Fri May 06, 2005
LINK SUBMISSION RULE CHANGE
Beginning Friday July 1st, 2005: Links must take visitors direct to an image related to the Challenge in which it was submitted. The image found at the link must not change over time. Photo Friday visitors must not have to scroll or click any additional links on a participant's site to find the related image.
That last sentence is the reason we're changing the rules. This is all about making the visitor experience the best it can be. Most of us participate because it's fun to interpret a Challenge, but also to have our work seen. The easier we make it for visitors to consistently find our work, the more likely our work will be seen.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY LINK IS IN THE RIGHT FORMAT?
Your link must take a visitor to a specific page showing a specific image, and that image must relate to the Challenge it was submitted to. If a visitor would have to scroll around or click additional links on your site to find the image, you have not submitted a valid link. If over time the image at that link changes, you have not submitted a valid link.
IS A "PHOTO FRIDAY CATEGORY PAGE" ON MY SITE STILL ACCEPTABLE?
A Category Page is a page on a participant's site that groups together all submissions to the various Challenges they've participated in over time. Links to category pages are perfectly alright so long as visitors are always brought to the specific individual image on that category page - even if it's down the page somewhere - relating to the Challenge. But please note, if visitors are brought to the top of the category page, and at any time they have to scroll or click to find the related image, the link will be invalid.
SO I CANNOT LINK TO MY HOME PAGE?
Unfortunately, you cannot. Even though you just posted a photo and it's currently topmost on your site's home page, that page will change when you post another photo, and that means visitors won't be able to easily find the image relating to the Challenge, making your link invalid.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO INVALID LINKS?
They will be removed.
For the great majority this rule change is a non-issue. For a handful of you, it's going to be something of a big deal. Some of you have very specialized sites. It's not our intent to alienate anyone, that's why we're giving two months notice, and we really hope that's enough time to consider making changes on your site so that you can still participate and enjoy everything you get out of Photo Friday.
If you are at all unsure what this change might mean, please contact us. We'd be happy to discuss it further, or look at your site and suggest a solution.
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