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iStockPhoto.com / sudden jump in "downloads year to date"
« on: December 04, 2017, 16:36 »
In my ESP profile section, the number of sales in "downloads year to date" suddenly took a 30% jump this afternoon. This has never happened to me before, so I'm pretty suspicious that these aren't legitimate sales.

Under the "if it seems too good to be true..." rule, I'm presuming these will all be sales for fractions of a cent, if they are not actually a mistake that will later be reversed.

Has this happened to anyone else? Does anyone know what's happening here? I vaguely recall something like this being mentioned in another thread but I can't find it now.

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I'm curious whether anyone has seen sales listed on the old iStock user stats page recently.

I've been checking it because it was still offering information on the dollar value of credit sales. But for me there's been no activity there since the middle of April, while a few sales have shown up on the ESP profile page. They could be subs, which wouldn't be recorded on the user stats page. Or the user stats page could now be dead, which some have suggested. Should I stop bothering to check it?

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iStockPhoto.com / Getty forum - how to change "display name"?
« on: February 20, 2017, 21:45 »
I don't spend much time on the Getty forums but since this ESP switch, I've been looking in there more often. I checked my profile in the Contributor Community/Forum section and found that it listed a user name and a "display name", both of which are my email address. I'd prefer not to use my email address as a display name on any messages I might post in the forum but I cannot find a way to change it.

There's a link on the profile page called "Edit Profile" and it contains lots of stuff but nothing that would allow me to change the display name. I searched the FAQs and the forum threads and couldn't find any useful information. I sent a question via "Contact Us" but after years of dealing with IS's so-called contributor support, I'm not expecting an answer within my remaining lifetime.

So I thought I'd ask here. Has anyone tried and succeeded in changing their profile information in the forum section? I'm not talking about the profile in the ESP Account Management section, which is different and doesn't make any reference to "display name."

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Interesting article in the National Post about the Canadian Heritage department's use of stock photos from foreign sources to promote Canadian cultural programs. http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/06/the-department-of-canadian-heritage-keeps-buying-foreign-photos-to-promote-canadian-culture/

It mentions iStock specifically -- described by a Canadian Heritage spokesperson as "a Canadian-owned supplier of stock images." Guess they didn't hear about the Getty buy-out -- but, hey, that only happened about a decade ago, so how's a department to keep up.

Lots of...ah, entertaining...comments after the article.




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