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1 / Re: Shutterstock down here
« on: September 07, 2014, 06:56 »
Same for me in Germany ...

Symbiostock / Re: Is this project dead?
« on: August 18, 2014, 15:34 »
I continue to be vocal about the issues with the software because i believe people have the right to know all sides of a story. And i am even more vocal when bullies show up and start blaming me and telling me i dont have any right to my opinion and adding minuses to my posts just because they "don't like me." You better believe I am NOT going to let it drop and go on my merry way.

Both Ron and bunhill have made excellent points. And look at the mentality that puts bunhill down just because he doesnt have an SY site. This blind, worshipping following of Leo just baffles me. As a person, I am sure he is a good guy. Did he do a good thing writing this software? Yeah. But it's like that saying "The operation was a success but the patient died." Can you build a site with it? Yeah. Is it successful? Not so much.

It was LEOs choice to not charge, so don't be putting that blame on anybody, including me. From the start, for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why he didn't put it up on Themeforest or something.

There is no blind worshipping of Leo except in your own mind.

Exactly. As I sad in earlier thread like this: Just ignore her. Obviously she needs this kind of intention. She pretends to be interested in an objective exchange of views, but she never was ...

3 / Re: Shutterstock website not available
« on: August 01, 2014, 15:46 »
Back in Germany ... things are changing so quickly in our world  ;D

4 / Re: Shutterstock website not available
« on: August 01, 2014, 15:40 »
Down in Germany too (together with Bigstock)

yes, the forums are open again on their new server, and I just need to open everything up


Thank you


+1 from me too

6 / Re: SS website language
« on: May 19, 2014, 11:28 »
same problem here ...

General Stock Discussion / Re: Time for a new startup?
« on: May 02, 2014, 10:08 »
what do you think about

As far as I remember the developer, Leo, abandoned the Project. This makes it very questionable if its worth to get into it. (Correct me here if I`m wrong) Furthermore Symbiostock is a community project, not a single Agency. But in general, yes, I would love to see some great code coming up which makes it possible to get a photographer driven market online. I just don`t think it will be symbiostock.

Just to add some information: Leo didn't really abbonden the project. At the moment he is focusing on other (paid) jobs, but in the background he is working on a second version of Symbiostock.
Meanwhile the current version of Symbiostock is used by 185 photographers and illustrators ... they can be found here:

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia D-Day (Deactivation Day) - May,1
« on: May 01, 2014, 03:45 »
Started to remove images from fotolia ... (and uploaded new files to my own independent Symbiostock site)

Symbiostock - General / Re: Symbiostock Co-op Launched
« on: April 29, 2014, 06:38 »
Hi R2D2

this is Jochen from Germany. I run within the Symbiostock network since almost one year now.

I understand your concerns ... I had the same when starting my site. What I did was building my site, then presenting it to my lawyer.

After some minor changes in my texts he said: Everything is fine now. Of course I can't give you any legal guarantee, but feel free to have a look to my site or send me an e-mail via my contact form for further exchange of ideas.

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia D-Day (Deactivation Day) - May,1
« on: April 28, 2014, 09:52 »
Are there agencies who built the symbiostocksites? Im full-time photographer and have no idea in symbiostocksite building. Is there a service?

there is somthing like this:

That's true: Steve, an early bird from the Symbiostock network is offering this service for people with limited time or experience.
And as Martha mentioned above there is also a very helpful community at for all those who wish to join without using the service of Steve.

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia D-Day (Deactivation Day) - May,1
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:01 »

DP and ShotShop...
Getty and this free images...
Fotolia and DPC...

I'm sick of these agencies.
Consuming processes uplaod.
Rejections partly arbitrary.
They treat us not as partners.
Commission up to 85%

Why we do that?

I hope the 500 signers of the petition take a look at Symbiostock.
A great opportunity to get rid off this outrageous agencies.

I agree. Everybody who signed the petition should consider to open his own stock site with Symbiostock. A great opportunity to strengthen our independence and a strong signal towards the agencies ...

Exactly. Different images sell differently on different agencies...

This is true for many images, I agree. But my topseller is the same image on Shutterstock and iStock. It was sold over 1000 times on both agencies since 2011. Counting all downloads (any kind of downloads on Shutterstock / iStock sales + sales from PP) I see only a difference of exactly 10 downloads (in favor of iStock), but my income for this image on iStock is only 94% of my income on Shutterstock.
Edit: So in this case both agencies are (almost) on one level, but speaking generally Shutterstock is my top earning agency like it is for most of us.


Shutterstock, could you please consider an individual opt out per model release or per individual image?

I also have images I would like to opt out, of my nephews for example. I dont care what happens to my self portraits, but some things I would like to protect from sensitive use. But I also would like to get the occasional big sale.

An individual opt out per model release or per individual image would solve this issue. Many contributors would appreciate such a move and it would provide some peace of mind.

Could you please consider this, or maybe comment on the request what your thoughts are on this matter?


I'm absolutely with you, Ron. As I sad in the other thread:

"I really would like to allow sensitive use for my images without models ... and those with models but without visible face."


SS if you are reading, allow sensitive use opt-out based on model releases or per image or something similar.

totally agree with that!

I also agree ... I really would like to allow sensitive use for my images without models ... and those with models but without visible face.

I really love it!!! ;D ;D ;D Thanks for adding laughter to our days  :)

Newbie Discussion / Re: Hello, I'm New :)
« on: March 04, 2014, 18:08 »
Welcome bepslabor ... and just in case you don't know it already and you need some help to set up your Symbiostock site, you'll find also help here:

17 / Re: Is iStock website down?
« on: March 04, 2014, 13:55 »
Watching pros at work is so exciting  ;D

Symbiostock - General / Re: What happened?
« on: February 26, 2014, 12:07 »
I will be using it for a long time to come. On the network side, I just don't know.

Software always needs to be developed maintained. Otherwise it inevitably quickly becomes incompatible - perhaps an issue with Paypal, or perhaps some php or Wordpress upgrade will break it. Or there will be some security issue. This always happens with software. It needs to be managed and monitored.

Well it might get to 1000 sites. But almost none of those sites will ever sell much at all. In which case what is the point ? Not unless the thing starts to look like a single destination with common branding. Because most of the portfolios are not strong enough, on their own, to be viable standalone sites. And unless the thing makes money there will be no economic incentive or momentum to support further development.

Sites which can do well without being part of a greater whole would have done well on any platform - including many which currently already look much better across many different devices etc.

As Leo said above he "will maintain Symbiostock with every Wordpress release."

Symbiostock - General / Re: What happened?
« on: February 26, 2014, 09:58 »
Hasta la vista, baby

I would suggest to ignore her. For some reason her personality needs this kind of attention. Why should we give her what she needs?

Not sure about that ... in any case a good reminder to protect your site ... using Wordfence or another plugin like Bad-behavior.

I don't use Wordfence and I haven't gotten an email. I checked my site and all looks ok, nothing unusual.

Well, if you don't use Wordfence it's quite consequential that you don't receive emails from them ...

I opted in to the real-time Wordfence thingy and it sends me an email every morning warning me it's found "problems" on my site, and then tries to sell me on the pro version. Needing an upgrade is apparently a "serious problem."

"Wordfence found the following new issues on " royalty-free fair trade illustration direct". NOTE: Upgrading to the paid version of Wordfence gives you two factor authentication (sign-in via cellphone) and country blocking which are both effective methods to block attacks. You can also schedule when your scans occur with Wordfence Premium. Click here to sign-up for the Premium version of Wordfence now. Alert generated at Thursday 6th of February 2014 at 10:30:28 AM Critical Problems: * The Theme "SYMBIOSTOCK" needs an upgrade."

I use wordfence since almost one year and never got this email. Only similar emails which inform me about updates of other plugins or the theme.

"If you're using the free or paid version of Wordfence you should have the option to "Participate in the real-time Wordfence security network" under 'Other options' enabled."

I use the free version and found the option mentioned ... it seems the free version protects my site.

Who was the email from? I'm a little skeptical because I haven't received an email, though I'm on WordPress and I use Wordfence. It could just be an attempt to sell the pro version of WordFence, or it could be a scam (or it could be true). I wouldn't click on any link in that email.

It's a security mail from wordfence and the only link I posted is the one to ... I don't think it's scam. At least I hope  :-\

I just received this mail and thought I share for those who haven't protected their sites:

As of 11am eastern time this morning we are monitoring the largest distributed brute force attack on WordPress installations that we've seen to date. The real-time attack map on became so busy that we've had to throttle the amount of traffic we show down to 4% of actual traffic.

A brute force attack is when an attacker tries many times to guess your username password combination by repeatedly sending login attempts. A distributed brute force attack is when an attacker uses a large number of machines spread around the internet to do this in order to circumvent any blocking mechanisms you have in place.

If you're using the free or paid version of Wordfence you should have the option to "Participate in the real-time Wordfence security network" under 'Other options' enabled. This will immediately block any attack originating from an IP address that has attacked other WordPress sites using Wordfence. This is an effective defense against this kind of attack.

We recommend that until this passes you monitor your WordPress websites closely for unusual activity including logins, account creation or changes to the public facing website.

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