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Popular? Spotlight? Favorites? All 3?

When I was interviewed by blip about potential changes, I mentioned that there were seriously excellent journals/photos being overlooked for recognition with the system the way it was, that the same handful of photographers seemed to show up in the spotlight, leaving little room for showcasing the work of others. Things seemed to change for the better. But now the same photos are 'popular' for days, not 24 hours, allowing for the accumulation of accolades for those particular photos but not for the exposition of other truly great journals, which are hidden right under our noses. It is also stagnant and therefore boring, as I don't want to see the same 'popular' photos, even my own, day after day, unless a second category is created for those very special images. Practically the only thing I wanted changed has done so, but for the worse, in my opinion. I'm not always interested in what's 'Popular,' rather I'm interested in what should be showcased for its own sake, interested in seeing regularly updated new and exciting special photos. As well, I believe a stagehog mentality is fostered by moving to this new way of pointing out excellent contributions. So my idea is to bring back Spotlight and Favorites the way they were.

vicki43

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As usual, this stupid Zendesk has resisted my attempt to upvote your comment. But I too liked the "new" spotlight. I loved to see photos from talented but little-viewed blippers showing up there, however briefly. I don't look at "Popular" at all, just as I didn't at the old version of Spotlight.

Veronica 4 votes
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I cant say it better than Vicki43. Bring back the Spotlight. Also, please correct the star / favorite count.

Zimmt54 2 votes
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The Spotlight of old (prior to the site revamp) was one of my favorite places to visit, because it showcased some really lovely photographs. A special appeal was its brevity; with only 24 photos, I had time to view these and comment or explore further if I wished. Another appeal was its serendipity; I never knew what style of photo might appear, or which photographer. Thirdly, it changed frequently enough to satisfy the part of me that likes novelty. I agree with vicki43, that I almost never look anymore, because it has lost those appealing qualities. I would love to see a return to the former system. On a side note, the color you've chosen for the subscript fonts below these entries is so light as to be almost unreadable. Come on, none of our eyes are getting any younger!

Fibreandfotos 2 votes
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I don't use blip to get views, many of my blips get just a handful of views, it's more a journal for me personally. However I did feel rather cynical when I started to realise that the Spotlight was overwhelmingly dominated by a few blippers. There were some fantastic shots, but I could guess who many of the photographers were and they were often professionals who would always be far better than someone like me. I can see lots of professional photography on the internet and in magazines…. blip interested me because it was like a very big community photography group where everyone had a place. I think the new sit, the link with Polaroid is fine (I'm quite nostalgic about Polaroid - perhaps these days we forget how revolutionary it was to get an instant photo not have to wait 7 days to pick up your prints from Boots). I'd love it if occasionally members were picked at random to chose their favourites...

stellarossa 5 votes
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There are two ways to get your image in to the new popular section - either have an exceptional or imaginative picture that is noted and given a few hearts very quickly, in which case it will attract more as it's seen by more blippers - or be a popular blipper already with hundreds of followers, in which case you might get something not quite so remarkable up there. It took a lot of pressure to get Spotlight changed for the better. Now we seem to have taken several steps back. This is not good for Blipfoto itself as new members with not so much time on their hands will be quickly discouraged as they see the popular section dominated by the same dominant clique, some of whom are excellent photographers and some of whom are, well, popular. The only way for new members to break in to this clique is to follow loads of people and award hearts and stars liberally every day. The way blip is set up means this will always be the case but before the changes the site had achieved a fairer way of showcasing good images from those less inclined to milk the system. There was also another feature that allowed us to look at the pictures of new members. I'd like to see this restored, particularly if the new partnership is going to pull in more people.

RichardDonkin 5 votes
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Yeah, popular. Who'd have thought it might be dominated by members who are popular and maybe not great photographers.

There used to be the same complaints about Spotlight and Favourites.

Instography 0 votes
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I liked the 'new' spotlight as well, where excellent shots, some of which might otherwise have remained unnoticed, were showcased for a limited period of time. I liked the fact that there was a limit to the number of photos in the spotlight and that entries came and went quite quickly.
We could also previously browse both popular and new journals: I especially liked the fact that we could 'meet' those new to Blip then.
It is not clear to me if 'popular' now refers to the particular image on view or the whole journal. I preferred the larger range of browsing options: 'popular' and 'excellent' are not necessarily the same thing!

Missycat 1 vote
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I hardly look at the Popular now. Reason is that it's mainly the same Popular People. There used to be variety with the revamped Spotlight with a limited number of pictures but this new Popular just goes on and on and on - have lost interest....

TrishaR 1 vote
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Disdatdudda, :)))), I guess that goes for this thread, which must be 'right' since it's not popular. Which reminds me, how come these threads aren't ordered by latest response, but by date? Am I missing something? I can't easily find this thread unless someone replies and I get a notice in my email.

Instography, it seems concerns are quite different regarding the new set up, not the same concerns expressed about the old (before the change) spotlight formula. Maybe Popular is set up just like the old Favourites? Anybody hear anything regarding this concern from blip central yet? I'm just trying to find a way to get to the good journals without having to go to the general, recently posted page to forage...I found a fantastic shot there this morning, part of a wonderful journal that gets few views, but it was just dumb luck.

vicki43 1 vote
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I do agree with you that photographs should not stay on these popular pages for so long as they do and I also preferred the dynamic Spotlight format. However those popular images are not there out of anyone's "stagehog mentality". I think that people who are often there have built up a following over years which is hardly something to be cross about, is it? I miss seeing new journals, we can only see who is new by them deciding to follow you. So many things are different.

HilarysView 0 votes
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I would also like a return to the spotlight view - it was one of my favourite places to view some of the amazing talent on Blip. I totally agree with the sentiment in this thread and feel like "popular", whilst still interesting, serves a different purpose and is on occasion rather stagnant. I would like to see both.

Pasued 0 votes
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The POPULAR page is just that. It's a high school popularity contest that has nothing to do with photography. The Spotlight was great. This is one of the biggest misses with the new Polaroid site.

Zimmt54 0 votes