Hey everyone. Not going to comment on the “technical aspects” of “photo storage” requirements or “digital rights”. That is not to diminish the issue…it IS VERY important! And I would expect you to “Flag It” and raise it as a concern.
However, as Tom point out…I am a trained photo journalist. And I will be providing 30-80% of your content as photos with a bit of text, if you let me tell the story with photos. ALOT OF PHOTOS. Like around 10,000-20,000 per year…is what I take with my phone and 80% of those are WCC.
I’ve run a $160M Quantum Physics and Nanotechnology Research Institute for the University of Waterloo for over a decade. Built half a dozen websites for organizations and run 12 Corporate Social Media Accounts from my phone. But, I can’t seem to even access my own Flickr account tonight ! So funny.
So, I DID just “drag and drop” photos from about six dozen different on-line sources and file folders to post the 10 posts I spent 5 hours writing and crafting this afternoon for your new Forum. Hopefully, I don’t get fired from my day job for doing this for the Club?
If I have to jump through hurdles and deal with 3rd party websites to post photos and then embed the url… and listen to details about IT and Platforms and Digital Rights…I am out.
As is 50% of our “future” content. People want to snap a picture with they phone during a WCC ride and share it on this forum with a message.
Sorry…when it comes to the Club I can be overly opinionated. But…don’t error on the side of “technology” and “policy”. Error on the Side the content generators and providers. Figure out a platform technology and IP/Digital Right Policy that let’s us Digital Dinosaurs (who are actually highly intellectual) express themselves without having to consider the behind the scenes digital policy.
Don’t get me wrong…if I was Prez…I’d insist that you raise the issue !..HARD !..but don’t make user interface decision’s based on it. Figure out a way to accommodate the digital and privacy necessity…while allowing dinosaurs who lead the pack…not go the way of the dodo out of frustration with the UI/UX.
Honestly. You guys make the world go around. Meaning, if it wasn’t for you…us Dinosaurs would be dead long ago. But, if you can stand the “Dilbertian” logic of us luddites…we will make a great team and deliver a platform and content that EVERYONE will LOVE.
Merici. Thankful for you creating this platform for the masses.