Photographs
  • The underlying theme of TrekEarth is learning more about the world through photography. Please keep this goal in mind when you post photos. If you can’t articulate how the photo helps others learn about the world, then it probably doesn’t belong on TrekEarth. There are a number of other useful websites where you can post photos that do not meet the goals of TrekEarth.
  • Certain types of photos are generally not permitted on TrekEarth. These include the following:
    • Nude photographs unless the nudity is intrinsically related to an event such as a regional festival, daily living, or the like.
    • Photographs of family, friends, or pets (not only one's own).
  • Identical photos (unmodified or not) may not be re-posted except through the 'Post to Workshop' or 'Re-Post' mode. (Deleting the original image in order to re-post is also not acceptable. Instead, open a Discussion for the photo to request feedback.)
  • Members may post one photo per 24 hour period.
Critiques and Ratings
  • Most people join TrekEarth to try to improve their photography. To that end, TrekEarth maintains a critique and rating system. You may critique and rate other members' photos, and other members may critique and rate your photos. The critiques are generally considered to be the most useful aspect of this site. New members are strongly encouraged to actively participate in the critiquing process.
  • Critiques are to be used for any critical or praiseworthy comments about the critiqued photo. Very general critiques i.e. Nice shot, Great, I like it a lot! or similar comments are not particularly helpful, and therefore, are discouraged. Instead, critiques should include specific reasons as to why a photo is either good or needs improvement.
  • Members are encouraged to give constructive criticism and feedback for how photos can be improved.
  • For all intended purposes, constructive criticism will be defined as criticism or advice that is useful and intended to help or improve something, often with an offer of possible solutions. In other words “This photo sucks” is not considered constructive criticism.
  • You may rate any critique on TE by clicking on the useful, neutral, or not useful dots next to a critique. Likewise, other members may rate your critiques. Your critique usefulness rating is calculated by adding the number of useful critiques and subtracting the number of not-useful critiques. When your usefulness rating is 10 or higher, you will see silver star next to your name; when that number reaches 50, you will see a gold star next to your name.
  • TrekEarth also provides a rating system whereby you can award points to photos and members may award points to your photos. You award the points by clicking on the smiley's. A big smiley is worth two points, a little smiley is worth one point, and the non-smiling face is worth zero points.
  • Note that you can give a critique to a photo without awarding it any points by clicking on NR (No Rating). Some members choose to give critiques without awarding points. The choice is yours.
  • You may award 20 smileys per day; however, you may write as many critiques as you like.
  • While there is no requirement that you do so, members are encouraged to provide roughly as many critiques as they receive. One way of accomplishing this is to look at the posts of those members who have provided feedback to you and consider returning the favor.
  • As a general proposition, you will find that the more you comment on others' works, the more feedback you will get on your own work.
  • Some members find the point system distracting, therefore display of points and ratings may be turned off within one's member profile.
Descriptive Notes
  • All photos must contain a note of a minimum of 40 characters in order to be uploaded. Only meaningful notes will be considered, so please do not try to get around the issue by posting nonsense such as " fhgdfhd rthdfjgbnd fgjkfk". The following other nonsensical notes will also be deemed inappropriate: using your camera description/ exif data as a note, clicking the space bar until you have reached 40 characters, repeating the same words or partial phrases over and over e.g.: "this is a flower this is a flower" and finally: notes that merely describe the obvious, e.g. : " this is a man standing in front of a church".
    Notes that fit any of the above criteria may be subject to deletion by our moderators.
  • Members are strongly encouraged to post descriptive notes with their photos. Notes help provide other members with information about your shot and help them to tailor their critiques to your specific needs.
  • Notes may be written in any language.
  • The note may include the following types of information:
    • A description of the subject of the photo and how you think the photo helps other members learn about the world;
    • Technical aspects relating to the taking of the shot and any post-processing you might have done;
    • The conditions under which the shot was taken;
    • Your goal when you took the shot;
    • Any request for particular feedback that you’d like to have.
Workshops
  • If you enable the allow workshop option when posting a photo, other members will be able to copy your photo, make changes to it, and post the changed image. (Your original post will not be changed.) Workshops are a great way to see how another member might improve your photo.
  • Likewise, you may do workshops on any photo where the allow workshop feature is enabled. Each member is limited to two workshop posts per 24 hour period.
  • You may rate the workshops that others have done as useful, and others may rate your workshops. If ten of your workshops are rated as useful, you will see a silver box next to your name; if 50 of your workshops are rated as useful, you will see a gold box next to your name.
  • Doing workshops on other members' photos is a great way to practice your post-processing skills and is generally appreciated by other members.
Forums
  • Community members should follow the following code of conduct when posting in the forums:
    The highest standards of polite behavior are expected and enforced. Do not post foul language, racial epithets or sexually explicit content in any form or matter. Posts that are openly critical of any individual or group of people based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family relationship, age, mental or physical disability, religion or religious beliefs will not be tolerated. We urge members to take the greatest care not to insult each other by using any derogatory term referring to such characteristics.
    Personal attacks, harassing, intimidating, stalking or threatening other community members are not permitted and will not be tolerated. Heated discussions are permissible; however keep it under control and respectful at all times. Do not flame people, and do not instigate fights. Replies are allowed, but remember that respectful conduct is expected. If you disagree with a post, just state your own opinion and reasons for thinking so. Do not intentionally start or perpetuate antagonistic or inflammatory threads, particularly those directed at another member. In particular, when someone posts personal insults or attacks, it is better NOT to reply (which can escalate the hostility), but rather, to report the post to a moderator. Remember: attack ideas but not fellow members!
Moderators Clause
  • Moderators will actively follow up on complaints raised about any of the above issues, and will take actions up to and including the deletion of the account of the offender. Moderators or administrators noticing anyone breaking the forum rules will edit, lock or delete the post. Moderators and administrators have final say in all situations where a post is edited, locked or deleted. You may not delete or publicly question moderator reminders in a post you have written. However, you can always contact moderators and admins by sending them a private message at moderator@trekearth.com
    Moderators / Admins reserve the right to temporarily or permanently ban user accounts at any time. Retaliation against such actions will not be tolerated!
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