TOS Changes and More
Original: Critiques which include broad generalizations such as good composition, nice colors etc. should be marked as a comment. Such critiques may be marked as a comment. Writing excessive amounts of these general critiques may be removed, and the ability to write critiques may be disabled. (It will still be possible to write comments.)
New: Critiques which include broad generalizations such as good composition, nice colors etc. should be marked as a comment. Writing these general critiques may be removed, and the ability to write critiques may be disabled. (It will still be possible to write comments.)
Meaning: Anyone with more a few 'nice shot' type critiques that have not been marked as a comment will have critiquing ability turned off. However it will still be possible to write comments. If you still want to write critiques, your account will be reviewed later to confirm that actual critiques are being written.
Added: Critiques may not contain any mention of points to be given in the future. If you run out of points, feel free to continue writing thoughtful critiques without mention of points.
Meaning: I want to remove a perception that this site is mostly about points, which this helps contribute to.
In addition, since critique ability is turned off for some members who write general critiques, the default is now to supress comments. Everyone's account has been reset to display comments in a separate section, which may be accessed by clicking [view] in the comments row of the photo information section.
Finally, all themes referring to X amount of points have been removed, and will no longer be permitted. I feel this goes against the spirit of the site since it's not possible to sort by highest rated etc.
Thanks for any feedback on this. And please consider taking advantage of the Lists feature to track like-minded members, whoever they may be. Remember that this site is a diverse, open community with members participating with many different goals and ideas in mind.