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« on: June 03, 2008, 01:34 »
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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
new graphic

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.
« Last Edit: June 09, 2008, 04:33 by leaf »


« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2008, 01:54 »
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Good work, leaf!

Hmm, perhaps a speedometer type of graphic might be clearer. Or maybe a number between 0 and 99.
« Last Edit: June 03, 2008, 02:00 by sharply_done »

Microbius

« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2008, 03:03 »
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that is soooo cool and really useful. Thanks !

« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2008, 03:07 »
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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??

« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2008, 04:04 »
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Really good idea leaf! New graphic looks definately better!

« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2008, 04:16 »
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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

jsnover

« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2008, 09:15 »
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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?

« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2008, 09:17 »
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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.

« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2008, 10:05 »
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sweet, let's see how well I'm doing... tomorrow
« Last Edit: June 03, 2008, 10:08 by vikavalter »

jsnover

« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2008, 10:35 »
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Thanks - I do drive a car, so I don't know why these looked so hard to read at first!

« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2008, 11:14 »
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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!

« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2008, 11:19 »
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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??!!

« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2008, 11:26 »
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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

digiology

« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2008, 11:36 »
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Good work Leaf!

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



« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2008, 11:57 »
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I must be ashamed of my meters...  ;D

CofkoCof

« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2008, 12:00 »
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I must be ashamed of my meters...  ;D

Yours are still better than mine  ;D

jsnover

« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2008, 12:34 »
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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.

« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2008, 12:49 »
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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...


« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2008, 12:58 »
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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!

digiology

« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2008, 13:05 »
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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

« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2008, 13:13 »
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Very interesting concept.

I think that they will be very useful.

jsnover

« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2008, 13:21 »
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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.


« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2008, 13:46 »
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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.
« Last Edit: June 03, 2008, 13:49 by sharply_done »

« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2008, 13:49 »
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My meters are glued to zero :-) Please add ShutterStock :-)

« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2008, 13:58 »
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My meters are glued to zero :-) Please add ShutterStock :-)
Mines too  ;)
But SS doesnt give the sales information


 

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