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« on: July 24, 2020, 06:52 »
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It looks as though SS has removed the forum. If it were a bug even SS would have probably managed to have let us know by now.
Although I'm not surprised considering how badly they have treated contributors over the new rates it does show utter disregard for us.  I wonder how they expect people to keep uploading or reactivate their portfolios with this kind of treatment. 
A complete absence of communication about it.  The least they could have done is to let us know what's going on to save people the trouble of trying to post.
There are a lot of contributors still joining - they must wonder what's going on.


« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2020, 07:00 »
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If shutterstock have deactivated the forum in this manner, it really displays what a tantrum they are throwing.




ShadySue

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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2020, 07:06 »
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It looks as though SS has removed the forum. If it were a bug even SS would have probably managed to have let us know by now.
Although I'm not surprised considering how badly they have treated contributors over the new rates it does show utter disregard for us.  I wonder how they expect people to keep uploading or reactivate their portfolios with this kind of treatment. 
They don't care if you do or don't
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A complete absence of communication about it.  The least they could have done is to let us know what's going on to save people the trouble of trying to post.
You're mistaking them for someone who gives a d*mn.
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There are a lot of contributors still joining - they must wonder what's going on.
If they are only just joining, they won't know any better, and SS want to keep it that way.

The writing is on the wall - writ large.

« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2020, 07:10 »
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I think that after the percentage reduction they got such a kicking in the press, utube, Facebook, and various forums that they decided to prevent the latest news announced yesterday coming under any negative scrutiny on their home turf. For those of you unaware - the latest news

newbielink:https://www.bandt.com.au/microsoft-advertising-to-offer-free-access-to-shutterstock-library/ [nonactive]

« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2020, 07:35 »
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I think that after the percentage reduction they got such a kicking in the press, utube, Facebook, and various forums that they decided to prevent the latest news announced yesterday coming under any negative scrutiny on their home turf. For those of you unaware - the latest news

https://www.bandt.com.au/microsoft-advertising-to-offer-free-access-to-shutterstock-library/

So you reckon they want to keep us in the dark about that? Gosh, what a bunch of nice guys (spoken in a sarcastic tone.)

« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2020, 07:42 »
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There are a lot of contributors still joining - they must wonder what's going on.
If they are only just joining, they won't know any better, and SS want to keep it that way.

The forum link is still visible and active on the dashboard. So new contributors may wonder what's going on when they click on that link and end up in a dead forum.
« Last Edit: July 24, 2020, 08:14 by dragonblade »

« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2020, 07:43 »
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It looks as though SS has removed the forum. If it were a bug even SS would have probably managed to have let us know by now.
Although I'm not surprised considering how badly they have treated contributors over the new rates it does show utter disregard for us.  I wonder how they expect people to keep uploading or reactivate their portfolios with this kind of treatment. 
A complete absence of communication about it.  The least they could have done is to let us know what's going on to save people the trouble of trying to post.
There are a lot of contributors still joining - they must wonder what's going on.

If true, that's okay.  We have this forum. And there isn't a funking thing they can do about it.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2020, 08:03 »
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There are a lot of contributors still joining - they must wonder what's going on.
If they are only just joining, they won't know any better, and SS want to keep it that way.

The forum link is still visible and active on the dashboard. So new contributors may wonder what's going on when click on that link and end up in a dead forum.

Oh!

« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2020, 08:10 »
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« Last Edit: July 24, 2020, 08:15 by Sean Locke Photography »

« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2020, 08:10 »
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The forum link in the dashboard is still visible and active. I can read all the posts. But I cant reply to anything. As mentioned, the reply box is there, but you cant type in it. Frankly, Im not surprised, but its not going to deter people. We will find a way to keep getting the message out.

« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2020, 08:31 »
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I can still see the forums.  Last posts look to be Tuesday.

Except one :)

https://forums.submit.shutterstock.com/topic/100431-why-has-payments-decreased/?tab=comments#comment-1859367

How were you able to reply in the forum? I and several others here cannot do that.

« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2020, 08:34 »
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Im magical.

« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2020, 08:41 »
+1
Im magical.

Nice going, you broke through! Wonder if they will ban you now. 😀

« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2020, 08:46 »
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Im magical.

That does seem to be the case.

« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2020, 08:58 »
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So you reckon they want to keep us in the dark about that? Gosh, what a bunch of nice guys (spoken in a sarcastic tone.)

Well I reckon they want to prevent another forum SS bashing onslaught about their new deal with Microsoft yeah.

« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2020, 10:09 »
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Im magical.

Not so fast :)

I can't test because I'm banned, but can anyone non-magical post? Only Sean's post is newer than Tuesday afternoon at the moment

« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2020, 10:12 »
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Im magical.

Not so fast :)

I can't test because I'm banned, but can anyone non-magical post? Only Sean's post is newer than Tuesday afternoon at the moment

I checked this morning. I am not banned. When I try to reply, it wont let me type in the reply box. Its filled with gray. PS I am not magical.


« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2020, 10:32 »
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Im magical.

Not so fast :)

I can't test because I'm banned, but can anyone non-magical post? Only Sean's post is newer than Tuesday afternoon at the moment

Nope and from my phone I can't log in. From my PC I can log in and still not post.

« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2020, 10:32 »
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I can't test because I'm banned, but can anyone non-magical post? Only Sean's post is newer than Tuesday afternoon at the moment

As mentioned in the other thread, I cannot post. And I can't send private messages either. At first, I thought I was banned. But maybe that's not the case after all.

« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2020, 10:33 »
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« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2020, 10:35 »
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I can't test because I'm banned, but can anyone non-magical post? Only Sean's post is newer than Tuesday afternoon at the moment

As mentioned in the other thread, I cannot post. And I can't send private messages either. At first, I thought I was banned. But maybe that's not the case after all.

They have put the whole lot of us in the naughty corner. Saves them time. If they don't have a forum to monitor they have more time to spend their excessive profits.

« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2020, 11:09 »
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Im magical.

Not so fast :)

I can't test because I'm banned, but can anyone non-magical post? Only Sean's post is newer than Tuesday afternoon at the moment

I messaged you.

« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2020, 11:12 »
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I can still see it via the link ( https://forums.submit.shutterstock.com/forum/19-contributor-experience/ ) and im logged out (because im banned).

The fact the forum is indexed by google maybe upsetting them as its indexing and caching all the negative comments.  Maybe someone has decided they need to hide this to try to protect an image to customers.

« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2020, 11:13 »
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Im magical.

Not so fast :)

I can't test because I'm banned, but can anyone non-magical post? Only Sean's post is newer than Tuesday afternoon at the moment

I checked this morning. I am not banned. When I try to reply, it wont let me type in the reply box. Its filled with gray. PS I am not magical.

I am also grayed out.  If it's because I posted a comment regarding the pay cut... 7 weeks ago... then how very getty of them.   
« Last Edit: July 24, 2020, 11:28 by trek »

« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2020, 11:47 »
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Im magical.

Not so fast :)

I can't test because I'm banned, but can anyone non-magical post? Only Sean's post is newer than Tuesday afternoon at the moment

I checked this morning. I am not banned. When I try to reply, it wont let me type in the reply box. Its filled with gray. PS I am not magical.

I am also grayed out.  If it's because I posted a comment regarding the pay cut... 7 weeks ago... then how very getty of them.   

I dont think its just you. I havent posted in their forum for years, and I cant post. I think its universal. Except for magicians. 🙂

« Reply #25 on: July 24, 2020, 12:17 »
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Apparently disabling Java Script then allows posting.

« Reply #26 on: July 24, 2020, 12:26 »
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Apparently disabling Java Script then allows posting.

What does that mean in English?


« Reply #27 on: July 24, 2020, 12:26 »
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Apparently disabling Java Script then allows posting.

It's probably only a matter of time before SS puts an end to that as well.

« Reply #28 on: July 24, 2020, 12:41 »
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"It's probably only a matter of time before SS puts an end to that as well."
I personally will not miss the SS forum :D

« Reply #29 on: July 24, 2020, 12:54 »
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Ethics and morals aside, no business would accept heavy criticism or promotion for competitors on their own platform. Either they put more effort (and thus money) in moderating the place, or shut it down. They chose the latter, without any communication or explanation, and it says a lot how they treat the hands that feed them.

As I see it, based on their behavior of the last past months, they want to demotivate and eventually get rid of amateur and hobbyist contributors as they are too much hassle.

And maybe that's where the microstock industry is heading to, the next coming years.
Smaller and community based agencies with independent contributors providing quirky content for a niche market versus big corporations fed by professional studio's producing generic content for the masses. 

« Reply #30 on: July 24, 2020, 13:05 »
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Apparently disabling Java Script then allows posting.

What does that mean in English?

in your browser click on settings and under privacy and security you will find java script just add the forum address to the blocked sites for java


Les

« Reply #31 on: July 24, 2020, 13:16 »
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Ethics and morals aside, no business would accept heavy criticism or promotion for competitors on their own platform. Either they put more effort (and thus money) in moderating the place, or shut it down. They chose the latter, without any communication or explanation, and it says a lot how they treat the hands that feed them.

As I see it, based on their behavior of the last past months, they want to demotivate and eventually get rid of amateur and hobbyist contributors as they are too much hassle.

And maybe that's where the microstock industry is heading to, the next coming years.
Smaller and community based agencies with independent contributors providing quirky content for a niche market versus big corporations fed by professional studio's producing generic content for the masses.

I agree with your first paragraph, but when it comes to de-motivation effort, it seems that they want to demotivate experienced submitters and recruit more low-volume contributors, which would lower further their commission expenses.

« Reply #32 on: July 24, 2020, 13:33 »
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Apparently disabling Java Script then allows posting.

What does that mean in English?

in your browser click on settings and under privacy and security you will find java script just add the forum address to the blocked sites for java

Yes, I was able to post from my ipad by going to Settings>safari and turning off javascript. It worked! I just turned it back on when I was done. Thanks for that tip! Looks like people have started posting the secret there, too. SS will be busy fixing that, Im sure.

« Reply #33 on: July 24, 2020, 13:35 »
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Apparently disabling Java Script then allows posting.

I disabled Java for Firefox and Chrome on my android phone and Firefox on my PC but it stops me from logging in with the message 'security code required' so I can't check the box to say I'm not a robot. So although I see one or two people have been able to post this may not help everyone. It's nice to feel welcome  :D Au Revoir SF.

« Reply #34 on: July 24, 2020, 14:57 »
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Apparently disabling Java Script then allows posting.

What does that mean in English?

in your browser click on settings and under privacy and security you will find java script just add the forum address to the blocked sites for java

Thank you. Tried that too but it didn't work. I get the security code message but no box to click in.

OM

« Reply #35 on: July 24, 2020, 16:13 »
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New posts are appearing. But it doesn't work for me so it must be those who found a workaround.
« Last Edit: July 24, 2020, 16:15 by OM »

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« Reply #36 on: July 24, 2020, 16:29 »
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Boards are visible but not postable for me. Meh
I didn't do nothing wrong. In fact, Its been along time since I posted.
Probably just a hacker revenge attack.  ::)


« Reply #37 on: July 24, 2020, 20:37 »
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I tried posting and am greyed out also. Guess they didn't like my post about turning my portfolio off. Guess we'll have to post here instead.

I turned off my portfolio on SS in early June after viewing a few days of the dismal results.
Since then it seems my Adobe sales have increased a little bit but things at Alamy are different.
I haven't had any sales on Alamy since early September. In July I've had 4 sales for a net profit of $131.
That's a little bit better than  .10 each. Not sure if one has to do with the other but just maybe.
« Last Edit: July 24, 2020, 20:39 by DonLand »

« Reply #38 on: July 24, 2020, 20:53 »
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I just did the deactivate Javascript and was able to post in the SS forum. Let's see if it stays there or gets deleted. I wonder what would happen if I posted the javascript by pass on the SS forum.  ;D
« Last Edit: July 24, 2020, 20:55 by DonLand »

« Reply #39 on: July 24, 2020, 21:47 »
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I just did the deactivate Javascript and was able to post in the SS forum. Let's see if it stays there or gets deleted. I wonder what would happen if I posted the javascript by pass on the SS forum.  ;D

I saw a post about it earlier today on the SS forum. Wonder if they deleted it. 😂 edit: no, still there. In fact, a thread has been posted asking SS to fix the problem. 😀
« Last Edit: July 25, 2020, 07:18 by cathyslife »

« Reply #40 on: July 24, 2020, 23:14 »
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So the question is can everyone see my post about it? If not Ive been shadowbaned as I can still see my post!

« Reply #41 on: July 25, 2020, 01:00 »
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So the question is can everyone see my post about it? If not Ive been shadowbaned as I can still see my post!

Yes. Your post shows up. Thanks.
« Last Edit: July 25, 2020, 01:44 by Suspect »

« Reply #42 on: July 25, 2020, 08:56 »
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In case anyone has tried and failed to do this, it only works I think if you are already logged into the SS forum.  I can't do that on my Android phone but I managed to log in, disable Java, refresh and post via Chrome on my PC.

This last move by SS (whether a deliberate move or a fault they are deliberately ignoring) really does illustrate the contempt they display towards their contributors.  They shouldn't bite the hand that feeds them.
« Last Edit: July 25, 2020, 09:23 by Suspect »

« Reply #43 on: July 25, 2020, 11:45 »
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Remember this is a company that doesnt even fix major customer facing faults or legal complaints on weekends at all.  They seem to only work office hours, monday to friday regardless of what's broken or on fire.

So if this is a bug, dont expect it fixed until after 9am Monday new york time at the earliest.

The more cynical side of me thinks this suits them - nobody moderates on weekends so they cant delete and remove negative comments so it benefits them to have no weekend posting.


« Reply #44 on: July 25, 2020, 11:49 »
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Remember this is a company that doesnt even fix major customer facing faults or legal complaints on weekends at all.  They seem to only work office hours, monday to friday regardless of what's broken or on fire.

So if this is a bug, dont expect it fixed until after 9am Monday new york time at the earliest.

The more cynical side of me thinks this suits them - nobody moderates on weekends so they cant delete and remove negative comments so it benefits them to have no weekend posting.

I agree and actually I think it's been about a week now since the forum was defunct.

« Reply #45 on: July 25, 2020, 15:00 »
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So the question is can everyone see my post about it? If not Ive been shadowbaned as I can still see my post!
slightly OT --
first known use of that 'feature' was the Stonehenge BBS we developed in 1983 & called the twit filter- many systems had an individual ignore flag, but that failed when someone quoted the twit

« Reply #46 on: July 27, 2020, 13:29 »
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The forum is mended.


 

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