Since I've been a member (2008?), the monthly challenges participants have seemed to dwindle in the number of members that have taken part and, possibly, the number of members that have/are voting for those images submitted - which I'm guessing was one
reason to discontinue the challenges - ? To reinstate them will only be a good thing if the members become involved by participating; submitting & voting.
A cold sobering thought! A quick look shows six of us took part in the "Water" challenge... you Faldrax, Rex, Chris82, retoohs, CHOLLY and me. The Home page shows a membership of 3,380. I wonder how many have voted... how many votes have been received? We only get to know which participant has been selected as number 1 and who came second and third... with possibly a close 4th - no numbers of votes
cast for 1st, 2nd, 3rd. If only six of us voted in the water challenge and one of us got two votes for ONE image that may be the winning shot!
You can't make members participate - or vote - be it in a monthly challenge or posting a new topic or comment on/answer any existing ones. You can only try and invite them to join in - which Ascot and chappo1 have done.
With that in mind I don't feel making "rules" regarding voting for the Monthly Challenge is warranted "at this time" - and my comment/comments is/are based on lack of information regarding how many of the membership do in fact take a part in the Forum - even if "silently" via PMs
I'll duck down out of the way to try and avoid any flack that may be coming my way...