For sure the Selected-Feature is an ambivalent thing. Maybe the right time to start a discussion. Probably even the right place as the Shoutbox isn´t good enough to write down arguments.
Me personally I like the Selected-Feature even though I think it could be done better. In first case it´s true that is a very strong instrument in matters of numbers of likes. Sometimes I think the LSI isn´t really aware of this fact. Being handpicked/selected is like introducing a pic to the whole community. If you think it´s just a funny thing and you don´t care about it at all it can remain like it is. If not it should be subjected to some restrictions i think. As this is an analogue platform pics being selcted should have a camera tag or the one who picks it out should really be sure it is analogue. To make it a more reliable feature i would suggest to reduce selected pics to a maximum of 2 per user and per day. – Just because sometimes we have 4 pics of one cat by one user in the selcted page and I´d say that´s not like the feature should be.
One last note: if you upload pics you accept that maybe one or more of them is getting handpicked and is getting a lot of likes. Even though you think you have better pics in your LH or on this roll. That´s how it is: you can´t say upfront that a certain shot will get the attention you probably think it should. If you think it´s a weak shot and you don´t want it to get attention it would probably better to not upload it at all to draw the focus on those you really like. I´m wrong with this?
I´d really like to read your point of view in the comments. I think it´s a feature worth discussing.