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Whiteway
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Posted Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:41AM
Posted By cobalt:
...but what do you do if the file has zero or hardly any downloads on istock but over 100 or many more on thinkstock or photos.com?

This is one good reason why my photos in the main collection are not made available to the PP.
Difydave
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Posted Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:09AM
Posted By sjlocke:
Because we are all not little kiddies with a point and shoot anymore. This is now real money, real business.

Yes, it's grown beyond just being a fun place to be, and now it's all about business. Really I don't see that dl figures are anything to do with anyone apart from the person they belong to. Even the canister levels have little meaning now apart from the number of uploads they allow. 
Whiteway
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Posted Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:36AM
Posted By Difydave:
... Really I don't see that dl figures are anything to do with anyone apart from the person they belong to.

Tricky one to work out. It might be that a buyer would prefer to buy a photo that hasn't been downloaded before.
Difydave
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Posted Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:29AM

True Roger, but not knowing the uses and how many uses is one of the problems the with RF. Obviously if TPTB think that sales would be affected, then that's a different matter, but really all a buyer would need to do is sort by BM and look further back in the results. Perhaps that idea in itself would be a disincentive to make such changes?


Non exclusive files could have been DLd many times elsewhere. As I succumbed to the promise of more lucre my own files are in the PP, so again there is no accounting for that.


 
hsvrs
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Posted Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:38AM
seems that the most are like... as long as u gain more information then u give, u liked it. but now that u become to give infos to others then u get new, u dont like anymore.
busypix
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Posted Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:24AM

This is an excellent suggestion. Jasmin makes some great points. So does Sean (e.g. "we are not kiddies... real business").


A while back I think the DL counts, flames, canisters and other badges helped motivate a lot of folks, and helped knit the iStock community together. Now, the community feel ain't what it used to be. Royalties are strongest motivator; and the fluff-icons seem out of place. 


I used to think that Getty's site seemed a bit cold and too business-like. Now, I appreciate the lack of nebulous bling next to images or contributors' names. It's all business, baby. And I'm fine with that.


 
friztin
Member is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Photo downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloads
Posted Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:17PM
I'm also in favor of hiding the DLs to public view. I'n any case, making it visible to the customer only by request, having them to type some kind of code... that way is trackeable. This way only the serious client (and maybe a few not-so-smart copycats) will click on it...
DebbiSmirnoff
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Posted Sat May 19, 2012 2:30PM
Call me naive, but I thought the number of downloads was for the buyer. If I wanted an image that had been downloaded 500 times (popular) I would buy that one. If I wanted a similar concept, yet not all over the Internet I'd buy one with few or no downloads.
gipi23
Member is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Video downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto Videographer
Posted Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:09PM
I think Kelvin hit the spot - once over 100dls, lets just keep it that way. It shows the file has been a success, the extent of it, though, might not need to be of anybody's interest. I think the information is not 'too revealing' yet not revealing 'too little', former referring to a photographer and latter to a buyer. Nobody needs to know exactly HOW well you've done. I also think that the personal canister be rid of, at least I see no need for it. It would put things into a rather more 'competitive' and more 'equal' perspective - when a black diamond casts an opinion, it weight is just somehow more recognised than that of a bronze one. Rightly so, it did not come for free, yet makes you slightly biased. Any bronze, with hard work and dedication and talent can make a remarkable improvement and still be 'just' bronze. Once nobody knows what kind of progress anybody has done and what wealth of experience they carry [no canister, no info available, one can only guess], we are all more likely to listen/learn to/from one another. Top hitters here will be remembered and recognised easily, surely, but for the rest ... or does it just sound irrelevant?
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