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1. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Okay, so I'm going through my photo gallery to pick a particular photo for the competition and, oh my, there's a new description listed where my old description used to be... When I click on "edit this photo", my comment is just San Diego Zoo but click on the picture, the description says:

Visiting San Diego on your next trip? The nearest property we found is Lucky D's, 0.4 kms away.

I understand that I have uploaded my photos and that they can be used for assorted things but I've never been to Lucky D's (0.4km away) and when someone views my gallery - it appears I'm recommending the place. It might be nice place - who knows - certainly not me!!! I don't mind having my zoo photos linked to a wiki section dealing with the zoo itself, or even things to do in San Diego, but not to guest houses where I have not personally stayed. Okay - link it in the wiki, but I don't like the comment next to the picture when you click on the photo for the larger view. I didn't write it yet people will think I have.

I know, I'm being picky but it caught me off guard and I have an issue with it... I'm old and curmudgeonly just like the meercat

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 7y

This was added a few months ago actually in an attempt to rank better in the search engines for property names :) Ideally, based on the location of your photo, this should actually be quite relevant to a viewer wondering what's nearby. But I see what you mean about not wanting to look like you're endorsing it. Do you think if we positioned it somewhere else or styled it differently it might be acceptable?

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

I agree that we need some more obvious styling to show that it's an ad and not something from the person who uploaded the photo. Perhaps position it lower creating a big gap, away from the photo description, and title it with the word "Advertisement"?

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 7y

I'm not really sure I'd consider it an "ad". It's still a Travellerspoint page - we're just trying to be *helpful* :) Titling it as "advertisement" also could unfortunately backfire. The SEs are a bit messed up that way But maybe just changing the colour and adding a heading like "Accommodation" above it might help?

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Thanks for the explanation, Peter. I really wondered how it got there and wanted so badly to flag it as spam. (Then I clicked the link which took me to the wiki.)

I do realize that the original descriptions are still visible with the thumbnails. But people may click the pic thinking they'll be able to read the description while viewing the larger version and then it's not there. Instead, they see a "promo" which they will think was written by the photographer. I envisioned getting a PM from someone, asking me about Lucky D's, (and had I not clicked on the picture to see comment) I would have been clueless - wondering why they contacted me.

So, to answer your question - yes, repositioning it or restyling would be very acceptable. Presently, it gives mixed messages and I'm sure I'm not the only one who was unaware of it's presence. (Just shows how often I click on my photos.)

Thanks in advance and sorry to make you do more work. ;)

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Peter

But maybe just changing the colour and adding a heading like "Accommodation" above it might help?

I think that would work nicely.

7. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting Peter

I'm not really sure I'd consider it an "ad". It's still a Travellerspoint page - we're just trying to be *helpful* :) Titling it as "advertisement" also could unfortunately backfire. The SEs are a bit messed up that way But maybe just changing the colour and adding a heading like "Accommodation" above it might help?

The thing I'm uncomfortable about with this approach is that it links directly to one accommodation option - and in this way it's definitely an ad, and definitely looks like that either the person or Travellerspoint (or both) endorse that particular accommodation out of all others in that area.

I think a better approach would be to link to the page listing accommodation in that area, in this case San Diego.

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 7y

Ok guys, message is loud and clear. I might wait till Sam is back from no-internet-land to figure out exactly how to fix this, since he was mainly driving the change (not that I objected).

Linking to properties directly helps search engines differently, but linking up a city can also work. And because the geodata is so inaccurate on photos, the "xxx km away" logic doesn't really hold up anyway. Will get back with more on this when Sam's back :)

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Okay, I'm back and ready to tackle these pesky moderators and their comments. Wait, did I just actually write that 'out loud' :)

Clearly this needs changing. It was actually originally going to be styled differently, but I think that slipped through the cracks of going back and forth between Pete and myself. I did want to clarify one thing though This text does not remove/replace the description in any way. The description is, and always has been, right underneath the title of the photo. Of course the length of this text might make it look like a description in those cases where there isn't a long one, or one at all. But a photo like this one shows more clearly where the description is.

That said, it's not right at the moment, so proposing these fixes:

  • make it city based, rather than linking to a property. This makes more sense anyway, since the distances are way off in some cases. Big benefit being that it becomes less of an 'ad' for one property.
  • re-style to make it clearer.
  • perhaps move location out of the way to keep focus on content next to photo being related to photo as opposed to this.

Sound okay?

10. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting Sam I Am

Okay, I'm back and ready to tackle these pesky moderators and their comments. Wait, did I just actually write that 'out loud' :)

Hey, only one moderator in this thread is pesky - and that's not me!


That said, it's not right at the moment, so proposing these fixes:

  • make it city based, rather than linking to a property. This makes more sense anyway, since the distances are way off in some cases. Big benefit being that it becomes less of an 'ad' for one property.
  • re-style to make it clearer.
  • perhaps move location out of the way to keep focus on content next to photo being related to photo as opposed to this.

Sound okay?

Sounds good to me. :)