Stewart Butterfield from Flickr has helped clarify the whole issue of them
censoring restricting non-photographic content (ie drawings) from the public site areas of Flickr:
- Flickr (and the people who work at Flickr) are not against non-phographic images for any aesthetic, moral or political reasons.
- In the long run, we’ll have a way of flagging images as being something other than photos (screenshots, illustrations, art-thingies, etc.) and then everyone will be happy.
- Until then, to keep photo searches photo searches, we only have the blunt instrument of nipsa’ing to do the job.
- If you are nipsa’d, in means your photos don’t show up in search results – they are still visible to non-users, search engines, other users, your contacts, other members of groups you are in. It is not the end of the world.
- We’re just trying to hold Flickr together* — and till we have more subtle tools, it’s the only thing we can do.
- This has absolutely nothing to do with Yahoo!