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05/30/2006 02:58:30 PM · #1
Hi everyone,
I've recently found this site and really enjoy it. There's so much creativity here along with a feeling of community and a readiness to help others. I'm relatively new to photography. I feel I have a decent eye for composition, patterns and color from an art hobby/background but am still learning how to execute an image I have in my mind (...high or low Fstop to get that depth of field I want?! I can never remember).

A few questions about the site:
1) Are portfolios only for members and not "registered users"?
2) If they are only for members, how can a registered user share and post photos? Can I use my own webspace and post to an external link?

I don't have a fancy camera but I'll try my best on the open challenges!
Thanks!

Message edited by author 2006-05-30 15:05:31.
05/30/2006 03:02:03 PM · #2
Hi!

1) Yes
2) Yes, but watch the size, as the powers-that-be get upset if large photos are posted. If only linked, photos can be as big as you like, though.

Message edited by author 2006-05-30 15:03:20.
05/30/2006 03:03:10 PM · #3
Welcome CVette!

1) Yes, only full Members get portfolio space.
2) If you have a place to host pictures (and there are some free hostings sites out there) then you can link to them in posts. If you're going to show the picture in a post, they ask that you keep them sized small, so that dial-up users don't get bogged down with giant images.

I'll keep my eyes open for some of your stuff once you post. Questions you have and things you want to learn, you came to the right place. I've only been here a year, and already have learned so much.
Happy shooting!
-Odyssey

Edit: Ahhh, someone beat me to it! And Slippy of all people!! ;-P

Message edited by author 2006-05-30 15:03:53.
05/30/2006 03:08:17 PM · #4
OWNZORED! :-D
05/30/2006 03:12:14 PM · #5
Check out this tutorial on how to post photos & links.

Cheers!
05/30/2006 04:18:02 PM · #6
Welcome to DPC, and your camera is pretty good ;-) Don't worry about it.
05/30/2006 04:25:27 PM · #7
Welcome to dpc CV
05/30/2006 06:39:54 PM · #8
Originally posted by CVette:

I don't have a fancy camera but I'll try my best on the open challenges!
Thanks!

I think I managed a couple of 4th places with the A95. Nice camera, the A80, almost the same thing. The swivel screen RULES! Have fun!
05/31/2006 07:52:35 AM · #9
Thanks everyone!

Quick question: how do I view votes I've received during the voting portion of a challenge?
05/31/2006 09:15:24 AM · #10
Originally posted by CVette:

Thanks everyone!

Quick question: how do I view votes I've received during the voting portion of a challenge?

You can't see the breakdown of votes until after the challenge is over.
05/31/2006 09:20:34 AM · #11
Originally posted by GeneralE:


You can't see the breakdown of votes until after the challenge is over.


OK. I guess I mean, how are folks doing this:
//dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=401115

Message edited by author 2006-05-31 09:21:13.
05/31/2006 09:25:28 AM · #12
Originally posted by CVette:

Originally posted by GeneralE:


You can't see the breakdown of votes until after the challenge is over.


OK. I guess I mean, how are folks doing this:
//dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=401115


Memebers can see stats during the voting. You will hear of Update Button Addiction... Members have an update button that refresh the scores on the homepage (upper left) on demand, registered users scores on the homepage refresh every hour.
05/31/2006 09:34:38 AM · #13
Ahhh...now I see it. Thanks again!
06/01/2006 12:59:15 PM · #14
Hi all, I have another question which I didn't see in the rules:
Am I allowed to respond to a comment left during the challenge voting? I've realized that challenge submissions are anonymous until voting is over and maybe it's not proper to respond to a comment until the challenge is over.
06/01/2006 01:07:47 PM · #15
It's up to you whether you respond during the challenge or not. Some users strongly object to being contacted while the challenge is still on, others don't mind so much. But it is your decision.

My personal opinion is that it would be much better if you did not contact users during the challenge. Usually it can wait, and it is better to wait. If someone asked you a question, you can answer it after the challenge is over. If you disagree with a comment, you can also politely answer after the challenge is over. But that is my opinion, not policy.
06/01/2006 01:07:58 PM · #16
Originally posted by CVette:

Hi all, I have another question which I didn't see in the rules:
Am I allowed to respond to a comment left during the challenge voting? I've realized that challenge submissions are anonymous until voting is over and maybe it's not proper to respond to a comment until the challenge is over.


It depends on who you are on that one. Usually if someone doesn't want to be contacted they will choose to be hidden. I think if they are revealing who they are dutring the voting phase then they don't mind being contacted during the voting phase.
06/06/2006 11:16:59 AM · #17
Originally posted by rex:


It depends on who you are on that one. Usually if someone doesn't want to be contacted they will choose to be hidden. I think if they are revealing who they are dutring the voting phase then they don't mind being contacted during the voting phase.

I don't think that is entirely true.

I'd go with the "much better if you don't", but also suggest to read the person's profile.
Some people actually state that they like (or object to) pm's during a challenge.
06/12/2006 12:09:24 PM · #18
Another newbie question:

What is the deal with the "This comment was helpful" checkmark?
I can understand how a user could find a comment helpful but it seems users claim a comment was helpful even when the comment is "cool photo" or something similar. Is this feature over used so users pad their helpful comment stats versus comments made?
06/12/2006 12:12:34 PM · #19
There are two general lines of thought:

1) Check only when you find the comment genuinely helpful
2) Check all the time, effectively saying, OK I read your comment

Originally posted by CVette:

Another newbie question:

What is the deal with the "This comment was helpful" checkmark?
I can understand how a user could find a comment helpful but it seems users claim a comment was helpful even when the comment is "cool photo" or something similar. Is this feature over used so users pad their helpful comment stats versus comments made?
06/12/2006 12:15:11 PM · #20
Originally posted by CVette:

Another newbie question:

What is the deal with the "This comment was helpful" checkmark?
I can understand how a user could find a comment helpful but it seems users claim a comment was helpful even when the comment is "cool photo" or something similar. Is this feature over used so users pad their helpful comment stats versus comments made?


Many of us simply use it to acknowledge that we read the comment--just a courtesy to the person who took the time to type it.

Forget about the stats...some people NEVER check that box.

There are many threads about (or in which) the value and wording of the checkbox has been discussed and debated--you can do a search on "this comment was helpful" (include the quotes to keep the words together) if you want to read, and read, and read about opinions expressed on this topic.
06/12/2006 12:22:04 PM · #21
Originally posted by CVette:

Another newbie question:

What is the deal with the "This comment was helpful" checkmark?
I can understand how a user could find a comment helpful but it seems users claim a comment was helpful even when the comment is "cool photo" or something similar. Is this feature over used so users pad their helpful comment stats versus comments made?
You could say it was overused. It's like the voting here. There is no absolute right or wrong way of doing it so everyone gets to do it however they want to, and all are correct. Personally, I got tired of having to make a value judgement about usefulness because I found that many good intentioned comments were not really that helpful for improvong my photography but still nice to receive. Nowadays I mark them all as Helpful. That's one extreme. The other end of the spectrum is when people don't mark any comments as Helpful. I interpret this as they just don't care what we see in their work, and it makes me feel like a chump for bothering to comment on their entry. If they mark even a few as Helpful then at least I know that they read them.
06/12/2006 12:25:12 PM · #22
OK, thanks. I will do a search just to read the debate. I won't start another debate flareup but it seems to me it should be used when the comment is helpful. No need to acknowledge a comment, everyone reads the ones they get because every loves getting comments ;) but now I understand the courtesy check and why it is used.
06/12/2006 03:36:56 PM · #23
Originally posted by CVette:

OK, thanks. I will do a search just to read the debate. I won't start another debate flareup but it seems to me it should be used when the comment is helpful. No need to acknowledge a comment, everyone reads the ones they get because every loves getting comments ;) but now I understand the courtesy check and why it is used.

Everyone reads those they get on challenge entries during voting and soon after. But there is no notification system in place to tell the photographer they received a comment on a past entry or portfolio image. The only way to know if a new comment has been made is to check the images individually or check the comments received list in your profile (click the number).

Similarly, while there is a notification on the home page during voting of the number of comments (and are so few it is easy to notice new ones), there is no notification system in place to let the commenter know when a comment has been read. I'm one of those that click the 'helpful' box as a basic acknowledgement that I have read it. The way I see it, the basics of two-way communication are more important than an objective evaluation of if the comment helped me improve in some way. If the basics of two-way communication are put in place here, I will be more than happy to go back thru my comments using the 'helpful' box more appropriately.

lots of questions are good. :D

David
06/13/2006 12:31:25 AM · #24
if you can be a member it's 25usd a year and it gives you so much. I mean the amount you learn from here is well well worth the price of admission. 25 dollars is less then .5 nights at the bar.
06/13/2006 01:05:07 AM · #25
welcome and read the unauthorized newbie guide by Roxanne

definitely best advice I can give is to search as thoroughly as possible through the threads for ANY question you have before posting (unless of course you are a blonde female, then people forgive you more often, lol)

and yeah, become a member if you can, WORTH it
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