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Response for my request to close the account was pretty quick, but apparently, they refuse to pay the balance (it is below threshold).
Per membership agreement, "Cancelled accounts forfeit the rights to any accumulated earnings, credits, or subscriptions. No refunds will be made."
I am wondering, how this can be legal?

Off Topic / Re: Fired!
« on: January 28, 2014, 11:35 »

Or does he want to get out of Microsoft into photography and is trying to get experience/build a portfolio?

This guy must be the dumbest man on the planet if he leaves a 200K job with Microsoft to do photography

I knew several guys leaving good positions in a big companies for photography - though it was definitely not dance club one (National Geographic or fine art)

3 <--- registrations open again :D

I had to mod it a bit to stop spammers

This forum is not accepting new registrations

Off Topic / Re: 2014- Cleaning the House (MS Companies)
« on: December 19, 2013, 23:48 »
if you mean by a head in  good companies than the following:


FAA= Fine Art of America

Everything depends on portfolio and volumes - but for me Veer sometimes (and by sometimes I mean not monthly, but trailing year) above FT/DT, and DP is stable above BigStock.

Off Topic / Re: 2014- Cleaning the House (MS Companies)
« on: December 19, 2013, 22:34 »

on Probation
Deposit Photo

Just curious - how many sites are ahead for you? Not sure what is FAA (no clue what it is), but other 2 are definitely in a mid tier for me.

Deactivating and reactivating cart plugin + what is written above helped! Thank you!


None of suggested solutions work (perhaps they worked on older versions?)

It shows links to all pages, and I am unable to remove it.   

"All sensitive areas in your account, like Login, SignUp, My Account and other personal pages are accessed only by HTTPS  with 256-bit SSL encryption."

All channel data (names and passwords) submission is going over HTTP. not HTTPS. Can we trust any other "security" statements?

Off Topic / Book Recommendations
« on: June 16, 2012, 15:51 »
How can I be further off topic? :)

Please check my latest experiment, book recommendations site

From the front page:

How To Get Best Recommendations:

  • Sign in with Twitter.
  • Find several books youve read recently and rate them.
  • After each rating your recommendations are refreshed. Check the list to see if you can rate something, or would like to drop some books from your recommended dozen.
  • Rinse and repeat.
  • Return often, your recommendations may improve in time based on other user ratings.
  • Spread the word. More users and more ratings mean better recommendations for everybody!

What do you think?

11 / Re: Colored rejected as a keyword?
« on: April 25, 2011, 23:34 »
Just got the same - and I agree. Some keywords should be banned. I'd suggest to add to the list: white, black, yellow, red, tall and short. Did I miss some?

12 is friendly to new submitters!  We would love to see your work there!

Sorry for OT. Is Cutcuster as friendly with sales? I like your model, but removed my portfolio because of zero outcome.....

Newbie Discussion / Re: White Balance
« on: April 08, 2011, 23:21 »
Sorry I offended you by having an opinion and fewer sales then you deem worthy.  How many sales do I need before I'm allowed to post again?  ::)

You haven't offended me __ I'm just trying to tell you the actuality. I kind of assumed that you were here to learn rather than to teach. I guess when you've sold say 25K+ licenses or thereabouts then your opinion just about becomes valid to the majority on this forum (btw, that's quite a low hurdle nowadays). Until then you are most likely a newbie with much to learn. One of the things you will learn eventually is not to fanny about with WB because it is an utter waste of your time.

Am I missing something? I think original question was about WB, not about how to sell more. Yes, for good sales you do not need WB, good cameras or lenses, lights, you do not even need to be a photographer. So what?

P.S Something definitely happened to this forum that used to be helpful and _friendly_ one

General - Top Sites / Re: Funny stats - Drunk Inspector Ratio
« on: April 08, 2011, 18:56 »
I'd like to see the accepted images that didn't sell in 3 months separated from the rejected images that made > $10 (a much worse inspection issue in my opinion).

Drunk Inspector Ratio 2

Second variation accounts only for rejections of good images, and does this proportionally to aggregate earnings of rejected image on other sites

Stock                DIR2
iStockPhoto       54%
Fotolia              53%
ShutterStock     40%
123rf                33%
Dreamstime      22%

General - Top Sites / Re: Funny stats - Drunk Inspector Ratio
« on: April 08, 2011, 18:08 »
The former would make any new site inspectors look drunk merely from the low # of sales.
Low number of sales _across_ all sites = just bad image.

Statistics of only rejects of good images would give too much weight to sites with high acceptance rate, so it has to be counter-weighted with 'false-positive' one.

I found different problem - false-positive and false-negative got different weights. After fixing this, numbers (and positions) changed. I'll update original post. I am surprised - one of my worst sellers, FT, appears to be pretty good

General - Top Sites / Funny stats - Drunk Inspector Ratio
« on: April 08, 2011, 13:57 » (not really "big 4", but "bigger 5")

The calculation is done in assumption that absolutely drunk inspector makes absolutely random acceptance decision.

For the top 5 stock sites, we calculate how many images that have aggregate earnings of more than $5 were rejected, and how many images of the same amount of worst images (no-sellers for longest time) were accepted

Results are compared with random decision - 1/2 error rate


Stock               DIR
123rf             96%
iStockPhoto        61%
Dreamstime       41%
ShutterStock      38%
Fotolia               32%

General Photography Discussion / Re: rubber lens 'bumper'
« on: February 27, 2011, 13:18 »
There is one problem with pressing lens to the glass with rubber hoods - it works fine with primes, but with zoom it will force you to the widest position, where angled position of the hood can cause significant vignetting 

Cutcaster / Re: FTP is LIVE!!!!!
« on: February 19, 2011, 12:48 »
Do you know that by using the same user name and password for ftp as for main site access you make it much simpler to steal credentials?

20 / Re: Who has had sales at MostPhotos?
« on: December 28, 2010, 23:20 »
No, this thread deserves to live! I have sales there! Regularly!
Unfortunately 2010 sale already happened, I am now waiting for 2011 one!

21 / Re: Credit card fraud not something new to IS
« on: December 28, 2010, 22:44 »
What you quote here is not applicable to online retailers. One piece of information that is required for this is customer signature (and comparison of this signature with one on credit card), that for obvious reasons cannot be obtained.

22 / Re: Credit card fraud not something new to IS
« on: December 28, 2010, 22:18 »
even though the credit card companies are on the hook for the charges
Just plain and simple: this is not true.

I am not defending IS, normal company would keep bad debt generated by absent fraud detection its own responsibility, at least partially, but...

123RF / Re: Min. Image Size Upgrade
« on: November 27, 2010, 20:11 »
I guess this just means I'll have one less site to worry about uploading to.  I regularly downsize to 6 MP, too, plus my backup body is an old 6 MP D70, and no way am I changing my workflow just to please my second lowest earning site.

Having the same backup, and giving allowance to crop - my downsize is 5.1M.
Thanks for helping making my decision!
Will wait for next payout - and out. They will not probably miss me, but fro sure - I will not miss them.

[removed]. Norton AV does not allow file in because of its crazy heuristics

You may want to whitelist your app

Off Topic / Re: Wanna use free WiFi?
« on: November 10, 2010, 23:55 »
Obviously when you're on a small hub with 3 other people in a coffee shop, the amount of traffic is small and it wouldn't be too difficult for a hacker to sort it out; whereas someone trying to eavesdrop on the traffic on a fiber optic cable downtown has a much bigger challege.
Quite opposite - bigger traffic - more opportunities to steal. The difference is on other side - it is pretty hard to eavesdrop on fiber cable, and extremely easy on unencrypted WiFi. It was not a real problem when technology was available to serious guys only: we are too small for them. Now it became available to anybody...

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