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« Reply #75 on: October 25, 2010, 22:50 »
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Thanks for getting out of your childhood memory, lol.

I simply believe that each person is entitled to his opinion, no matter it's yours or Janathan's. You have shared your fair share of wisdow in this forum, however, a bit tolerance will make you a much persuasive person.


« Reply #76 on: November 09, 2010, 10:41 »
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Interesting. I am starting to notice a shift in tone since some iStock members have been "ingested" into the Agency collection. We're back to the old "If you don't like it, don't buy it" mantra towards customers complaining about the increased prices for photos that were previously in the Vetta (and/or the regular collection). I still want to know how it was okay to take those photos before the prices were raised and it was perfectly sustainable then, and then suddenly, once prices are raised they justify the higher price by saying it's not sustainable to take those kinds of photos at the lower price. EXCEPT THEY WERE TAKEN WHEN THE PRICE WAS LOWER.

If anyone wonders what I'm referring to: http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=268782&page=3

« Reply #77 on: November 09, 2010, 10:55 »
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Sustainable was in quotes ;).

Look, there's a big enough collection of regular images at lower prices, that I don't feel too terrible about having an offering at a higher price.  If you really want it, there it is.  If not, then buy a cheaper one.

« Reply #78 on: November 09, 2010, 12:30 »
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Sean, you're a terrific fit for the Agency collection. After all the difficulties getting into the Vetta club - and how you were repeatedly shut down with all attempts to discuss that - I can imagine it's great to have a place to highlight your work.

If search and advanced search were fully functional - which they aren't since F5;  if Getty hadn't dumped a bunch of so-so files into the Agency collection; if Vetta and Agency were the same prices (and hadn't gone up so much in September in the case of Vetta); and if the best match lurching around trying to avoid having 100% Agency and Vetta in the first few pages; then I think your argument would make sense.

Right now buyers have to really work to avoid Agency and Vetta content. Even worse, if they click on the browse Agency image from the photos landing page, they're stuck in this bizarre Agency only world for all searches unless they can edit a search string, log out or browse Vetta.

I get that Vetta and Agency is the ticket out of the mire for those exclusives who participate. Doesn't alter the fact that IS has effed up the site with F5 bugs and badly crafted introduction of Agency to the mix. Once they straighten the site behavior out, buyers will actually have some choices they can easily exercise (prime among them the option to exclude the high price collections and make that a permanent preference).

« Reply #79 on: November 09, 2010, 14:19 »
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Even worse, if they click on the browse Agency image from the photos landing page, they're stuck in this bizarre Agency only world for all searches unless they can edit a search string, log out or browse Vetta.


See if this helps:
http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=266911&messageid=5167352

« Reply #80 on: November 09, 2010, 16:27 »
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And it does - you're making a valiant effort. I've installed it - much easier than the other workarounds.

However...

...how much better it might be if your efforts could be devoted to enhancements of the user experience vs. papering over the failings of IS's development team?

I don't know if I'm happy or sad that the promised re-vamp of the search engine hasn't yet come about during the busy season - I think on balance I'm glad. We have enough issues with the site running as if it's wading through molasses with the hardware upgrade.

Similar mixed feelings about your wonderful greasemonkey scripts - it seems a bit like enabling. There's a risk that it'll slow IS down even further in doing what they need to to get the site running well. "Oh, not to worry about breaking ........(fill in the blank)......... Sean'll write a script to work around the problem."

« Reply #81 on: November 09, 2010, 16:44 »
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And it does - you're making a valiant effort. I've installed it - much easier than the other workarounds.

However...

...how much better it might be if your efforts could be devoted to enhancements of the user experience vs. papering over the failings of IS's development team?

I don't know if I'm happy or sad that the promised re-vamp of the search engine hasn't yet come about during the busy season - I think on balance I'm glad. We have enough issues with the site running as if it's wading through molasses with the hardware upgrade.

Similar mixed feelings about your wonderful greasemonkey scripts - it seems a bit like enabling. There's a risk that it'll slow IS down even further in doing what they need to to get the site running well. "Oh, not to worry about breaking ........(fill in the blank)......... Sean'll write a script to work around the problem."


It's along the same lines as DeepMeta. The ability to do those things on upload to IS should have been included in the IS site. Why did it take a third party to come up with a decent uploading fix for IS? (Rhetorical question, no answer required.)

« Reply #82 on: November 09, 2010, 16:54 »
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Similar mixed feelings about your wonderful greasemonkey scripts - it seems a bit like enabling. There's a risk that it'll slow IS down even further in doing what they need to to get the site running well. "Oh, not to worry about breaking ........(fill in the blank)......... Sean'll write a script to work around the problem."

Yeah, I know.  I'm sure I'll get bored with this new toy soon ;).

« Reply #83 on: November 09, 2010, 20:13 »
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Similar mixed feelings about your wonderful greasemonkey scripts - it seems a bit like enabling. There's a risk that it'll slow IS down even further in doing what they need to to get the site running well. "Oh, not to worry about breaking ........(fill in the blank)......... Sean'll write a script to work around the problem."

Yeah, I know.  I'm sure I'll get bored with this new toy soon ;).

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Maybe this could be a new income stream?  Every time somebody installs one of your scripts Istock gives you a nickle?

« Reply #84 on: November 09, 2010, 20:24 »
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Similar mixed feelings about your wonderful greasemonkey scripts - it seems a bit like enabling. There's a risk that it'll slow IS down even further in doing what they need to to get the site running well. "Oh, not to worry about breaking ........(fill in the blank)......... Sean'll write a script to work around the problem."

Yeah, I know.  I'm sure I'll get bored with this new toy soon ;).

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Maybe this could be a new income stream?  Every time somebody installs one of your scripts Istock gives you a nickle?
completely unsustainable  ;)

« Reply #85 on: November 09, 2010, 20:54 »
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Similar mixed feelings about your wonderful greasemonkey scripts - it seems a bit like enabling. There's a risk that it'll slow IS down even further in doing what they need to to get the site running well. "Oh, not to worry about breaking ........(fill in the blank)......... Sean'll write a script to work around the problem."

Yeah, I know.  I'm sure I'll get bored with this new toy soon ;).

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Maybe this could be a new income stream?  Every time somebody installs one of your scripts Istock gives you a nickle?
completely unsustainable  ;)

Run to enjoy the last amazing four mounths


 

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