Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:12 PM
Though I don't think what is happening here was a bad thing, I do understand the moderators' concerns regarding authorship. I believe this was done simply out of a mutual respect for the observers rather than some other motive.
That said, my stuff had been printed in a major astronomy magazine without my permission. The magazine believed that since it came by it through a secondary source, they believed it was fair game through that source. The magazine, technically, makes money through the content and quality it prints and sells. That's the bugaboo since they assemble their content and quality from outside sources for the most part. Its also been used in various astronomy club's online tutorials and observing guides without permission. IMO, a magazine should know better. Non-profit amateur astronomy clubs get the benefit of the doubt.
Again I don't think there is any of that type of thing going on here regarding in this particular case. I believe that the folks here at CN maintain a pretty high standard in terms of respecting authorship and vendor ethics.
Might be best to not make a big deal about a friendly contest, and I say this because I sketch simply for the fun of it. That said, I believe that this particular compilation can make the rounds in other forums, I.E. Beginners & Planetary forums. I think the ensuing discussions and comments made in a noncontest format would hopefully be a very positive thing for obvious reasons.
Anyway, I hope I'm somewhat clear about this.