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Title: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: blvdone on February 14, 2021, 09:14
I've heard many contributors were banned by Shutterstock last year when they changed the royalty structure.  Why were they banned exactly?  Did they write bad things about Shutterstock on their forum?  Were there another reasons they were banned?  If you were banned, let me know what exactly happened.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: DiscreetDuck on February 14, 2021, 10:28
Be sure not use "please" in a message asking...
Who are you since you are a newcomer?
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Bart on February 14, 2021, 11:02
Banned 🙋‍♂️. No reason given, violation of TOS but that can be anything. Cancel Culture at its best, they probably didnít like my public dissatisfaction and posts about their thievery so I got the boot 🥾 #shutterstockcontributor #shutterstockboycott #sstk #shutterstock #boycottshutterstock shutterstocknow
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: SpaceStockFootage on February 14, 2021, 11:15
Banned 🙋‍♂️. No reason given, violation of TOS but that can be anything. Cancel Culture at its best, they probably didnít like my public dissatisfaction and posts about their thievery so I got the boot 🥾 #shutterstockcontributor #shutterstockboycott #sstk #shutterstock #boycottshutterstock shutterstocknow

If you were posting about 'their thievery' then that would be the reason. However much you or I disagree with the change to their royalty structure, they have every right to legally make such changes, and if you accuse them of being thieves then that would be defamation.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: cathyslife on February 14, 2021, 11:50
I wasnít banned because I deleted all my images and closed my account.  ;D

But people who spoke out and tweeted about the thievery were banned. And some people changed their avatar to be something negative about SS (like calling them Shitterstock :-) ) and I think they were banned too.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: tštarštš on February 14, 2021, 12:03
I also deleted all images and closed my account at shutterstock.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Bad Robot on February 14, 2021, 12:24
I banned myself from their crappy forum  ;D

It's just the usual round up of people moaning about the royalty cuts and how they should delete their portfolios while adding more stuff and encouraging the bad behaviour then moaning about how their royalties are garbage.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Bad Robot on February 14, 2021, 12:27
I've heard many contributors were banned by Shutterstock last year when they changed the royalty structure.  Why were they banned exactly?  Did they write bad things about Shutterstock on their forum?  Were there another reasons they were banned?  If you were banned, let me know what exactly happened.

Why do you care why they were banned? 

You've said plenty on the shittystock forum to get yourself a warning if the admins actually bothered monitoring the forum.

Shittersucks only wants useful idiots praising them to the heavens these days,.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Clair Voyant on February 14, 2021, 12:39
Banned by Shitterstock. Celebrate.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Diana Herrmann on February 14, 2021, 16:03
I've heard many contributors were banned by Shutterstock last year when they changed the royalty structure.  Why were they banned exactly?  Did they write bad things about Shutterstock on their forum?  Were there another reasons they were banned?  If you were banned, let me know what exactly happened.

Who are many contributors that are banned from Shitterstock? Not the forum but contributor account closed. I heard we only gets 10c for downloads why would I care if they ban me from being used and under paid.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: blvdone on February 14, 2021, 20:52
Be sure not use "please" in a message asking...
Who are you since you are a newcomer?

I'm nobody from nowhere really.  Please ignore me.  I'm ignoring you from now on too.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: blvdone on February 14, 2021, 20:54
Banned 🙋‍♂️. No reason given, violation of TOS but that can be anything. Cancel Culture at its best, they probably didnít like my public dissatisfaction and posts about their thievery so I got the boot 🥾 #shutterstockcontributor #shutterstockboycott #sstk #shutterstock #boycottshutterstock shutterstocknow

If you were posting about 'their thievery' then that would be the reason. However much you or I disagree with the change to their royalty structure, they have every right to legally make such changes, and if you accuse them of being thieves then that would be defamation.

Can I call them "bloodsucker"?
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: blvdone on February 14, 2021, 20:56
I've heard many contributors were banned by Shutterstock last year when they changed the royalty structure.  Why were they banned exactly?  Did they write bad things about Shutterstock on their forum?  Were there another reasons they were banned?  If you were banned, let me know what exactly happened.

Why do you care why they were banned? 

You've said plenty on the shittystock forum to get yourself a warning if the admins actually bothered monitoring the forum.

Shittersucks only wants useful idiots praising them to the heavens these days,.

Never got a warning.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: blvdone on February 14, 2021, 20:59
I've heard many contributors were banned by Shutterstock last year when they changed the royalty structure.  Why were they banned exactly?  Did they write bad things about Shutterstock on their forum?  Were there another reasons they were banned?  If you were banned, let me know what exactly happened.

Who are many contributors that are banned from Shitterstock? Not the forum but contributor account closed. I heard we only gets 10c for downloads why would I care if they ban me from being used and under paid.

Yeah, but occasional $100-300 commission video sales are nice too. 
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: SpaceStockFootage on February 14, 2021, 22:57
Banned 🙋‍♂️. No reason given, violation of TOS but that can be anything. Cancel Culture at its best, they probably didnít like my public dissatisfaction and posts about their thievery so I got the boot 🥾 #shutterstockcontributor #shutterstockboycott #sstk #shutterstock #boycottshutterstock shutterstocknow

If you were posting about 'their thievery' then that would be the reason. However much you or I disagree with the change to their royalty structure, they have every right to legally make such changes, and if you accuse them of being thieves then that would be defamation.

Can I call them "bloodsucker"?

Probably. A reasonable person would generally assume that they don't actually suck your blood, so it's unlikely to qualify as defamation!
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Bad Robot on February 15, 2021, 04:11
I've heard many contributors were banned by Shutterstock last year when they changed the royalty structure.  Why were they banned exactly?  Did they write bad things about Shutterstock on their forum?  Were there another reasons they were banned?  If you were banned, let me know what exactly happened.

Who are many contributors that are banned from Shitterstock? Not the forum but contributor account closed. I heard we only gets 10c for downloads why would I care if they ban me from being used and under paid.

Yeah, but occasional $100-300 commission video sales are nice too.

Make up your mind then. One minute you are slating shitterstock on their forum and threatening to pull your portfolio next minute you are making statements like the one above.

Do you really think if you moan enough that ss will reinstate the old royalty program?
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Uncle Pete on February 15, 2021, 11:00
I banned myself from their crappy forum  ;D

It's just the usual round up of people moaning about the royalty cuts and how they should delete their portfolios while adding more stuff and encouraging the bad behaviour then moaning about how their royalties are garbage.

I should be as smart as you. It's becoming even worse now as a couple of twits play off each other, sometimes replying to their own posts up to six times in a row. Just what you wrote, telling us why we should delete our portfolios, while they are adding new files daily.

A self appointed moderator who decides to bring back year old topics for the benefit of the forum. Same person that left in a snit and deleted all her messages, which deleted all the threads she started, in which case, someone accused SS of censoring the forums.  :o

I miss the people and the fun, interaction and conversation, which has been taken over by bitter anger and anguish over the commission cuts. When it's a year, I may just start saying "get over it, it's been a year now. This isn't news."  ;D

Of course if we all pulled our portfolios (like that was even close to really going to happen) then we'd show them. Does anyone honestly believe that any protest could get the whole world to delete their means of income, just to punish the agency for cutting commissions? Say how's that coalition doing, seems pretty silent lately?

If I thought for one second that the group could do anything to make a change and make things better for us artists and contributors, I'm be flying to join. As it is, this is the same as all the past protests and contributor actions. Nothing changes, artists have no power to make demands and force change. An unfortunate truth for the market and the business.

Hey, there's another "start your own agency and show them" "pay 50%" post for this month. When someone does, I'm all in. GL stock, set your own prices, pays 40%. How's that doing? Wake Up


Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Uncle Pete on February 15, 2021, 11:02
Banned by Shitterstock. Celebrate.

That too.  8)

I've heard many contributors were banned by Shutterstock last year when they changed the royalty structure.  Why were they banned exactly?  Did they write bad things about Shutterstock on their forum?  Were there another reasons they were banned?  If you were banned, let me know what exactly happened.

Why do you care why they were banned? 

You've said plenty on the shittystock forum to get yourself a warning if the admins actually bothered monitoring the forum.

Shittersucks only wants useful idiots praising them to the heavens these days,.

Never got a warning.

You aren't banned. Tell us about someone who was, without any warning and the claim that their contributor account was closed for what they posted on the forum. Pretty simple, just some facts would do?
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Horizon on February 15, 2021, 12:26
Many years back there was a big argument between Scott and Rinder it all ended up with Scott leaving and got about 50 peple banned in the process of leaving! and I'm talking some very big names getting banned!  being banned from SS is nothing new!
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Firn on February 15, 2021, 13:07
Many years back there was a big argument between Scott and Rinder it all ended up with Scott leaving and got about 50 peple banned in the process of leaving! and I'm talking some very big names getting banned!  being banned from SS is nothing new!

I remember talk about such an incident (though it wasn't many years ago, so maybe I am confusing it with a different incident?), but I thought the people were just banned from the forum, not  actually banned as Shutterstock contributor?
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Horizon on February 15, 2021, 15:57
Many years back there was a big argument between Scott and Rinder it all ended up with Scott leaving and got about 50 peple banned in the process of leaving! and I'm talking some very big names getting banned!  being banned from SS is nothing new!

I remember talk about such an incident (though it wasn't many years ago, so maybe I am confusing it with a different incident?), but I thought the people were just banned from the forum, not  actually banned as Shutterstock contributor?

Oh yes! thrown out as well and ports deleted!  was about 5 years back or something like that! if you critizise too much you get banned as a contributor. I was one of them!

Correction: banned from the forum but NOT as a contributor! however many was!
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Noedelhap on February 15, 2021, 17:37
I was banned from their forums. No idea why, but I can't log in anymore. My contributor account is still active though.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: marthamarks on February 15, 2021, 21:34
I was banned from their forums. No idea why, but I can't log in anymore. My contributor account is still active though.

Weird.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: cobalt on February 16, 2021, 05:32
I can still write on their forums but my contributor account was disabled when I reactivated my files for sale after the two week protest.

No reason was given, their small print apparently allows them to do this.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Uncle Pete on February 16, 2021, 12:45
Many years back there was a big argument between Scott and Rinder it all ended up with Scott leaving and got about 50 peple banned in the process of leaving! and I'm talking some very big names getting banned!  being banned from SS is nothing new!

50 people banned from the forum for an incident? That's amazing. Must have been some real blow up? Banned for what reason? Fifty People! Scott?
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Horizon on February 16, 2021, 14:18
Many years back there was a big argument between Scott and Rinder it all ended up with Scott leaving and got about 50 peple banned in the process of leaving! and I'm talking some very big names getting banned!  being banned from SS is nothing new!

50 people banned from the forum for an incident? That's amazing. Must have been some real blow up? Banned for what reason? Fifty People! Scott?

You were around then?? no? it started with a row between Laurin and Scott and tons of members took Laurins side, cut a long story short it all got totally out of hand with lots of swearing this and that. Scott got the boot I think but just before leaving he banned lots of people that was cheering on Laurin!...surprised you dont remember??
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Diana Herrmann on February 16, 2021, 15:54
Many years back there was a big argument between Scott and Rinder it all ended up with Scott leaving and got about 50 peple banned in the process of leaving! and I'm talking some very big names getting banned!  being banned from SS is nothing new!

50 people banned from the forum for an incident? That's amazing. Must have been some real blow up? Banned for what reason? Fifty People! Scott?

You were around then?? no? it started with a row between Laurin and Scott and tons of members took Laurins side, cut a long story short it all got totally out of hand with lots of swearing this and that. Scott got the boot I think but just before leaving he banned lots of people that was cheering on Laurin!...surprised you dont remember??

Scott was the Admin there, then it makes more understanding how 50 people got banned by mad managers.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Dodie on February 16, 2021, 16:13
Many years back there was a big argument between Scott and Rinder it all ended up with Scott leaving and got about 50 peple banned in the process of leaving! and I'm talking some very big names getting banned!  being banned from SS is nothing new!

50 people banned from the forum for an incident? That's amazing. Must have been some real blow up? Banned for what reason? Fifty People! Scott?

You were around then?? no? it started with a row between Laurin and Scott and tons of members took Laurins side, cut a long story short it all got totally out of hand with lots of swearing this and that. Scott got the boot I think but just before leaving he banned lots of people that was cheering on Laurin!...surprised you dont remember??
I was around (from 2012) but I don't remember such a mass punishment ever. Sure not 5 years ago because at this time more people would like to see Laurin gone than cheering on his stay.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: obj owl on February 16, 2021, 17:35
I can still write on their forums but my contributor account was disabled when I reactivated my files for sale after the two week protest.

No reason was given, their small print apparently allows them to do this.

They brought in a new rule that if you deactivated your account you could not restore it for a month. Maybe, try again.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Horizon on February 17, 2021, 03:13
Many years back there was a big argument between Scott and Rinder it all ended up with Scott leaving and got about 50 peple banned in the process of leaving! and I'm talking some very big names getting banned!  being banned from SS is nothing new!

50 people banned from the forum for an incident? That's amazing. Must have been some real blow up? Banned for what reason? Fifty People! Scott?

You were around then?? no? it started with a row between Laurin and Scott and tons of members took Laurins side, cut a long story short it all got totally out of hand with lots of swearing this and that. Scott got the boot I think but just before leaving he banned lots of people that was cheering on Laurin!...surprised you dont remember??
I was around (from 2012) but I don't remember such a mass punishment ever. Sure not 5 years ago because at this time more people would like to see Laurin gone than cheering on his stay.

As Diane said Scott was in the Admin and got the boot, it wasnt officially known but actually it was more the 50 as some sort of revenge thing!  many also had their ports removed!
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Uncle Pete on February 17, 2021, 13:42
Many years back there was a big argument between Scott and Rinder it all ended up with Scott leaving and got about 50 peple banned in the process of leaving! and I'm talking some very big names getting banned!  being banned from SS is nothing new!

50 people banned from the forum for an incident? That's amazing. Must have been some real blow up? Banned for what reason? Fifty People! Scott?

You were around then?? no? it started with a row between Laurin and Scott and tons of members took Laurins side, cut a long story short it all got totally out of hand with lots of swearing this and that. Scott got the boot I think but just before leaving he banned lots of people that was cheering on Laurin!...surprised you dont remember??
I was around (from 2012) but I don't remember such a mass punishment ever. Sure not 5 years ago because at this time more people would like to see Laurin gone than cheering on his stay.

As Diane said Scott was in the Admin and got the boot, it wasnt officially known but actually it was more the 50 as some sort of revenge thing!  many also had their ports removed!

Well you know this is a Microstock discussion, so if I didn't see it, then it didn't happen?  ;)

Thanks for explaining, I might not have been active on the forum or wasn't paying attention or being a Senior I forgot. LOL Thank you for refreshing the time and circumstances.

No I don't remember Scott, or some uprising defending Rinder (that's odd in itself) or 50 people being banned. Sounds pretty much like this Scott (if it's true) had a personal melt down and before being let go, a little bit of narcissistic anger and a boatload of revenge. Or maybe it was his way of insuring he'd be let go, by scuttling the ship and jumping overboard. Whatever it all sounds rude and mean spirited. OK plain stupid and senseless covers it.

I remember Vincent who was decent and tried. He left on his own. He started in 2012. I'll guess that he replaced Scott?

Now back to NOW. Did anyone actually have their account closed as a contributor, in 2020, for what they posted on the forums? I know some people disabled and had lost images or couldn't enable them again. SS didn't initiate that. And who could ever know what software flaws could create a blocked account after it was disabled?

I've heard many contributors were banned by Shutterstock last year when they changed the royalty structure. 

I heard that no one was banned and the number was not "many" if any, possibly one and he disabled his own account. The rest of your leading questions are based on the false assumption that you invented.

Lets try again, @Blvdone, who was actually banned? Maybe then we could find out why, if they know? Should be easy if it was many people?

Or is the whole post just a troll?
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: duns123 on May 07, 2021, 04:46
Banned 🙋‍♂️. No reason given, violation of TOS but that can be anything. Cancel Culture at its best, they probably didnít like my public dissatisfaction and posts about their thievery so I got the boot 🥾 #shutterstockcontributor #shutterstockboycott #sstk #shutterstock #boycottshutterstock shutterstocknow

they have every right to legally make such changes,

I wouldn't be so sure about that and why stick up for such an unethical company? if it is legal it should say in the T&Cs that they have the right to cut pay rates but it doesn't. I don't why you say that they do have the legal right. If I'd known they'd pull a stunt like that, I wouldn't have joined SS 6 months earlier. There are even new contributors who left disgusted after they got their 1st lowest sub-rate DL sale. I was banned (forum only but don't care) because for 3 months straight all I got was the lowest sub rate for DLs and so I complained about it on the forum saying greedy called them names etc. but anyone would after the pitiful earnings I got. SS doesn't even allow people to say how much they earn on other sites which is definitely against freedom of speech. I'd understand if we were employees but we're not. If someone is trained like I was in the 80s (art/design and photography, companies should pay decent rates. But thanks to the rich tech geeks & their websites they (and the buyers) have reduced the value of design & photography and nothing was ever done to control them.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Copidosoma on May 07, 2021, 08:14
Banned 🙋‍♂️. No reason given, violation of TOS but that can be anything. Cancel Culture at its best, they probably didnít like my public dissatisfaction and posts about their thievery so I got the boot 🥾 #shutterstockcontributor #shutterstockboycott #sstk #shutterstock #boycottshutterstock shutterstocknow

they have every right to legally make such changes,

I wouldn't be so sure about that and why stick up for such an unethical company? if it is legal it should say in the T&Cs that they have the right to cut pay rates but it doesn't. I don't why you say that they do have the legal right. If I'd known they'd pull a stunt like that, I wouldn't have joined SS 6 months earlier. There are even new contributors who left disgusted after they got their 1st lowest sub-rate DL sale. I was banned (forum only but don't care) because for 3 months straight all I got was the lowest sub rate for DLs and so I complained about it on the forum saying greedy called them names etc. but anyone would after the pitiful earnings I got. SS doesn't even allow people to say how much they earn on other sites which is definitely against freedom of speech. I'd understand if we were employees but we're not. If someone is trained like I was in the 80s (art/design and photography, companies should pay decent rates. But thanks to the rich tech geeks & their websites they (and the buyers) have reduced the value of design & photography and nothing was ever done to control them.

Ummm, the T&Cs absolutely say that SS can set and change royalties. How on Earth do you think that they shouldn't be?

You are NOT a Shutterstock employee. You are using their service to sell licenses to use your images. You are a customer (edit: you are basically a customer of their service). They pay you a royalty and as long as you are ok with that royalty you will continue to use their service (or not like some of us).
Get off your high horse, you aren't special. If you want to be a rich tech geek, start your own microstock company.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Zero Talent on May 07, 2021, 09:12
Banned 🙋‍♂️. No reason given, violation of TOS but that can be anything. Cancel Culture at its best, they probably didnít like my public dissatisfaction and posts about their thievery so I got the boot 🥾 #shutterstockcontributor #shutterstockboycott #sstk #shutterstock #boycottshutterstock shutterstocknow

they have every right to legally make such changes,

I wouldn't be so sure about that and why stick up for such an unethical company? if it is legal it should say in the T&Cs that they have the right to cut pay rates but it doesn't. I don't why you say that they do have the legal right. If I'd known they'd pull a stunt like that, I wouldn't have joined SS 6 months earlier. There are even new contributors who left disgusted after they got their 1st lowest sub-rate DL sale. I was banned (forum only but don't care) because for 3 months straight all I got was the lowest sub rate for DLs and so I complained about it on the forum saying greedy called them names etc. but anyone would after the pitiful earnings I got. SS doesn't even allow people to say how much they earn on other sites which is definitely against freedom of speech. I'd understand if we were employees but we're not. If someone is trained like I was in the 80s (art/design and photography, companies should pay decent rates. But thanks to the rich tech geeks & their websites they (and the buyers) have reduced the value of design & photography and nothing was ever done to control them.

Ummm, the T&Cs absolutely say that SS can set and change royalties. How on Earth do you think that they shouldn't be?

You are NOT a Shutterstock employee. You are using their service to sell licenses to use your images. You are a customer. They pay you a royalty and as long as you are ok with that royalty you will continue to use their service (or not like some of us).
Get off your high horse, you aren't special. If you want to be a rich tech geek, start your own microstock company.

Actually, the ToS specifies that we are independent contractors:

18. Miscellaneous
The relationship of the parties is that of independent contractors. There is no relationship of partnership, joint venture, employment, franchise or agency created hereby between the parties.


And yes, when we all signed up and agreed to work with them, we also agreed that SS can change everything, including royalties. We obviously have the option to stop working with them, if the new terms are not fitting our standards:

f. Please note that Shutterstock reserves the right to modify these terms at any time in its sole discretion, it being understood that no changes shall apply to any pending arbitration proceeding commenced or legal claims asserted prior to such change. Shutterstock will notify you of any such change by an announcement on this page, your login page, and/or by other means to provide you the opportunity to review the modifications before they become effective. Modifications to these TOS will not apply retroactively. By continuing to make Content available through Shutterstock, you agree to be bound by all such changes. If you do not agree with any of the changes, please remove from Shutterstock, pursuant to the terms herein, all or that portion of your Content to which you do not wish the changes to apply

Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Copidosoma on May 07, 2021, 12:06

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Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: SpaceStockFootage on May 09, 2021, 04:51
Banned 🙋‍♂️. No reason given, violation of TOS but that can be anything. Cancel Culture at its best, they probably didnít like my public dissatisfaction and posts about their thievery so I got the boot 🥾 #shutterstockcontributor #shutterstockboycott #sstk #shutterstock #boycottshutterstock shutterstocknow

they have every right to legally make such changes,

I wouldn't be so sure about that and why stick up for such an unethical company? if it is legal it should say in the T&Cs that they have the right to cut pay rates but it doesn't. I don't why you say that they do have the legal right.

As explained by others, it does say it in the T&C's. Stating facts doesn't mean I'm sticking up for a company. I could have said "you're right, they're breaking the law and you should sue them" to make you happy... but that would be a lie, and potentially costly advice. 
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: duns123 on May 15, 2021, 15:21
I was also banned from the forum with no warning and I rarely posted. Contributor account is still going though but will leave SS when I reach $35 threshold which is taking a lo-ng time due to the miserly lo-ow DL payments. Wish I could leave now but can't afford to forfeit my earnings with the time I've put in there.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: lostintimeline on May 15, 2021, 18:08
the best thing is to not share your opinions,when its something negative towards the agency  at their forums anymore.they dont want you to criticize them for any of their actions.including the joke 10 cents sales
its their site.its  their business.ITS their rules.although i find it bit funny that there is a thread for other agencies to work with with the title new oportunites. i guess that didnt bother them, that people  talking about their competitors and the thread is still active
what really annoyes  me with ss is not so much the 10 cents ok its something serious.BUT the whole AI reviewing images
you getting tons of rejections cause of some stupid program and it drives many people away .
unfo i see this happening lately with adobe.the one rejection after the other and i have to wonder if they are also using an AI

Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: kall3bu on May 16, 2021, 06:18
I was also banned from the forum with no warning and I rarely posted. Contributor account is still going though but will leave SS when I reach $35 threshold which is taking a lo-ng time due to the miserly lo-ow DL payments. Wish I could leave now but can't afford to forfeit my earnings with the time I've put in there.

Somebody wrote here that we get our payment even if it is below the 35 $, if we close our account.
I also still do not really believe it and wanted to ask SS about that, but that day even the moderators links were not working - and of course there is no chance anymore to contact directly to SS support and get someone to answer from SS itself. So i am also curious, should I wait until I can get my payout or not? but it will for sure take much longer than for you, because when SS started the new payment, I deleted all better photos and only left the worst and some normal photos, which - why ever - until now get sales regulary.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: gnirtS on May 16, 2021, 07:27
Unless its changed recently then no, you dont get payment if you close an account under that number.

That said, its only <$35.  Its not important.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: K2 on May 16, 2021, 21:35
Getting banned by SS might not be such a bad thing. I haven't been banned personally, but just saying. Why be bothered with a company that doesn't give one iota of respect to contributors? I've deleted my SS account today after 9 years and will just go video exclusive to Pond5.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Uncle Pete on May 17, 2021, 22:21
Getting banned by SS might not be such a bad thing. I haven't been banned personally, but just saying. Why be bothered with a company that doesn't give one iota of respect to contributors? I've deleted my SS account today after 9 years and will just go video exclusive to Pond5.

I haven't closed my account, or removed my "best" images, but you did hit the nail on that other part. Being banned from the forum isn't a blessing.  8) There's a difference as most of the people who have posted about being banned, are writing about the forum, not their sales accounts.
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Mantis on May 18, 2021, 07:41
I was banned for 6-months, and here I am 13 years later still banned.  Could care less. 
Title: Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
Post by: Uncle Pete on May 18, 2021, 09:01
I was banned for 6-months, and here I am 13 years later still banned.  Could care less.

My compliments!  ;D You have resisted the urge to ask for reinstatement and also didn't just create a new forum account like some others who can't stay away.

I am self banned for a vacation.


As Diane said Scott was in the Admin and got the boot, it wasnt officially known but actually it was more the 50 as some sort of revenge thing!  many also had their ports removed!

This BS artist is banned here forever and has been banned from SS forums for life. Most others if memory serves, I'm not going to keep tabs on someone who has managed to be banned almost everywhere. But if the reason for a ban was based on facts and truth, that would be a good cause. The fact is, 50 people were not banned because of some forum dispute with one person and his followers. Which brings me around to SS forum and some others, where people make up insider information, adulterate the facts, and spread rumors or lies, which later get turned into "someone said..." factoids.

My point is, sometimes the forums were fun and entertaining and informative. SS forum has dropped into barely alive and limited to a very small group of contributors.  Most of the old time, forum regulars with insight and personality have left or been banned.