The final straw

by Stefan Fletcher August. 08, 2016 1891 views

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.

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Moira 4 years, 10 months ago

Well I'm back from holiday and so sorry to hear you are leaving PB like others, thanks for all the technical tips you gave me to improve my photographic "skills".
BTW didn't this type of thing happen with the old PB too?

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Veronica Wolska 4 years, 10 months ago


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Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 10 months ago

I join you in walking - too right I do. Stay well ... Mx

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Evalizette Hansson 4 years, 10 months ago

We had our ups and downs Stéfan but you know what loyalty is.
Thank you so much for words and support
it's sad they can't listen and see what they are losing ...
Thank you xx

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Gillian Parsons 4 years, 10 months ago

Well hello can't say I am surprised many of us making this decision now, I am not far from doing the same thing I would like to say thank you for all the tips and help you have given me over the years on PB, you are the sole reason I managed to take macro shots with my new camera I do so hope that you continue to post on wishes Jill

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Kenny H 4 years, 10 months ago

I for one will be sorry to see you go. Most of the photography knowledge and appreciation I did manage to pick up, I learned from you.
So, with that being said...
Thanks. See ya sround Stefan

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