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« on: September 27, 2007, 02:08 »
I have started to 'disambiguate' my images on Alamy, and I've been playing about with searches on the ones I have done, to see how well the new system works.

Something very strange has shown up.

I have just sent the following e-mail to Alamy Member Services which (I hope) explains what seems to be happening ...

Dear Member Services,

Can you explain this please ...

I am starting to work on my images, adding the additional information and modifying the keywords as you require.

On Monday I modified image ACHNDW with all the necessary additions and alterations. Its status is now shown as 'On sale'.

However, when I do a search on all of the keywords in the 'Essential' list for that particular image (i.e.  cycle bicycle race competitor cyclist positive) it fails to show up.

Doing such a search brings up 7 images, two others of which are mine, ACB6JN and ACB6FP, and neither of which I have worked on yet.

Exactly the same thing happens for image ACHNGW

So, it appears that the result of updating the images as you require they are left out of searches.

What's going on?

Thank you

For the moment I'm not doing any more 'disambiguation' until this is either mended, or I have an explanation.

« Last Edit: September 27, 2007, 02:19 by Bateleur »

« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2007, 02:17 »
ahhh ha.. yeah, good observation.  Mine don't come up either.

« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2007, 04:48 »
Just got this reply to my e-mail from Member Services  ...


   Please note that the keywords placed within the new fields (Essential keywords, Main keywords, Location) will not be searchable until this weekend. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Kind Regards
Member Services

So ... I'm still not doing any more work on my images until they are searchable. What's the point?

One of the few times when it pays to be lazy   :)

« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2007, 06:25 »
Ironically, my first sale just came from an image that I put updated for their new system...
Looks like I'm gonna have to dedicate some more time to bringing everything up to date.

« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2007, 09:57 »
Same here, just like over at IS this is an opportunity to rise up the search results because they are favoring updated keywords...

« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2007, 22:51 »
I don't mind too much.  I'd be a bit miffed if I'd had a larger portfolio to go back and adjust.  I can't even imagine trying to go back and re-keyword a collection of reasonable size.

I'm hoping most people are going to figure "screw it" and that it will help my images climb the ranks a bit.


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