Dear Cafe Members, the Challenge was officially closed with a vote by the Moderating and Administrative team.
The Challenge was a formal process with need for extensive behind the scenes time and resources for input management, judging/voting, control of participant misbehavior, (including cheating,) and the methods required for reporting and displaying results. In addition, a challenge manager was required for the process. The individuals who managed the challenge were openly criticized and unjustly accused of foul play.
The Moderating and Administrative team tried various methods of open and anonymous challenges, however, all challenge types required excessive management and resulted in many hurt feelings due to overly competitive members. We will not go into further details into the “behind the scene” issues and management that were needed but please do understand and trust that the Cafe Moderators/Administrators exhausted all possible avenues when the unanimous decision was made years ago. Once again the current Mod/Admin team unanimously agrees with the Challenge forum remaining closed.
We encourage the membership to please visit the Collective Shoot, Photo Meme, and Year Long Project areas. These areas are well, alive, and actively requesting additional participants.