Just my two cents in the whole similarity discussion: not a proposal, just a reflection about it and some possible practical ways out of it. It's just that lately I noticed 2 batches of similar images can be very different regarding their similarity ;-)
The hardest thing won’t be applying this to future submissions, but to get rid of the ‘historic’ similar uploads…
Here we go ;-)
1.Are there duplicates in this batch of “similar images”? YES → limit number of duplicates to one image; tell the contributor not to submit duplicates ever again and to behave like a good boy or girl from now on; go to step 2
NO → no actions in this step; go to step 2
2.Are the images strictly subject-related similars without any concept attached to it? (for example: landscape, same building...
This is an old debate. I certainly don't agree with eliminating similar images. I'm speaking as a buyer though so what do I know. Perhaps if the DT programmers added a button for "series" to the upload process that could be selected so that only one shot would show up in search results but with a liitle button "more like this" that could be clicked so that buyers could then see everything in that series. Limit series to 12 similar images so that contributors would have to select the best of the lot and then it wouldn't cost DT sales. And it does, I know that for a fact. Designers, like me, sometimes need just that one shot, but from a slightly different angle. If we can't find what we need here, we go somewhere else. I don't like doing that so it would be nice if that policy could change.
"But what makes me so very sad is the fact that perfectly fine new CONCEPT/STYLE-similars tend to have a hard time getting accepted, while at the same time the database is cluttered with 'historic' SUBJECT-similars."
I think the reality is that older files, similar or not, will get dropped from the searches if they don't sell.
The issue is that DT wants contributors to handle the decision on which are the best of a lot and trimming it down to one or two selects, not the reviewers. It constantly surprises me that given the level system here which clearly favors one or two strong images over 20, contributors still complain that they sell sets of images on other sites. But other sites also payout 0.25 per sale, or 15% royalties, etc. Don't people who sell on lots of sites want each to target different buyers, not the same? DT has a good model in the sense that they quickly price good selling images higher. This makes sense - one of the problems inherent in microstock is that images...(More)
It goes without saying it will remain hard to draw the exact line, let alone implement the whole thing. But what makes me so very sad is the fact that perfectly fine new CONCEPT/STYLE-similars tend to have a hard time getting accepted, while at the same time the database is cluttered with 'historic' SUBJECT-similars. It's not logical, it's frustrating for contributors, it's limiting possibilities for buyers, it presently causes very low upload limits, it just doesn't make any sense. I could live with a "maximum 3 shots for all similars" from now on, if only the database were to be cleaned from the similarity bonanza of the past ;-) Such a clean-up would be a sensible thing to do and take some pressure off of the present uploading and acceptance issues. Not to mention enhancing the overall quality of the database (and its portfolios) I just tried to put it into perspective in this blog. I will go and have a nice bowl of celery soup now, very similar to the one I had last night ;-)
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