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11:17 pm on Jan 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi Everyone

I've been thinking of creating a royalty free images website like istockphoto.com but with no costs involved to the end user whatsoever. It will have everything that Istockphoto has and more but except payment.

Will users upload their photographs and creations for webmasters to use? What could I give to the regular uploaders for a incentive to upload more?

I have brought a very good domain and been brainstorming for a while now about it. What do you all think.

Any ideas will be of great help

Thanks

Steve

11:19 pm on Jan 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Steve,

2 things come to mind:

1, How will you know the images are royalty free (or even check they belong to the uploader)?

2, And WHY on Earth would you want to do this?

Shak

11:24 pm on Jan 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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1, How will you know the images are royalty free (or even check they belong to the uploader)?

I will do this how IStockPhoto does it by heavily checking the net. Or request for him/her to create a duplicate photo with something in the photo that says the site name ( summat like that )

When userbase increases I will create moderators will be able to check also

2, And WHY on Earth would you want to do this?

I have found that is nearly impossible to find high quality images on the internet that is royalty free that dosn't cost an absolute fortune. And I need a challenge.

Thanks

Steve

11:26 pm on Jan 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Steve,

10/10 for commitment.

but apart from the challenge, it seems like a very time consuming job if there is NO revenue at the end.

Good Luck though

Shak

11:29 pm on Jan 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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OK

Rather than

And WHY on Earth would you want to do this?

How about

Where is the money going to come from to run it? Photos will use a lot of bandwidth.

11:30 pm on Jan 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Go for it mate! :)

I run 2 free (affiliate and ad free as well) advice sites and it is rewarding.

If you need any advice then sticky me - i think more people should take the time to contribute what the can to the web.

It makes no difference if its not for profit - in fact in more cases it can indicate a higher quality.

JOAT

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Non Intrusive advertisments would pay for hosting costs.
Any ideas for the

"1, How will you know the images are royalty free (or even check they belong to the uploader)? "

and

"Will users upload their photographs and creations for webmasters to use? What could I give to the regular uploaders for a incentive to upload more? "

1:50 am on Jan 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You will need a ratio-based system, where users have to upload to obtain credits to be able to download -- or otherwise nobody will contribute.
The danger is of course that spam and mediocre photos will be submitted just to get credits: lots of moderation work necessary.
Build a community around it, so that users can do part of the filtering work.
German site photocase.de (no affil) works exactly like that.

Bandwidth will definitely become an issue. It would be very helpful if you could find a medium-sized web host as sponsor in return for text ads and the like. Just ask around on web hosting forums, chances aren't bad you will find someone.
Also be sure you have a good database and scripts, you can't do everything manually.

Best of luck with the project!

PS: Profit is not everything. Some of us are happy enough with a challenge and learning experience, a bit of recognition and the feeling of having contributed to the web.
And who knows, maybe later on there might be possibilites to make a profit with premium services and the like.
Neither Google nor services like Blogger or even the WWW itself were developed as Get-rich-quick schemes for their founders, and certainly everyone can agree that that was a Good Thing.

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You will need a ratio-based system

There comes the problem. I havn't got an idea how to code this I've got the base system for everything else but I don't know how to do this.

Anyone Help?

Thanks for all your input

Steve

5:17 pm on Jan 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi Everyone.

I decided what to do with this and it is to develop. I've currently got all the base code up and running even with exif support and also the proposed layout.

I would like to thank everyone who encouranged me to do so because I am really enjoying the challenge of very difficult coding and design.

I don't mind that I will get no revenue even after many weeks of coding and months and years running it. I don't know what I'd do without the internet. The net is full of great people but some corporate types always want to make a buck. This will be my gift back to the internet and especially the webmasters who make it what it is today.

You never know one day I will be challenged the likes of Getty and Istock.

Thanks a lot!

Steve