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Site Information / Small or Large Thumbnails - Poll
« on: August 09, 2014, 12:32:06 AM »
I have reduced the size of image thumbnails to 200 X 200. A viewer must click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.

At the same time, I increased the number of images allowed from 6 to 10.

The issue is that it takes a lot of time to have a large number of  770 X 770 loading, and not everyone has a blazing fast internet speed.

What do you, the users think?  I do not know how many users have fast internet, or how many have slow internet, so tell us.

I'm willing to go with the majority on this.  The poll runs for 5 days.

Thanks for your input.
The forum only allows one size regardless of the board.
I'll look at the options for removing images.  As I recall, they are not repeated when used as a attachment, but when someone embeds a link, its copied.  We would not  ban embedding links.

If enough people want them back, I can do it.  So far, I've had several comments from those who like them, and prefer the ability to post more images.

I posted a notice last night - Here.


It was getting annoying in some of the image forums to wait for 5 minutes while all those large thumbnails were downloading.  For me, anyway, the screen keeps jumping around as I try to scroll down.

I have had several suggest that 6 photos was too low of a limit, so I increased it to 10, and reduced the thumbnail size to 200 X 200 pixels.

I felt that a person could see sufficient detail in the thumbnail to decide if he wanted to click it and see the full image.

It was a compromise solution.

Keep in mind that not everyone has super fast internet, and it can take a long time for those 800 X 800 thumbnails to upload and display, and the forum needs to be friendly to all users as much as possible.

Site Information / Re: Wedding Section
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:54:28 PM »
Why Not, we have a forum for other things.

I'll put it up shortly.


They do provide loaners for the paid grades (if available).  for the silver grade, about all you can do is to demand a refund of your money.

Site Information / Re: 1dx users now 300L IS II?
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:12:30 PM »
Did anyone notice the change in ranking?

Also, it'd be cool if I could have my ranking as the 200mm f/2 L IS being that's my favorite lens/dream. :D

As the number of members grows, there was a big disparity in the numbers of user groups, so I added a few with big white lenses as their user icon.  I also adjusted the settings for number to balance the number in each group better.  This happens occasionally, when I'm bored ;)

Since members don't want to be moved back a notch, I usually insert a new group and leave the old one as is, or I change the settings to allow users with fewer posts into the group to increase its size.

We only have 1 CR Geek, so get to work!!

Site Information / Re: Participant grading
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:06:44 PM »
Far as I can tell, everyone's name is still the same color RED so we're all still equal on a pretty fundamental level, eh?   ;)

Except for the Black Sheep who have left the group without removing their posts.  Their name is colored Black. ;)

Hi Mt Spokane Photography,

Look forward  to seeing you becoming the 2nd CR Geek.


I think the bar will be raised before that ;)

Site Information / Re: Critiques
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:20:42 PM »
The advantage of posting an image for critique on the Internets Tubes forum is that anyone can give their opinion on the quality of the image.

The disadvantage of posting an image for critique on the Internets Tubes forum is that anyone can give their opinion on the quality of the image. ;D

Getting critique from strangers about whom you know little about is of questionable value to me.

I would much rather get critique from people I personally know have experience, knowledge, and ability that goes beyond a post count on some internet forum.

That pretty well sums it up, but a photographer can also benefit by a critique given by a stranger as long as he is honest and polite about what he thinks.  The issue may be that we do not create photos for other photographers, but for a customer or the general public.  They often have 180 degree views, hence the million dollar photographs that photographers criticize.

Reviews / Re: Lens security
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:00:23 PM »
If it was secured to the camera, you would have lost the whole thing, and maybe a hand as well.

I haven't heard of a locking device but something could be used to cover the release button pretty easily.

BTW, the girl that distracted you must have been very good looking for you to have not noticed the thief ;)

Post Processing / Post Processing Forum Now Active
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:19:52 PM »
Many have requested the forum.

Site Information / Re: Post Processing Section
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:14:39 PM »
I'll work on it, I've been busy designing the selling forum. 

The post processing will be added shortly


Site Information / Re: Selling Forum Beta Test
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:57:16 PM »
My "huh?" was because I did not understand the original post and what the message was. Perhaps someone could translate ... ?

In essence, the post is saying that the (owner of CR) is closer to making a decision on providing a classified (buy/sell) section on CR, so that CR members have an outlet to buy and/or sell photographic equipment and that PayPal will be the mechanism to handle transactions between buyer/seller. 

But first they want to test (beta) and gather some data on how this will work before making the feature widely available.

Exactly, there is a lot of concern among the moderators that buyers and sellers will have issues with scams or just not getting what they expected, or getting equipment that has problems, and sellers can be scammed as well.

This will cause a lot of extra work for the unpaid volunteers.  The small fee that will be charged is intended to pay them a little or give a Christmas bonus or gift.

While I suggested using your credit card via PayPal as a relatively safe way to do business remotely, its totally up to the buyer and seller.  They can use bitcoin or any other way that they agree on to do business.  We are out of that loop.

Site Information / Re: Selling Forum Beta Test
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:47:47 PM »

I'm assuming that Huh is for why only members with 200 or more posts.  On that accord, I 2nd your Huh?

                                        ???   ???

I've personally never encountered a restriction based on posts but after all -- its a beta site, ergo 200+ posts qualifies you as a beta tester.

The reason for 200 posts was merely to keep me from having to deal with hundreds of requests.

I'll open it up to requests from those with 30 or more posts, I have to manually add each person to the test forum, so I did not want too many asking to try it.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone Doing 3D Scanning?
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:54:41 PM »
Our organization in a large company bought a 3D scanner about 1991.  Then the company making the scanner went out of business and as soon as computer operating systems became incompatible with the drivers, we had a $5K piece of junk.  I think we were the early adopters. 

We also used 3d printers for prototyping of parts.  The printers were very expensive, and you did not normally own a printer, but paid $$$ to have your part printed. 

FOR SALE Photo Equipment / Welcome to the Seller forum
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:12:26 PM »
Welcome to the Beta Test of the Sellers Forum.  This is a Canadian based Forum, so Canadian Laws and regulations must be followed.  We have members from around the world, so be sure to indicate where you and the equipment are located.  I'd suggest avoiding international sales unless you are experienced, there are lots of customs rules shipping surcharges and the like that might come back on you.

Everyone Can View this board, and e-mail a seller, but only those who are part of the test can post equipment for sale.

Its not totally clear if we can make this work successfully, there are some limitations that would require custom programming to handle, so we will live with them.

This is a test, so only a few will be accepted.  We will have to manually grant them access.  I'll  let those who are accepted know, and post a update here when the beta is full.  I don't know when the beta will be ready to start, we have had some very preliminary tests with the moderators and three members.

I suggest that you do not actually try to sell something during the test, the reason is that the test forum may be brought down without notice if it causes system problems or interferes with the CR forum.

If all works out, then the site owner (Craig) will decide on giving a ok to open it up to a wide group of users.

The Beta will have its members and posts removed before it can move to production, this is a limitation of the subscription based software.  Members are called subscribers by the system.  I'll have more about that later.

The Production Version will likely be available to members who have a significant number of posts. It is also planned to charge a fee (TBD) via PayPal to subscribe to the service.

Canon Rumors is not responsible for Fraud by seller or buyer or for failure of purchased equipment to meet your expectations.  We merely put you in touch, but from that point on, you must accept the risk.

Using PayPal can reduce the risk, you must use it properly.  Both the Buyers and Sellers need to be on the lookout.  We do not have a "Reputation" system for sellers or buyers, that would require custom programming.  PayPal proceeds can be grabbed back by PayPal if bogus payment sources are used, and only certain transactions are guaranteed, such as in country merchandise sales with signature required for over $250.  Even if you follow the rules, it can take a while to get your money.  Buyers are at risk as well, if you get a box of rocks, it might be very difficult to get your money back.  Using a credit card (In the USA) can help protect you from a bogus shipment.

Anyone caught misusing PayPal by violating or flaunting their rules will be permanently banned.  For example, PayPal rules do not allow requiring  buyers to pay surcharges for use of PayPal.  If you charge a shipping and handling fee, it must not be just for PayPal or credit card users.

"4.6 No Surcharges. You agree that you will not impose a surcharge or any other fee for accepting PayPal as a payment method. You may charge a handling fee in connection with the sale of goods or services as long as the handling fee does not operate as a surcharge and is not higher than the handling fee you charge for non-PayPal transactions."


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