Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

Lives in United States SEATTLE, WA, United States
Works as a Editor, writer, photographer
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Jul 9, 2002
About me:

http://www.cff.org/

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photosen: Looks nice and I appreciate the effort; what I would really wish for is better reliability...

we won't be working with patched up, decade old code any more, so, though i won't go as far as promising better reliability from day one, it will be far easier for us to track down and fix problems quickly.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 15:44 UTC
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)
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Richard Weisgrau: I think the contest is a great idea, and that "Rules" are reasonable except that the requirement for a release from any person in a submitted photo. Personally, and the lawyers would argue against my point, I can't see why a release is necessary since the end use is a public display or publication that seems not to be either trade of advertising use. The required release will certainly be a handicap to anyone working on the street as so many do. How many times can you stop to explain what and why you are shooting the subject without just getting frustrated and misdirected? I would hope, with little expectation of success, that the release Rule would be changed.

I've asked for clarity on this from legal as i tend to agree with you.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 15:42 UTC
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)
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HB1969: The deadline is listed as 11:59:59pm PT.
What's PT -which country? DPReview has an international audience, wouldn't it be easier to list at deadline time in GMT?

Pacific Time

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 15:41 UTC
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)
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jadmaister2: and is it to be judged in the same interesting manner in which the challenges are judged?????

no

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 15:41 UTC
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)
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Dan Wagner: Here are a few contest terms you may want to carefully consider:

"By entering the Contest, entrants consent to our collection, use and disclosure of their personal information for these purposes and also to potentially contact entrants for MARKETING PURPOSES (caps are mine)."

Oh goody -- so the contest company can make money selling our info to other companies who will fill our email boxes with more junk.

And

"By submitting an Entry, each entrant grants to Sponsor a royalty- free, sublicenseable right to use, reproduce, transmit, modify (as to size, format and color correction, only), and display the Photo on Sponsor’s Web site(s) or Sponsor’s pages on social media web sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, for marketing and promotional purposes in connection with Sponsor and/or the Contest."

There are quite a few more items in the terms section that I find less tasty than okra. DPrev commission on this?

Anyone else besides me tired of the unending proliferation of contests?

So it's up to you. Enter for the chance to win $5000 and agree that we can show the winning pictures on our website. If you want to win the $5000 but don't want us to be able to show people which picture won, then don't enter. There's nothing, literally zero, in these terms that suggests we can 'sell' (or give) your info to other companies, merely that we can show the pictures entered if we want. Complain as much as you want about anything we do, but please get your facts right.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 15:41 UTC
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LensHood: I really really wonder why you sticked to the threated view of a discussion. It is my single most complaint about this wonderful resource. Just show everything in a flat view. Show ALL messages in a thread simultaneously. It is extremely inconvenient to have these multiple threats. And really, ever noticed that no other forum on the planet does this anymore?

Simple answer: 33 million messages in threaded format

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 14:25 UTC
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B1ackhat: Great - because it looks like this site is still trapped in 1995. You should have switched to vBulletin or one the other PHP-based forums over a decade ago.

and we didn't even launch until 1998!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 05:58 UTC
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Ann Chaikin: What is the point of rating users? Is it a contest? I can see filtering out those who just want to be trolls but other than that... why?

reputation scores give new users an idea of the kind of person they're talking to, and may encourage better behaviour.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 05:50 UTC
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Absolutic: Guys how about a iphone app finally, with everything properly formatted?

you do not need flash to upload images to the new system

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 03:14 UTC
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cs hauser: "Question & Answer" seems like a rudimentary version of the feature dpreview really needs: POLLS. These forums can be downright toxic sometimes, thanks to a loud minority that dominate most discussions.. When assessing the community's opinion, I think a simple poll would go a long way in keeping the loud minority from overwhelming the silent majority.

I also think "Question & Answer" feature can make things even more confusing. Especially when it comes to controversial questions. For instance, any question regarding 'equivalence' will inevitably result in the community's answer switching back & forth. Again, in this situation a poll would provide a clearer representation of what the community really feels.

polls are coming in v2

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 03:11 UTC
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Rick Knepper: Unfortunately, I do not see the most glaring defect of the website addressed - the seartch engine.

what is the problem with the search engine? we recently released an extensive overhaul.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 03:06 UTC
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)
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zakk9: The property/model release term indicates strongly that this is not really a photo competition, but a competition for photos specifically to be used for commercial marketing purposes.

Oh, and my Burmese friend can't participate. Not that she cares, but she does like to take photos. Can she be in the photo, I wonder...

Why don't you like people from Burma, dpr? Haven't they been through enough problems already? How is it OK that you discriminate upon them as well?

this is one of the longest non sequiturs i've read in a long time. Our parent company is not allowed, by law, to send money to certain countries.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 15:41 UTC
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)
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Radim Schreiber: While reading through legal lingo, I cannot find a sentence, or sentence similar to this: "An entrant remains all the rights to his/her photograph". Can you comment on that?

you will also find that there's nothing to suggest you give up your rights in the image. To be clear, you don't. You grant us the right to use it in connection with the contest and on dpreview (which covers us for displaying your image in association with the contest).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 15:37 UTC
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)
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zakk9: The property/model release term indicates strongly that this is not really a photo competition, but a competition for photos specifically to be used for commercial marketing purposes.

Oh, and my Burmese friend can't participate. Not that she cares, but she does like to take photos. Can she be in the photo, I wonder...

Why don't you like people from Burma, dpr? Haven't they been through enough problems already? How is it OK that you discriminate upon them as well?

this is simply because there's a cash prize and it's a US-based contest. It was not our decision. Sorry!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 07:41 UTC
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mas54: What an unphotographic theme for a photography contest!

really? in what way?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 03:14 UTC
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)
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zakk9: The property/model release term indicates strongly that this is not really a photo competition, but a competition for photos specifically to be used for commercial marketing purposes.

Oh, and my Burmese friend can't participate. Not that she cares, but she does like to take photos. Can she be in the photo, I wonder...

Why don't you like people from Burma, dpr? Haven't they been through enough problems already? How is it OK that you discriminate upon them as well?

such is the world we live in...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 01:22 UTC
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)
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zakk9: The property/model release term indicates strongly that this is not really a photo competition, but a competition for photos specifically to be used for commercial marketing purposes.

Oh, and my Burmese friend can't participate. Not that she cares, but she does like to take photos. Can she be in the photo, I wonder...

Why don't you like people from Burma, dpr? Haven't they been through enough problems already? How is it OK that you discriminate upon them as well?

it is not a competition for photos specifically to be used for commercial marketing purposes, they will only be used to promote the competition itself, on our site. The rules come from the lawyers at our parent company and are to protect us and make sure we are free to actually run the contest without being sued by those that enter or who are featured in the photos. We're photographers, we are not rights-grabbers. We just want to give someone $5000.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 00:34 UTC
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pricklypear: I knew it. 78, Gold but 78 Silver for another Sony.

If the reader can't decide what's better for her, even after going through the entire review, maybe she's worrying too much about technical IQ differences she's never going to see in real world shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 02:43 UTC
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Fave Photog: Is the purpose of these images to showcase the 24-120/4 or to showcase the abilities of the D600? The answer is obviously the 24-120, or else Nikon's best lenses would have been used: The 14-24, 24G, 35G, 85G, 200G, 70-200VRII, etc.

Another basically useless 'review'/'preview' by DPR.

we'll post more later. there's no prizes any more for being the last to publish. this is just to whet the appetite.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 02:41 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A57 review article (235 comments in total)
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Craig from Nevada: The editors must be some mistake with the gold award. Since when is Nikon orCanon spelt S-O-N-Y?

i see what you did there. Funny thing is that of the 17 cameras ever given gold awards, 5 are made by Sony. That's versus 5 Canons, 3 Nikons, 1 Pentax and 2 Olympuses (oh and a Nokia phone). But hey, we're not going to let our message be dictated by fact-checkers huh?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 02:39 UTC
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