Flickr Gets Flack For Non-Flick Flagging

from the web-2.0's-got-rules dept

In the ongoing love affair with everything "web 2.0," one aspect that is continually stated is how many of these web 2.0 companies are all about building platforms whose communities are free to make them great. In some cases, that can mean that the community can take the sites in totally different directions than what the creators intended -- but that should be part of the appeal. However, it seems like web 2.0 might have a few more rules than people would like. Poster child for Web 2.0, Flickr (now owned by Yahoo), is getting a bit of flack these days for deciding that screenshots really don't belong in their community, and therefore hiding screenshots for users who have more than half of their photos considered "not photographic content." The company admits that they need to figure out a way to update the rules -- which is a good thing, but it's a reminder that for all the lovely talk about user-generated content and how these sites are there to serve the community -- often those communities have limitations placed on them from the top.

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    Greg, 14 Jun 2006 @ 10:34am

    This is like the uproar when Wikipedia started locking anonymous edits. "Oh my goodness, the people who pay for these web sites impose some slight degree of control over them! The web is dead! Long live the revolution!"

    I don't understand the problem here. Either you suck it up and stop posting DVD screencaps to a PHOTOGRAPHY website, or you find someplace else that doesn't offend your delicate sensibilities.

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