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i've got a brilliant idea!!

how about deleting rule number 4?...

4.Save the day
When you post your photo for the day, please make sure it’s posted against the day it was taken.

blips are now blatantly posted NOT on day photos are taken...
better still, why not stop ALL rules altogether?...
they create unnecessary stress, not only on blippers that can't be bothered to take photos but also on those (like "moi" who are petty about rules...just a thought...and please be excellent in your replies!?...;-)

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I totally agree, but it is not a new phenomena. Soon after I started one of my "followers" said words to the effect that they had taken the shot the day before but they thought it was worth posting. They stopped following me when I drew the rule to their attention.

I suppose the answer really is to report any seen that aren't conforming to the rules. After all that is what makes blip unique as far as I am concerned.

Jerra 0 votes
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Well, I think that when even BlipCentral posts photos that clearly haven't been taken that day......it's not worth getting your pixels in a twist over.

Cailleach 0 votes
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It's a shame. I'm not a stickler for rules, but rule 4 used to be the whole point of blip, and what made it different. It was one of the reasons the British Library started archiving blips. And now Blip Central themselves aren't even bothering to observe it, so I can't see much point in reporting rule-breakers. There must be many new blippers who don't even realise they're breaking a rule.

Veronica 2 votes
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It's a different site now. There are people posting tweet threads, quite a few in your face blurry selfies, there's certainly one blipper who puts every possible tag on his photos (e.g. tagging it 'gardening' 'poetry' 'bus' when there's no sign of anything related to poetry, gardening, transport) so that it gets into every possible group. Does it matter any more?

BernardPoet 1 vote
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I think one should use Blip as per the rules and if others choose not too, that is their choice. MY CHOICE is to upload one photo of the day and upload it on the day. Simple. I have chased WiFi connections round the globe to make the midnight deadline, survived three general anaesthetics but never missed a day in the day...and enjoyed it. Number 740 was uploaded today. Not a great image but nevertheless, an image.

Crispin25 0 votes
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The rule about the photo being taken on the date was a USP (ok so I'm not sure it was totally unique, but I've not personally come across another site with that requirement). It's gone, you can post any photo on any day, and I think the site is poorer for it. I think it does diminish the achievement of those members who have stuck to the original premise, but as has been said above I guess we have to move on and use the site however we personally feel comfortable with now. It's a shame.

kagsy65 0 votes
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What a shame, I hadn't realised that & think it's wrong. Will be sticking to the original rules & continuing to sweat if I don't have anything by early evening.

frayedattheedge 0 votes
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I hadn't realised that this rule had changed, and although it's always been possible to get round it, most people didn't for most of the time... I don't think anyway. But if the rule is no longer in force anyway then I can't see the point of Blip either :-(

Jamjar 1 vote
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I couldn't agree with Jammy more. The whole point of blip is the discipline of a photo a day and the community of those who do likewise.

If the rule is really gone. (Blip central where are you?) then I could go out to a good location take enough shots and that's the next week/fortnight/month sorted. That just isn't blip IMO.

Jerra 1 vote
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Completely agree, the whole point of Blip is one photo a day. Now while it doesn't matter when that photo is uploaded, it really does matter that it was taken on the day. This is why I've enjoyed this site so much more then other photo sharing sites. It is a real shame to lose it's USP just to attract a wider audience that can't be arsed!

biggs 2 votes
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I have just looked at the rules and rule 4 appears to still be in place. IT says;

  1. Save the day

When you post your photo for the day, please make sure it’s posted against the day it was taken.

Jerra 0 votes
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As @disdatdudda posted in his original post above.

Rule 4 is still there
"When you post your photo for the day, please make sure it’s posted against the day it was taken."

Therefore that element of the site has not change, the premise of Blipfoto is the same today as it was when I joined in 2007.
One photo a day, posted against the day it was taken.

What has happened in that time is that the user base has gone from 100s to thousands to millions.

It is hard for Blipfoto to enforce the rule across that many users. The new site has neither made this problem better or worse.

As to the Blip Central account "not bothering", I do not think that account is a typical blipfoto account and to me does not count in this context.

khancollective 0 votes
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@Jerra: yes, I think they may have edited it in the last few days, removing the words "try to ensure" ... The fact remains that BC's own account does not stick to the rules.

Veronica 1 vote
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PS does anyone know if the upload system still suspends a photo for moderation if it can't establish whether it was taken on the day? (happened to me a couple of times on the old site when I accidentally stripped exif data)

Veronica 1 vote
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I have another cat to throw amongst the pigeons. People write about a "selfie" when they mean a portrait taken of them by SOMONE ELSE. Again to be pure, the blipper needs to fire the camera, not another person, while they pose in front of No 10 Downing Street, or jump off a bridge or...
This then opens the debate, what about using a remote trigger system that is fired by a bird/fox, etc breaking a beam? Strictly speaking the blipper must fire the trigger themselves, even remotely but not a third party Yours pedantically...

Crispin25 -1 votes
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Veronica - at the moment there is no referral - if you have no gaps in your journal it won't be noticeable to you; I have and when I upload a photo it gives me the option to choose any vacant date. I wonder if this will be tightened up when all the various technical issues are resolved.

kagsy65 0 votes
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I don't consider the blip account as anything other than a very convenient way of notifying members/posters (call them what you will).

As such I don't see it as being within the rules. That is probably just my way out way of viewing things.

Jerra 0 votes
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@Crispin25: trying to outdo you pedantically now, when blipfoto staff publish photos sent to them by their families and candidly (or couldn't care less fashion- tells us in her full of selfies journal...we may understand why 7 rules became 4 ...hence my suggestion to do away with rules altogether and become...well what we've alredy become!?...yet another website full of selfies and screen grabs and...oh well, rant over!...

disdatdudda 0 votes
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How about each to their own - and recognize that lots of people use blip for different reasons. Why do you care so much what others' post on their journal? If you don't like a journal don't look at it, chances are they are not doing it for your entertainment.

Digitalies 1 vote
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@Digitalies : thank you but i suppose the same applies to opinions in forums?..."How about each to their own -... Why do you care so much what others' post on forums? If you don't like a thread don't look at it, chances are they are not doing it for your entertainment....just a thought?...(now let's hope this thread is closed now as "be excellent" has sort of waned a bit!?...;-)

disdatdudda 0 votes
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@Digitalies- I think you are missing the point, which is that there used to be rules on this website, set by Blip Central, which governed what, how and when you could post your entry. But now it seems that these rules have been thrown out, taking with them what many of us consider to be the most important thing about Blip... that the photo should have been taken on the day.

Jamjar 1 vote
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Jammy I am not sure I understand. Do you mean a member of blip staff in their private account isn't sticking to the rules or do you mean the blip account which appears to be in everybody's "following" page?

Jerra 0 votes
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Just a wee point to clarify for Crispin . . . as far as I am aware there has never been a requirement for the blipper to press the shutter themselves. It has always been perfectly acceptable to 'direct' a blip. So asking someone at a famous landmark or family gathering to take a shot with you in it is quite ok, and always has been.

Barrioboy 1 vote