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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    L, 14 Jun 2006 @ 11:13am

    I signed up for flickr when it was new and the TOS read "images." There wasn't anything about not using filckr to host screencaps or vector art or animated gifs made from photographs.

    I had screen caps of a spreedsheet I wanted to share with people I was doing a game with. All they needed was the visual and that was handy.

    I had photos of a jack o' lantern in various stages of illumination and animated that to have it come on. My sister showe it to an autistic boy she worked with and he loved it. (If flickr only wants photographs, why do they allow uploading .gifs?)

    Many vector artists love the flickr interface and asked, repeatedly, for flickr to consider either allowing this form of artistic expression or opening a sister site for vector art.

    None of this activity is indecent or violates any copyright law. But it's all just wrong, according to flickr. It's too, bad, too.

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