Imagine how exciting it is to see one of your AO posts make it into your daily news feed, what a pleasant surprise after spending a couple of hours going to a place, capturing the scene and then once you get back home to carefully select a few pics to give the right feel. Another 15-30 minutes writing a post about what makes the place interesting and providing sources. I mean it’s not like a major quest or anything but then imagine the let down when the link from your news feed just shows some almost monochrome picture that was snagged off Wikipedia as the featured picture.
I get that we’re out here doing this for our own kicks too, no one’s expecting a reward and sure the editors are going to clean up some phrases and tighten up a post so it fits their target reader viewing time. Maybe if this happened just once or if the picture was something spectacularly better than anything you had submitted it’d be easily understood.
The first time I had to post something like this was about my Kardung La post where they just added some random pic from Wikipedia’s article about Kardung La and the picture wasn’t even from that place. I don’t like leaving a negative message like this but we, the original creator, are not allowed to change other people’s pictures so there wasn’t much alternative that time but to post to the community page. I’d understand if some other random user added a picture but just adding something from another site because you want there to be five instead of four pictures or what ever… heck ask ME if I have more pictures! Prominently note that you want five pictures if that’s the overall concept. After being let down like that I really didn’t want to spend my time giving away my work to see random things just added to it with no sense of it being needed, but I really like this site and like giving other people these zany sort of tips because life is an adventure. Thankfully the picture was taken off after a couple of days due to my post to the community.
I have another pending post because I was informed they want a current picture aside from the historic ones I included. But the only way to get a decent one of that place is from the air. I lost a drone trying to get one. There may be a lot of purely casual easy posted things but overall if something is “obscure” it might mean that your content creators are making some efforts. Please don’t discount us as just free resources. I’ll probably never get a decent picture of that reservoir with permission to post it. Anyone want to hook me up with a Cessna pilot for an hour?
So all in all I’m over it, I have a few other things I plan to add and I respect the good work the editors are doing but I thought it important to point this out as I’m probably not the only contributor who’s felt slighted in some way like this. I know there’s a ton of things going on with this site, maybe just keep us in mind when you’re running through your checklists.