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    http://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={21247D8F-3701-4B29-A646-582CD3AC18B8}&name=Alexander+Sadovskiy
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    17 May 2010
  1. This is mostly to Alamy web programmers, but can be interesting to other contributors for understanding what we are loosing now. A bit technical, but it worth to be checked to be in the know. It is obvious that Google Images Search as a leading graphics content search system is a great sales/attraction tool in case of proper use. In case of correct use for the beginning. But looks like not in case of Alamy. Below are examples of four different (!) globally observed incorrect interactions (you can find same or may be even some new with your own photos): 1. Google Images Search query: abu dhabi international airport outside plane morning getting result (just first somebody's photo on Alamy): https://www.google.de/search?q=abu+dhabi+international+airport+outside+plane+morning&safe=off&client=firefox-b-ab&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjLpKSl86HTAhUJC8AKHZl5ALkQ_AUICCgB#imgrc=jxCWWBlpNjU3FM: This result contains correct image - http://l450v.alamy.com/450v/d38ghd/plane-of-etihad-airways-airbus-a-320-abu-dhabi-international-airport-d38ghd.jpg and correct description (stated by Alamy contributor), but with completely non-relevant link leading to - http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-abu-dhabi-uae-international-airport-baggage-security-check-x-ray-scanners-18549439.html single-image selling page that has no connection to search query. 2. Same Google Images Search query: abu dhabi international airport outside plane morning getting result: https://www.google.de/search?q=abu+dhabi+international+airport+outside+plane+morning&safe=off&client=firefox-b-ab&sa=X&biw=1024&bih=434&tbm=isch&imgil=eKdKsmDPaiE5-M%253A%253Bv_lx4M5jEa0Q1M%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.alamy.com%25252Fstock-photo-early-morning-at-the-abu-dhabi-international-airport-uae-29841974.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=eKdKsmDPaiE5-M%253A%252Cv_lx4M5jEa0Q1M%252C_&usg=__bJ7owPxyxaXiN9E6vM2Ko_8l504%3D#imgrc=eKdKsmDPaiE5-M: with correct image - http://l7.alamy.com/zooms/4e48a79532e6438e84af4cd6b3b50818/early-morning-at-the-abu-dhabi-international-airport-uae-bmfbmp.jpg and correct description, but with completely non-relevant link leading to - http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/non-airline.html which now is not a wrong single-image selling page like before, but kind of generated Alamy's 'search result' page based on completely different keywords. 3. Google Images Search query: old mercedes laos getting result: https://www.google.de/search?q=old+mercedes+laos&safe=off&client=firefox-b-ab&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwio0o2kgqLTAhXnKcAKHZ1WDvkQ_AUIBigB&biw=1024&bih=434#imgrc=D8IT6retr6gFLM: with correct image - http://l450v.alamy.com/450v/bmfpb0/retro-mercedes-benz-frontal-view-fragment-luang-prabang-northern-laos-bmfpb0.jpg and correct description, and even relevant link leading to - surprise! - http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-old-mercedes-benz-logo-on-classic-car-24195702.html single-image selling page of another contributor, offering another image of this kind. and 4. Google Images Search query: bali barong statue getting result: https://www.google.de/search?q=bali+barong+statue&safe=off&client=firefox-b-ab&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwivt9jSiqLTAhXHIcAKHds2AywQsAQIJA#imgrc=U4d66OZ2GBfWDM: with correct image - http://l7.alamy.com/zooms/14ce9c27a79f42b18c1d37885eb09237/barong-stone-statue-bali-indonesia-hnjw8d.jpg and correct description, leading again not to respective single-image selling page, but to Alamy's generated 'search result' page with first 100 images of partially-relevant thousands - http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/statue-bali.html this page is generated even not from exact keywords that were used for Google search (belonging to result image description), but from much less specific (sample: 'arjuna statue ubud bali' for Google (and for image that Google found) becomes just 'arjuna' at Alamy, etc.), so your image is even less findable there among non-relevant stuff. These are just 4 most actual samples, so would not surprise if there are some other kinds of wrong behavior exist with same 'loosing visitor' result. Here should be clear that Google Images search as any search engine has no imagination or ability to show one content instead of another, and it eats exactly what is offered, and when content is provided technically correctly, the result is as expected. If not - then not. And besides a fact that this has negative impact on all individual Alamy contributors as images owners (whose images were found and then lost), it is a system problem for Alamy as a nominated seller of all these '100+ mln stock photos, vectors and videos'. Can of course admit that Alamy same as any big stock photography agency has contributors who dedicate their content to buyers dealing only with agencies (who do not normally make search at Google or anywhere outside) but with all respect, suppose, the majority of contributors here are photographers whose activity is wide audience targeted, so to say. So any missed customer 'from outside' means missed income for them. Thank you for your time. It would be good to hear Alamy team comments on this. --- UPD of 13 Apr 2017, in ~1.5 months: Checking this matter for any changes to good. Still no comments from Alamy team and no evidences that they aware of this problem. Points 1,3,4 from above list remain unchanged: just wrong links vary. Point 2 (this particular sample) right now works correctly, but there is no enough data to count this as permanent change.
  2. Looks like there is no way to use any other password than main (the only) Alamy password. As for FTP: as said at http://www.alamy.com/contributor/how-to-sell-images/how-do-i-send-you-my-stock-images/ - --- Enter Alamy’s FTP details into your FTP Client: Host name: upload.alamy.com Login/username: Your Alamy email Port: 21 Your password is the same as your Alamy login --- In last string there is a mistyping: 'password' is same as 'password', not as 'login', of course. No option to set specific password for FTP anywhere, same as for contributors forum. For forum you can only choose public name at the very beginning, but that is all. Very volnurable approach. As a standard rule, any system which deal with personal data, especially finance-related, never allow users to type users' account credentials at any non-https pages (that would make senseless a fact of https use at website at all), and in most cases for accessing their support/discussion forums separate login/password chains are used.
  3. And (in order to not start new theme) - it is not to Image Manager, but to FTP uploading: in spite of all efforts failed to establish SSL/TLS-encrypted FTP connection (ftps://). If there is just insecure FTP connection allowed where user passes in open way its Alamy main login/password - that is rediculous nowadays. But if it exists - would be grateful for info how to use it. Thanks. This non-https contributors forum where same password is used is a hole in security as well, by the way.
  4. Would like to offer some fixes/improvements to Image Manager that can make dealing with it to Alamy contributors more effective and convenient: -get rid of extra click When user works with images one-by-one, after finishing with current one he goes to next one, selecting it. But previous one remains selected. Worth to change this behavior in case Ctrl or Shift is not pressed: when another image is selected previous one has to become unselected. Otherwise in normal conditions user is forced to click twice: first to unselect current image (returning to it if he forgot to do that at once), then to select new one. Every time. So at this stage total click count is factually doubled for no reason. -possibility to hide failed submissions (and also zero submissions and passed ones with all images deleted) from the list on the left (and exclude them from images count) Normally nobody needs to have them there. They take space and mix with passed ones. They also counted in total images count - that is factually wrong and just misleads users. Deleted images from submissions has also to be excluded from total images count. Now output data is wrong. -possibility to hide upper part of central section Its upper part (where pull-down selectors are (quality control, pseudonyms etc.)) normally is not needed to stay on screen constantly for general operations and on small screens takes up to the half of a screen height. Defenitely worth to make this section foldable to the top in case it is not needed right now. -issue with text insertion (with Ctrl+V) to the 'Add new tags' field When any text is inserted it automatically goes to tags 'as is'. That is a bug must be: taking tags-related text from somewhere user often needs to edit it first (put commas to separate, make proper wording etc.) -issue with 'Date taken' When submission is passed, there is automatically certain date is set to all images. Clear that this date has no relation to factual date when photo was shot. So for keeping this info actual, user (if he notices that at all) has each time to manually either change date or clear it. Worth to set this field blank for new submissions, otherwise in most cases this info will be and stay wrong. -to place 'Delete selected image' option at more predictable place Suppose, almost nobody expects to find this option at 'Optional' section (no logics in that), especially at the bottom of it. -to clarify pop-up note to 'Only available on Alamy' ('Optional' section) Worth to let user understand correctly what 'only available on Alamy' means: is it about image availability on sale somewhere else or just about its simple presence somewhere in internet (at photographer's private blog or promotional page may be). There are some other IM issues, of course, but these are key ones for me as Alamy contributor presently. With thanks to your time.
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