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Title: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on June 03, 2008, 01:34
well I'll tell you.

They are a new effort to try and qualify peoples statements.  When one poster says they have had a 200% increase in earnings the last month and the next poster says their earnings went down 5% they seem to carry the same weight of authority.  However if poster 1 has 10,000 images and poster 2 has 10 images that should be taken into consider.

As such - the rankings have been added.
The stats are retrieved from dreamstime and istock for those who have added their user id, and is a simple value of # of sales + portfolio size.  The top amount is 15,000 for dreamstime, which is about the level for the top 10 users at dreamstime are over and 26,000 for istock (the level of most diamond level contributors) with 48 different levels to the bottom.

The stats are only updated once a day so if you just added your dreamstime or istock id to your profile, you might have to wait a few hours before the meter gauge shows.

I realize the graphic is a bit ugly, but i am open to other suggesions!!!
edit:  I have updated the graphic now.. perhaps it is better?
old graphic (http://www.microstockgroup.com/images/levels/level20.jpg)
new graphic (http://www.microstockgroup.com/images/levels/gauge30.png)(http://www.microstockgroup.com/images/levels/isgauge30.png)

I have also added a title for new members : a 'new member' label on their name for their first 25  posts  so that we know when someone is new here.

Lastly,
You can also hide your gauges, or portfolio links if you want only one or the other showing.

near the bottom you will see two check boxes.
If you want to have the gauges show when you post but not the portfolio links, check the 'hide portfolio link' box.

If you want to have the portfolio links show but not the gauges, check the 'hide gauges' box.

If you check both boxes, both the portfolio links and the gauges will be hidden.

And remember the gauges are only updated once a day, so no matter if you hide your portfolio links or not, you will not see the gauges for the first 24 hours.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: sharply_done on June 03, 2008, 01:54
Good work, leaf!

Hmm, perhaps a speedometer type of graphic might be clearer. Or maybe a number between 0 and 99.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Microbius on June 03, 2008, 03:03
that is soooo cool and really useful. Thanks !
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on June 03, 2008, 03:07
Good work, leaf!

Hmm, perhaps a speedometer type of graphic might be clearer. Or maybe a number between 0 and 99.

well it was supposed to be a speedometer type of graphic :)  perhaps a little unclear.

Anyhow I have updated the graphic now hopefully it is better??
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Freezingpictures on June 03, 2008, 04:04
Really good idea leaf! New graphic looks definately better!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: faber on June 03, 2008, 04:16
Great idea, Leaf, I really like it!


Hey, but it might be dangerous if someone goes into red -> maybe the speed limiter kicks in.... :D
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: jsnover on June 03, 2008, 09:15
I have no idea how to read these, but mine look like DT is going "faster" than IS, whereas IS has brought me much more money than DT.

How am I supposed to read these?
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on June 03, 2008, 09:17
it is like a speedometer.  the more to the right the dial is the better.. in your case the istock dial is much more to the right (faster if it was a car speedometer) which means you are doing better on istock... quite well in fact.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: vikavalter on June 03, 2008, 10:05
sweet, let's see how well I'm doing... tomorrow
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: jsnover on June 03, 2008, 10:35
Thanks - I do drive a car, so I don't know why these looked so hard to read at first!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: sharply_done on June 03, 2008, 11:14
Yes, these look much better.

I think the IS meter needs to be tempered a little, though - there's no way I was going that fast, officer!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on June 03, 2008, 11:19
well you might be right, but you ARE doing very well on istock.

Maybe I should make it so the diamond contributers get full throttle and go down from there??!!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on June 03, 2008, 11:26
ok, i adjusted the istock gauge so to a level of sales+images=26000 for full throttle which is basically all the diamond photographers...... which shows how bad I am doing on istock  :-[

and wow, I am surprised how many diamond photographers have UNDER 1000 images!!!
istock diamond list (http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=91126)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: digiology on June 03, 2008, 11:36
Good work Leaf!

A bit humbling :-[ but at least it makes me want to try harder.


Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: madelaide on June 03, 2008, 11:57
I must be ashamed of my meters...  ;D
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: CofkoCof on June 03, 2008, 12:00
I must be ashamed of my meters...  ;D

Yours are still better than mine  ;D
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: jsnover on June 03, 2008, 12:34
Leaf, can we have a suicide hotline for those of us who are so depressed looking at our meters that we can't go on? :)

I understand it's nice to know who's really new at this versus who's got a longer track record or larger portfolio, but I feel a bit bummed by having to look at a meter that say I'm not doing well every time I post.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Opla on June 03, 2008, 12:49
Leaf, can we have a suicide hotline for those of us who are so depressed looking at our meters that we can't go on? :)

I understand it's nice to know who's really new at this versus who's got a longer track record or larger portfolio, but I feel a bit bummed by having to look at a meter that say I'm not doing well every time I post.

I got more depressed looking at the diamondlist ;-)

But perhaps a more logarithmic scale would be better for our souls...

Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on June 03, 2008, 12:58
Leaf, can we have a suicide hotline for those of us who are so depressed looking at our meters that we can't go on? :)

I understand it's nice to know who's really new at this versus who's got a longer track record or larger portfolio, but I feel a bit bummed by having to look at a meter that say I'm not doing well every time I post.

depressed?... your meters look quite nice!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: digiology on June 03, 2008, 13:05
Yeah really jsnover. You have nothing to be depressed about.

I will try to always post right after you if it makes you feel better. ;D
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: GeoPappas on June 03, 2008, 13:13
Very interesting concept.

I think that they will be very useful.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: jsnover on June 03, 2008, 13:21
Yeah really jsnover. You have nothing to be depressed about.

I will try to always post right after you if it makes you feel better. ;D

What a nice person you are :)

So I suppose I sound ungrateful complaining but the needles are less than the half-way mark and visually (to me) that symbol screams "Looser!!" at me. I do realize that you need to know "Less than half of what" before interpreting, but the immediate impact not positive.

I generally try not to focus on the "mine is bigger than yours" aspects of such comparisons - I don't think they're helpful. I do like the idea of what Leaf's trying to get at though - knowing roughly what sort of player in the microstock sites a poster is.

Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: sharply_done on June 03, 2008, 13:46
I can see how people are going to get discouraged about their 'meter readings' - maybe things should be tweaked a little to avoid this.

If I could make one more suggestion it would be to have the gauges reflect sales rate (e.g. DLs/month) instead of sales volume + portfolio size. This is, to me, a more meaningful measurement of expertise than total sales and/or number of images online.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: melastmohican on June 03, 2008, 13:49
My meters are glued to zero :-) Please add ShutterStock :-)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Alatriste on June 03, 2008, 13:58
 
My meters are glued to zero :-) Please add ShutterStock :-)
Mines too  ;)
But SS doesnt give the sales information
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: suwanneeredhead on June 03, 2008, 13:59
Hmmph... I'm only seeing one and I'm on both agencies... (reminds me to get uploading, glued to zero indeed!)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: j2k on June 03, 2008, 14:53
In my browser the speedometer images are downscaled a little bit which makes them fuzzy. It would be better if they were showing at 100% original size, or resized in ps or similar and not in the web browser

(I have firefox under windows xp)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: hd on June 03, 2008, 16:45
jsnover - don't be depressed - I aspire to get my speedometer to look like that! I don't have much hope of iS looking better any day soon, but I'm pretty happy with DT sales...and those make me think I'm aiming too low. ;)

I'm not really all that unhappy - many of the files I submitted early on were weak and don't sell well. One of these days I'll delete them, but then a few sell and I'm encouraged to keep them alive. :D
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: madelaide on June 03, 2008, 17:26
I don't know if it is necessary to compare to the top contributors.  I mean, for the purpose of classifying a serious microstocker from a hobbyist like me or a novice, isn't a portfolio of let's say 1,500 enough to qualify someone in the "top" category and then rank others proportionally?

Regards,
Adelaide
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: DanP68 on June 03, 2008, 17:40
This is great!  Now I don't have to track my earnings.  I'll just log in to MSG and check my speedometers daily.   

;D

Nice work Leaf.  I think it is a good idea.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: DanP68 on June 03, 2008, 17:45
If I could make one more suggestion it would be to have the gauges reflect sales rate (e.g. DLs/month) instead of sales volume + portfolio size. This is, to me, a more meaningful measurement of expertise than total sales and/or number of images online.


Totally agree with Sharply.  Sales per month is probably a far better indicator.  I'd rather see a high rating for a new contributor with 1000 sales at iStock over 2 months, than a veteran with 2000 sales at iStock over 4 years.  Also agree that sales is where the rubber meets the road.  Images online not so much.  I've plenty of images which don't sell, lol.

Leaf, what kind of script are you running to gather this information?  Can it gather data on when contributors joined?
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: sharpshot on June 03, 2008, 17:50
I like it.  Will try and get my dials moving in the right direction.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: mwp1969 on June 03, 2008, 17:52
Very Creative Leaf !

Mark
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: jlye on June 03, 2008, 17:59
interesting concept ... great work leaf!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Tomboy2290 on June 03, 2008, 19:18
Interesting  ;D
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: kycstudio on June 04, 2008, 11:31
posted just to see how I am doing it!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: wingedcats on June 04, 2008, 11:50
posted jus to see how I am doing it! ;D
wow! you're doing MUY bien!
let's see how am I doing...
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: wingedcats on June 04, 2008, 12:02
I can't see mine  :'(
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Opla on June 04, 2008, 12:28
posted just to see how I am doing it!

Not verry good.
Your indicator is way up in the red!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: kycstudio on June 04, 2008, 12:56
if mine is so hot i cn't iamgine yuri's or ron's... about to explode!!!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: mjp on June 04, 2008, 13:22
uups.. not working, had to add something to my profile:). Had to wait another day to get them working:).
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Pixart on June 04, 2008, 13:30
It's no secret who I am, but I removed my direct links when someone threatened to attack the hypocrites who responded to a keywording post a last year and pulled through on his promise.  And for what it's worth, my speedometer would only be going about 1km/hr so you can ignore everything I say!.  ;D
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: yecatsdoherty on June 04, 2008, 14:21
how do I get a speedometer?
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: digiology on June 04, 2008, 14:24
how do I get a speedometer?

Takes 24hrs for it to show up.  :)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Gregor909 on June 04, 2008, 18:18
There are portfolio's behind me honking their horns, passing me by and making rude gestures.
I need to pimp my portfolio!  ;D
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: gualberto107 on June 04, 2008, 18:31
Too bad you did not take in consideration SS, that is where I have a lot more images and more sales.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: mwp1969 on June 04, 2008, 21:06
Too bad you did not take in consideration SS, that is where I have a lot more images and more sales.

I do not believe it is possible with SS since they do not report out as DT and IS do ...

Mark
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on June 05, 2008, 02:09
posted just to see how I am doing it!

looks like your doing pretty well :)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: tdoes on June 05, 2008, 08:30
Cool idea!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: jsolie on June 06, 2008, 14:32
I guess we all gotta start somewhere...  ;)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: aremafoto on June 06, 2008, 14:38
Posted to see mine. I guess I'll have to wait until tomorrow :)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: sharply_done on June 06, 2008, 15:06
Too bad you did not take in consideration SS, that is where I have a lot more images and more sales.

I do not believe it is possible with SS since they do not report out as DT and IS do ...

Mark

And even if they did, I would expect a "nice" speedometer reading would mean something like 3000+ DLs per month there. And I don't think there are too many people are in that club.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Konstantin Sutyagin on June 06, 2008, 17:34
I've registered to see mine. Will check back tomorrow :)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: chellyar on June 07, 2008, 02:06
That's a neat idea Leaf...

But, would you mind bumping up my sales a bit so mine look better? :-)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on June 09, 2008, 02:38
By request you can now hide either your stat's gauge, portfolio links or both.

If you go into your PROFILE > FORUM PROFILE INFORMATION

near the bottom you will see two check boxes.

If you want to have the gauges show when you post but not the portfolio links, check the 'hide portfolio link' box.

If you want to have the portfolio links show but not the gauges, check the 'hide gauges' box.

If you check both boxes, both the portfolio links and the gauges will be hidden.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: suemack on June 09, 2008, 03:28
Gotta post just to see how I'm doing  ::)  Guess I'll have to check back tomorrow  :D
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Microbius on June 09, 2008, 03:52
thanks for this, just posting to check if it's worked!


EDITED TO ADD:

Doesn't look like it's worked yet but guess it takes a bit of time to get the info from IStock and DT after putting in the user name for those sites in the profile section?
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on June 09, 2008, 04:31
that's right.  If you have entered your user information for dreamstime and istock but have it hidden it will still take 1 day for the gauges to show up.

I don't want to overload the dreamstime or istock servers so it only looks at your profile once a day.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Microbius on June 09, 2008, 07:27
yay it's there for IStock, thanks leaf!!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Gregor909 on June 09, 2008, 07:59
yay it's there for IStock, thanks leaf!!
Wow easy man, you'll blow up your engine, that is if the cops don't get you!  ;D
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Microbius on June 09, 2008, 08:07
yay it's there for IStock, thanks leaf!!
Wow easy man, you'll blow up your engine, that is if the cops don't get you!  ;D
;D Thanks.
I was wondering where my dial would be,  zoooom
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: hfng on June 09, 2008, 09:22
cool.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Sean Locke Photography on June 09, 2008, 10:31
I finally read this thread.  Sounds interesting...
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: PaulieWalnuts on June 09, 2008, 20:58
This is pretty cool but as others have noted if you're going to measure credibility maybe portfolio performance instead of size would be a better measure to me. I realize this is somewhat of a gimmick but if you're going to do it for a reason, do it right.

IS examples using the current method:

User 1: Joined in Jan 2003, 900 images, 100 downloads = 1,000
User 2: Joined in Jan 2007, 100 images, 900 downloads = 1,000

They would have identical gauges and to me they are on the opposite ends of the spectrum with credibility. So now when I see a gauge it really means nothing to me.

Measure earnings per image averaged over membership time or something similar.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on June 10, 2008, 01:37
well earnings per image average again takes into account their portfolio size and can result in the same problem.  Additionally the portfolio size accounts for a very small % of the rating by nature and so it is mostly about sales.  Someone who is a diamond on istock (25,000 sales) would put the symbol at full throttle.  Most of the diamond photogs. have between 1000-2000 images that is as low as 4% of the total.

if we wanted to add time into the equation and went downloads / time online how about this example

User 1: joined Jan 2003, didn't upload much of anything for 4 years, then uploads 1000 images and gets 1000 sales.
User 2: joined Jan 2007 uploads 1000 images right away and gets 1000 sales.

Users 2 would have a WAY better gauge yet user one has been around a lot longer.

Whatever way we calculate it, there is going to be a problem with it. 

I chose port size as a factor because when we are talking about sales trends it is nice to know port size.  In the same breath, if you have a small port. but lots of sales, you have a good idea of sales trends as well.  Therefore sales and port size should make up what you know about sales trends.

Since the people who have been online longer have more experience and data to look at, and the people who are online shorter perhaps have more sales, they weigh eachother out.

I agree that downloads the previous month would be the best but the sites don't supply this and I don't feel just using the registration date is an accurate solution.

no matter how it is calculated there is going to be a better way, this is just for fun, and probably shoudln't be analyzed to death - but perhaps that is too late.  :)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Freezingpictures on June 10, 2008, 01:43
I finally read this thread.  Sounds interesting...


I think for sjlocke we need a count under the gauge: how many times he made the full circle :)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Microbius on June 10, 2008, 09:41
This is pretty cool but as others have noted if you're going to measure credibility maybe portfolio performance instead of size would be a better measure to me. I realize this is somewhat of a gimmick but if you're going to do it for a reason, do it right.

IS examples using the current method:

User 1: Joined in Jan 2003, 900 images, 100 downloads = 1,000
User 2: Joined in Jan 2007, 100 images, 900 downloads = 1,000

They would have identical gauges and to me they are on the opposite ends of the spectrum with credibility. So now when I see a gauge it really means nothing to me.

Measure earnings per image averaged over membership time or something similar.
I thought it was based on performance rather than size, my folio isn't huge, I am a diamond at IS though.
I think it works pretty well if you check the gauges of members then look at their accounts (those who are not anonymous, like me  ;)) they tie in pretty well with who is more credible, or knows more about the business.
Isn't that the best test of whether they work?
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Sean Locke Photography on June 10, 2008, 13:02
I finally read this thread.  Sounds interesting...


I think for sjlocke we need a count under the gauge: how many times he made the full circle :)

Holy carp!  I'm pegged in the red!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: vonkara on June 10, 2008, 13:21

Holy carp!  I'm pegged in the red!
Then you get a ticket for high speed sales.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: RacePhoto on June 10, 2008, 13:21

Holy carp!  I'm pegged in the red!

Red Line, Red Line... Shift!  ;D

If they adjust the gauge for people like you, everyone else will be down on the bottom left. (which I am anyway)
 
Don't honk, I'm pedaling as fast as I can.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: CJPhoto on June 16, 2008, 17:41

And remember the gauges are only updated once a day, so no matter if you hide your portfolio links or not, you will not see the gauges for the first 24 hours.


haven't been here a while.  Looks like some good changes have been made.  Just want to see how slow I am going.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: rjmiz on June 17, 2008, 03:53
Here of something of interest to all concerned!
http://microstockpix.com/supplies/page11/page11.html (http://microstockpix.com/supplies/page11/page11.html)

Cranky MIZ
The voice of reason
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: ann on June 27, 2008, 01:03
Here of something of interest to all concerned!
[url]http://microstockpix.com/supplies/page11/page11.html[/url] ([url]http://microstockpix.com/supplies/page11/page11.html[/url])

Cranky MIZ
The voice of reason


You fiend, your Insta-prove and Sub-Lim Plugin were so funny I woke up my cats, and now they want more food....
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: riffmax on August 13, 2008, 07:03
Well, as these meters are from dt and is, I now know that I will have absolutely no credibility here, so I will probably only visit from time to time to ask stupid questions and add absolutely nothing!

Rats.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: imageZebra on August 15, 2008, 00:38
Just curious to see if it will show up. Hopefully I will see how bad I am doing.  :-[
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on August 15, 2008, 01:14
you have a problem with your dreamstime user name.  Just enter your user name not a whole URL
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: imageZebra on August 15, 2008, 22:21
Ok, one more time.
I am kind of hoping to see better numbers with DT.

Thank you Leaf.

Update: I must be doing something wrong. Both "imagezebra" and "imagezebra_info" are not working for DT.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on August 16, 2008, 11:03
it should be right now.  wait a day and see if you get the correct meter.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: imageZebra on August 16, 2008, 15:10
No, it doesn't look like is working.
 :(
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on August 16, 2008, 16:21
it is only updated once every 24 hours so there is still hope
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: imageZebra on August 17, 2008, 16:24
One more time.
 ;D

Nop
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on August 17, 2008, 17:15
you changed it to imagezebra_info again...

just put in your user name and nothing more.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: imageZebra on August 18, 2008, 11:34
Oh nooooo  :o
I better hide it back.

Anyway, thank you Leaf, it is working now.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: mwp1969 on August 21, 2008, 17:49
Move that needle ... "I think I can I think I can I think I can ... "

I guess using "the force" doesn't work. Back to uploading  ;D

-Mark
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: jsnover on August 23, 2008, 22:23
How do I get rid of the gauge for DT? I've removed the portfolio link but the gauge didn't go away. Is there somewhere else I have to go to turn that off? Thanks.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: DanP68 on August 24, 2008, 00:05
DT doesn't allow Leaf to remove your guage for 6 months.     :P
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: digiology on August 24, 2008, 00:10
 :D :D :D
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: sharply_done on August 24, 2008, 01:27
Move that needle ... "I think I can I think I can I think I can ... "

I guess using "the force" doesn't work. Back to uploading  ;D

-Mark
As Yoda said, "Do or do not... there is no try."
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: snapper on August 24, 2008, 01:48
Just curious to see what "speed" I'm travelling at.

Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on August 24, 2008, 06:41
How do I get rid of the gauge for DT? I've removed the portfolio link but the gauge didn't go away. Is there somewhere else I have to go to turn that off? Thanks.

how long ago did you delete your DT portfolio info?  it will take a day to update.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: jsnover on August 24, 2008, 09:56
I deleted my porfolio links to everything but SS four or five days ago - don't remember exactly. It shows blank if I look at my profile.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on August 24, 2008, 10:54
ok.. i will fix it then.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: jsnover on August 25, 2008, 09:49
Thanks - it's now gone.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: sharply_done on September 01, 2008, 19:10
My DT speedometer isn't supposed to be showing, either.
Can you please fix it for me, leaf?
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: pdtnc on September 06, 2008, 03:37
cool :)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Peiling on September 22, 2008, 00:40
very interesting....
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: jeancliclac on November 03, 2008, 00:31
funny..just curious to see my speed...
jean
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: jeancliclac on November 03, 2008, 00:37
 I would say this is  saying something about the distance rather than the speed... I have driven a long dist on IS, but my speed is now extemely low...
jean
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on November 03, 2008, 01:46
well either way it shows that it is not your first month in stock :)  Which was more or less the point, to be able to give a very general idea of what sort of experience people had.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: jeancliclac on November 03, 2008, 06:13
Thank you leaf, I appreciate your work and it is very useful to know a bit about the background of the people when following a discussion. Sorry my remarks were a bit short and I just wanted to say it was not a critisism. Thank you for work in general as well !
jean
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: cobalt on November 22, 2008, 09:53
Just testing to see my speed :-)

Hm, it doesnīt like me :-(
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on November 22, 2008, 11:56
you gotta wait 24 hours before the speedometer shows up
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: cobalt on November 22, 2008, 21:02
Thanks leaf! Letīs see how I fare tomorrow.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: shank_ali on November 23, 2008, 03:37
speed kills.Be carefull when driving a car/bus/train or tank and always give way to female drivers ....
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: hofhoek on December 16, 2008, 09:29
Can someone tell me where I can find my id nr for Istock? I found DT, SS and FT but for Istock I'm at a loss....
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: sharply_done on December 16, 2008, 16:23
Can someone tell me where I can find my id nr for Istock? I found DT, SS and FT but for Istock I'm at a loss....


Here's an easy way: Log into IS, then click on your name underneath the IS logo at the top left of the screen. Now look at the address bar (e.g. http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=1234567) - the last digits are your user id.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: hofhoek on December 16, 2008, 17:39
Great, thanks. It worked! (But I don't see the symbols, did I do something wrong)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on January 07, 2009, 02:56
Great, thanks. It worked! (But I don't see the symbols, did I do something wrong)

you need to enter your dreamstime user name - not your user number.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: elvinstar on July 20, 2009, 09:58
Leaf, for some reason my Dreamstime gauge is not showing either...
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Artemis on August 03, 2009, 16:42
Neither is my istock one :(
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: tiero on September 14, 2009, 09:49
Leaf, for some reason my Dreamstime gauge is not showing either...
Same here...only IS.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on September 14, 2009, 18:41
Leaf, for some reason my Dreamstime gauge is not showing either...
Same here...only IS.

looks like your just needed some time to get processed, but I am not sure what is up with elvinstar's ... i'll check it out.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on September 14, 2009, 19:49
Neither is my istock one :(


that is becuase you have selected 'hide gauges from the public' in Profile >  Forum Profile Information
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: cathyslife on September 14, 2009, 20:26
I think there should be 5 gauges under my name, no? The correct icons show at the bottom of my post.

edit: just checked my username on the profile page, all look correct. Maybe tomorrow they will appear.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: elvinstar on September 14, 2009, 22:50
Now I've got DT but no IS... wierd...
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: elvinstar on September 14, 2009, 22:51
Now they're both there! Sweet!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: bittersweet on September 15, 2009, 10:05
I was going to ask if you'd be adding Veer MP, but then I remembered the sales numbers are not public. ;) duh.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Artemis on September 15, 2009, 11:18
Neither is my istock one :(


that is becuase you have selected 'hide gauges from the public' in Profile >  Forum Profile Information

Thanks leafie :)
I hid it  a while after istock refused to show up... will unhide and see if it pops up now.

Edit: It's magic! there now, thanks again!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: madelaide on September 15, 2009, 16:16
I think there should be 5 gauges under my name, no? The correct icons show at the bottom of my post.
The gauges are for IS and DT only, below your profile image.  Under your signature you have icons which link to your portfolios in the sites you filled in information in your profile page.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: cathyslife on September 15, 2009, 16:55
Thanks madelaide. Thought that might be the case, wasn't sure. 2 gauges is enough, anyway.  ;)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: mwp1969 on November 29, 2009, 00:19
Leaf,

I have a couple of questions and comparisons to offer regarding your methodology for attaining these guage levels. Would the following examples be considered equal using the current methodology?

Person #1 DT Portfolio:                       Person #2 DT Portfolio
351 images +  549 sales = 900            850 images + 50 sales = 900

Person #1  IS Portfolio:                        Person #2 IS Portfolio
332 images + 1176 sales = 1508          1100 images + 408 sales = 1508

What is the scale and is it relative to the growing number of images in everyone's portfolios? To put another way ... is it grading by the curve?

Shouldn't there be some weighting more to sales in relation to portfolio size? A person that sells 3x as much with the same portfolio size would seem to have figured something out right ... am I correct?

Also is it possible to put something out that can be pulled from SS? Perhaps portfolio size if not sales? Since SS seems to be a numbers game for the subscription model I would find this to relevant data.

Lastly since my own gauges are pegged to the bottom please disregard my questions and comparisons as this entire discussion will self-destruct in 5 seconds ... because I am not worthy to have this discussion ... :o

-Mark



Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on December 01, 2009, 07:49
It would be interesting to see Shutterstock too but we wouldn't know the sales, just the portfolio size.

I chose to have it Sales + Portfolio so someone that is new to Dreamstime is penalized.  If I upload 1000 images today I will have 0 sales but yet 1000 images.

If someone else uploads 250 images 5 years ago and managed 500 sales - that doesn't mean they have things figured out, so to give them more 'points' for a good portfolio size / uploads ratio wouldn't be correct.

So the happy middle ground was portfolio + sales.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Stu49 on December 14, 2009, 09:08
Do I need to have sales on iStock before the guage shows ??

Was accepted there last week and have but ONE image accepted so far :-(  but even so, shouldn't my iStock guage be visible !??  DT one works ok !  :)
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on December 14, 2009, 10:10
Do I need to have sales on iStock before the guage shows ??

Was accepted there last week and have but ONE image accepted so far :-(  but even so, shouldn't my iStock guage be visible !??  DT one works ok !  :)

hmm. yeah I think you do.  I can check into it soon though and fix that 'error'
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Stu49 on December 14, 2009, 11:00
Do I need to have sales on iStock before the guage shows ??

Was accepted there last week and have but ONE image accepted so far :-(  but even so, shouldn't my iStock guage be visible !??  DT one works ok !  :)

hmm. yeah I think you do.  I can check into it soon though and fix that 'error'

I thought it would show as long as I had images on sale !?

maybe not :-(
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Stu49 on December 18, 2009, 23:37
Still no guage :-(   and have several approved now !! ??

Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on December 19, 2009, 10:37
I think it doesn't show if sales are 0.  I will get that fixed over the holidays.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Stu49 on December 19, 2009, 13:43
I think it doesn't show if sales are 0.  I will get that fixed over the holidays.

Better still if I get a sale !!  ;-)

Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Stu49 on January 01, 2010, 08:36
ok, i adjusted the istock gauge so to a level of sales+images=26000 for full throttle which is basically all the diamond photographers...... which shows how bad I am doing on istock  :-[

istock diamond list ([url]http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=91126[/url])


Any chance u could make the scales logarithmic ??  (I assume they're linear !?)  This would make it easier to compare with lesser mortals (as most of us are).  People with 10, 100 or 1,000 wouldn't be quite so cramped at the bottom end !!  The big earners don't need the extra encouragement ;-)

Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Microbius on June 10, 2010, 12:05
yay more guages!
ETA hang on, mine aren't showing! it is the SS and FL user no. not name that are needed right?
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: madelaide on June 10, 2010, 16:56
My FT member number has been in my profile for ages. Do I have to do anything to see its gauge?
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on June 10, 2010, 19:17
Fotolia doesn't have a gauge because because they don't provide public sales stats.

Yeah, your gauges are showing Microbius.

yeah, that is right, it is the Fotolia and Shutterstock member number
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: Microbius on June 11, 2010, 04:48
oh brilliant! just read the Member's chat window. Very clever!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: visceralimage on February 04, 2011, 23:29
Cool, that is what those little meters are for; now i have another meter to tell me how sorry I am doing
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: echbart on April 25, 2011, 13:36
I jsut wonder where on CutCaster page do i find my ID number for these pretty little icons at the bottom.
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: leaf on April 25, 2011, 13:43
I jsut wonder where on CutCaster page do i find my ID number for these pretty little icons at the bottom.


There's probably a better place to find it.. but on the referrals page here,
http://cutcaster.com/account/referrals/ (http://cutcaster.com/account/referrals/)
if you are logged in, you should see it in your referral ID. 

Here is my referral number: #R726660880
My cutcaster acct. number is every BUT the R... so: 726660880
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: echbart on April 29, 2011, 11:28
Thnks!!!!  ;D
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: ruxpriencdiam on January 28, 2012, 18:57
Is there any plan to add other agencies other then the two you use?

I mean there are many others out there as well.

You have SS, BS, CanStockPhoto, DP, YAY, 123, PD, AYCS, FT, Alamy, and many more!
Title: Re: What are those symbols under our username?
Post by: ShadySue on January 28, 2012, 19:10
Is there any plan to add other agencies other then the two you use?

I mean there are many others out there as well.

You have SS, BS, CanStockPhoto, DP, YAY, 123, PD, AYCS, FT, Alamy, and many more!

(Most of) these sites do not provide stats, so do not serve the purpose outlined in the OP.
You can put them in your sig, as you have done, if you want to garner referrals.
(See Leaf's post above re Fotolia)