After 8 days into the 2-week photo contest, Photo Competition 2021-07-19: Inspired by Photography Stack Exchange, there haven't been any submissions. This is a first for the New (2021) PotW contests.

2 comments to the competition question:

  1. Seriously, this is the least inspiring theme yet.
  2. Maybe we could switch to the next theme?

What should be the protocol if the PotW theme doesn't produce any submissions? Should the mods just switch to the next upcoming/proposed theme? Perhaps switch to a open submission "non theme" contest for the remaining fractional week (or 1 1/2 weeks for biweekly contests)?

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    For 2021, the PotW contests have been running for 2 weeks, and the top 2 submissions have been posted for a week each after each contest. However, the previous contest produced a tie for 2nd/3rd place, so in fairness, that contest should show 3 consecutive PotW sidebar features. So in this particular instance, I need another week to run the other 2nd place tie PotW.
    – scottbb Mod
    Jul 14, 2021 at 0:26
  • We've had second place ties a couple of times, might not be a bad idea to define how we deal with that situation. Jul 19, 2021 at 15:59
  • @LightBender I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the first time we had a 2nd place tie was for Street Photography. I think there was an instance a couple months ago where the net votes were tied for 2nd, but one of them had a downvote, and additional upvote to cancel the DV. I always check, and pick, most upvotes.
    – scottbb Mod
    Jul 20, 2021 at 19:03
  • Long Exposure and Deep Thought both had a no down votes tie. Jul 20, 2021 at 19:13
  • @LightBender Oh yikes. I'm going back and looking. I must not have sorted by votes on Long Exposure, because I featured the 10th place photo instead of either of the 2nd place ties. Wow, I screwed that one up. 😵‍💫
    – scottbb Mod
    Jul 20, 2021 at 19:21

2 Answers 2


At least in this case, I think you should delete the photo competition question and start the next competition (which would run for slightly less than 2 weeks). This would also allow you run the other 2nd place image on the sidebar for a week.


I'd just let this one run its course and hope for a better theme next time. I really can't believe this theme was the top of anyones list however. I really think themes should be broad and general. If you start getting too many entries then we can deal with that problem.

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