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  1. 2 minutes ago, gvallee said:


    No thank you. I would be sick for sure. 

    The beauty with us Grey Nomads is that we can follow the sun all year round in Oz. 

    The forecast for this week where I am is between 33C and 37C. Perfect. I will investigate the swimming pool tomorrow.

    I feel for you guys. Sending you some sunshine. 


    i had avoided winter for 6 years, but now not really an option.   I actually was surprised last year that it wasn't that bad, for someone raised with it.  What gets to me more is the daylight issue, but days are slowly getting longer, 7:30am and it's already decent light out there, and the sun will set after 5pm tonight...  

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  2. On 15/01/2022 at 03:05, gvallee said:


    Quite frankly, it is unbearable. You can't breathe. You just try to cool down by any means. Swimming, aircon, shower, cool drinks.

    My ideal temperature is like today, 33C. Very pleasant except for the flies.


    opposite end of the spectrum.  Screenshot-from-2022-01-16-07-00-34




    I actually can stand the -26C real feel, with a bunch of layers.  But the Wind Warning that creates it is what gets to me.  Yesterday which was similar was viable until you had to go against the wind and then got it would go straight through in the face, 

  3. 2 minutes ago, Gabbro said:

    This has nothing to do with like the Chinese or not. They are doing business just like everyone else, lower the cost as much as they can. It's up to Alamy not to give your product away for pennies. Those penny licenses just accelerate the race to the bottom.



    even more  this has to do with Alamy keeping on top of these partners they select for us in exchange for a 60% commission of the net licence fee.  The above acknowledgement pretty much shows even Alamy was taken by surprise by these licences. 

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  4. 9 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

    James and Ian -- two of my heroes. 



    Damn it! Can someone please tell me how to find the terms of my contract with the options in or out?





    Go to Your Dashboard


    "Additional Revenue Options" box under the results graph

    "Distribution"  In or Out

    if OUT that's it

    If IN, click on Distribution to check specific territory which you are technically in


    (note last item seems to have issues, since people reported Out for "China" still had December 30 sales)

  5. Licence for mid $$ appeared yesterday. Here are the terms:


    Country: World English Language ; Usage: iQ sale: Educational book. Editorial print + digital use. Up to 1/2 page inside. Repeat use permitted ;  Industry Sector: Education ;  

    Start: 17-December-2021 ; End: 17-December-2046



    Interesting, i had a sale Refund for the same image on December 17 which had been originally licenced in September.  



    A year ago, this would have been frustrating, but i would have waved it off as "This is the way Alamy operates, in the end it's all the same".  However things changed in July last year.  Now the reporting date can have major impact not only on the commission of THIS licence but on that of future.  Had these manipulation happened in Summer, this could easily affect someone's level dropping them at 20% for the next 7-8 sales (according to Alamy's average numbers).


    I am curious how Alamy would address these cases. Also why is a licence with a Start date on December 17, only getting credit to the contributor on January 14?  Why are contributors affected by things out of there control?  In the past these were of little impact, but the new contract changes this likely for a majority of contributors (based on overall revenue and number of reported contributors)


    (note this may be even worse when the issue of all the Chinese sales hitting December 30,31 is resolved)

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  6. 1 hour ago, gvallee said:


    OK but that's 9 eggs today, we're here for 10 days and have been told it can be up to 12 a day. Plus we have 16 from the previous house sitting with 13 chooks. 

    Omelettes, scrambled eggs, pancakes with eggs, eggs benedict, boiled eggs. Yikes!


    when i got a similar stay, i ended up teaching myself to make tamagoyaki, the japanese omelette. It was fun.  Never managed to make pretty like they did in sushi restaurant, but it was delicious. 

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  7. 10 minutes ago, Inchiquin said:


    Ah, the irony of using an acronym to request the removal of acronyms... ;)


    The world runs on acronyms and initialisations, including the world of photography: JPEG, ASA, HDR, TIFF, ISO, APSC, AE, WB, CMYK, DSLR, EXIF, DPI, MP, LED, RGB, etc. etc. Some you know, some you don't know.




    even the poster's location includes an acronym...  KISS in the USA, ASAP..... 

  8. 22 hours ago, Ognyan Yosifov said:

    Do you still think my comment was unfair?

    Just asking...



    to be honest yes, because one time does not negate the statement "  Alamy have been good with contact on these threads recently."




    you can decide to assume the worse out of the employees of Alamy, that is up to you.  For me they have always been responsive.  My issues have been with the direction, but never with the employees most of them having for the last two years to deal not only with an on-going pandemic, but at the same time a big corporate philosophy change.  Having gone through quite a few corporate take-overs I tend to give slack to the employees. 

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  9. 1 hour ago, Avpics said:

    I've received a reply from CR to my request to know what was going on, simply to say that they weren't aware of the issue and can I let them know if it happens again........


    this is really worrying.  So are they saying we need to email them every time we notice delays?  Is that the procedure considering the information was presented here, i assumed that was what we were supposed to do.  




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  10. 3 hours ago, SamanthaO said:

    Where did you find your quote from? 


    it's a combination of the answers we have had (and the commission is just straight out of the contract), and an extrapolation that first they said these licences were "Novel", but then retracted said they were just regular ones.  Most of them are from people's posts in a thread called "Selling for pennies" (which at least Alamy as now nicely moved out of the suggestion forum).  

    You will also notice towards the end, that they stated that all other answers would likely come only from  direct communication from e-mails, hence the no further statements to come.




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  11. 4 minutes ago, Cryptoprocta said:

    I totally agree, and have often written about the way Alamy mixes words from any word or phrase in the keywords with each other or with any random word in the caption. But that's a totally different issue from deliberately inserting wrong keywords, which is unjustifiable.



    i agree that they are unjustifiable- and that's also on Alamy for not controlling and having no reporting mechanism, i however have doubt on the liability part.


    In the end Alamy made a decision to move towards Quantity over Quality as a competitive tool. 


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  12. 34 minutes ago, Cryptoprocta said:

    Plus, if a buyer buys the image thinking it's in Scotland and finds it isn't, you're personally liable if s/he sues for misrepresentation.

    Can you afford the time, money and hassle?



    Sorry, but that is on the buyer for hits , especially since we contributor do not control how the system returns search queries.  I am curious in fact what the jurisprudence is on people relying on Keywords to establish content of on image.  If the person never wrote "Scotland" in the Caption, isn't that on the client. 


    Furthermore technically I could have "New Scotland in Latin"  as a keyword for all my Nova Scotia images (i won't because of the impact on my CTR), is it my responsibility that Alamy would bring these out in a Scotland search? 


  13. On 10/01/2022 at 19:15, SamanthaO said:

    I will wait until I see an explanation from Alamy to the discontent that has been voiced over this forum. If this was a one off or there is some sort of reasonable explanation then I will definitely continue with Alamy. I eagerly wait for their response to this issue.


    to be honest, i think we have had Alamy's explanation.  "This is the market, and we and our distributors charge what WE feel is appropriate, and charge you (60%-88% in 2022) for this expertise.  In addition we have now normalised approaches that we deemed "Novel" in the past as part of our standard approach". 


    edit: should have made clear i was combining the information contributors have received under one quote.

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