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What's the limit on language in captions? I'm talking about profanity. If it's really funny, and possibly even necessary, will it get by? I noticed one caption containing "Holy s***!"
I (Chris) will delete captions that use gratuitous bad language and aren't funny. However, I've never intended this to be a family-friendly site, so captions can be as risque and provocative as you like - provided they are funny.
How come the votes that I receive disappear for no reason outside of the one minute withdraw-vote period?
Very occasionally, votes are automatically removed if they're found to originate from other users who are connected with you in some way (having the same IP address, for example)
I have for some reason lost 3 votes for my recent caption, why is this as it was after the voting had closed?
If caption.me finds votes that come from users who are linked to you in some way (perhaps they used the same computer or network as you at some point), then the site will periodically remove their votes for you. If this removal happens at the start of the week, it could result in you seeing a negative score.
How many pics are there to choose from in total and how many entries do you usually get each month per photo?
As of June 2011 there are 1,374 photos and 32,320 captions in total.
The month of May 2011 saw 1,091 captions submitted, giving an average of 35 captions per photo.
Why do some captioneer names remain hidden when the date has passed?
All captioneers should be revealed after a three day voting period. Note that this voting period starts the moment they've submitted their caption, in order that everyone gets the same fair voting period. So for a given photo, there may be some captioneers revealed, and other more recent contributors will still be anonymous.
Just wondering- are there really cash prizes? If so please explain how it works.
Yes there are indeed! The winner is private messaged and asked for either an email address for a PayPal transfer, or account number / sort code for a bank transfer (their choice). There are dozens of happy cash prize winners who continue to contribute excellent captions to this site. If they'd been scammed, they'd leave, right?
Why is there constructive voting
Do you mean why is there only an upvote and no down-vote?
There is a good discussion about this on the forum.
At the moment, only admins are entitled to down-vote, and only for certain reasons. This helps maintain positive relations between captioneers and avoids some of the negativity and gaming of the system that came with liberal downvoting.
Having said that, I would consider other ways to hide unfunny captions and I welcome suggestions.
Is there a limit on the amount of captions that I supply on one photo
No, you can add any number of captions to a single photo, subject to your overall quota
I don't know anyone on caption.me personally, I don't work with anyone that uses it, I have one single account which I use to caption and vote, yet I still continually have votes removed hours after they have been given. Why is this?
There may be another person using caption.me from your IP address (which can be shared within a workplace, or in some cases within a mobile or broadband provider). Votes from such linked users will be automatically removed.
Caption.me will try to avoid linking users on IP addresses shared by thousands of internet users.
how do I log off
Look for your name at the top of the screen and click it. Then click "Log off" (at the bottom of the user profile page)
Can I recover deleted captions?
Afraid not, sorry
What is the purpose of the number at the top right hand corner of the picture?
For photos, the number in the top-right-hand corner shows the number of captions your last visit to the site.
For visitors that aren't logged in, it shows the number of captions in the last 24 hours.
If the number turns yellow, there have been captions since you opened the page.
Why isn't my photo showing on my captions?
The author of a caption is hidden for three days (whilst the caption can be voted on), in order to make the voting fairer.
Why is there an option to stay anonymous on the comment option?
This is mainly to avoid revealing the author's identity after writing a caption.
In the discuss section, how do I comment on a caption? Apologies if this procedure is obvious
When logged in, click the little speech bubble icon on the right-hand side of the caption. This will display the comment box
With the up and coming photos, if you have voted, can you later vote the other way?
To avoid tactical voting changes, the photo voting has the same time restriction as caption voting. You can only retract or change a vote within 60 seconds of placing it
What do the little twinkling stars on the "captions" part of the bar at the top mean (to the left of "discuss")? Sometimes they are there, sometimes not.
The twinkling stars appear briefly on the update badges to notify you an update (e.g. new caption) has just been made by another visitor.
When you make final judgement as to who wins, do you unwittingly give preference to the newer captions over the ones a week or so old?
I (Chris) make judgement over all the captions submitted from the start date of the competition (beginning of the month) to the end date of the competition (end of the month).
I make allowances for the fact that captions written in the last seven days of the monthly competition may not have had a full voting period.