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Cast Photo Survey

Author Brant    Category All, Cast Photos     Tags

The database currently contains data for 6,572 cast photos. With a few exceptions, I edit and add these myself. I plan to keep adding a few each month, but if users want even more to be added, the only way is going to be with help from volunteers.

I have high standards when it comes to adding official cast photos. The majority of the time when users submit them, I don’t add them and I instead ask for the original images in the best quality possible so that I can make them myself using similar positioning and sizing that is as close as possible to the other cast photos on the site. There are some popular shows where it’s not possible to make them with my criteria because of the original images. I’ve made exceptions and used lower quality images for older shows like Endurance. For The Challenge, I added dark borders to avoid having to enlarge or place the head of a contestant in an inconsistent position. See what I mean here (Example 1) (Example 2).

I’m still not completely satisfied with the photos I’ve added. Over time, the faces have generally become larger than they were in the past. I’ve discussed the idea of recruiting volunteers with better skills to re-make the older cast photos and help add new ones that are even more consistent. A few users expressed interest early in the year, but I haven’t done any evaluations yet.

I’m curious how important the consistency standard of cast photos is to you. Would you just like to see more images, or would it ruin your simulation experience to wait for years to see your favorite show only for the photos to be a lower quality than the rest of the images on the site? I’m completely flexible, but I thought I’d open a survey to help decide what to do.

BrantSteele Cast Photo Survey

There are more surveys and evaluations coming to help improve, including one for specific casts to add later. Thank you for your feedback.

4 Comments to “Cast Photo Survey”

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    Brant [Admin] July 9, 2017 at 3:09 am

    This is a survey that I’ve been wanting to ask for a while. I’m curious if I should drop the consistency requirements and allow more new cast photos.

    The result of this survey will help determine a specific system for adding new cast.

    If the option for volunteers to be evaluated and selected receives the most votes, I will trust their cast photos to be high enough quality that they do not need to be approved before adding.

    If the user submission option receives the most votes, these will still need approved. I’m thinking at this point there would be a public approval vote for new cast photos to be added that way and to decide between two different users’ if they submitted photos for the same show. That would put the decision in the hands of users. I’d like to avoid users generously investing time into editing photos, only for them not to be added, but that still is a possibility.

  • Person [Guest] July 9, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I sent all cast photos for the challenge from BOTSeasons1 onward well over a year ago, all specially cropped to be the same size perfect for the simulators. Not sure why you don’t just use some of them seeing as they were all consistent each season.

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    Rebby [Member] July 13, 2017 at 12:31 am

    I’d like to request that Total Drama Ridondulous Race be added to the ‘Total Drama’ category, as well as BBOTT to the BB (US) category. In the older simulators, they do not recognize cast members from those two side-show seasons.

  • Profile photo of Joey
    Joey [Member] July 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    You should add Cast photos for Escape the Night seasons 1 and 2.

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