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« on: January 21, 2011, 10:36 »
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Here ye! Here ye! According to Lobo, the phrase "+1" is now banned in the iStock forums, and all instances of +1 have been deleted.

Are you kidding me? Do they not have better things to do than treat their contributors and buyers like children on a playground? iStock is already notorious for having a heavy hand in their forums and locking down threads, but this really does take the cake. It really is like treating us like a group of pre-school kids, not to mention it just smacks of micromanagement at its absolute worst. If this is any indication of how they treat their employees, it's no wonder the site is having the problems is does. Un-f*ing-believable. 

I think I need to go vomit now. 


SNP

  • Canadian Photographer
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2011, 10:42 »
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unfortunately, some of the people complaining about the +1 are those who REALLY just want one-sided freedom to say what they want. so, what those peple are truly asking for is for management to sit back and let people deride the company, belittle and misquote one another while high-fiving those in the 'clique' with +1s. and actually, they'll still let you deride the company...as long as it's with words instead of +1.

comparisons to North Korea in particular are just plain silly. AFAIK, North Koreans don't have an open, international forum on which they can bash . out of one another and their government at will. the +1 thing was not about gagging IMO, it was about restoring some courtesy and discussion to threads being overrun by playground antics. their forum, their rules.

« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2011, 10:43 »
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Is ditto OK?

« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2011, 10:45 »
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I already made my point of view in the IS thread, and was greeted with snarky replies from Mr. Ban Hammer. His playground his rules, but I think they want to cut the negative chatter.

The point they're missing is that they do that by (a) getting the site functional and (b) treating contributors fairly and reasonable. With respect would be nice too. In the absence of those, they can get silence with a few woo yays sprinkled in.

« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2011, 10:46 »
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Is ditto OK?
This is my thread, and I don't like that word, so I'm going to ban the word "ditto" from this thread henceforth.  Don't let it happen again.   ;)

« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2011, 10:49 »
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I already made my point of view in the IS thread, and was greeted with snarky replies from Mr. Ban Hammer. His playground his rules, but I think they want to cut the negative chatter.

Cutting the negative chatter is understandable. Banning +1 as a response is insane.

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The point they're missing is that they do that by (a) getting the site functional and (b) treating contributors fairly and reasonable. With respect would be nice too. In the absence of those, they can get silence with a few woo yays sprinkled in.

Well, at some point they might be able to accomplish (a), but I seriously don't see (b) ever happening. And yes, all they want to see in the forums are woo-yays.

SNP

  • Canadian Photographer
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2011, 10:56 »
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I already made my point of view in the IS thread, and was greeted with snarky replies from Mr. Ban Hammer. His playground his rules, but I think they want to cut the negative chatter.

The point they're missing is that they do that by (a) getting the site functional and (b) treating contributors fairly and reasonable. With respect would be nice too. In the absence of those, they can get silence with a few woo yays sprinkled in.

JoAnn, no one was asked to be only positive. and your comments directed at Lobo are still in the thread. the only thing asked was that contributors refrain from using +1. I'm fairly certain you're still free to be as negative as you would like.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2011, 11:01 »
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I already made my point of view in the IS thread, and was greeted with snarky replies from Mr. Ban Hammer. His playground his rules, but I think they want to cut the negative chatter.

The point they're missing is that they do that by (a) getting the site functional and (b) treating contributors fairly and reasonable. With respect would be nice too. In the absence of those, they can get silence with a few woo yays sprinkled in.

JoAnn, no one was asked to be only positive. and your comments directed at Lobo are still in the thread. the only thing asked was that contributors refrain from using +1. I'm fairly certain you're still free to be as negative as you would like.
Stupid ban. +1 is like a vote. Maybe it's pointless quoting a long post and adding +1, but a snip and agreement is totally in order.

« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2011, 11:01 »
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I'm fairly certain you're still free to be as negative as you would like.

Uh no. You're not. Negative comments get deleted and people get banned.

SNP

  • Canadian Photographer
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2011, 11:03 »
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that's simply not true. rude, incoherent and baiting comments get banned....but in general, the negativity that they still allow in the threads surprises me. especially comapred to what happens to contributors at other agencies who would dare to say things like that, even off site.
« Last Edit: January 21, 2011, 11:04 by SNP »

« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2011, 11:18 »
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how about " plus one" "+ one" "plus 1" etc.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2011, 11:21 »
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how about " plus one" "+ one" "plus 1" etc.
Or the more conventional "Me2"

« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2011, 11:36 »
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People will just find an alternate way to say "+1".  Funny though, if the "+1" was replaced with a hearty "Woo Yay", would they be forced to ban that phrase?

Caz

« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2011, 11:53 »
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Personally I found the +1 posts irritating and pointless. If you agree with a post, then articulate your agreement and actually add something to the conversation. I honestly think that trying to paint this as some kind of opression is really stretching things.
« Last Edit: January 21, 2011, 11:54 by Caz »

« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2011, 11:57 »
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Personally I found the +1 posts irritating and pointless. If you agree with a post, then articulate your agreement and actually add something to the conversation. I honestly think that trying to paint this as some kind of opression is really stretching things.
Irritating or not, does it really warrant an outright ban and an entire thread devoted to the subject? C'mon. 

Caz

« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2011, 12:07 »
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Irritating or not, does it really warrant an outright ban and an entire thread devoted to the subject? C'mon.  

From Lobo's post :
"repeat offenders of the "+1" will be warned directly but if you become an annoyance I will just revoke your privileges for a while to see if that works. Don't make me have to do that"

That's a little different to just saying it's an "outright ban" . So how else would he advise people that there is a change in policy & +1'ers are no longer wanted other than starting a thread about it?  

ETA : there are a lot of things that I'm not happy about, and things that would be done better. I'm just saying that chosing this as your battle is pushing it. People are pissed off with iStock, yeah. But conspiracy theories can only be stretched so far. I'd save it for something more worth while.
« Last Edit: January 21, 2011, 12:12 by Caz »

« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2011, 12:08 »
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Its been a bitch/rant fest on istock and here on msg since the sept announcement. Understandably so, but some people just go out of their way to repeat the same things over and over again to the point it gets irritating to sift through.

And if istock was my company, i would limit negative comments regarding the company myself on my forum too.

K... bitch/rant on

Caz

« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2011, 12:13 »
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double post

« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2011, 12:16 »
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Personally I found the +1 posts irritating and pointless. If you agree with a post, then articulate your agreement and actually add something to the conversation. I honestly think that trying to paint this as some kind of opression is really stretching things.
Irritating or not, does it really warrant an outright ban and an entire thread devoted to the subject? C'mon. 

exactly what I was thinking. But really, these sorts of things keep people connected, even if they only add a "+1" or "woo-yay" to the thread, they are contributing and making their opinion known.  It's part of the community.  Agree or disagree or +1 or -1 -- doesn't matter, by banning the use of that it is just one more nail in the coffin of what once was the great the istock community - the thing that built iStock and the (in my opinion) biggest thing that made iStock stand out among the competition (at least for most contributors).  there was a time when everyone (well, most) wanted to be a part of that great community.  sadly, that's not so much the case anymore as there really isn't much of that spirit left.  

« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2011, 12:28 »
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Personally I found the +1 posts irritating and pointless. If you agree with a post, then articulate your agreement and actually add something to the conversation. I honestly think that trying to paint this as some kind of opression is really stretching things.
Irritating or not, does it really warrant an outright ban and an entire thread devoted to the subject? C'mon.  

exactly what I was thinking. But really, these sorts of things keep people connected, even if they only add a "+1" or "woo-yay" to the thread, they are contributing and making their opinion known.  It's part of the community.  Agree or disagree or +1 or -1 -- doesn't matter, by banning the use of that it is just one more nail in the coffin of what once was the great the istock community - the thing that built iStock and the (in my opinion) biggest thing that made iStock stand out among the competition (at least for most contributors).  there was a time when everyone (well, most) wanted to be a part of that great community.  sadly, that's not so much the case anymore as there really isn't much of that spirit left.  
+1

« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2011, 12:33 »
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Irritating or not, does it really warrant an outright ban and an entire thread devoted to the subject? C'mon.  

From Lobo's post :
"repeat offenders of the "+1" will be warned directly but if you become an annoyance I will just revoke your privileges for a while to see if that works. Don't make me have to do that"

That's a little different to just saying it's an "outright ban" . So how else would he advise people that there is a change in policy & +1'ers are no longer wanted other than starting a thread about it?  
Seriously? For starters, how about not changing the policy at all and focusing instead on the bigger rocks that need to be tended to? 

« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2011, 12:34 »
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Personally I found the +1 posts irritating and pointless. If you agree with a post, then articulate your agreement and actually add something to the conversation. I honestly think that trying to paint this as some kind of opression is really stretching things.

-1

« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2011, 12:48 »
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if you really must ban things, please let it be the "I love you iStock" iStock Rocks" etc. and other such comments.

« Reply #23 on: January 21, 2011, 12:49 »
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ShadySue

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« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2011, 12:50 »
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People will just find an alternate way to say "+1".  Funny though, if the "+1" was replaced with a hearty "Woo Yay", would they be forced to ban that phrase?
Briulliant.
Do it, people!

« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2011, 13:10 »
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People will just find an alternate way to say "+1".  Funny though, if the "+1" was replaced with a hearty "Woo Yay", would they be forced to ban that phrase?

That's funny.

Personally I found the +1 posts irritating and pointless. If you agree with a post, then articulate your agreement and actually add something to the conversation. I honestly think that trying to paint this as some kind of opression is really stretching things.

I'm not a big fan of them either, but banning them seems kind of silly.

« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2011, 13:17 »
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Well, as a result of my 3 paragraph rant about a LACK OF COMMUNICATION and the resulting deletion of that and all the +1's that followed, I'm now registered here.  I hope the communication channel over here is much more open and I don't get slammed all the time! ;D

« Reply #27 on: January 21, 2011, 13:33 »
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Well, as a result of my 3 paragraph rant about a LACK OF COMMUNICATION and the resulting deletion of that and all the +1's that followed, I'm now registered here.  I hope the communication channel over here is much more open and I don't get slammed all the time! ;D
Welcome to the dark side. 

« Reply #28 on: January 21, 2011, 14:07 »
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I have to agree with the OP.  Istock, is now the time for a civics lesson?

Given that the site appears to be almost a the point of collapse, this policy seems to me more designed to get people who complain about Istock to stop posting then because of Lobo's stated reasons.
  

lisafx

« Reply #29 on: January 21, 2011, 14:32 »
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Well, as a result of my 3 paragraph rant about a LACK OF COMMUNICATION and the resulting deletion of that and all the +1's that followed, I'm now registered here.  I hope the communication channel over here is much more open and I don't get slammed all the time! ;D

Welcome aboard.  I think you will find that the communication here is extremely open.  :)


Given that the site appears to be almost a the point of collapse, this policy seems to me more designed to get people who complain about Istock to stop posting then because of Lobo's stated reasons.
 

Absolutely (+1)!  There is so much wrong with Istock.  For them to waste time on silly semantics like this is a pretty good indication that things are just continuing to melt down. 

Rather than worry about who agrees with what in the forums, and what form that agreement takes, they should be putting all possible efforts into fixing what's broken on the site FASTER.  Then there wouldn't be a whole lot to +1 about.

jbarber873

« Reply #30 on: January 21, 2011, 14:39 »
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Well, as a result of my 3 paragraph rant about a LACK OF COMMUNICATION and the resulting deletion of that and all the +1's that followed, I'm now registered here.  I hope the communication channel over here is much more open and I don't get slammed all the time! ;D

Welcome aboard.  I think you will find that the communication here is extremely open.  :)


Given that the site appears to be almost a the point of collapse, this policy seems to me more designed to get people who complain about Istock to stop posting then because of Lobo's stated reasons.
 

Absolutely (+1)!  There is so much wrong with Istock.  For them to waste time on silly semantics like this is a pretty good indication that things are just continuing to melt down. 

Rather than worry about who agrees with what in the forums, and what form that agreement takes, they should be putting all possible efforts into fixing what's broken on the site FASTER.  Then there wouldn't be a whole lot to +1 about.

  I agree with the above post ;D

« Reply #31 on: January 21, 2011, 15:21 »
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Well, as a result of my 3 paragraph rant about a LACK OF COMMUNICATION and the resulting deletion of that and all the +1's that followed, I'm now registered here.  I hope the communication channel over here is much more open and I don't get slammed all the time! ;D

yeah.. you'll find a variety of personalities and opinions here but much more open dialog since this forum is not associated with any particular stock agency.  welcome!

« Reply #32 on: January 21, 2011, 15:24 »
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I have to agree with the OP.  Istock, is now the time for a civics lesson?

Given that the site appears to be almost a the point of collapse, this policy seems to me more designed to get people who complain about Istock to stop posting then because of Lobo's stated reasons.
  

Lobo needs to follow his own advice, just move on.  He doesnt need to respond to or recognize the posts with "+1" in them if they bother him that much. 

« Reply #33 on: January 21, 2011, 15:28 »
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unfortunately, some of the people complaining about the +1 are those who REALLY just want one-sided freedom to say what they want. so, what those peple are truly asking for is for management to sit back and let people deride the company, belittle and misquote one another while high-fiving those in the 'clique' with +1s.
-1

« Reply #34 on: January 21, 2011, 15:30 »
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unfortunately, some of the people complaining about the +1 are those who REALLY just want one-sided freedom to say what they want. so, what those peple are truly asking for is for management to sit back and let people deride the company, belittle and misquote one another while high-fiving those in the 'clique' with +1s.
-1
-2

« Reply #35 on: January 21, 2011, 15:32 »
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I think they want to cut the negative chatter.

The point they're missing is that they do that by (a) getting the site functional and (b) treating contributors fairly and reasonable. With respect would be nice too. In the absence of those, they can get silence with a few woo yays sprinkled in.
+1

And it should come as no surprise that the WooYay breakdown is 99% badges/admin (or those who clearly would like to wield a badge of some sort).

« Reply #36 on: January 21, 2011, 15:34 »
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Agree or disagree or +1 or -1 -- doesn't matter, by banning the use of that it is just one more nail in the coffin of what once was the great the istock community - the thing that built iStock and the (in my opinion) biggest thing that made iStock stand out among the competition (at least for most contributors).  there was a time when everyone (well, most) wanted to be a part of that great community.  sadly, that's not so much the case anymore as there really isn't much of that spirit left.  
+1

« Reply #37 on: January 21, 2011, 15:36 »
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People will just find an alternate way to say "+1".  Funny though, if the "+1" was replaced with a hearty "Woo Yay", would they be forced to ban that phrase?
Briulliant.
Do it, people!
Oh, that is brilliant.

michealo

« Reply #38 on: January 21, 2011, 16:14 »
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People will just find an alternate way to say "+1".  Funny though, if the "+1" was replaced with a hearty "Woo Yay", would they be forced to ban that phrase?
Briulliant.
Do it, people!
Oh, that is brilliant.
Or Chris Rocks ...

« Reply #39 on: January 21, 2011, 16:48 »
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What a pure waste of money and time... !!!  They should take care of all their bugs instead !!!

« Reply #40 on: January 21, 2011, 17:25 »
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Frankly, I'm a +1 for getting rid of the forums, period. Here's a novel idea...how about IS hires competent people to build the site correctly, and then actually TEST it before it goes live. That would eliminate about 95% of the threads right off the bat, because most of the threads nowadays are troubleshooting and reporting of bugs by contributors, WHO GOT A DECREASE IN PAY!

The other 5% comprise the kiss-as*er woo-yayers. Some of you think the negativity is annoying? I think all that kissy-kiss cr*p is annoying. So let's just eliminate 4% of those. That leaves 1%. Anybody who feels the need to report or say something, email contributor relations. After all, that's what THEY get paid for.

« Reply #41 on: January 21, 2011, 17:27 »
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Frankly, I'm a +1 for getting rid of the forums, period. Here's a novel idea...how about IS hires competent people to build the site correctly, and then actually TEST it before it goes live. That would eliminate about 95% of the threads right off the bat, because most of the threads nowadays are troubleshooting and reporting of bugs by contributors, WHO GOT A DECREASE IN PAY!

The other 5% comprise the kiss-as*er woo-yayers. Some of you think the negativity is annoying? I think all that kissy-kiss cr*p is annoying. So let's just eliminate 4% of those. That leaves 1%. Anybody who feels the need to report or say something, email contributor relations. After all, that's what THEY get paid for.

Amen!

(that's my version of "+1") 

« Reply #42 on: January 21, 2011, 17:49 »
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Frankly, I'm a +1 for getting rid of the forums, period. Here's a novel idea...how about IS hires competent people to build the site correctly, and then actually TEST it before it goes live. That would eliminate about 95% of the threads right off the bat, because most of the threads nowadays are troubleshooting and reporting of bugs by contributors, WHO GOT A DECREASE IN PAY!

The other 5% comprise the kiss-as*er woo-yayers. Some of you think the negativity is annoying? I think all that kissy-kiss cr*p is annoying. So let's just eliminate 4% of those. That leaves 1%. Anybody who feels the need to report or say something, email contributor relations. After all, that's what THEY get paid for.
Sounds too efficient. And logical. It'll never work.

« Reply #43 on: January 21, 2011, 18:08 »
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that's simply not true. rude, incoherent and baiting comments get banned....but in general, the negativity that they still allow in the threads surprises me. especially comapred to what happens to contributors at other agencies who would dare to say things like that, even off site.

I'm sorry, but you are wrong. Just ask ShadySue. She got banned for being "too negative".

« Reply #44 on: January 21, 2011, 18:16 »
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Well, as a result of my 3 paragraph rant about a LACK OF COMMUNICATION and the resulting deletion of that and all the +1's that followed, I'm now registered here.  I hope the communication channel over here is much more open and I don't get slammed all the time! ;D

So what part of your post was rude, incoherent or baiting? Or was any of it? Was it merely critical? I ask because certain people seem to think only rude, incoherent and baiting people get banned, which is flat out not true. The people who get banned are the people that self-proclaimed "traffic cop" decides need to be punished at that particular moment in time.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #45 on: January 21, 2011, 18:18 »
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What a pure waste of money and time... !!!  They should take care of all their bugs instead !!!
There's a specific name in politics for this sort of distraction activity that's supposed to wick attention away from the real issues.

« Reply #46 on: January 21, 2011, 18:21 »
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What a pure waste of money and time... !!!  They should take care of all their bugs instead !!!
There's a specific name in politics for this sort of distraction activity that's supposed to wick attention away from the real issues.

Wag the dog?

« Reply #47 on: January 21, 2011, 18:34 »
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I agree ;)

C'mon seriously with the cuts in royalties, many seeing downloads declining and a deluge of bugs..... to make such carry on about something so triival ?   ::)  

« Reply #48 on: January 21, 2011, 18:43 »
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I agree ;)

C'mon seriously with the cuts in royalties, many seeing downloads declining and a deluge of bugs..... to make such carry on about something so triival ?   ::)  

Yes, that is trivial, and you wont' find at the big microstock sites a forum where so much dissension is allowed as istockphoto's. If I'm wrong, tell me which one, please.

ShadySue

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« Reply #49 on: January 21, 2011, 18:51 »
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I agree ;)
C'mon seriously with the cuts in royalties, many seeing downloads declining and a deluge of bugs..... to make such carry on about something so triival ?   ::)  
Yes, that is trivial, and you wont' find at the big microstock sites a forum where so much dissension is allowed as istockphoto's. If I'm wrong, tell me which one, please.
Is there one which has so many problems and issues running concurrently that people are legitimately concerned about?

lisafx

« Reply #50 on: January 21, 2011, 18:58 »
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Is there one which has so many problems and issues running concurrently that people are legitimately concerned about?

Not that I am aware of. 

You're right, Loop, Istock has historically allowed more dissent in their forums than the other sites.  But nothing about their behavior in recent months is consistent with history. 

Besides, the point isn't whether they do or don't allow dissent.  It's why they want to get hung up on such a silly issue as "+1".  Just makes them look petty and distracted. 

« Reply #51 on: January 21, 2011, 19:04 »
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What a pure waste of money and time... !!!  They should take care of all their bugs instead !!!

+1 again  ;D
instead of Lobos lobotomy...

« Reply #52 on: January 21, 2011, 20:35 »
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I agree ;)
C'mon seriously with the cuts in royalties, many seeing downloads declining and a deluge of bugs..... to make such carry on about something so triival ?   ::)  
Yes, that is trivial, and you wont' find at the big microstock sites a forum where so much dissension is allowed as istockphoto's. If I'm wrong, tell me which one, please.
Is there one which has so many problems and issues running concurrently that people are legitimately concerned about?

I don't know, but I know that others have had problems, smaller or bigger, and dissenssion has not been not allowed at all. That's the matter.

lisafx

« Reply #53 on: January 21, 2011, 21:25 »
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I don't know, but I know that others have had problems, smaller or bigger, and dissenssion has not been not allowed at all. That's the matter.

Um.  Actually, no, that isn't "the matter".  If you check the title of this thread, it is called "Ban of +1 in Istock Forums - Are you kidding me??", NOT "No dissension allowed in Istock (or other company) Forums". 

You are arguing a point that is only peripherally related to this discussion.  But I can see why.  The actual point of this discussion is pretty hard to dispute.

« Reply #54 on: January 22, 2011, 07:25 »
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I don't know, but I know that others have had problems, smaller or bigger, and dissenssion has not been not allowed at all. That's the matter.

Um.  Actually, no, that isn't "the matter".  If you check the title of this thread, it is called "Ban of +1 in Istock Forums - Are you kidding me??", NOT "No dissension allowed in Istock (or other company) Forums".  

You are arguing a point that is only peripherally related to this discussion.  But I can see why.  The actual point of this discussion is pretty hard to dispute.

The original point of the discussion is totally irrelevant. It is just a norm that does not prevent at all from expressing opinions. To do of this a drama, in my opinion, it turns out to be almost comical. You can agree or disagree with any post and add your own arguments. Maybe that wasn't "the point", but it is what really matters.
« Last Edit: January 22, 2011, 07:28 by loop »

ShadySue

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« Reply #55 on: January 22, 2011, 07:49 »
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The original point of the discussion is totally irrelevant. It is just a norm that does not prevent at all from expressing opinions. To do of this a drama, in my opinion, it turns out to be almost comical. You can agree or disagree with any post and add your own arguments. Maybe that wasn't "the point", but it is what really matters.
Sometimes you don't have anything else to add, because the OP has posted so well. But you still want it known that you agree. If you don't, they could imagine that the OP is the only one who thinks that.

rubyroo

« Reply #56 on: January 22, 2011, 07:51 »
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Options:

I agree
Ditto
Well said
Have a beer on me
Great post!
Wholeheartedly agree
My thoughts exactly

etc...

« Reply #57 on: January 22, 2011, 07:53 »
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changed my mind...nothing to see here
« Last Edit: January 22, 2011, 07:57 by cclapper »

jbarber873

« Reply #58 on: January 22, 2011, 08:33 »
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The original point of the discussion is totally irrelevant. It is just a norm that does not prevent at all from expressing opinions. To do of this a drama, in my opinion, it turns out to be almost comical. You can agree or disagree with any post and add your own arguments. Maybe that wasn't "the point", but it is what really matters.
Sometimes you don't have anything else to add, because the OP has posted so well. But you still want it known that you agree. If you don't, they could imagine that the OP is the only one who thinks that.

    Woo-yay!

lisafx

« Reply #59 on: January 22, 2011, 11:22 »
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The original point of the discussion is totally irrelevant. It is just a norm that does not prevent at all from expressing opinions. To do of this a drama, in my opinion, it turns out to be almost comical. You can agree or disagree with any post and add your own arguments. Maybe that wasn't "the point", but it is what really matters.
Sometimes you don't have anything else to add, because the OP has posted so well. But you still want it known that you agree. If you don't, they could imagine that the OP is the only one who thinks that.

    Woo-yay!

Absofreakinlutely :)

« Reply #60 on: January 22, 2011, 11:35 »
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Sometimes you don't have anything else to add, because the OP has posted so well. But you still want it known that you agree. If you don't, they could imagine that the OP is the only one who thinks that.

My sincerest contrafibulations M'am. Verily you have captured in words what I feel in my heart.

rubyroo

« Reply #61 on: January 22, 2011, 11:59 »
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My sincerest contrafibulations M'am. Verily you have captured in words what I feel in my heart.

ROFL

He's right too Sue.  Moi aussi  ;D

« Reply #62 on: January 22, 2011, 21:03 »
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Well, as a result of my 3 paragraph rant about a LACK OF COMMUNICATION and the resulting deletion of that and all the +1's that followed, I'm now registered here.  I hope the communication channel over here is much more open and I don't get slammed all the time! ;D

So what part of your post was rude, incoherent or baiting? Or was any of it? Was it merely critical? I ask because certain people seem to think only rude, incoherent and baiting people get banned, which is flat out not true. The people who get banned are the people that self-proclaimed "traffic cop" decides need to be punished at that particular moment in time.

That's a good question.  I wish I had kept a copy.  The point I was trying to make, in a respectful manner, was that there seems to be a complete LACK OF COMMUNICATION between IS and it's contributors/customers.  The Twitter feed mentioned that the site was almost back up - posted twelve hours earlier when the site was still down.  A pretty big hole there with no info.  I had also just figured out, by happenstance, that my payment was going to be late by stumbling on a thread in the forum (where I was posting my rant).  In my opinion, an e-mail should have gone out directly to customers.  I was certainly respectful and not rude in trying to make that point. I am firm believer that complaining doesn't help get things fixed any faster.  The point of the "hammer" was that they wanted the thread to only pertain to the specifics of the issue, which was the delay in the payment.  Apparently, my lengthy three paragraph rant was preventing folks from finding the information they wanted.  They weren't getting paid yet, so what additional information was there?  Most of the posts by the moderator were "we are almost there" or something like that- somewhat of a RANT, if you ask me.  Certainly not very much help until the issue was finally resolved.  And exactly what sort of feedback did folks need to provide that I was preventing from being visible?  Not sure?  Anyway, it doesn't matter.  IS seems to be creating enough problems of their own without me pointing it out.  Now part of the portfolio pages is not showing up and you must use a roundabout link to get to the uploads page.  If it's not one thing, it's something else - which perhaps means they don't have enough time to communicate with the little people.

« Reply #63 on: March 10, 2011, 08:30 »
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That's a good question.  I wish I had kept a copy.  The point I was trying to make, in a respectful manner, was that there seems to be a complete LACK OF COMMUNICATION between IS and it's contributors/customers.  The Twitter feed mentioned that the site was almost back up - posted twelve hours earlier when the site was still down.  A pretty big hole there with no info.  I had also just figured out, by happenstance, that my payment was going to be late by stumbling on a thread in the forum (where I was posting my rant).  In my opinion, an e-mail should have gone out directly to customers.  I was certainly respectful and not rude in trying to make that point. I am firm believer that complaining doesn't help get things fixed any faster.  The point of the "hammer" was that they wanted the thread to only pertain to the specifics of the issue, which was the delay in the payment.  Apparently, my lengthy three paragraph rant was preventing folks from finding the information they wanted.  They weren't getting paid yet, so what additional information was there?  Most of the posts by the moderator were "we are almost there" or something like that- somewhat of a RANT, if you ask me.  Certainly not very much help until the issue was finally resolved.  And exactly what sort of feedback did folks need to provide that I was preventing from being visible?  Not sure?  Anyway, it doesn't matter.  IS seems to be creating enough problems of their own without me pointing it out.  Now part of the portfolio pages is not showing up and you must use a roundabout link to get to the uploads page.  If it's not one thing, it's something else - which perhaps means they don't have enough time to communicate with the little people.
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iStock has had a long history of poor communication with their contributors and customers, and I'm amazed that nothing has ever been done to make efforts to improve on this point. Fixes to important things are routinely buried in threads, no e-mails ever are sent notifying customers and contributors alike of critical updates or news (and no, the glossy e-newsletter doesn't count as it rarely addresses the critical issues plaguing the site). iStock seems to be going further and further down a very slippery slope as evidenced by all that's been going on in the last few months, all of which is of their own doing.

traveler1116

« Reply #64 on: March 10, 2011, 08:56 »
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What a pure waste of money and time... !!!  They should take care of all their bugs instead !!!
The ban on +1 came out at a time that people were complaining about real issues with the site, this was a distraction to get people talking about +1 instead of the real problems and it seemed to work pretty well. 


 

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