icosahedron: in theory no, but I recall at least one comment on a vote in regards to my map in the last challenge.. "i'd forgotten what it looked like close up, i should have clicked on the thumbnail before voting..."
Personally, I start going through the entries a day or two beforehand, and check out each map in detail, write down observations on each, and then start to narrow it down. yes, I take my voting very seriously
My finished maps
"...sometimes the most efficient way to make something look drawn by hand is to simply draw it by hand..."
I've, er...voted from thumbs alone - usually when I'm really pressed for time. In fact I missed a great map (I think it was Coyote's) in doing so which I would have voted for had I seen it 'in large'.
Hmm, ok so I'm too naive and trusting of my fellows' diligence...
I don't go to your lengths, Coyotemax, but I get a gut feeling for the entries having viewed each one at full size.
If I don't have time to look at them properly, I don't vote. I'd rather give a null vote than a wrong vote.
Mapping a Traveller ATU.
See my (fantasy-based) apprenticeship blog at:
Look for Chit Chat, Sandmann's blog. Enjoy.
I usually open up all of the thumbnails into browser tabs at full res, then look back and forth at them a lot, closing tabs to eliminate, until I have 3 left.