I'm still here, BUT
30 Nov 2010
(I'm not going to take this down just yet, but the epilogue to this story is a testament to why jpg is such a wonderful community. Chris whitney, a wonderful jpg member who had already helped me greatly when i went to shoot in lone pine, read this post and gifted me a plus membership.)
In the three+ years I've been a member here, I've made it a priority to frequently (usually daily) check on the photos of my contacts, and to favorite and comment. I'm fortunate to have quite a few contacts, so it's a significant time commitment. But I value and enjoy being an active and supportive member of this community.
Lately however, because of ads that overlap significant portions of the site pages, the time required to do this has greatly increased, and an aggravation factor has been added. I'm getting tired of clicking to close an SAP ad only to have it bounce back again -and again, and again- so quickly that I can't even move my pointer onto the thumbnail on my "photos from contacts page". Or of being unable to click on "Give Props" for up to a minute, because the page is frozen while a Sprint ad prepares to appear. I don't have any problem with ads, I accept that they're necessary for JPG. But when they disrupt the basic functionality of the site, that's over the line. I resent my experience being degraded in that way, I resent that being a supportive member has been turned into an aggravation, and I refuse to be pushed in that manner into buying a Plus membership.
Of course JPG staff would say the reason to go Plus is the extra features, more than the absence of ads. But that's not true for me. The only Plus feature that I'd be happy about is the ability to spotlight other people's images. I wouldn't be getting any of the things I -and I assume many others - most want, features I'd be willing to pay for (and I've said so to JPG staff), including the ability to:
- Put more info in my profile
- Display my images larger
- View slide shows of collections - for instance a member's images, or submissions to a theme, or any of the other collections that already exist on JPG
- Build collections of images that include images from several members.
None of that's available in Plus, so I'm not buying.
I'm still here. I'll continue to, as I always have, give return visits with great pleasure to anyone who lets me know, by favoriting or commenting, that they've visited my pages, and I'll look forward to also commenting on and favoriting their beautiful images. And of course I'll also continue to express my admiration for the great images that catch my eye through "also by", "more of", and spotlights. But, unless JPG changes the way it implements ads, with much regret I've given up on reviewing my "My contact photos" pages, and as a result my JPG friends may not be hearing from me as often as in the past. Please accept my apologies and know that it's not due to lack of interest in your work, but to the process having been made unbearable.
Wishing you all the best as always,