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Old 06-26-2012, 05:55 AM
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Hello Michael,
a belated welcome to TE!

Here is the relevant section of the Terms of Service, which you can find at
http://www.trekearth.com/terms.php

Photographs:

1. Only photographs are permitted. Images may not be digitally manipulated in an image editing program ie, Photoshop except for the following reasons:
i. Copyright notices and (straight-edged, plain) frames
NB: Copyright/Watermark information must be discrete and may contain your name, but no graphics are allowed except for the copyright symbol produced by the keyboard (Alt+0169)
Frames must be plain and straight edged (simple drop shadow is allowed)
Cannot contain gradients, textures, blurring or beveling, but may contain the photo's title and/or the member's name. Advertising of commercial websites is not permitted.
Those posts not adhering to the these guidelines will be removed at the discretion of the moderators.
ii. Cropping, resizing and sharpening
iii. Touching up (dust, slight imperfections)
iv. Levels, Curves, Color adjustment, Hue, Saturation etc. for minor image enhancements.
v. Multiple exposures to get proper exposure values
vi. Stitching for panoramic photos
vii. Color conversion to Black and White, Sepia, Duotone etc.
viii. Perspective correction for parallax or lens distortion.
ix. Infrared photos are not allowed.


Many members have responded to one of their photos being removed by identifying others with the same failings which have not been removed, either their own or others'. First, that does not constitute an argument against your photo's removal, but does hint at Moderators' inconsistency. Second, there is no way the Moderators can identify every offending photo, and some get through, producing the apparent inconsistency. Indeed, sometimes we find, retrospectively, that a major part of a member's gallery breaches the Terms of Service; somehow that member's photos slipped through the net and we are only made aware of it by its being reported by another member.

In your own gallery, as you say, there is an acknowleged infrared conversion. To me it does not seem as extreme, although I never saw it when it was posted and wasn't required to make that decision. There are also several photos with blurred framing - not straight edged - which is also against the TOS. That is not the kind of thing that can be seen in the thumbnail view, but would probably bring removal if seen full size - see the TOS section above regarding frames.

The photo you have referred to and linked to is possibly 'borderline over-processed' but surely intended to be a kind of sepia, which the member has acknowledged to be 'too red' - he's stated he'll publish a less red one the next day, but it is yet to appear. Whatever the case, this one would usually be considered borderline and come up for discussion amongst the Moderators if it were seen in the gallery.

We don't usually remove infringing photos after a few weeks has gone by, unless there is an extreme case of photo theft, advertising, or something offensive. That's why they are still there waiting for someone to point them out when querying the Moderators' decision!

I hope this has clarified the issue a bit.
Andrew
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