Old 11-18-2015, 05:45 PM   #26
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Could there be a red signal light buried in there somewhere? Or, considering how much pollution there is in most Russian water supplies, maybe weird colors isn't the least of it? Maybe they filled up with water at Chernobyl?


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It's actually been reuploaded (and fixed), me thinks.
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Old 11-18-2015, 06:12 PM   #27
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It's actually been reuploaded (and fixed), me thinks.
For sure....
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Old 11-19-2015, 12:29 AM   #28
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It's actually been reuploaded (and fixed), me thinks.
No more strange magenta glow, but still falling-over unlevel!
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Old 11-19-2015, 02:49 PM   #29
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hes gaming the system to his advantage. Would be nice if the admins would address the issues of external linking, an issue it seems most of the active community is against, but of course that would require some action by the admins.

The powers at be appear to be so disinterested in this site that I guess we should count it as a victory that photos are still screened regularly. Oh well, guess just chalk up the external linking issue up to another chapter in the slow decline of a once great site.
So here's the thing. Views = money to them.

The TO24 is just a game, a little bone they throw to some of us, same with the other "awards"...

They wont do anything about it because it's a business to them, a money maker, first and foremost

The only affect we have on this is to not submit to their game... lots of photographers have done that already.
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Old 11-19-2015, 05:33 PM   #30
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So here's the thing. Views = money to them.

The TO24 is just a game, a little bone they throw to some of us, same with the other "awards"...

They wont do anything about it because it's a business to them, a money maker, first and foremost

The only affect we have on this is to not submit to their game... lots of photographers have done that already.
I would argue if they were really concerned about business, they would continually make the site better, or at least fix the problems that exist (still can't click on the 'new post' button on Google Chrome). Improving the user's experience is among the most basic pillars of a B2C company, especially one that basically has no product and is relying almost solely on revenue from marketing. I contend that admins of this site just flat out don't give a shit about it anymore.
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Old 11-20-2015, 12:20 AM   #31
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If I put myself in their shoes, and thinking about having to screen pictures everyday for years and years, and listening to all the whining from contributors, then at some point I'd probably be fed up with the whole thing and start looking to get rid of it.

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Old 11-20-2015, 02:50 AM   #32
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If I put myself in their shoes, and thinking about having to screen pictures everyday for years and years, and listening to all the whining from contributors, then at some point I'd probably be fed up with the whole thing and start looking to get rid of it.

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If they frequented the forums occasionally and interacted with the patrons - there likely would be a lot less complaining. Solve three issues and you'd have a dramatic change to RP; 1) Communicate and 2) Stop counting linked views for front page exposure, and 3) Ease up on the inconsistent rejections amongst themselves, and even for each screener (if you can reference a previous example (within a year or so), the appeal should be automatic. Bonus points for treating long standing (and perhaps even well revered members) with a little more respect /tolerance (and those whov'e left might have stayed /returned - convinced others to join).

As for day in day out screening - why not just get new /more screeners. I doubt that would be a hard position to fill. Just a couple - and maybe only for a year at a time to prevent burnout.

Recall how invigorating it was when Chase was initially made a screener. I gather there are some that have their reservations, but like it or not, Chase is an exceptional photographer. Here we had someone who knew what he was doing, did it often and was a regular in the forums with what seemed then, a genuine interest in making the site better. We need more (some) of that, be it a return of admin or new screeners.

As for the linking.... seems the dollar is more prized then the quality of the site. Why do we care? Some of us apparently miss a good thing. I still like the utility of the site - second to none. Just not "fun" - especially when the front page is always the same handful of linkers.

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As for the linking.... seems the dollar is more prized then the quality of the site. Why do we care? Some of us apparently miss a good thing. I still like the utility of the site - second to none. Just not "fun" - especially when the front page is always the same handful of linkers.

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And in the end Mitch, that's why I started this thread. RP is so much more fun when everyone just puts up their images and let's the site patrons decide which ones are most interesting.
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:31 PM   #34
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again...this site has run its course.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:36 PM   #35
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again...this site has run its course.
Hey, if you feel that way, don't let the door hit you in the butt.
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Old 11-22-2015, 03:52 AM   #36
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There's a saying in retailing about the worst customer. It's the one who doesn't complain. The one who gets fed up and just quietly never comes back.
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Parker Wilson here. Some of you guys sure are good at judging one's character based on the fact that they shared their photo on a website. This thread was an interesting welcome to this forum.
I feel like I should note that I made no more than a few links to this photo in the small communities in which I actively participate on Reddit. Namely r/Russia, r/trains, and r/trainporn. Every link aside from that in the list of 'referring websites' is a separate link that Reddit generates for each time someone attempts to view the image. I did not link my picture 600+ times. Also I didn't realize that it was 'cheating' to share my picture within those communities. So I guess I should apologize for doing so. Since reading about how uptight some of you guys got over it, I have moved to only sharing my images after they are at least 24 hours old.

Now I can agree with what many said about his site needing some serious work. The fact that I'm only now able to reply to this thread is a testament to that. I initially attempted to register last summer, but the forum had an error that prevented submitting the registration page. I sent numerous messages and emails to admins before it was fixed several months later. Finally, after being able to register in October, I had to wait for my account to be activated by a moderator. That wasn't done until earlier today. Obviously some things need some work around here.

I also appreciate those who pointed out the 'pink' in my photo (even though some chose some fairly harsh wording to do so). Unfortunately I have issues with seeing shades of red properly (moderately colorblind), so somewhere in the process of editing that slipped past me. It has been corrected as much as I can tell. I also agree with what some have said about the image leaning. I will blame that one 100% on the screeners. I was forced to rotate the image much further than I would have liked in order for it to finally be accepted.
Anyways, I want to say that it has been very helpful reading many of your comments in the various threads here. I'll admit that I've only been shooting for around a year, so I consider myself to be pretty new at this. Hopefully I can learn more from everyone as time goes on.

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Old 03-04-2016, 09:34 AM   #38
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Don't worry about the linking - it's not cheating, it's simply taking advantage of a situation offered by admin. Back before the linking - specifically to sites with large viral like viewership, it was the best... er, the most appealing images, that made it to the front page and got their due place spotlighted on the front page. Now, RP has seemingly become "the BEST railroad photo campaigns on the net".

I don't think anyone has a problem with those that wish to share their images to the largest possible audiences. Rather, it is the aggravation that admin has created this loophole which tilts the balance from most appealing to most campaigned images that get best notoriety. Course, this, unfortunately is good for the site as it creates a desire among photographers to "work" for RP and boost viewership. As a business model, this is good. From a "artists" point of view - not so much. Some of us just want to share pics without the hassle of the follow up campaign lest our best images go unseen to what would appear a majority of viewers who never look past what's on the front page.

Now - of course, you could always simply post your actual picture to these sites vs the links.... but in some cases you can not, and other cases you simply are negating the need to rewrite the caption, dates and locations.

If admin would not count or subtract linked views from the Top of the Last 24 hours formula, their motto would be restored - once again, "The BEST railroad photos on the net", but visible vs buried within.

Unfortunately - there are those, however, that link not for convenience, but to take advantage of the system. This is not like FLICKR - and rarely would anyone post a link to a shot that no longer has a chance at the front page (after 24 hours).

Seemingly, a few have discovered methods to boost views without a trace.

This makes the site less enjoyable for those that wish or recall days when the best.. the most appealing images were featured on the front page vs the best campaigned. Fortunately, there's no place like RP for finding those buried photos so easily after 24 hours.

Enjoy your stay - we look forward to your pics and insight /queries on the Forums.

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Old 03-04-2016, 09:36 AM   #39
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HAHAHA. P Wilson. Was reading your post and realized I had tried to join last fall too. But not able to post, gave up. Well, found that username and here I am...posting! I post! I reply! I compose!

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