Jump to content
Whatbird Community

Share Your Best Photo of the Day


Message added by aveschapinas,

Folks: it's not OK to take other people's photos to edit and re-post. Just like we don't correct each other's spelling and grammar, we don't take it upon ourselves to decide that someone's photo needs correction. In addition, as has been emphasized before, you need to respect copyright.

Recommended Posts

8 hours ago, Tanager 101 said:

I'd also give it a five. I'd love to see the original photo as it appears it is cropped. Depending on how the original one was framed, A different crop might also produced another 5 star photo. (Not to say this one isn't great, that's not what I mean)

I posted that photo in the feedback on editing attempts. Thanks!

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

29 minutes ago, Colton V said:

Ok I’m not gonna argue that these photos are perfect but can anyone explain why these are being rated as 4 stars instead of 5?

Both fives from me, I’s say they’re being bombed. Most of the other photos on the homepage were bombed earlier today. 

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Colton V said:

Ok I’m not gonna argue that these photos are perfect but can anyone explain why these are being rated as 4 stars instead of 5?

You could delete them and reupload them to ebird if you care. I would rate them, and I believe a lot of people here would also rate them.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, Birds are cool said:

Does anybody know why? Seems kind of pointless for them to do that.

We’ve had multiple discussions on the forums here about this topic, but I believe they were all from before you joined. Basically, we think people do it to promote their own photos(if they lower the ratings on other peoples photos, their photos gut pushed toward the top). Some people might be jealous of the good photos, and some might just be plain rude. 

  • Like 7
Link to comment
Share on other sites

There’s definitely a conspiracy going on with the ratings. When the top 10 photos used to last on the main page for 24 hours, there was always the same 3-5 people (that I noticed) who would appear on it almost everyday or multiple times a week. Far more than you’d expect the typical person to, even if their photos were exceptional. Even sometimes the photos would be from the same date, but they’d upload them on different days to (I assume) ensure that each photo they uploaded would make it to the top ten to get as many ratings as possible. 

I’m fairly certain they use multiple accounts/bots to boost their own photos. Once I was uploading photos to a checklist and went to make sure they appeared in the recently uploaded section and one of the 3-5 people mentioned above happened to upload pictures at the same time, so they were in between my photos. I clicked on one and it already was at 5 stars with 6 ratings, and this had to be within a minute of it being uploaded. So if people are willing to do that, I’m sure they’re willing to employ them against the ‘competition.’
I don’t really understand what someone gains from it, however. Even if someone does it to make their photo higher, what are they receiving in the end…It will be a top photo for 24hrs/7 days/30 days and then ~maybe~ it will be a top photo for the species page. But then it just sits there doing nothing. There’s no real prize or fame associated with it. 
Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely fun having your better photos get highly rated, but it’s never that serious to manipulate the rating system and bomb other peoples photos.

I know lots of photographers have big egos, so it might just be people being overly critical/insecure. Definitely weird stuff though… More people need to read the eBird photo rating guidelines 😂

  • Like 8
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, Aaron said:

There’s definitely a conspiracy going on with the ratings. When the top 10 photos used to last on the main page for 24 hours, there was always the same 3-5 people (that I noticed) who would appear on it almost everyday or multiple times a week. Far more than you’d expect the typical person to, even if their photos were exceptional. Even sometimes the photos would be from the same date, but they’d upload them on different days to (I assume) ensure that each photo they uploaded would make it to the top ten to get as many ratings as possible. 

I’m fairly certain they use multiple accounts/bots to boost their own photos. Once I was uploading photos to a checklist and went to make sure they appeared in the recently uploaded section and one of the 3-5 people mentioned above happened to upload pictures at the same time, so they were in between my photos. I clicked on one and it already was at 5 stars with 6 ratings, and this had to be within a minute of it being uploaded. So if people are willing to do that, I’m sure they’re willing to employ them against the ‘competition.’
I don’t really understand what someone gains from it, however. Even if someone does it to make their photo higher, what are they receiving in the end…It will be a top photo for 24hrs/7 days/30 days and then ~maybe~ it will be a top photo for the species page. But then it just sits there doing nothing. There’s no real prize or fame associated with it. 
Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely fun having your better photos get highly rated, but it’s never that serious to manipulate the rating system and bomb other peoples photos.

I know lots of photographers have big egos, so it might just be people being overly critical/insecure. Definitely weird stuff though… More people need to read the eBird photo rating guidelines 😂

There was someone about a month ago who had 14 ratings or so in the first couple minutes after uploading on 15 photos on their checklists... There are many bird photo sharing sites where I've seen others post photos with Macaulay Library links just like people do here. On a site with more users/traffic photos can get rated faster. The fact that some people seemed to plan out only uploading a photo a day to seemingly keep a streak before the top photos changed was crazy. I'd just forget to upload the pictures if I didn't to it all in one day. 

  • Like 6
Link to comment
Share on other sites

42 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

From yesterday. I had to take this through a window leaning over the sink, and it was so hard to get it to focus on the bird. The Lumix FZ-80 just has a soft blur at this distance. Thoughts appreciated. 3?

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/5277627911800.thumb.jpg.8893d3db2d0e402cb8b219c767f24fef.jpg

Three from me. Background is a little messy, and like you said there is a soft blur, but I really like the framing! Looks cool.

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Unfortunately, your content contains terms that we do not allow. Please edit your content to remove the highlighted words below.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...