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20 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

 

Thanks, has anyone else submitted images today?

Hold on, I'll send some through now

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15 minutes ago, LawrensonPhoto said:

Yep, just gone through

Such power.

I usually go through my LR exports dutifully downsizing the high-ISO pix as necessary and double- or triple-checking that nothing iffy gets through. I'm awfully tempted to save all that effort but I'll resist, of course😉.

No, I will. The five stars I see as a reward for that effort not to be trifled with. I imagine there's some still some post-QC pre-update checking going on.

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1 minute ago, spacecadet said:

Such power.

I usually go through my LR exports dutifully downsizing the high-ISO pix and double- or triple-checking that nothing iffy gets through. I'm awfully tempted to save all that effort but I'll resist, of course😉.

No, I will.

I never send anything that I'm not happy with so I'll just carry on as I have been!

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7 minutes ago, LawrensonPhoto said:

I never send anything that I'm not happy with so I'll just carry on as I have been!

 

Same here. This is a real workflow boon, so I wouldn't want to lose the privilege.

 

I had a small batch ready to send on Monday. Just uploaded one now to test the waters, and it went straight through to AIM.

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15 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

This is a real workflow boon, so I wouldn't want to lose the privilege.

Exactly

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37 minutes ago, LawrensonPhoto said:

Exactly

 

I uploaded the rest of the batch and have just finished preparing them in AIM. They're now all ready for the next update. Fantastic!

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I don’t think this added benefit to contributors has been well managed. No announcement or indication of the criteria for Alamy. Surely something as momentous as this deserves an announcement? 
 

The rest of us still with 3 stars and a good track record will just have to be patient.

It’s a staggered roll out, we want to make sure the system works before releasing to everyone eligible. If you’ve got a good QC record just continue to do what you’re doing and your rating will be increased shortly.”

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1 hour ago, Sally said:

I don’t think this added benefit to contributors has been well managed. No announcement or indication of the criteria for Alamy. Surely something as momentous as this deserves an announcement? 
 

The rest of us still with 3 stars and a good track record will just have to be patient.

It’s a staggered roll out, we want to make sure the system works before releasing to everyone eligible. If you’ve got a good QC record just continue to do what you’re doing and your rating will be increased shortly.”

 

Yes, it's odd that there wasn't a formal announcement, etc. However, it sounds as if everyone eligible will soon enjoy the same privileges.

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11 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

 

Yes, it's odd that there wasn't a formal announcement, etc. However, it sounds as if everyone eligible will soon enjoy the same privileges.

 

It would be nice to think so... I'm still on 3 stars. I'd rather got the impression that the stars system had been all but forgotten about and didn't really make much difference... I guess I was wrong!

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5 stars here, yippie!! It's great because I have heaps to upload. I just have to find a good internet connection, my dongle isn't happy now where I'm camped.

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I'm also still at 3 stars.  I don't think I've had any rejections since early 2018 when I was just getting started.

I just submitted a couple images, and it looks like they will sit there until Monday.

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as further update, the image uploaded yesterday, and accepted, is now fully operational for customers and was found with simple search, so server gets updated on week-end

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Uploaded pix at 5pm today, expected them to be QC'd tomorrow. They were passed within an hour...

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Fab, up to 5 stars this morning 😁.  But it’s not retrospective: my uploads from Friday morning and three more Friday to yesterday are still in QC!  
 

No-one has mentioned any promotions to 4 stars yet:  I wonder whether there are any now, or whether all promoted 3 star contributors have gone up to 5 stars?  Presumably in future there will be a progression which will include 4 stars. 
 

I wonder whether the new system is a result of a rethink regarding live news restrictions?  I lost live news privileges, along with many others, when the system changed, although I have had several later stock sales from former live news uploads. The withdrawal of immediate live news uploads has led me not to bother uploading a small number of images, the immediacy of which would be lost with a QC wait.  We will of course still have to wait for the daily database update before our images can be found, but it does make the process a day or so quicker, which may give a better incentive to upload images of more immediate interest in the hope that they will still hit the target while the interest in the subject matter is still warm. 
 

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I thought it was a joke - but I also woke up to five stars this morning 😀 - any quicker QC will, of course, be an incentive to upload more newsworthy images this way. Will only have to wait for the daily update then, as Graham also states.

 

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29 minutes ago, Niels Quist said:

I thought it was a joke - but I also woke up to five stars this morning 😀 - any quicker QC will, of course, be an incentive to upload more newsworthy images this way. Will only have to wait for the daily update then, as Graham also states.

 

 

 

also the big advantage i found, is immediate access to the Image manager.  i'm much more likely to fill it out effectively, with image available right away, so that should be a positive for Alamy since they claim it's useful 

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I just checked, and I'm also on 5 stars now. I think it will be great to get photos on sale the next day instead of after 2 days.

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Despite a recent careless QC fail I have a very good record especially given my large number of high ISO interiors. 

 

Just took and uploaded two pics to test and passed very quickly with 5 stars now awarded. 

 

Wondering a little about the reasons for this. Saves staff time/costs, hands trust to contributors, gets images on sale more quickly. There must be an increased risk of below standard images getting through but assume that this is now a much lower risk than previously ( quality of camera might be a factor?) and therefore manageable in terms of cost/benefit. Presumably frees up QC staff to concentrate on those who are having difficulties assessing standards and passing QC so improves overall efficiency and standards.

 

Once or twice I have uploaded a 'borderline' single image to make sure that QC check it. Will have to be more disciplined in the future. 

 

A good, positive move.

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How strange.  I just uploaded a batch which went straight through under my new 5 star status - but the four submissions from Friday and the weekend are still sitting there awaiting QC!

 

Graham

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2 minutes ago, Graham said:

How strange.  I just uploaded a batch which went straight through under my new 5 star status - but the four submissions from Friday and the weekend are still sitting there awaiting QC!

 

Graham

 

Logic in back-end computer code probably looks at your star rating as soon as images are submitted and pushes them to one queue or another. Once assigned to a queue, they probably stay in that queue until processed as per the queue that they are in. The fact that your star rating just went up probably means that your new images got pushed to an instant pass queue.

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