I know what your saying, and agree that ideally this new site should try not to have a POTW or at least in that name. I do think though that the POTW concept gives members that little beacon of hope that an image they put forward for critiquing will be selected. I know I've never had one, but would be chuffed to be picked (mods...
I think it has its place, maybe needs a fresh name and a different spin?
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