doesn't matter. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Apr 11, 2013 at 16:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ We also don't want the header image to turn into an ad space, I don't think. While you can get from the header (or contest entries) to a profile and discover that the shooter is a pro you might want to hire, I rather think that the good folks at StackExchange/StackOverflow would like to see some revenue from any ads that appear on the site (and that's kind of the point of watermarks that don't obliterate the photo). \$\endgroup\$
    – user2719
    Apr 13, 2013 at 2:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm marking this accepted as it has pretty good support and no dissenting voices. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Apr 21, 2013 at 18:32

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