Abusive Comments and Thumbs Up/Down

johnlogukjohnloguk johnlogukPosts: 137Registered Users Major grins
edited July 28, 2013 in SmugMug Support
OK apologies for bringing this old chestnut up again, but it is driving many of us nuts and Smug's response to our concerns is making the situation worse.

First, to avoid misunderstandings and lots of pointless comments, let me be clear about what I'm concerned about here, and what definitely isn't an issue. I am not worried about negative comments, and if someone doesn't like a photo and wants to give it a thumbs down then fair enough. This is all part of the fun of Smug, we all know that the most popular photos aren't the best ones, and constructive criticism should be welcome by all of us etc etc. I also know that we can turn off the comments and thumbs features to our galleries if necessary.

But many people are concerned about anonymous abusive comments, and aggressive thumbing down of pics to the extent that they disappear from a Community. Again, let me be clear here. By abusive comments I don't mean "I think this pic is crap", that is puerile not abusive, I've had worse. But I'd love to know if Smug has a line beyond which it isn't prepared to accept a comment, and would consider taking action against the poster? Occasionally there are comments that are so abusive that they'd result in a criminal offence if they happened verbally in front of witnesses, and yet Smug have claimed that they can't or won't take action against such things in the past. I know many people who have left Communities within Smug, and even left Smug entirely, because of abusive comments targetted at them. Again, let's be clear here, some people do target individuals with the most obscene abuse, and yet I have no knowledge of Smug ever taking action against the perpetrators.

Thumbing down a pic is part of the "game" yes, but is it acceptable to thumb images down so aggressively that they disappear? I know that Smug are aware of this, but again claim they can't do anything about it. At a certain point it goes beyond "fun" into "childish", then into "abusive", some have even called it harrassment, it certainly isnt acceptable behaviour?

Please don't suggest "turn comments and thumbs off then", that is ridiculous and we shouldn't have to do it. We pay for a professional service, that should include some sort of active protection from abuse.

Please don't start talking about "censorship" or "thin end of the wedge". Taking action against someone posting paedophilic comments doesn't equate to banning someone for their religion or political views, get real! With free speech comes responsibility. With hosting a professional photo hosting website also comes responsibility. Stop turning a blind eye, and please don't respond with some vacuous statement about "Smug always endeavors to give the highest service possible... etc". We don't want mission statements, we want action. Not punitive OTT responses, just careful, measured and balanced responses to extremely offensive behaviour.

A simple comment about what is and isn't acceptable behaviour on Smug would be good, with a recognisable line in the sand even better, but sadly I'm not expecting one.

Come on Smug, generally you give a great service, but turning a blind eye to this for years is getting tiresome. Seeing this discussed ad infinitum on Facebook and other forums isn't a good advert for Smug either.
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  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 60,808Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 12, 2012
    We handle these comment situations from the help desk routinely. And yes, we have taken action. Have you got any active tickets at our help desk I can take a look at? I and a few others on the team deal with this. One thing you (and anyone) can do is to turn comment approval "on" in your control panel comments settings - which allows you to delete a comment before it sees the light of day.
  • johnlogukjohnloguk johnloguk Posts: 137Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 12, 2012
    Andy I'll be honest, I haven't got any tickets in at the moment because of the response, or lack of response, that everyone I know has had on this subject before. The main Community where this is a big issue is the Dailies, although I understand it crops up from time to time elsewhere too. Please understand that I'm not just moaning about a few negative comments. Going back 4-5 years I know of several people, mainly women, who have left the Dailies Community because of extremely abusive and personal comments. All of them said they took it up with Smug at the time and the only response was to make comments by approval only. But you still have to see the offensive comments if you do that.

    Less serious, but more common, is the aggressive thumbing down of images until they disappear from the gallery. This is particularly obvious first thing in a new Smug day, when the galleries only have a few images in them. As a Brit I see this most breakfast times. On one level it is amusing to see images appear and then disappear, and there has been much speculation as to who is doing it. Sometimes, if a particular person's images appear "immune" to the thumbs downer, we have assumed that they are the culprit, but equally they could be being set up, or their account could have been hacked, so it is difficult to know for sure. There has been much bad feeling over this, some people have tackled others directly and accused them of causing the problems, but throughout Smug have been informed and refused to act.

    Freedom of speech has been quoted as the reason for no action. We have also been told not to take it so seriously as it is "only a bit of fun", and that Smug has no way of knowing who the culprit is. As I said originally, a few thumbs down isn't a problem, but individuals being targetted and their images disappearing from a Community is way beyond "fun" or "freedom of speech".

    Most people seem to suffer in silence, but whenever I mention it on the dailies, like today, I am inundated with comments or private messages from people who have been targetted. It is also a regular subject on Facebook, and in the interests of balance I must say that some people just think the abusers should be ignored, and I've no doubt that they may feed off the attention that compalints get them. But the bottom line is that this sort of thing shouldn't be acceptable, and if it can be shown that a person or persons are regular abusers then surely Smug would want to close their accounts, or even report them to the relevant authorities?

    I hate moaning about this, I know the internet encourages trolling of all sorts and it can be difficult to tackle. But surely Smug has some way of seeing who is behind anonymous abusive comments, or extreme aggressive use of the thumbs down feature?

    If you need people to make current complaints I am happy to mention this on the dailies tomorrow morning and encourage anyone who is affected to contact you?

    For me personally, this morning my posts to the main Daily Community and the Daily Post Community both disappeared within minutes of being uploaded. I logged out, thumbed the pics back in, but they both disappeared again. Eventually I made a comment on my own Daily pic as a guest, simply to get it back up again. A few hours later there were a lot more comments on it, making it difficult to thumb it into oblivion, so I deleted my guest comment. However, I did notice that my pic had 9 comments on it, and was surrounded in the rankings by pics of 3-4 comments, which was odd. It was clear that a small number of other pics had been similarly affected. It also appears that anyone who puts their head above the parapet by mentioning this behaviour becomes a bigger target for the idiot(s) doing it. Maybe this is why many people turn a blind eye to it?

    Finally, I am aware of various bizarre behaviours that some people use to boost their images in large Communities like the dailies, most of which are laughable and not serious. Imaginary friends, family members commenting en masse, careful timing of uploads to maximise the chances of being on the most popular page, cliques boosting each others photos etc. These things are petty and silly, and will always go on. But hopefully the more serious stuff can be tackled?
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 60,808Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 12, 2012
    johnloguk wrote: »
    Andy I'll be honest, I haven't got any tickets in at the moment because of the response, or lack of response, that everyone I know has had on this subject before. The main Community where this is a big issue is the Dailies, although I understand it crops up from time to time elsewhere too. Please understand that I'm not just moaning about a few negative comments. Going back 4-5 years I know of several people, mainly women, who have left the Dailies Community because of extremely abusive and personal comments. All of them said they took it up with Smug at the time and the only response was to make comments by approval only. But you still have to see the offensive comments if you do that.
    OK But they'll never see the light of day. How exactly are we to stop them from being abusive in the first place? When brought to our attention, and if we can know who the commenter is, we have dealt with this.

    Less serious, but more common, is the aggressive thumbing down of images until they disappear from the gallery. This is particularly obvious first thing in a new Smug day, when the galleries only have a few images in them. As a Brit I see this most breakfast times. On one level it is amusing to see images appear and then disappear, and there has been much speculation as to who is doing it. Sometimes, if a particular person's images appear "immune" to the thumbs downer, we have assumed that they are the culprit, but equally they could be being set up, or their account could have been hacked, so it is difficult to know for sure. There has been much bad feeling over this, some people have tackled others directly and accused them of causing the problems, but throughout Smug have been informed and refused to act.
    I'm sorry but what should we do to "act" on this? If people want to thumb down, they will. How could we stop them?

    Freedom of speech has been quoted as the reason for no action. We have also been told not to take it so seriously as it is "only a bit of fun", and that Smug has no way of knowing who the culprit is. As I said originally, a few thumbs down isn't a problem, but individuals being targetted and their images disappearing from a Community is way beyond "fun" or "freedom of speech".

    Most people seem to suffer in silence, but whenever I mention it on the dailies, like today, I am inundated with comments or private messages from people who have been targetted. It is also a regular subject on Facebook, and in the interests of balance I must say that some people just think the abusers should be ignored, and I've no doubt that they may feed off the attention that compalints get them. But the bottom line is that this sort of thing shouldn't be acceptable, and if it can be shown that a person or persons are regular abusers then surely Smug would want to close their accounts, or even report them to the relevant authorities?
    We ALWAYS do the right thing - if there's abuse, show me who is abusing whom. I will personally handle it. If a law is being broken, or someone is threatening, or otherwise violating SmugMug Terms, show them to me and I will personally handle it. You can always write ATTN: Andy at the help desk.
  • johnlogukjohnloguk johnloguk Posts: 137Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 13, 2012
    OK Andy thanks for offering to be personally involved. I promise you that I and many others have brought this up before, including recently, and not had any satisfaction, hence my frustrated tone I'm afraid. I keep being at pains to point out that I'm not remotely worried about people disliking images, making negative comments or using the thumbs down feature appropriately.

    I am only bothered about comments that are so abusive that they make people want to leave Smug, and people who deliberately target individuals with the thumbs down to the extent of making their photos disappear.

    Thanks again for offering to look into this personally, I'll mention it on the Daily Community today and pass the word around people I know have been affected so that they can get in touch rather than suffer in silence.
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 60,808Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 13, 2012
    johnloguk wrote: »
    OK Andy thanks for offering to be personally involved. I promise you that I and many others have brought this up before, including recently, and not had any satisfaction, hence my frustrated tone I'm afraid. I keep being at pains to point out that I'm not remotely worried about people disliking images, making negative comments or using the thumbs down feature appropriately.

    I am only bothered about comments that are so abusive that they make people want to leave Smug, and people who deliberately target individuals with the thumbs down to the extent of making their photos disappear.

    Thanks again for offering to look into this personally, I'll mention it on the Daily Community today and pass the word around people I know have been affected so that they can get in touch rather than suffer in silence.
    I have been handling these Personally for nearly 8 years.
    They rarely turn out well, typically the reporter shows us an anonymous comment that I can do nothing about except delete, and tell the site owner to turn on comment approval.

    Please make sure that when and if you write me at the help desk, you have information about the offending party - website, name, the actual comment.

    Remember, comment approval is your friend.
  • RuSuRuSu Absolute Beginner Posts: 355Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2012
    Yes, comments are our friend, but thumbs (up or down) aren't helpful to anyone. and it seems the only way to solve the problem is to completely remove them, which I thought was under consideration months ago. I understand SM probably has no way of determining who the nasty culprit is, but the problem disappears if thumbs are no longer an option. Like most in the Dailies, I, too, have been a victim. I've also had people give the thumbs up to shots which have no comments and, quite honestly, it's completely meaningless to me. Get rid of the thumbs, please. It'll stop annoying your customers and give you fewer headaches.
  • jmcqueenjmcqueen Big grins Posts: 11Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 14, 2012
    It seems there should be a reasonable way to solve this problem .... is it possible to only have the thumbs up option? Really, if we think about it, what is the purpose of the 'thumbs down'? If the viewer doesn't like a shot, do nothing, if they do... a thumbs up will show their approval. I've never really understood the need for the thumbs down & it certainly is creating an atmosphere that is sometimes very difficult to deal with & threatens to destroy an otherwise wonderful supportive community, particularly in the Daily Photos.

    Thanks for your personal attention to this Andy, it will be appreciated by many, especially if you can find a way to resolve the issues.
  • AllenAllen "tweak 'til it squeaks" St. Louis, MoPosts: 9,198Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2012
    jmcqueen wrote: »
    .... is it possible to only have the thumbs up option? ....
    Great idea, should be adapted immediately.thumb.gifclap


    After all, there are "like" buttons but no "unlike" buttons.
    Al - Just a volunteer here having fun
    My Website | My Blog
  • arthillarthill Art Hill Posts: 62Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 14, 2012
    Yes, eliminate thumbs down
    Or eliminate it for anyone who is not logged on.
    Best idea is to just eliminate it. What's the point?
    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, however, there is.
    In order to understand recursion, you first have to understand recursion.
    Art Hill
  • SynappedSynapped Foto Fool Posts: 7Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited April 14, 2012
    Awesome idea, JMcQueen! I was actually in the process of suggesting the same thing, but my browser closed unexpectedly, and you beat me to the punch! Love it!
    The whole "community" concept implies fellowhip, comaraderie. We are sharing, helping and learning from each other. I belong to several other photo sharing sites, and none have an equivalent to the Thumbs Down. If a person wants to express dislike for an image they should do it openly in a comment of constructive criticism. It's disappointing that Smugmug won't listen to us -- we've addressed this over and over. I've been tempted to leave the site because of this issue. Now that my year Pro subscription is up, I'm seriously thinking about it again, but I've made friends here and hate to do it...
  • Kresten RefslundKresten Refslund Beginner grinner Posts: 3Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited April 14, 2012
    I should like to add my experience to this thread. Over the last 18 months I have had 8-10 pictures in the "All times" list" However every times my pictures have been there a day or two the suddenly disappear. At one time I was able to follow the culprit in action. Every 10 to 15 second I could see my picture drop in the ranking. It was obviously a attack from one person not logged in. I tried to give it "thumbs up" a few times, but in vain. I don't think that I have annoyed any member of the SM community. If I dislike a picture I do not give it a comment. If Andy wants a reference you could look up this picture: http://refslund.smugmug.com/popular/1031619023_wKD8W#!i=1031619023&k=wKD8W
    It have been in and out of the "All Times" several times. On April 1st it came up again and reached rank #750 by April 2nd it had disappeared again. On the statistic page I saw that there had been 1453 "hits" on that picture. The picture have 135 comments and should therefore have had a rating among the 25 best pictures. this have been so disappointing for me that I have stopped uploading pictures to the dailies and intend to leave the SmugMug community next time my membership is up for renewal.

    DearAndy. I hope you can do something about this misuse. My suggestion is that the use of the red "bottom down" is canceled.
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 60,808Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2012
    The New SmugMug Gallery Style
    Hi guys, take a read again of the changes coming down the road, with our new gallery style. In particular, this quote regarding thumbs:
    onethumb wrote:
    - PhotoRank. Our PhotoRank algorithm has continued to evolve over time, and this is yet another one of those evolutions. The thumbs up / thumbs down metaphor is gone, and we instead rely on other signals (many of which we've always used already, some of which are new) to determine how popular a photo is. As usual, we won't disclose specifics and it's always a moving target, but this is a big change.
  • AllenAllen "tweak 'til it squeaks" St. Louis, MoPosts: 9,198Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 15, 2012
    Andy wrote: »
    Hi guys, take a read again of the changes coming down the road, with our new gallery style. In particular, this quote regarding thumbs:
    We need the thumbs up. Almost all visitors will click it rather then leaving a comment. It works like a
    "like" button. Another thing that would be nice is under tools add a "reset" popular so we can easiely
    remove some photos.
    Al - Just a volunteer here having fun
    My Website | My Blog
  • RuSuRuSu Absolute Beginner Posts: 355Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 16, 2012
    Andy wrote: »
    Hi guys, take a read again of the changes coming down the road, with our new gallery style. In particular, this quote regarding thumbs:


    The question is, when is 'down the road'? Everyone's been waiting for quite some time for the new gallery style & the change to thumbs. It's getting old.
  • arthillarthill Art Hill Posts: 62Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 16, 2012
    I would say your algorithm still needs some work. This picture
    http://fotoeffects.smugmug.com/Daily-shots-for-the-dailies/Dailies/6928550_9gMRmv#!i=981954366&k=Pm8sC
    is currently number 3 in the most popular TODAY, even though it is a year old and only has THREE comments today.
    What's the point of having a most popular TODAY?

    And, I'm not sure how to interpret Andy's comment about thumbs. Andy, are you saying that thumbs already are not figured into popularity?
    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, however, there is.
    In order to understand recursion, you first have to understand recursion.
    Art Hill
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 60,808Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 16, 2012
    arthill wrote: »
    I would say your algorithm still needs some work. This picture
    http://fotoeffects.smugmug.com/Daily-shots-for-the-dailies/Dailies/6928550_9gMRmv#!i=981954366&k=Pm8sC
    is currently number 3 in the most popular TODAY, even though it is a year old and only has THREE comments today.
    What's the point of having a most popular TODAY?

    And, I'm not sure how to interpret Andy's comment about thumbs. Andy, are you saying that thumbs already are not figured into popularity?

    7 comments....
    thumbs will be not part of the new gallery style.
  • jmcqueenjmcqueen Big grins Posts: 11Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 16, 2012
    thumbs will be not part of the new gallery style.

    Wonderful news, Andy!! Bring it on, these changes can't happen too quickly!!
  • SynappedSynapped Foto Fool Posts: 7Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited April 16, 2012
    Bravo! Thank you, SM, for listening! I hope this is SOOON!
  • johnlogukjohnloguk johnloguk Posts: 137Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2012
    Just some final points of clarification from me Andy, are you saying that Smug have no way of knowing who is doing the excessive thumbing down, or you are not prepared to tackle it because you feel it is acceptable or just human nature etc?

    My idealistic, non-techie assumption is that in this high tech age Smug do know who is thumbing down or up. If you're saying that it is technically impossible to know then I will remain frustrated and angry, but at least people can't claim that Smug aren't concerned about it.

    The same applies to anonymous commenters. I understand that devious and tech savvie people can re-route their computers through others somehow, therefore hiding their identity from all but the highest tech pursuers, but I assume that most anonymous commenters can still be identified relatively easily so long as the motivation is there to do so?

    Again, I wouldn't expect Smug to waste time and resources chasing someone who thinks a photo is "crap", but at some point a comment becomes so offensive that the perpetrator needs tracking down.

    So Andy could you confirm what Smug can and can't do in this area, and give some idea of what constitutes "offensive" to the extent that it would be pursued rather than ignored?
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 60,808Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2012
    Hi John, we don't know who is thumbing up / down - it's not something we track. We don't know who anonymous commenters are, either.

    Don't forget to turn comment approval on thumb.gif
  • johnlogukjohnloguk johnloguk Posts: 137Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2012
    Regarding turning comment approval on;

    as I said in my initial post, that is all well and good, but you still have to see the abusive comments when you go to approve them or not.

    You are still neatly avoiding what to do with extremely abusive comments. You say you have been dealing with them for 8 years, but if you don't know who they are how can you? I'm not looking to entrap you, or looking to get some juicy quote that I can throw back at you, I just want some sense of how Smug would tackle this if/when it comes up again. You don't seem to appreciate how threatened and vulnerable this causes people to feel. I have a horrible feeling that this will be deflected away again, and more affected people will simply up and leave Smug feeling very upset about things.
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 60,808Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2012
    johnloguk wrote: »
    Regarding turning comment approval on;

    as I said in my initial post, that is all well and good, but you still have to see the abusive comments when you go to approve them or not.

    You are still neatly avoiding what to do with extremely abusive comments. You say you have been dealing with them for 8 years, but if you don't know who they are how can you? I'm not looking to entrap you, or looking to get some juicy quote that I can throw back at you, I just want some sense of how Smug would tackle this if/when it comes up again. You don't seem to appreciate how threatened and vulnerable this causes people to feel. I have a horrible feeling that this will be deflected away again, and more affected people will simply up and leave Smug feeling very upset about things.
    I'm not trying to avoid anything, sorry :) - we deal with these situations - sometimes we find out who the people are and can take action. If they are truly anonymous there's nothing we can do :(
  • Billie JeanBillie Jean Beginner grinner Posts: 2Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited April 18, 2012
    Andy, How soon can Smugmug get rid of the thumbs. The bundle size of the new style is impressive but it looks like doing it all will take some time. Can't Smug just go ahead and take them out...I'm thinking that the programing of that wouldn't be a whole lot of work and it sure would make a lot of disgruntled clients very happy. Our community is crushed when we see our friend's and our own pictures get bounced away. Couldn't smug just do that one little thing now just take the thumbs out?

    There's been a lot of talk about the comments, we can delete comments or do that thing you recommended about reading them first, but nasty comments don't bother me as much as pictures being lost or thumbed down to nothing and yet still show the most number of comments...THAT"S ridiculous!

    Thumbs down are for cheaters and bullys, people acting like 12 year olds...all we're trying to do is have some fun with our pictures...help us out now, why wait?
  • johnlogukjohnloguk johnloguk Posts: 137Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 20, 2012
    I'm sorry to say that the consensus I've picked up from the Dailies is that nothing has been resolved again, and apart from the promise of no thumbs in the new Smug layout we're going to have to suffer in silence again. Many people have already left, many others have decided there is no point in complaining about it because there is no will to do anything about it. This is all very sad, and I've ended up just looking like a moaning minnie in some quarters again.

    Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this, either in the thread or privately to Andy or myself. My head is hurting from banging too long against a brick wall.
  • johnlogukjohnloguk johnloguk Posts: 137Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 24, 2012
    OK, as I type this someone is clearly manipulating the popularity pages on the Daily Community. My image is currently 19th with 4 comments, while the 2nd pic has 3 comments. I know that comments aren't the only part of the "popularity algorithm", but there is clearly something wrong here. Either the algorithm osn't working, or someone is playing a silly game. Don't get me wrong, I'm not in a popularity contest, and some people are affected worse than me most days, but this is getting ridiculous.
  • Billie JeanBillie Jean Beginner grinner Posts: 2Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited April 25, 2012
    johnloguk wrote: »
    Just some final points of clarification from me Andy, are you saying that Smug have no way of knowing who is doing the excessive thumbing down, or you are not prepared to tackle it because you feel it is acceptable or just human nature etc?

    My idealistic, non-techie assumption is that in this high tech age Smug do know who is thumbing down or up. If you're saying that it is technically impossible to know then I will remain frustrated and angry, but at least people can't claim that Smug aren't concerned about it.

    The same applies to anonymous commenters. I understand that devious and tech savvie people can re-route their computers through others somehow, therefore hiding their identity from all but the highest tech pursuers, but I assume that most anonymous commenters can still be identified relatively easily so long as the motivation is there to do so?

    Again, I wouldn't expect Smug to waste time and resources chasing someone who thinks a photo is "crap", but at some point a comment becomes so offensive that the perpetrator needs tracking down.

    So Andy could you confirm what Smug can and can't do in this area, and give some idea of what constitutes "offensive" to the extent that it would be pursued rather than ignored?

    I just tried to give Thumbs Up to John's Picture today and on the side bar instead of one green and one red it had too red thumbs down, tried again, same thing, tried to take a screen shot and it changed green and red...what the HECK is going on?
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 60,808Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 25, 2012
    I just tried to give Thumbs Up to John's Picture today and on the side bar instead of one green and one red it had too red thumbs down, tried again, same thing, tried to take a screen shot and it changed green and red...what the HECK is going on?

    Probably a glitch in the matrix. Sorry about that!

    ETA: Saw your PM, please don't PM on Dgrin about these issues. You can always write our heroes for help anytime http://help.smugmug.com - but like I said, if you saw to red thumbs, it's just a glitch. Sorry about that.
  • geoghanrgeoghanr Beginner grinner Posts: 3Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited April 26, 2012
    Just joined dgrin this morning, particularly to respond to the issue of abusive thumbs down and comments in the Daily Photo community. Wanted to support those who are trying to get help with this. My vote is to eliminate the thumbs down option. It has been my opinion since I joined the Dailies that this serves absolutely no purpose - it does not provide any helpful feedback or information. I've been posting on the dailies for more than a year now and I agree with John about the silly things that folks do to push their images closer to Page 1 and the obvious 'friend' support that goes on. That said, there are people who are posting wonderful images on a consistent basis; people who take the time to make thoughtful and supportive comments; people who are posting images who want feedback and want to learn. To me, that is the value of this community. I believe it should be a place where people are encouraged, supported and where honest and helpful feedback can be provided. Which leads to one more thought - the rating system. I rarely see any photo rated other than a 5. It seems to be applied automaticlly whenever someone makes a comment. This makes the rating system pointless. There are many times when I would like to make comments about an image that I like for various reasons but I don't think that it deserves a 5 rating (from the standpoint of the execution, impact of the image) so I wind up not leaving any comment rather than giving it a lessor rating which doesn't seem to be acceptable practice. I'd really like to know how others feel about this. Overall - thanks to everyone participating in the Daily Community for all of the positive, kind and supportive comments that do occur.
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 60,808Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2012
    geoghanr wrote: »
    Just joined dgrin this morning, particularly to respond to the issue of abusive thumbs down and comments in the Daily Photo community. Wanted to support those who are trying to get help with this. My vote is to eliminate the thumbs down option.

    Thumbs up/down are not part of our new gallery style that we're working on.
  • AllenAllen "tweak 'til it squeaks" St. Louis, MoPosts: 9,198Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2012
    Andy wrote: »
    That really sucks, just remove the thumbs down. Why is that not so obvious to you all? After all, you
    forced a "like" button on all photos.

    BTW, in the new design under the main photo it looks like some 4 year old just stuck boxes all over.
    Al - Just a volunteer here having fun
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