NOTE to the 80% of people who are great Flickr member and potential Flickr Friends.
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Don't let my RANT below about the abuses of a few people here on Flickr PREVENT YOU from adding me as Flickr Friend.
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Decent, sensible and considerate Flickr Friends and would-be Contacts can go directly back to the ABOUT ME section in my Flickr Profile: sunbuns on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/people/sunbuns
Otherwise, keep reading.
*****************************How to be a good Flickr Community member (and my potential friend - instead of being a PORN SMURF.
What is a Flickr Porn Smurf?
Sorry to start out 2008 on a harsh note.. but I'm tired of having PORN SMURFs -- Flickr people who just want to be my friend ONLY for the sake of get to my private porn collection -- WITHOUT offering anything at all in return.
I despise selfish, greedy and lazy people. Anyone without any kind of photos themselves (not even Net favorites or plain old snapshots) or with almost no photos borders on the kind of person with one of those three qualities (whom I am loathe to pacify or even tolerate). I can be generous to allow someone who has no pics or who is NEW to Flickr (18 or over) to have 'friend' status for private access to my photostream even if they don' t (yet) have any photos uploaded. Hey, most (but not all) of of my photostream is just Net stuff anyway, although very extensive and very organized (unlike most anybody I've ever seen actually).
Further, the second best thing about Flickr is the 'real' people whom you can befriend. The (first) best thing is NOT the porno, the truly great real photography and photographic artwork. So I don't want to waste time and energy deleting invitations from schmucks, smurfs and beggars.(worse schiesters). I'd rather use my Flickr time (more like my Flickr Addiction) to enjoy good photography (both general, artistic, and erotic) and communicate with the interestingly good people who made them (or share them).
So... receiving dozens of junk mails that are anonymous, impersonal canned invitations to join a meaningless ego-pumping porn-photo 'pool' party from somebody with whom I have never even spoken or even SEEN their photos or received any comments about my own pics or (porn collectiion) is an insult and an affront to the spirit of Flickr 'friendship'.
Running a group should be a leadership role:
Moreover, I take a very different attitude (and stricter) to would-be 'leaders' -- people who assume that by just starting a Flickr group (a leadership behavior), it gives them some kind of rights, authority or influence -- without demonstrating an equally serious commitment to that job or any real comprehension of their responsibilities AS A LEADER and apparently without feeling required to show much personal integrity either - are simply smurfs (not worth the paper their fakes asses are printed on!).
Someone with no photos themselves (or who doesn't share them with me) and who then CREATES one more meaningless Flickr porn group just to 'have access to' (or pool) others peoples' hard-earned photos is a slacker. When he or she has the gall (or lack of balls) to invite his or her so-called Flickr Friends to that group , it becomes painfully obvious that the person is an unthinking, inconsiderate Flickr termite (smurf - worse than a slacker threefold - in my opinion) [ I don't call them 'cockroaches' because even cockroaches don't cause the total destruction of wooden houses to the extent that 'termites' do. Termites are social - group oriented creatures and can only survive by eating wood (cellulose) - something that few (if any) other creature can even digest. These slime mold -- (we could call them "pod people").
Managing Too Many Groups is Dumb and Impossible
Don't try to tell me too that somebody with less than a few hundred (or even a couple of thousands) of Net porn pics has the time to adequately administer 10 or more ( some pornfreaks have many more) various and sundry 'subprime' porno Flickr groups. How does doing that give anything to the Flickr community? You can look at them a several weeks and months hence and see that the only people who have joined them (in large majority) are similar Flickr termites - who have no photo of their own. There is rarely any decent or timely communication going on inside the majority of those (usually porn) groups. It is simply a bothersome nuisance that serves no other purpose than ego-gratification. and does nothing useful except hassling us and spamming us via our Flickrmail and email inboxes. These so called 'group leaders' are just bottom-feeders and while (I guess) they are necessary ,they don't deserve to have such lofty titles (as Flickr Group Administrator).
I believe their behavior clearly brands them as selfish, greedy and lazy people. With no other recourse to deal with these people, I will simply REMOVE them from my CONTACTS henceforth. I don't wish to be hassled about my decisions either. Once you've corrected your personality (and Flickr) 'problem,' you're free to invite me to be a Flickr contact again at any time in the near (or far) future.
Rebuttals? - While you can argue my logic, your actions speak louder than words.
The typical retort (response / rebuttal) by people I have confronted about this goes something like this: " Well. what's your problem anyway? Just delete the damned Flickrmail then you won't be bothered again because you'll not get another invitaion. " Oh yeah? Like DUH! It is so not true. On the very next day (or week) the same person or one of dozens of similar Flickr slime-bucket types creates another 5 to 10 dumb-ass 'public or private groups' and then sends out his or her (almost no women in fact do this) thousands of Flickrmail spams .(Some people evidently collect Flickr friends like bottle caps.) What's just as bad are the NON-COMMENTS that are simply invitations by Flickr Group Admin-termites to add a 'chosen' photo to his group.
If there were just a few of these Flickr smurfs and a just few messages or comments per week, I might not have exploded like this. But in their heyday (last December 2007), I got anywhere from 10 - 30 or more such messages a day (invitations to join or to send a certain pic to their group via a comment invitation), so I can't and won't just IGNORE the problem. Just deleteing those 20-30-50 email/Flickrmails and hope they go away is NOT working. Obviously, you should be able to sense that from my very first lines above........ . I am going on the warpath:
MISSION: Flickr House-Cleaning
My mission (if you choose to accept it) is to eradicate the mold and the termite (more like interminable Flickr smurfs) pests before they infest and ruin the WHOLE House of Flickr. [I hope a few people will get and appreciate the irony (intended humor) of these words].
Still.. I will not be deterred.. the mission must be accomplished... May the Force be with me!
Tantata Tantata tatitan.... Tantan Tooooon Tiiinn Tantitin Tiiiin Toong Tantitan Tiiin Toon TatataTin... <( Star Wars Theme (music) is heard faintly in the distance...)
I will now begin putting my Flickr house-cleaning resolutions into practice. It's a right I've earned. I have 45,000 photos uploaded and now over 180,000 views of my photostream. I am a paying Flickr member, too -- well into the second year of my pro account. I have also 'donated' pro accounts to more than one worthy 'newbie' photographer.
Repeated again ...so LISTEN UP! DO NOT INVITE ME OR MY PRIVATE PHOTOS TO ANY GROUP THAT YOU YOURSELF HAVE NOT FIRST CONTRIBUTED 50 or more photos. I will remove SUCH slackers FROM MY CONTACT LIST.
Now we resume our regularly scheduled programming.
WARNING 2 : STATE you are OF LEGAL AGE (18 years old or older) Don't add me unless you will NOT be offended by nudity or male arousal / sensuality. You should be responsible for your own personal behavior foremost, but please protect and honor MY US legal responsibilties, too. I don't think it's IMMORAL in the least and welcome anyone but, nevertheless, the US Congress has a somewhat different value system and the legal authority and power to enforce their injunctions. Flickr seems bound to help upholding those laws - for which I can't blame them (it's a company - owned by Yahoo after all).
Now for some other good advice, read my second article:
How to make and keep a safe Flickr account.
Kelly (Flickr: sunbuns http://www.flickr.com/people/sunbuns )