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A Goodbye

At the Q&A last night Joe made it clear that the new design (especially the bright whitewash) came purely out of his own team and wasn't influenced by the partnership with Polaroid. That should mean that he is in a position to take on board what the community is saying and make changes. Please visit blipper "contraflow", the journal of Colin Templeton, someone who has inspired me more than any other person here. Explore his journal and bookmark it because he has just posted his last blip. You can currently find it on the third page of Popular. It's all black. I gave him a heart. I'm sure a lot of you will wish to drop by and say goodbye too.

I'm trying to be positive about the changes here but I think it's good to make sure that Blip Central are aware of the huge strength of feeling around this one issue. They have not uttered a single word yet in response.

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It is sad indeed. I wonder is a portent of more general bailout? I too am disappointed that Joe evaded all questions about the white background other than to say Polaroid had nothing to do with it. As you say, if that's the case, then BlipCentral really need to heed the huge groundswell of dismay at this element of the new design.

dublinshooter 3 votes
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I'm so sad about this. gpzero has also gone. But I'm beginning to wonder if BlipCentral even care about an exodus of older blippers. Perhaps they want an influx of bright young things with perfect eyesight.

The silence on the white background issue has been deafening. I can understand being emotionally attached to your carefully considered design, but a number of people have raised genuine accessibility issues. And it really isn't difficult to give members a choice of backgrounds -- it could make a nice perk of full membership if nothing else.

Veronica 4 votes
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I was also really sorry to see Colin go, having admired his work for some time.
I'm not sure I believe what blip are saying about the look and feel of it coming from them - it's very similar to 500px in many ways. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as 500px is an amazing site containing outstanding photos, but it's all part of blip losing its unique identity - and that's a real shame.

meltingman 0 votes
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Swilling billy has left posting, but as a life member( non refundable even though what he joined has changed) can still access the site and comment etc. his blip for 5th Jan is excellent and according to the stats should be on popular, but isn't, it was briefly and blips on popular at the moment have fewer stars and hearts. Censorship and nil integrity. I will not renew.

somersetsnaps 0 votes
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I totally agree with veronica.. I don't understand why there are no answers to our questions (and problems! with our eyesight)

powerplanter 1 vote
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If someone wants to go, I wish them the very best. I'm not going to join some whinge-fest though. I've been here years and like the changes. The app is much more efficient and easy to use, and the grey was gloomy. I can't believe that people are going on as if a few changes to a website - one we can use for free - has ruined their life. Talk about first world problems.

KryptoMart -1 votes
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I have been posting on Blipfoto for 4 1/2 years now, and had very much become used to the grey background and other features, however, I was fed up with the instability of the site and fact that it often seemed to be at overcapacity, meaning I could not comment or blip. So, that said, I am pleased with the changes and have got over the loss of the grey background, and now quite like the white background. I have always enjoyed blipping, and continue to do so. People who want to leave should do so, but I hope they do not regret it afterwards. Change is not always bad.

edisteve 1 vote