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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    Jay, 14 Jun 2006 @ 12:11pm

    Flickr does not say it's indecent or violates any copyright. Neither do they say it's wrong. If it were wrong, they would simply delete it. And what's wrong with the TOS saying "images"? They DO allow you to upload images. In fact, you ARE allowed to upload images of any kind, as long as they're legal, and people CAN browse your images, EVEN the screenshot types. All they're saying is that these are not the images that they want appearing in the flickr PUBLIC areas, like the front page or search, because they believe flickr is a photocentric website. It's like an art gallery allowing you store your artwork in their storage rooms but deciding that they DON'T your doodles on scrap paper displayed in their main hall.

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