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Phil Preston

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  1. After getting used to the instant QC pass for 5 star status, I had a delay of about 18 to 24 hours recently, after which I discovered the batch had failed. Have not submitted since then, but surprisingly, am still showing as 5 stars for QC status.
  2. My experience is that the screen on a mobile phone is too small for using AIM, I even find a tablet size screen far from ideal too.
  3. When I click on the link you provided (using my Samsung tablet) it says: Sorry, the page you were looking for on this blog does not exist. A page headed Stranger In A Strange Land is displayed, with a photo and profile of you on the right hand side, but no blog about Merseyside.
  4. When I first saw my sale for a UK museum, I thought perhaps it might be an exhibition about climate change, then I saw your photo, and thought probably not! Yes, would be nice to know which museum, don't think Alamy will be telling us anytime soon though.
  5. Taken in 2004 with a 6 MP Canon 10D. UK museum, mid $$. Presumably the same buyer as Carol's photo above.
  6. As far as I am aware, mobile phone images are not accepted by Alamy itself, but they have an App called Stockimo which is specifically for iPhone images, so you might want to check that out. I should mention that forum rules do not allow discussion about Stockimo in this forum.
  7. Steve, guessing you have not seen this thread? https://discussion.alamy.com/topic/12279-qc-speed/?ct=1577023513
  8. Buffer is an App that can be used to schedule Twitter Tweets (posts), ie, automates posts rather than having to do each one manually.
  9. I got the 'ignore email' first, and then the 'number of offline images' email afterwards! And of my 58 offline images, 40ish were passed by QC only the day before!
  10. Like Ed, I'm also not keen on bothering Alamy with minor matters, so when I re-edit an image, I upload it while the original is live, then change the title of the original to 'Awaiting deletion, see image ID (ref no) for replacement', then save changes and delete the original. If a potential buyer should see the 'awaiting deletion' image during the 6 month wait for deletion by Alamy, they will at least know the replacement image ID should they wish to see it.
  11. The only people that really know the answer to that are Alamy, and they won't be telling us anytime soon.
  12. Mark, I can't find it myself now! It was produced around the time when commission rate was reduced from 60 to 50%, to clarify what Alamy meant by exclusivity. Think its also been referred to in the forum on previous occasions. Generally, I think your post above is a good summary as far as I can recall.
  13. Please read the Alamy blog post on this issue.
  14. I know what you mean, but Alamy already indicate that being on another website by itself, does not contravene their exclusivity requirement.
  15. I think the main point is that images should not be available for 'purchase' from another website/stock agency, apart from circumstances I mentioned above. Theft, or copyright violation of images is another matter.
  16. Alamy have produced a blog about exclusivity, so suggest you check that out. My understanding is that images marked as exclusive to Alamy should not be available for purchase from another stock agency, but they can be available for purchase from Print On Demand (POD) sites and the photographers personal website if they have one. I'm not clear exactly what you mean by a 'hobbyist photo sharing site', but by 'photo sharing', if your images are available to others for commercial use on the hobbyist site (other than through purchase directly from Alamy), you might (???) be breaking Alamys definition of exclusivity. If you still have doubts after reading the relevant Alamy blog, you could always contact contributor relations and ask them directly.
  17. I was about to ask the same question, have also been waiting since Wednesday. Usually takes about 24 hours, must be a blip with the Alamy system.
  18. There was a BBC programme on TV last night about Hippos in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, and I think (if memory serves me correctly) they said that Hippos kill about 500 people a year. Thats presumably all Hippos, not just those in the Okavango.
  19. My image was of that well known democrat, Lenin. You could be right about Brussels, probably one of the apparatchik checking for guidelines on how to deal with insurrection on the western front 😄
  20. ...but sadly, only 1 from my portfolio. My CTR has been reasonable the last few months, but is in freefall this month (July), so when I noticed some nice person had 'zoomed' one of my images, I looked at my Pseudo info and saw that someone had searched for 'Russia historical portrait', and zoomed 3404 of the 4003 images they viewed. Occasionally, I have seen up to perhaps about 50 zooms for a single search phrase, but never anything remotely near the 3404 in this instance. Unless this was a bot stealing our images for display on some dodgy website (unlikely? given that only Alamy customers' zooms are recorded??) just curious as to why someone would have the time and inclination to zoom so may images?
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