I could live with the bland new layout that looks just like all the other photo sites I know.
I could live with the bugs and glitches, inconsistencies and technical issues because these are being ironed out.
I could live with the frustration of the new, complicated way of doing things I did simply and easily before, because this has to do with my adapting and growing, something the site needs to do as well if it is to survive.
I can also live with a mercurial administrator who accuses me of lying and fear-mongering when I disagree with him because he clearly does not feel sufficiently appreciated for the hard work he has done to ‘save’ the site.
But it turns out that my fears are justified.
Instead of a vibrant, diverse and differentiated community of people who like to share their photographs, we have a bland, boring combination of wannabe National Geographic pictures or kiddie snaps suitable for the Disney level of censorship that make this, to quote the admin, a “family-safe” site.
How utterly, utterly mediocre.
One of my friends had some of her images summarily deleted. They feature pictures of a naked woman, or rather an unclothed one. The admin apologises for not sending a private message, but not for the censorship, as PB is now family-safe only. The admin also posts a link to a series of kiddie pics which presumably serve as the model for new PB content.
I will leave readers the easy task of drawing the obvious conclusions about what this means. I’m not a huge fan of nudes, but I am very committed to the right to choose. I suspected I would have to abandon my account after a few months although I have been in PB in two accounts for nearly a decade.
In fact, I didn’t even last a month.