- Why on earth is the User Interface of this site in constant change?
- What is "better" now than it was one week ago?
- Why was the last change (before this one) necessary at all?
- What is urging you to make this total upheaval and completely change of how the user i meeting his / her photo-site - time after time?
This is NOT a question of whether I personally like the change or not. This is a question of where you want to go with this site, Jorge - before I invest any more time and more uploads of pictures here - and before you might just close down the site suddenly, just as you did with the micro4/3 -site and with the NEX-site - both of which I uploaded pictures to, just to find out that one day both of these sites were gone, pictures and all. Just like that! How serious is that?
The question is, if users here want to stay and upload pictures to a site that is uncertain about it looks and UI, and have to get used to new structure of menus and have to search (and guess) where to find what.
I am worried, Jorge, nothing else. After all, i have uploaded "tons" of pictures, and included the URL of this site in all my mail-transaction with other photographers, locally as international, and on my Twitter-account as well. I have even published links (URL) to this sites very good "Lens Browser" menu, on my local, Norwegian Photo-site [url=address https://foto.no/cgi-bin/index.cgi - https://foto.no/cgi-bin/index.cgi - where most of Norwegian professional photographers are members. If these contacts (which I distribute) meet a "new" site here ever week, I will have to scrap these URL's as this is not serious enough for me and will back-fire on my self.
I think you are trying too hard, Jorge. You have also neglected NikonImages for some time now and probably been busy managing other sites that you have, and this is not good for a forum that wants to address serious photographers.
I do not consider this site as a popular "place to be" as there is no communication, what so ever, in the forum. The forum is "dead" and is not frequented at all by members her. You can count interesting threads in the forum, on one hand. The rest are just "announcements" by the owner of this site.
Comments on pictures consist of 99% "likes" where one conveniently presses a button, and has no intention of telling WHY one likes someones picture. This would be welcomed as one can learn a lot of just HOW others "see" your own picture and exactly WHAT has triggered this person to react to your picture.
All this is the result of a "shallow" site, where nothing spectacular og interesting happens, which has no stable structure and on top of that, both members AND visitors (who in time are potential new members) have to get used to a new UI every time we log on.
Such a site needs involvement and enthusiast willing to create a "good vibration"-environment, mainly by uploading interesting and high quality-pictures - AND - have a lively and community-building FORUM, where one can interact and communicate with fellow photographers, reflect on new technologies, discuss problems and exchange experiences. This is what makes sites, such as this, popular and solid, and attracts new members to join in, when visiting here.
It would not surprise me if I get expelled because of this expression of meaning, and I am prepared for that. But most of all, I would like to "belong" to a community that takes photography serious and is happy to do so in a friendly and STABLE environment.
Best wishes for the future of this site,
Walter (a frustrated member).