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1 / Re: Is iStock website down?
« on: March 04, 2014, 17:33 »
Out for 5 or 6 hours, they come back, but still couldn't manage to remove the Valentine's pic from the landing page.  :o

2 / Re: Is iStock website down?
« on: March 04, 2014, 12:20 »
Looks like over 4 hours so far.   :( 

3 / Re: Christmas Kick from Getty
« on: December 24, 2013, 16:08 »
Thanks for pointing this out Sue.  Imagine if they had started the PP payout and the script for the Getty refunds were running at the same time!  ;)

4 / Re: iStock's Mevans Passed In the Night
« on: November 27, 2013, 10:15 »
So sad to hear this.  I didn't know him, but his posts in the forums were always caring and informative.  His work was stellar, mind bendingly good.  My sympathies to his family and friends.

5 / Re: PP Sales October 2013 started
« on: November 13, 2013, 08:52 »
It did change. GI 360 is being reported under PP sales.

6 / Re: Notification: Site Feature Changes
« on: October 09, 2013, 17:10 »
They're going to implement all of these changes and the site will be even slower and buggers than it is presently.

7 / Re: iStockphoto Relaunch Sept. 17, 2013
« on: September 16, 2013, 21:52 »
I'm certain I'm wrong, but I'd like to think of the 'period' on the iS logo as a sign of good faith to those who are in the Partners Program.  As in, the Partners Program payouts should be like a regular menstrual cycle. Like, "I get my Partners Program payout on the 15th of every month, PERIOD."  ;D ;D ;D 

Symbiostock - General / Re: Apology to JPSDK
« on: July 19, 2013, 09:25 »
The real problem comes from that the native speakers expect us, because we share their language, to also share their culture.

But we dont. American humour is completely meaningless or in best case childish to me and Brittish undertones and pretended politeness/ poisouness is also completely wasted half of the times, and HALF is dangerous.

It would help if we remembered to picture us all sitting out there in strawhuts, igloos or houseboats, up in the freezing North, in the swamps at the Sambezi or in the black hole in Calcutta.

in short: because we speak English it does not mean we are wannabe Americans, we can be something very different.
Clearly, this is what was in your mind when you addressed Leo initially.

9 / Re: PP Sales Anxiety
« on: July 18, 2013, 02:55 »
There are big contributors who are employed by IStock that are also in the PP.  I am sure that they are able to communicate with their employer if the PP payouts were drastically under reported.  I don't see any of them commenting in the forums.  Could it be that they already know that very low PP payouts is the new norm?  Perhaps in tinkering around the Getty collections as Getty has been doing, they tweaked the search in Photos and in TS so that their wholly owned content is what comes up in the searches.  If we are indeed halfway through May in PP payouts, this would be the only way I can justify it.  I hope I'm wrong.  :-[

10 / Re: PP Sales Anxiety
« on: July 17, 2013, 09:36 »
Imagine not being able to effect any change, and not being able to talk about it yet you still get paid.  Someone's job got a whole lot easier, if also a whole lot more temporary.  ;)

11 / Re: Istock sales since price changes
« on: July 08, 2013, 12:50 »
I'm exclusive and vector.  I removed my photos in February.  Most of my port is Signature = 15 credit, but pricing is differs wildly from sale to sale.
June 15 thru 30 = 12 sales
July 1 thru 7 = 18 sales

12 / Re: PP Sales Anxiety
« on: July 08, 2013, 05:19 »
If the PP is delayed AND the Request for Payment is disabled, that leaves a huge wad of cash for IS to manipulate.  I wonder what they are actually up to.  ::)

13 / Re: PP Sales Anxiety
« on: June 23, 2013, 09:30 »
I don't know...  It seems to me that they knew the PP figures for May before the big Switcheroo = Collections Restructure on June 13.  If they posted those earnings first, they wouldn't of had use of our funds for those weeks - we would have been paid and that function would not have been delayed by playing musical chairs with the Collection.

14 / Re: 24h vector sale, 50% off
« on: May 23, 2013, 06:29 »
Sales were typical for me.  Cash was less.

15 / Re: When is an image a bestseller?
« on: May 04, 2013, 10:39 »
For me and my relatively small vector port, I consider files that have earned over $500 and still get sales, my better sellers.  I do have a few the have more sales, but the image is simple, so worth less money per download. :)

16 / Re: Uploaded limits raised to 999
« on: April 25, 2013, 10:42 »
I don't understand why they would do this without getting the Best Match under control...   ???

... and come to think of it, the site is so slow now, and then there is so many other misguided decisions happening at IS now, I suppose it truly doesn't matter.   :(

17 / Re: March PP - quick and quiet!
« on: April 22, 2013, 19:30 »
Yep, the PP stats started coming in about an hour ago.  They're even late for their own weekend schedule.  :o

18 / Re: Passing the vector illustration test.
« on: April 11, 2013, 18:30 »
there is a thread in the IS forums: UPLOADING ISSUES
It seems that you are not the only one having trouble uploading.

IS drives me nuts, 'please upload',we've made inspections really fast! And  look, we've changed your upload limit to 999 file a week'!

Sure it sounds really tempting, but how long are they going to let the Best Match sink  new files to the bottom of the search?  When I think  that I might take a chance and  upload some art,  then I see that the upload process is broke. I think fate has interveined for me.  I work too long on my stuff to not give it a fighting chance.

19 / Re: It's not me, it's you!
« on: April 04, 2013, 09:38 »
Spring break! Many image buyers take vacation at this time of year.
So lots of college students have been buying my stuff!  :)

I think 'spring break' comes just before the 'summer slowdown'. :)

20 / Re: 10 cent royalty?
« on: March 09, 2013, 08:59 »
actually I joined iS  two years ago as a rookie (not 4 and half years, where is that info?)

That info is on your IS profile page.  'Member since: November 2008'

Sometimes that can be misleading, as I joined in 2005 as a buyer.  I uploaded a few files in late 2007 to see what it was like.  It wasn't until 2008 that I gave it any effort. And presently I am on a break from uploading since mid 2011. IS=frustration.

I wonder if some of this refunding happens due to the client finding out the same images are available at TS and Photos(dot)com and although it is through subscription, it is still a much reduced price.

Soon, there will no longer be refunding of IS purchases to clients through IS contributor's purses.  Everyone will just use IS images for free from Google Drive.  Think of all the money IS will save in bookkeeping.   :(

22 / Re: January PP's on the way.
« on: February 18, 2013, 22:06 »
Maybe one run through for thinkstock and another for
That's what I was thinking.  :)

General Stock Discussion / Re: Other FTP Programs?
« on: February 15, 2013, 12:08 »
I'm on a Mac and I use Fetch.  I've always been happy with it so I haven't explored other possibilities.

OMG!  I would have died!  What a pig!  You did get some great shots and that's gotta be a testament to your professionalism.  Kudos for keeping it together. ;)

25 / Re: sjlocke was just booted from iStock
« on: February 12, 2013, 16:18 »
Don't shoot the messenger who perhaps shows you the other side of the coin. 

Meanwhile, a company like Getty, which is only about the money, is not about to kiss off one of their strongest revenue streams unless there is seriously strong provocation.

Writing software to get rid of your competitors to the detriment of your main and only client, while putting a spin on it that you were in fact trying to help your competitors, appears that it was enough provocation.

Maybe if he wasn't being so "helpful" he would be able to keep his client and still have his job.
Whoa! You win.  That is the most outrageous conspiracy theory by far!  If you knew Sean at all, and I barely know him from the forums, he is too interested in things working well, in being right and being smart about the business.  He would never throw other contributors under the bus like IS is doing now.  - Go read the info on his site and blog...

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