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    fyi- Update on where we are with the Gallery..

    Ok...

    After some code changes this morning the current state of the gallery is..

    -all visitors and registered members can view thumbnails and categories only
    -subscribers have full access

    I am leaning strongly towards keeping it this way because since the lockdown on the gallery the server has never been in such good shape. Performance is way up, and our bandwidth use is way down. With the lockdown in place we should be able to maintain things on our semi-dedicated server plan for quite a while.

    It is hard to give non-subscribers access to upload a few images because that sets us back to square 1 with 100's of non-subscribers uploading a few images and 100's of people viewing those images.

    My main concern now are those who geographically have major problems subscribing. For example one user would have to pay $15 just to create a check to mail me. I need to find something to do for these people, but at the same time keep others from abusing what I decide to do. It will probably come down to a case by case basis.

    The lockdown has caused some strife, and a few people have either left or asked their old images to be removed. At first this was worrying to see, but now it seems it was only isolated to a few. I say this because most feedback has been supportive, and subscribtion numbers are rising. Generally people are happy with paying $1 a month to have 4megs of personal gallery space, and the ability to participate in the gallery system.

    The book is not closed on this, but for now it seems we've found a good solution to curb our out of control server usage..

    Thanks, Sean

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    Thanks for the update and all the hard work Sean, sounds like we're on the right track again

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    Thanks Sean. As much as I like the gallery, for me the "meat" in APUG is the forums. I enjoy chatting with others and I feel that I have met people here that I would enjoy meeting in real life; I've already met Kevin and Nige from Melbourne.
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    Sounds good. Let us know how it is working out over the next couple of weeks. I'd be interested in hearing whether you have found a solution.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    Sorry Sean is my Firewall being over protective again or is there no way to comment on pictures in the galleries at the moment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TPPhotog
    Sorry Sean is my Firewall being over protective again or is there no way to comment on pictures in the galleries at the moment?
    Nope, not your firewall - same here.

    Poor old Sean must be rushing about like a blue-arsed fly sorting this lot out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean
    .............snipped.............. Generally people are happy with paying $1 a month to have 4megs of personal gallery space, and the ability to participate in the gallery system...............snipped........
    Ummmm - yup!! I for one will continue to be happy with paying for this subscription. Today I picked up a copy of B&W magazine at the local smoke shop and it was $10.00. I put it back down A full year here is $12.00.........I can count!

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    the comments issue is fixed now

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    Quote Originally Posted by roteague
    Thanks Sean. As much as I like the gallery, for me the "meat" in APUG is the forums.
    I agree with Robert. There are some APUG users who are really just using the gallery as another exposure/online critique site. I see the gallery as useful for some purposes, but peripheral to the real value of the site, which is in the discussion, print exchanges, and personal contacts that people make.
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    I can get to the thumbnails but can't see the full scans, is there still a bug in the gallery?
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