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November 9th, 2008

flickr oddness. @ 12:01 am

Location: apartment 9B
Mood: confused confused and annoyed.

So Friday I'm surfing flickr and I come across some really great shots and artwork and I favorite a couple of them. I didn't make any comments, just a couple of favorite-ings.

I added the guy as a contact so that I could get back to his work and check it out some more.

1:02 AM Friday - the guy makes me a contact - cool.

I checked the guy's profile a couple of minutes ago and the guy has blocked me.

huh?

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Why is it that, sometimes, random relatively neutral/negative acts like this, by absolute strangers, affect me so strongly in a negative way?

I could easily understand it if I had made an off color comment or stole his work and called it my own. But I didn't and I haven't.

According to the (help message) that accompanies the block notice says that it prevents me from favoriting, friending, commenting and contacting him via flickr. I'll bet that the guy doesn't even realize that he has an e-mail address for himself publicly displayed on this flickr profile.

again - HUH?
 
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From:marmtx
Date:November 9th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
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Mmm... the key word is probably "via Flikr"? :)
Maybe he saw something in your profile that made him panic and block you so nobody'd think you're friends?
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 10th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
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hum, yes, there is the whole Flickr is owned by Yahoo! issue.

I have no doubt that there are things in my profile that would make some people panic [wink]. For example, I Know that some of the groups that I watch would make some folks panic.

...why not just un-contact me?

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From:beartalon
Date:November 10th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
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This topic is also a button for me as well. If you put your content on a public site, people who are not in your realm of comfort are going to contact you or "friend" you, or whatever term sites want to use for connecting through social networking. It doesn't have to be a reciprocal thing and the words chosen by sites for this particular connection mean nothing more than "contacts", no matter the semantics.

In the real world, a whole lot of people I don't want to have my name and address have it squirreled away in databases.

If someone wants to control his art's exposure, then he should be more diligent in controlling the environment in which it appears so you don't look like a discriminatory schmuck after the fact. It is far easier to realize that usually art appeal exceeds your own boundaries. Your audience may not be just who you expect.

I would contact him via his email (if you can get it somehow) saying it was publicly posted and seemed the quickest way to contact him. Make no mention of the block, ask the questions you'd like to ask, if any, and be a realist about response expectations.

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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 10th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
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...see, I'm rather careful to not comment on an image in a way that might concern *most* folks, until I have established a contact/contact or greater connection with the folks. Most times, if I leave any of my words behind, after favoriting an image, I will say something like - Great shot!

databases just Google whois and run a whois search on a domainname and you can get an incredible amount of information about a person, including address, phone, active e-mail address, hosting / technical contact info. This guy has his artistic website's domainname up on his flickr profile with his e-mail address.

I'm not sure I'm all that comfortable about contacting him outside of flickr. Its clear, from his, IMO, over-reaction, that he has neither the knowledge nor the capacity to sufficiently protect his privacy in the 'net realm and he clearly has some other issues, possibly extending to ignorances of other sorts.

Knowing that Yahoo! is a company that broadly and narrowmindedly protects pinheaded folks, I will choose to subjugate my needs and concerns and avoid further interaction with the guy, so that I may (at Yahoo!'s pleasure and benefit) continue using flickr, because, for all its issues, including the fact that Yahoo! owns it, I happen to like flickr and alot of my online & IRL contacts are on it.

I just hope that his blocking me doesn't have a negative effect on my account or standings at flickr or with Yahoo! in general.

Edited at 2008-11-10 04:08 pm (UTC)
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From:choochoo68
Date:November 10th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
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don't worry you're still cute ;)
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 10th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
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awwww, thanks!

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