Flickr Delisting WOW screenshots?

Slashdot is reporting that Flickr is delisting screenshots from online worlds, most notably WOW and Second Life because their content is “non-photographic”. Sorry guys, I have to disagree. Just because the subject matter in the shot is virtual, there’s still an art to setting up a good screenshot. Turning off the interface, rotating the point of view just right, setting your screen to its highest resolution and depth, it’s just like setting the ISO and shutter and aperture on a film or digital camera, just in a different space.

Of course, I don’t to add to the FUD right off the bat, as some of my shots are still in my photostream, but if this is going on, we’re gonna need to be raising a ruckus.

9 Comments so far

  1. veronica (unregistered) on June 14th, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    Whaaaaaaa?! My shots are still up, and I would be PISSED if they took them down. Oh yes, we shall march against this madness…

  2. Thud (unregistered) on June 14th, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

    Flikr’s not _removing_ screenshots, they’re delisting them from the “public site areas” — that means, they don’t show up in searches or, presumably, group postings. It’s more complex; apparently they are only delisting screenshots from accounts that do not have a majority of photographic content. I have a few pieces of artwork on my photo account that are in the public site, presumably because 95% of my work is photographic. I hear the cut-off is 50%.

    That’s not to say you have to be happy about what Flickr is doing, of course.

    More info on this is at:

  3. rougewisp (unregistered) on June 14th, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

    Not to blow my own horn, but…

    It’s architectural photography, just in a… Different medium, let’s say.

  4. snivlem (unregistered) on June 14th, 2006 @ 7:13 pm

    so they want us to take actual digital photographs of our screens, and then upload them?

    Taking a screen cap is just a better way of doing that. It’s a virtual photograph.

  5. Joi Ito (unregistered) on June 14th, 2006 @ 11:31 pm

    wtfpwnsauce… This is Soooo stupid. Machinima and in game photo/video is such an important trend. bah.

  6. Donald (AKA Dreadmoon) (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 7:29 am

    The question will be how do we define “photo”. If a screenshot is not allowed, will a photo of the screen be allowed? (I get my camera, take a photo of the screen itself)

    I believe there is a very gray line nowdays of what a photo is…

  7. Sabocat (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 7:43 am

    IS film more photography than digital?
    Does a lens have to be involved? What if I expose a light sensitve silk screen? Is that photography? I think that Flikr is going to have to strictly define what a camera and what photography is if they hope to stand a chance of defending that policy. More likely, everyone will just move to one of the other digital image distribution services and Flikr will die a natural death due to thier inability to “evolve”.

  8. Jim (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 7:04 am

    Flickr is merely trying to avoid becoming an image dump. The purpose is to support photographers, manage photographic metadata (exposure info and so on). The way they discourage this is to flag users who are seem to be using Flickr as an image dump, and they seem to be willing to review individual cases.

  9. Christina (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    Of course they can manage their site however they like, but that seems a very strange way to cut it if the purpose is to support photographers (which I interpret as people who put work into captures, not just kids with cameraphones). The most common use I’ve seen of Flickr is teens posting hundreds of poorly-composed snapshots of their last vacation/party/road trip, which doesn’t have much merit in my eyes.

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