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cutterjar 122369 26 CDROM Survey either
CDROM Survey
This thread is for anyone who has comments regarding the
concept of archiving farmphoto onto some form of digital
media for users to buy.

see:
http://www.farmphoto.com/photography/cdsurvey.asp

After 12hrs or so of having the survey up I have had a
number of good responses back. They are split about 50/50
Yes/No . As the survey is anonymous I thought I would put up
this thread to answer some of the "No" responses and also so
everyone can discuss the idea directly.

Here are the responses I wanted to be able to address:

"I think its a bad idea because it's another way of people
copying the image's and I'm one who wouldnt like my pictures
on the disk and given to people."

I can understand people not wanting their pictures spread
around. However, isn't putting the photos on a CD far more
restrictive than putting them on the internet? My personal
view is that anyone who posts their photos to farmphoto
wants as wide as distribution as possible? (Note that this
is a far different thing from relinquishing ownership or
rights to the pictures - see further down below).

"I would miss this date specific interaction if I purchased
a CD."

Yes. This would be a problem. Let's say a CD came out once a
year that would mean that the CD would get out of date
*very* quickly. I don't think a CD would be replacement for
regular visits to the site. Rather it would be for those
heavy users who often go back deep into the archive to find
old posts. I looked at the logs recently and found that
about 10% of the people who use the site account for about
80% of the bandwidth usage. I am assuming that these people
must like looking at *lots* of old posts hence a physical
copy might be a good service for them?

"I'd rather search the site than try to sort through CDs to
find what I need"

Another good point. All I can think of is that maybe we
could design the CDs so that they can be copied on to a hard
drive and each successive year of posts would add to the
old?

"The site is plenty fast enough"

Thank God! I've been waiting years for someone to say that!
;-)

"What good are the photos if there is no caption and author
info?"

Whoops. I musn't have been too clear about this. My thought
would be to make an archive of *posts* not just photos. ie.,
basically a copy of the online version complete with author
info, date, captions, responses etc...

"You don't own the photos therefore you can't sell them"

This is a really good point and one that needs to be
addressed. The respondant who posted this question is right.
I want to make it clear that this CD/DVD idea would in no
way be selling photos. Anyone who purchased a copy would
have exactly the same rights of someone who uses the
website. ie. they can look, but if they want to use the
pictures for *any* non-personal use they must contact the
owner directly. In essence I am thinking that what would be
being sold would be a convenient method for viewing the
content *not* the content itself.

To wrap it up let me make sure everyone understands my
motives here. I am thinking that a CD/DVD version might
enhance the operation of the site in two ways. 1) to raise
money for the ongoing operation and development of the site,
and 2) to provide heavy users with a more convenient access
method while simultaneously reducing bandwidth usage.

This is *not* a foregone conclusion. It will only go ahead
if *lots* of people are interested and if n
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Re: CDROM Survey
Well, this survey has been running a long time. Over a year
already.

I can't say interest levels were very high. Over that whole
time there were only 120 responses.

The responses were evenly divided. 61 Yes, 59 No.

To me that says that this project should go on the back
burner for now. I'm a bit disappointed because I think a DVD
version would be kind of neat, but I guess the masses think
otherwise.

Thanks to all of those who participated.

stu
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