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SLE Photography
Posts: 68,937
Orlando, Florida, US


I want to thank all the players & participants in the Pic of the Day 18+ contest over the last 2 years (almost exactly!) for all the wonderful time I've gotten to spend working with you.

Craig Seay opened the contest on October 17th 2007, and I worked with him from day 1 on a gallery of the winners and moderation, before fully taking over moderation of the contest shortly afterwards.

When Internet Brands re-did the contest earlier this year I was happy with their decision to let me stay on board and I've enjoyed every minute of the several hours a day I put in to the contest.  I've gotten to work with some great people behind the scenes, had fabulous interactions with the players, and gotten to see some amazing photos.

Internet Brands has decided that, in order to keep moderation on MM more consistent, all further contest moderation must be handled by site staff, so as of today, 2 years and 4 days after helping launch the contest, I have to say goodbye.  Miguel has asked for my input on updating & clarifying the rules to make things easier for players to follow, I plan to send those in as my last act as part of the contest.

I will for now be maintaining the incomplete winner's gallery from the original contest:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/090309/18/49b5c4db6efe6.jpg

That's always been something I've maintained myself as a "thank you" to the community.  If IB and MM wish to take that over & make it a site feature I will turn my archive of winning images over to them, if not I'll see about finally getting it updated and keep it up as long as I have my website.  I'll ask IB about linking to it if they don't want to post it here.

Here's a look back at the history of the contest:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

And here's the future:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/potd_18plus.php

I plan to keep viewing & voting on all the great submissions, so I hope to see you all there.

So thanks once again for all the great times, all of you players are the real heart of the contest & you've made this a great 2 years in my life!

Thank you!!!!!!!!!
Oct 21 09 02:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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Laurence Moan
Posts: 7,628
Huntington Beach, California, US


Thank you for all you do here, James.
Oct 21 09 02:22 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mike Kelcher
Posts: 12,619
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


James,

I know how much time and energy it takes to administer one of these contests. The participants could not thank you enough for your efforts. People like Craig, Tom, Blue Ash, yourself and others, have given the MM community countless hours of time and much effort.

I'll never forget that, and I thank you for it.

~Miike Kelcher
Oct 21 09 02:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
K E E L I N G
Posts: 39,715
Peoria, Illinois, US


James, the powers that be and most of the players will never understand how much of your life, blood, sweat, and tears you have poured into the contest through a labor of love.  Thanks from the bottom of my heart for the selfless devotion.
Oct 21 09 02:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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Keys88 Photo
Posts: 17,646
New York, New York, US


James,

As someone who has interacted with you, as contest moderator, on a regular basis, let me thank you for all the hard work you've put in on this contest.

I hope that the site is able to keep the contest going in the same fashion, after your departure and am pleased to read that you fully intend to stay a part of the contest, on a regular basis, albeit on the other side of the "curtain."

Again, I think I can sincerely say, on behalf of all of us who regularly participate in the POTD 18+, . . . .THANKS!!!!
Oct 21 09 02:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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Greg Kolack
Posts: 17,564
Downers Grove, Illinois, US


It says a lot about your character that you will continue to give input after all that has happened.

It will be interesting to see what the future brings.
Oct 21 09 02:47 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SLE Photography
Posts: 68,937
Orlando, Florida, US


Greg Kolack wrote:
It says a lot about your character that you will continue to give input after all that has happened.

It will be interesting to see what the future brings.

I really don't want to see any negativity or site issues brought up in this thread.  The contest, for me, has always been about doing something for the community, which I love dearly.  That's why I'm more than happy to work with IB/MM on an update of the rules to make things easier for players to understand & to make moderation of the contest easier.

My only purpose posting this was to thank the community for letting me do this for them as long as I was able.  smile

Oct 21 09 02:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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Stella Dean
Posts: 6,667
Charlotte, North Carolina, US


D'oh!  Sigh.

You are a great man for doing something not required of you that benefit so many people.

Kudos!
Oct 21 09 02:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SLE Photography
Posts: 68,937
Orlando, Florida, US


Stella Dean wrote:
D'oh! And today is the first day I ever entered. Sigh.

You are a great man for doing something not required of you that benefit so many people.

Kudos!

Nah, just someone who wants to help out.  The site's all about the members, and there're a LOT of great volunteers among them who work to keep the community going.  I was only one of them.  I intend to keep doing what I can by giving IB feedback on the rules, helping out with the gallery, and being part of the forums here 'cause it's all about the community.  smile

Oct 21 09 02:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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The Original Sin
Posts: 13,894
Louisville, Kentucky, US


It figures that now that you'll finally have five or six hours a day of free time, I'm back in Georgia and unable to take advantage of it.

>.<

Thank you for moderating the POTD18+ for so long.  I know that some nights it drove you mad, but you were always gracious about responding to and fulfilling your responsibility to the contest.

Oct 21 09 03:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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Deardorff Photography
Posts: 298
Charlotte, North Carolina, US


Thanks for all you have added to this contest, James, and thanks for making me feel welcome when I first entered.
Oct 21 09 03:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
TLP Images Charlotte NC
Posts: 281
Charlotte, North Carolina, US


Awwwwwe   ...  Thank you!!  Thank you!!  Thank you for all that you have done!!   LOL it just won't be the same w/ out your smiley faces!
Oct 21 09 03:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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Greg Kolack
Posts: 17,564
Downers Grove, Illinois, US


SLE Photography wrote:

I really don't want to see any negativity or site issues brought up in this thread.  The contest, for me, has always been about doing something for the community, which I love dearly.  That's why I'm more than happy to work with IB/MM on an update of the rules to make things easier for players to understand & to make moderation of the contest easier.

My only purpose posting this was to thank the community for letting me do this for them as long as I was able.  smile

I understand.

It was meant to be a compliment and a hope that the contest will continue to go as smoothly as it always had, but I can see that I may not have worded it well.

Oct 21 09 03:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
TucsonTied
Posts: 597
Tucson, Arizona, US


You did a great job, James.  At the contest (I assume you won't be leaving MM, right?), your presence will be missed.

(edited to remove negativity...you're right, bud.  Not the right time or place.)
Oct 21 09 03:23 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SLE Photography
Posts: 68,937
Orlando, Florida, US


TucsonTied wrote:
I assume you won't be leaving MM, right?

I'll leave MM when they pry my profiles from my cold, dead keyboard.  smile

Oct 21 09 03:25 pm  Link  Quote 
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Christian Nyback
Posts: 987
West Palm Beach, Florida, US


SLE Photography wrote:

I'll leave MM when they pry my profiles from my cold, dead keyboard.  smile

They're made out of plastic.  They're cold...and dead...
Thanks for the hard work You put in James, and if you need a body guard when you cash that fat check from IB - you can count on me!
big_smile

Oct 21 09 03:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SLE Photography
Posts: 68,937
Orlando, Florida, US


Christian Nyback wrote:

They're made out of plastic.  They're cold...and dead...
Thanks for the hard work You put in James, and if you need a body guard when you cash that fat check from IB - you can count on me!
big_smile

Fat check?  lol

Oct 21 09 03:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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Z_Photo
Posts: 6,849
Huntsville, Alabama, US


thanks for all your efforts, James.
Oct 21 09 03:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
TucsonTied
Posts: 597
Tucson, Arizona, US


Y'know what?  The hell with it...you were good for that contest!! 

Even tho I'm sorely underqualified to compete, it felt good knowing the contest was being ran by you.   It sucks that this happened, and the contest will suffer for it, almost making me glad I don't participate.  Bad move, MM.  Just another in the many list of weird things going on around here...  I know you asked for the negativity to not be a part of this, but it needs to be said. 

This just sucks.

(Edit:  Wow, that came out all venomy and stuff...I'm madder than I thought.  Can I not be brigged for having an angry opinion, plz? lol)
Oct 21 09 03:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lumigraphics
Posts: 32,628
Detroit, Michigan, US


Fair winds and following seas! This place was built by people who cared about the membership, and hopefully the people who pick up the mantle will remember and carry forward that legacy.
Oct 21 09 04:24 pm  Link  Quote 
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Keys88 Photo
Posts: 17,646
New York, New York, US


Greg Kolack wrote:
. . .

Greg,

May I suggest you edit your post?

You may be within site posting rules in saying what you've said, but it hardly seems appropriate.

James came in here, in a very classy fashion.  He offered a factual message and a sincere "Adios" (or, at least, a sincere "Hasta Lavista")
He did not come across as bitter and I respect him for saying what he is saying and in the manner in which he is saying it.
Please do not make this dramatic where it needn't be.

Oct 21 09 04:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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Christian Nyback
Posts: 987
West Palm Beach, Florida, US


SLE Photography wrote:

Fat check?  lol

Yeah, that was my Scandinavian sarcasm...
And we all appreciate what you've done for this site, and for policing the contest for as long as you did!  Seriously!!!

Oct 21 09 04:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SLE Photography
Posts: 68,937
Orlando, Florida, US


Christian Nyback wrote:

Yeah, that was my Scandinavian sarcasm...
And we all appreciate what you've done for this site, and for policing the contest for as long as you did!  Seriously!!!

Thanks.  wink

Oct 21 09 04:39 pm  Link  Quote 
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The Original Sin
Posts: 13,894
Louisville, Kentucky, US


Speaking of...

Love, please check the email thread you've been sending me all day.
Oct 21 09 04:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SLE Photography
Posts: 68,937
Orlando, Florida, US


The Original Sin wrote:
Speaking of...

Love, please check the email thread you've been sending me all day.

I saw it.  tongue

Oct 21 09 04:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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Artsy Craftsy
Posts: 851
Oceanside, California, US


What a dedication!!!
You did a great job Sir...
Oct 21 09 04:44 pm  Link  Quote 
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AVD AlphaDuctions
Posts: 10,475
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada


I never submitted anything to the 18+ contest basically because...well...I don't do anything like that for public consumption.

Didn't stop me from appreciating tho

thanks for all the hard work in making it happen
Oct 21 09 04:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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PashaPhoto
Posts: 9,726
Brooklyn, New York, US


i thought that contest and you were made for each other...

sucks that you're not running it anymore...

you deserve many, many kudos for all the selfless work you've done there...
Oct 21 09 04:53 pm  Link  Quote 
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SLE Photography
Posts: 68,937
Orlando, Florida, US


PashaPhoto wrote:
i thought that contest and you were made for each other...

sucks that you're not running it anymore...

you deserve many, many kudos for all the selfless work you've done there...

Thank you Pasha.  smile  I appreciate that.

Oct 21 09 05:12 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Fifi
Posts: 58,112
Silver Spring, Maryland, US


I'm a little woozy from the flu, so i'll keep this short... im soorry James, I know how much you loved it.

Oct 21 09 06:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Evocative Images
Posts: 505
Saint Paul, Minnesota, US


I can only imagine the effort and commitment that you have put in in order to keep that contest going.

You have my respect.

Thank you for all that you have done.
Oct 21 09 07:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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Cherrystone
Posts: 35,191
Columbus, Ohio, US


Hey James,

You know I always missed the old style, and don't partcipate much these days, but back them I'm fully aware of the work you put into those threads.

Kudos to you for everything you've done.

M
Oct 21 09 08:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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- Phil H -
Posts: 24,995
Bury Saint Edmunds, England, United Kingdom


Moderator Warning!
James,
        As one of Site Mods that will be stepping in to help moderate the MM Contests, I would just like to take a moment to thank you on behalf of the Mod Team, for all the hard work you have put into the contests over the years.

Without your dedication and the numerous long hours you have put in behind the scenes, the POTD 18+ contest would not be the resounding success it is today.
While much of your work with the Contest may have gone unsung, it has certainly not gone unnoticed.
You are leaving a large pair of boots to fill and those of us that are stepping up to help, will do our utmost to maintain the high standards you have set for us to follow.

Your work with the contests, stands as a fitting testament, were one ever needed, of your love for and dedication to, this site and it's members.
Now, as you reluctantly entrust it to others hands, we in turn will make every effort to ensure it's continuing success and popularity and carry it forward as part of your personal Legacy within our community.

Thank you, from all of us.
Oct 21 09 08:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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Dean Johnson Photo
Posts: 54,690
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


Thanks James!
Oct 21 09 09:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
-Jen-
Posts: 46,795
Howell, Michigan, US


Thank you James!!

smile
Oct 21 09 09:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Andy Webster
Posts: 3,857
Portland, Maine, US


Thanks, James, for your years of dedication and effort in making POTD 18+ the incredible success it is.  Rest assured we'll count on your input on updating and clarifying the rules. Admirably done.
Oct 21 09 09:16 pm  Link  Quote 
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curtis wood
Posts: 1,307
Logan, Utah, US


James,

I believe it was about a year and a half ago I first saw the thread for the 18+ contest. I started entering because of the interaction I witnessed in the accompanying discussion thread and how each original contest member was willing to help, offering suggestions and comments that would improve and help the others. You personally took time, beyond the contest to encourage me and I sincerely wish to thank you very much.  You are an inspiration of dedication. Thank you so much for the tireless hours of service and consistency and the honorable way with which you have officiated  this contest. We as participating members have gained many friendships and much pleasure from it. You have been the face and voice of the POD 18+ contest for as long as it has existed and I am sure that I can speak for all of the members in saying that James, you will be sorely missed as contest mod and we all greatly appreciate your efforts on our behalf!

Thank You Again James!
Oct 21 09 10:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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Craig Seay
Posts: 8,606
Nashville, Tennessee, US


James, I know how it feels to be bumped out of something you've invested your heart and countless hours in to, so I feel you brother.

Chin up dude.. you have your very own networking site with a Potd 18+ contest that totally rocks, including a gallery and features second to none~!!

Just throw yourself 100% now in to your own site and it's image contests, knowing that your dismissal here will work to benefit those who network and play there.
Oct 22 09 01:39 am  Link  Quote 
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Daniel Meadows
Posts: 709
Manchester, England, United Kingdom


Hey SLE, as a pretty new member here I've enjoyed viewing the contests daily, and for your role I owe you my thanks. A damn fine job sir.
Oct 22 09 01:56 am  Link  Quote 
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Farenell Photography
Posts: 17,574
Albany, New York, US


AVD AlphaDuctions wrote:
I never submitted anything to the 18+ contest basically because...well...I don't do anything like that for public consumption.

Didn't stop me from appreciating tho

thanks for all the hard work in making it happen

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/semi234/Nuff20Said.jpg

Oct 22 09 06:45 am  Link  Quote 
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