I thought I would check it out until....microstock...aaaaaaagh! Yes, I know, I know, that's the way it is these days; no one wants to pay a fair and reasonable rate for images when they can pay pennies for image downloads. And, risking a red minus on my views, its purely because many photographers are willing to accept the devaluation of their work (and hence mine) for a couple of dollars. What is of concern is that in a recent article regarding microstocks, the author placed Alamy amongst microstock libraries rather than macrostock. Now that is a worry!
Sheila, I think some (even quite experienced) photographers conflate "Royalty Free" and "Microstock".
Any road up, FWIW, I'm going to get on board with Symbiostock as it does seem to be easily customisable and will allow me to charge what I think is appropriate for the licences I choose to sell. My only loss due to "commission" will be the charges for my domain name and Wordpress site hosting. And I can be my own QC system (a blessing and a curse of course).
I see the collaborative, co-operative, "symbiotic" environment of Symbiostock as a good thing. I like the "fair trade" idea and all that that concept implies for contributor and buyer although I'd probably use another term instead of "fair trade". But see? That's the beauty of it - I can use another term and not be tied to some agency's idea of what's "best" for me. Whilst I'm not an open source fanboi, I do like the open source concept in general and support it when I can. So what also appeals to me here, is that Symbiostock melds an open source theme with what is verging on an open source photographic community. Leo Blanchette, the developer of the Symbiostock, is to be applauded for putting this on track.
Casting around, it looks like SEO is already doing well within the Symbio network. Certainly better than what I get from PhotoShelter.
Am I being naïve? Maybe. Will it go tits up? Possibly, though I doubt it. But what have I got to lose? I'm really at the start of my stock photography journey (*yuck*) and haven't committed a huge portfolio of images anywhere yet; so I'm still at the "learning my lesson" and adaptable stage so I can't do too much damage. Maybe it'll not work out. Maybe it'll be huge.
One thing I do know is that I'm fed up of giving agencies the thick end of _my_ wedge.