I realize that each topic of the forum has a moderator; maybe that is not true. But is there anybody who will read this and give us a definite feedback as to how the UHH system works. Somebody must be in charge and would know.
Well, as you can see, this thread didn't make it into today's Daily Digest and what happens to a thread that doesn't make the list there fast dies off into oblivion as this one did overnight last night. I went to bed at 2:00 mountain time and because I replied to you late this thread got pumped back up to the top of the gallery list as all threads do but by 7:00 this morning it had slipped on to page 5 of this gallery list. With about 30 threads listed in the gallery list, by this thread dropping to page 5 by this morning indicates that around 150 comments on other threads were made between 2:00 am and 7:00 am, my time - mountain time. When I replied to "old tigger" this morning it moved back up to the top of page 1. It was sliding fast until you posted this and that put it back up on top of the list of topics with the latest activity. My thread has had 156 views and 11 comments and dropped to page 5.
Occasionally, a topic will be submitted and won't make the next day's Daily Digest but will be held over until the second day after it was submitted but that isn't the norm. The norm is that if your thread doesn't make the next day's Daily Digest it starts to drop to a lower page with every 30 times someone posts on another thread. It appears that Admin randomly picks the threads that will be shown in the Daily Digest based mostly on the order they are received so the people from the UK are usually up top in the first few spots since they are 5 to 6 hours ahead of those on the east coast of the U. S. Then it starts to appear to be more random after that with people on the east coast who get up earlier than the rest of us in the U. S. get posted. Admin, perhaps with the aid of some moderators, moves some threads around that are inappropriately submitted in the wrong classification and can decide which threads will die a fast death or not. This being a privately owned forum, admin retains all rights to do what he chooses without regard for any other commitment. Obviously Admin wasn't impressed with this submission and without further comment it will be on page 10 in two days and the people who work off of the Daily Digest will never see this thread and people like you who work off of the gallery list rather than the Daily Digest won't be seeing it again so my request to those people I tried to reach will rapidly dissipate into thin air.
While I don't think it is the case, Admin's only motivation I can think of would be to conserve on server storage space by favoring submissions with only one image that has to be stored and hence my suggestion to all those who submit 2, 3, 4, or 5 threads every day with just one image may be receiving preferential treatment in the thread selection for the Daily Digest. Admin does monitor many of the submissions and I expect to hear from him on this one. We've talked before. LOL. I don't think anything I've tried to do here will change any current practices so I will use another approach to suggesting to those people who are a little more prolific than needed to see if they can't moderate the number of threads they submit, even though it is clearly not my role. I just want to say that while this is not a "sour grapes" thread 4 of my last 5 submissions have not made the Daily Digest and I know other long time members who haven't been able to get a thread in the digest either. We've all had our share of threads posted since joining up but now and then when we submit one a month or so, we would still like to see it make the digest list.
It's just ridiculous when Bob Yankle, Sylvias, jwt, Angela K, Regis, Ronbo, Erv, RE, Joer, Linda from Maine, Basquelady, tainkc, Dook, Colo43, Rob48, Travasty, Fvs (although not right lately) and several others to a lessor degree, all of whom normally get at least one thread a day in the Digest and some days get 2, 3, even 4 threads in the digest on a given day while each day 130 to 170 other members can't get one a month there. Admin likes to keep hands off so unless this is brought out into the open, it most likely won't come to his attention. I hate to be the one who brings it up but it does seem as though it is time to do something about it. If it's not dealt with it will only get worse. One guy yesterday submitted five threads day before yesterday and didn't get a single one of them in yesterday's Digest while another guy who regularly submits up to five a day has had 9 in the Digest in the past 5 days, most all with only one image in each thread. I will say that it is hard to get an exact fix on the number of submissions for each day that do and do not make the Digest because some submitted early on the 12th made it into the digest for the 12th and some rolled over to the 13th and may have even made it into the 14th but I didn't check for the 14th to see when all the threads were submitted. It was not my intent to get Admin to alter his practices but simply to reach the members who are going overboard in their submissions and depriving all the other members from ever getting a shot at having some decent feedback for their shots which can bolster people's sagging impression of their own efforts. It doesn't hurt to get a little encouragement now and then especially for beginners and not so necessary for others who have had lots of years of doing this - like me. It doesn't bother me to not make the Digest but it does bother a lot of other, lesser experienced people.
Using today as an example, jwt had 5 threads selected for display in the Daily Digest, five from one person while at least 150 other members got none.