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Dreamstime.com / Re: Incorrect keywords DT
« on: February 26, 2010, 19:45 »
I believed this was a purebred Peruvian Paso horse.  Apparantly it's not chestnut and it's not even a horse!!!

If the word "chestnut" was used as a keyword in your horse photo, I can see why that might be flagged. A chestnut is a nut, as in roasting on an open fire. If someone was doing a search for that and your horse came up, I can see why they would be upset. Chestnut is not usually recognized as a color, only as a nut.

The Webster dictionary states the following:

1 a : any of a genus (Castanea) of trees or shrubs of the beech family; especially : an American tree (C. dentata) that was formerly a dominant or codominant member of many deciduous forests of the eastern United States but has now been largely eliminated by the chestnut blight and seldom grows beyond the shrub or sapling stage b : the edible nut of a chestnut c : the wood of a chestnut
2 : a grayish to reddish brown
3 : horse chestnut
4 : a chestnut-colored animal; specifically : a horse having a body color of any shade of pure or reddish brown with mane, tail, and points of the same or a lighter shade compare 2bay 1, 1sorrel 1
5 : a callosity on the inner side of the leg of the horse see horse illustration
6 a : an old joke or story b : something (as a musical piece or a saying) repeated to the point of staleness

As you can see, two out of the six definitions in the dictionary have to do with the color chestnut!

I'm sure that there might be buyers out there that understand this definition and might be looking for a chestnut colored horse.

And that is the problem with allowing others to flag keywords.  They usually don't understand the photo as well as the original artist, and they have no idea if the keyword is used as part of a compound expression.  On top of that, as has been stated many times before, artists will flag keywords for their competition.

cclapper: Could it be that you don't agree with this keyword because you have photos of horses as well?


StockXpert.com / StockXpert: Rest in Peace
« on: February 11, 2010, 21:28 »
It looks like StockXpert was just shutdown a little while ago.

The search feature is now gone, so buyers will not be able to purchase any new images.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Using NASA resources - rejection problem
« on: February 11, 2010, 17:38 »
Using free or purchased models with a simple sphere wrapped with a texture does not show a level of work high enough for iStock acceptance (thank goodness).  This is the kind of thing that is great for SS, but not for IS.


Are you talking about images like these?


Adobe Stock / Re: Increase in Credit Value at Fotolia?
« on: February 09, 2010, 15:40 »
Anyone know what it would take to start a class action suit?

Off Topic / Re: Help Haitians
« on: January 23, 2010, 10:11 »
Here is a good article that describes the mayhem that is going on trying to coordinate the logistics at the Port-au-Prince airport (from http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704541004575011403710933576.html).

It might give some of you an idea of the difficult issues that the U.S. is trying to deal with.  As the article states, everyone thinks that their cargo is a priority.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HaitiA Federal Express 727 and a giant U.S. Air Force cargo jet from Washington state were at an impasse on the taxiway, one trying to reach a parking spot while the other headed for the runway. U.S. Navy and Canadian rescue helicopters swarmed overhead. A Bolivian DC-10 had just landed, as had former President Bill Clinton in a red-white-and-blue Boeing 757.

But U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Don Travo's immediate problem on Monday afternoon was finding a place for a C-130 on final approach. "I can't get him in," Sgt. Travo shouted, before ordering the plane to swerve from its flight path and turn tight circles over Port-au-Prince until told otherwise.

Less than a week after a powerful earthquake shattered the Haitian capital, Toussaint Louverture International Airportthe port of entry for millions of pounds in emergency aidis chaotic but functioning. What was a dangerous aviation free-for-all in the disaster's immediate aftermath, with aid planes jostling for space on the single runway, is now being tamed by a small team of Air Force special-operations troops who control air traffic from a folding table set up on a patch of dirt beside the runway.

"We're trying to make order out of chaos," said Chief Master Sgt. Tyler Foster.

The airmen have guided more than 819 planes in as of Monday morning, including 171 on Sunday night. On Monday, a cargo plane, from Charleston, S.C., arrived with 39,472 bottles of water and 31,256 packaged meals.

The U.S. government has ordered that all arriving planes be issued landing slots before take-off, and that all aircraft arrive with enough fuel to circle for 90 minutes, land, depart and reach their next destination. "All operators are advised that fuel and other ground-support services may be unavailable," the order read.

Elsewhere at the airport, Haitian aviation officials, assisted by American and Canadian traffic controllers, now contact planes 30 or 40 miles out, keeping order as the aircraft head toward Port-au-Prince. When they are within 10 or 20 miles, the Air Force controllers take over to guide the aircraft onto the lone runway.

The airmen have been here since the evening after the earthquake, when they found that aid planes were landing randomly. They brought enough landing lights for the 10,000-foot runway, although the existing lights were still functioning. The control tower, however, was too badly damaged to be used. So the airmen put their table out next to the runway and, within 20 minutes of arriving, they began contacting airplanes with the message, "This is Port-au-Prince tower." They have been there since, working and sleeping in 12-hour shifts.

They landed about 50 planes that first night, and guided 35 or 40 to take off. There were only 10 parking spots by the main terminal, so aircraft stacked up quickly, blocking each other's movement in a tangle. Small planes are sent to park on grassy fields. Helicopters are restricted to one side of the runway so that they don't interfere with arriving jets.

At times, one airmen jumps on a motorcycle to escort arriving airplanes to the appropriate parking spots.

Still, there are moments when chaos overwhelms the control. When Mr. Clinton's plane arrived, it had to wait for a C-130 to back out of its parking position. "Come onmove," Tech. Sgt. Joe Hepler said, pounding his head with his hand.

During the early days, incoming pilots often demanded clearance to land, arguing that their cargo was the most vital. "Everybody seemed to be a priority," said Staff Sgt. Chad Rosendale.

To bring some order, there is now a written priority list, issued by the U.S. embassy on behalf of the Haitian government, which gives deliveries of water and food precedence over other supplies.

Technically, the runway isn't wide enough for the largest cargo planes, but in recent days, the airmen have accommodated huge Russian-built jets. "We've gone beyond what is allowed," Sgt. Rosendale said.

Federal Aviation Administration officials arrived Monday and conducted an assessment of runway conditions in anticipation of returning air-traffic control to civilian hands. The FAA is examining the possibility of bringing in a mobile control tower to replace the folding table, according to the Air Force.

FAA officials on the ground declined to comment.

Off Topic / Re: Help Haitians
« on: January 23, 2010, 10:01 »
The real issue is the lack of infrastructure in Haiti. Despite having a population of 10M they have only one airport and that airport has only one runway. That means that one aircraft can land at a time which then has to be unloaded and take off, a process that usually takes about 90 mins, before the next aircraft can land __ about 18 landings per day is the capacity.

While I agree with your assessment, according to one of the Situation Reports (see http://www.logcluster.org/ops/hti10a/situation-report-20-january-2010), there were about 136 landings on 01/20 at the Port-au-Prince airport.  And according to Wikipedia (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toussaint_Louverture_International_Airport), there were about 180 landings on 01/18.

Off Topic / Re: Help Haitians
« on: January 23, 2010, 09:56 »
Of course one of their priorities is to get their own citizens out though, if I was there I would certainly hope my government would prioritise my welfare too!

Then it's a rescue mission, not a humanitarian one?  Priority should be saving lifes at risk.  The USA doesn't own the Haitian airport, it's controlling it as part of an international joint effort.


For some reason, you seem to think that the U.S. is making a choice between humanitarian aid and removing U.S. (and other countries) citizens.  Let me assure you that the U.S. is doing both at the same time.

The planes that are coming into the country filled with aid are the same planes that are taking people out of the country.  Once the cargo is removed from a plane, there is plenty of room for people.  They don't necessarily need to bring in different planes to remove people.

Off Topic / Re: Help Haitians
« on: January 21, 2010, 18:55 »
And for those of you that believe that the U.S. is the Evil Empire, here is an article that will give you some more ammunition for your cause:

Venezuela State TV Station Says U.S. Hit Haiti With 'Earthquake Weapon':

The United States apparently possesses an "earthquake weapon" that set off the catastrophic quake in Haiti and killed 200,000 innocents. Don't believe it's true? Just ask Hugo Chavez.

Citing an alleged report from Russia's Northern Fleet, the Venezuelan strongman's state mouthpiece ViVe TV shot out a press release saying the 7.0 magnitude Haiti quake was caused by a U.S. test of an experimental shockwave system that can also create "weather anomalies to cause floods, droughts and hurricanes."

The station's Web site added that the U.S. government's HAARP program, an atmospheric research facility in Alaska (and frequent subject of conspiracy theories), was also to blame for a Jan. 9 quake in Eureka, Calif., and may have been behind the 7.8-magnitude quake in China that killed nearly 90,000 people in 2008.

What's more, the site says, the cataclysmic ruin in Haiti was only a test run for much bigger game: the coming showdown with Iran.

The ultimate goal of the test attack in Haiti, the report reads, is the United States' "planned destruction of Iran through a series of earthquakes designed to topple the current Islamic regime."

The story has since been taken down from the Venezuelan Web site, but a Google cache of the charges remains intact.

Click here to see the report (Spanish) | Click here to see the report (English)

The publication of the story came just days after Chavez himself accused the U.S. of using the earthquake as an excuse to "invade and militarily occupy Haiti," a nation so poor that its entire economy is based on foreign aid particularly from the U.S.

"The empire (the U.S.) is taking Haiti over the bodies and tears of its people," he said at a press conference.

"I read that 3,000 soldiers are arriving, Marines armed as if they were going to war. They are occupying Haiti undercover."

By week's end, some 16,000 U.S. troops are expected to be providing humanitarian assistance in Haiti, where they have taken control of the only working airport and are coordinating relief efforts on the ground.

Off Topic / Re: Help Haitians
« on: January 21, 2010, 18:36 »
It's absurd that they are not receiving proper priority by the US authorities running the airport. Some of the supply planes from Red Cross and MSF were denied to land. MSF has been forced to perform amputations because wound became infected without antibiotics, and they had to use common saws because this is what they were able to get in local stores.
This is humanitarian help, not military occupation!

The U.S. is damned if they do and damned if they don't.

President Obama has committed a MINIMUM of $100 million to Haiti.  And that doesn't include all of the charitable donations that will be given in addition to tax payer money.

The U.S. has sent more ships, more soldiers, more supplies, more food, and more medicine than every other country COMBINED.  All of this aid was sent DESPITE the fact that the U.S. is currently in a horrible recession and millions of people are without work.

Saudi Arabia, one of the richest nations in the world, has given absolutely nothing.  Qatar, the country with the highest GDP in the world, has given absolutely nothing.  Many other oil rich OPEC nations have given absolutely nothing (or next to nothing).

China, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with a population 4.4 times that of the U.S., has given $4.4 million.  India, with a population 3.75 times that of the U.S. has given $1 million.

And Brazil (also one of the fastest growing economies in the world) has donated less than $500 thousand.

The U.S. is consistently the most generous nation in the entire world.

In 2006, the U.S. gave $295 BILLION in charitable contributions (see http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-06-25-charitable_N.htm).

If you look at the list of the most charitable countries (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_charitable_countries), you won't find one Middle Eastern nation among the list.  And you will only find one country from Asia (Japan) and one country from South America (Portugal).

In addition, the Port-au-Prince airport is not a large airport (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Aerial_view_of_PAP_2010-01-16_2.JPG). There are hundreds of flights trying to arrive to help with the situation, but the ramp can only handle 12 large aircraft at once.  The airport was damaged during the earthquake and the control tower suffered extensive damage.

So why don't you cut the U.S. a little slack, and take a long hard look in the mirror before you start to complain about the U.S.

Matthew 7:1-5
1 Judge not, that you be not judged.  2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; band with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.  3 And why do you look at the speck in your brothers eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?  4 Or how can you say to your brother, Let me remove the speck from your eye; and look, a plank is in your own eye?  5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brothers eye.

General Stock Discussion / Who Offers Cheapest Extended License?
« on: September 28, 2009, 18:39 »
From a buyers perspective - which site has the cheapest Extended Licensing (for resale items - mugs, tshirts, mousepads, etc)?

No one said it was the smartest business model...

Sean, are you saying that you have yet to turn a profit?  ;)

Some people use every chance they can get to put down others.

Dreamstime.com / Re: locked keywords
« on: June 14, 2009, 16:13 »
I just happened to notice that many of my images have their keywords locked. I'm assuming that they were reported for some reason but when you only use 10-15 keywords a image, it makes it pretty hard to spam. Take this one for instance:

It might be because you included the keyword "isolated", but the image isn't isolated.

I find it very interesting how the only people whining like babies about this are the people with extremely small portfolios.  And if I was Jon, I would remove your portfolios in a second.

I don't see any of the large portfolios complaining about this.  And they have the most to lose financially from this.  Why is that?  Where is the complaining from the top portfolios in the world (Mr. Arcurs, or Ms. Pargeter, or Andresr, etc. etc.)?  They stand to lose large sums of money from all of this.  Yet are they moaning about this on the forums?

This topic seems to have become an issue about U.S. politics (and should probably be moved as such to the ranting forums).  Well, let me tell you what the U.S. has done for most of you.  We have saved your butts from two World Wars.  Most of you would be living under a flag from Nazi Germany or the Land of the Rising Sun if it wasn't for the U.S.

You bitch and moan about the U.S. all the time, yet they are the ones that "keep the peace" around the world.  They could have conquered the world ten times over already, yet they are content with their small slice of the world over the pond.

Many of you complain about double taxation, yet many of your counties use a VAT system, which is the epitome of double (and triple and quadruple) taxation.

Why don't you people just get a life!

She talks about double taxes, not just paying taxes.

Then why isn't she complaining about the VAT tax.  The VAT tax is not only paid twice on a product, but multiple times.

Why not just consider this another VAT tax and be done with it?

We all pay our taxes...

I highly doubt that.  It's easy to say that on a forum, but in reality most people probably don't pay anything on the profits that they make from microstock.  I have found that if people can get away with paying their taxes, then they will.

In other words, you would like to know which sites will allow you to evade paying your taxes!


SJLocke: 200% of my pictures are accepted and featured on page 1 of best match. You are non-exclusive and therefore do not exist.

Although SJLocke might be thinking that, he is much more strategic in his replies.

His reply would probably be more in the line of:

"... ranting about keyword rejections without showing the image in question is useless."


"Critique requires a full size image to look at."

...Keywords map to Veer's Controlled Vocabulary...

Did he actually say the CV word???  :o

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia, new prices, the math.
« on: April 09, 2009, 07:16 »
Where is Mr. Hayward when you need him?

I'm sure that he could put a positive spin on this.  ;)

I submit to at least 50 sites.
File sizes total a few petabytes.
I bought a brand new black Hasselblad.
I gave it away, it was just a fad.
I have a mansion but forget the price
Ain't never been there, they tell me its nice
My Lamborghini does one-ninety-five
I lost my license, so now I dont drive
I have a limo, ride in the back
I lock the doors in case I'm attacked
So I got me an office, all my photos on the wall
Just leave a message, maybe I'll call
Lucky I'm sane after all I've been through
I cant complain but sometimes I still do
It's tough to handle this fortune and fame
Everybody's so different, I haven't changed
They say I'm lazy but it takes all my time
I keep on goin' guess I'll never know why
Life's been good to me so far


Microstock News / Re: new site for finding keywords for photos
« on: January 27, 2009, 16:12 »
See what happens when you try and help people.

How dare you!

I wouldn't be surprised if someone now sues you for taking the site down.   :o

General Stock Discussion / Re: U.S. Taxes
« on: December 27, 2008, 19:31 »
iStock does not send out 1099 forms.

Earlier in the year, I received a form from Getty that requested for tax information (and I only submit to IS).  I assumed that it would be used for tax purposes.  If the form wasn't for tax purposes, then what was it for?

Did you sign up for Getty thru istock?  Otherwise they don't send out forms fir anything afaik.

No, I never signed up for Getty, nor have I ever dealt with them.

When I got the form, I just figured that they wanted the information for tax purposes.  I know that IS is originally a Canadian company, but Getty is U.S.-based.

General Stock Discussion / Re: U.S. Taxes
« on: December 27, 2008, 13:19 »
Do they only send out 1099's if you had an income over $600 with them in 2008, or is the dollar amount of income irrelevant with them?

Yes, the law states that they only need to send 1099s if the income is over $600.

General Stock Discussion / Re: U.S. Taxes
« on: December 27, 2008, 13:18 »
iStock does not send out 1099 forms.

Earlier in the year, I received a form from Getty that requested for tax information (and I only submit to IS).  I assumed that it would be used for tax purposes.  If the form wasn't for tax purposes, then what was it for?

General Stock Discussion / U.S. Taxes
« on: December 27, 2008, 09:19 »
It seems like it is that time of year again.

Which sites send out 1099s?

If I remember correctly, last year it was:


I believe that iStockphoto will also be sending out 1099s this year (since Getty is U.S. based).

Does that seem correct?  Or are there other sites that will send out 1099s?

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