Nothing done about a series of similar photos

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Almost exactly the same images are being posted by some users (and I'm not talking about colour and B&W), yet nothing is done about it and they win top awards for the whole series of pictures. This problem was addressed about half a decade ago already, but seems no action was taken.
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You may have to give the links of both images Yang for them to act upon it.. It's obvious that you must have reported to the team already but they didn't respond,,, Similar threads are raging in this forum for a while..
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You may have to give the links of both images Yang for them to act upon it.. It's obvious that you must have reported to the team already but they didn't respond,,, Similar threads are raging in this forum for a while..
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Thanks for the tip, Anoop! For what it's worth, here's the link to one user's profile that is littered with almost identical images (many of which I reported): http://www.pixoto.com/drsagarmayekar/...
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Looking at the linked profile photos, there are many similar but no duplicates. By Pixoto's standard, the photos will stand as is and not removed.
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Here, I too agree with SA! Pixoto cannot do much in this as per their current regulations..

He has some followers with no images at all.. There are so many like them in Pixoto! I wonder why?
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Hello Francois, if you reported images more then 5 days ago, you can post links here to images you believe are very similar and ask if they are very similar - as per our Policy about reporting in community - http://community.pixoto.com/pixoto/to...

One note though - images older then 6 moths from date of report will not be handled for being very similar, only for being duplicate (if they were submitted after June, 2012).
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This is in response to Shooting America's comment: But one of the top 3 rules is no very similar images, and his images are indeed VERY similar, just like the examples given here that would not be acceptable: http://blog.pixoto.com/no-very-simila...

Jasenka, seems the 2nd picture of the dragonfly has now been removed, but the others remain. Some of the images concerned were posted long ago, but several were uploaded in July of this year. Here are a couple of examples, which seem very similar to the ones described in the no very similar images policy examples as unacceptable:

http://www.pixoto.com/images-photogra...

http://www.pixoto.com/images-photogra...
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These two ones are quite close! Only minor adjustments in the iso ans shutter speed.. very minor in fact..
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my thoughts on these two images is that they are not Nature up close... they are landscapes... he just resubmits every day so the report team never gets a chance to recategorize, and they continue to duel against properly categorized images.
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Hello Francois, two images you linked are of completely different scenes so they can't be very similar images. very similar images are ones that have same subject and same pose/scene. neither subject is the same (trees are completely different) nor pose/scene is the same.

I hope this helps.
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Anoop seems to agree with me that they're very similar. I noticed that you're one of just 8 employees here, yet there are 10's of thousands of community members. I do sympathise with the employees. You probably have much more work than you can handle. Perhaps a solution would be to use software utilised by dating websites, like dateinasia, that can automatically check if an image is very similar. With such software, duplicates and very similar images would never be accepted by the site in the 1st place, there would be far fewer complaints , employees would have less work, and it'll be fair game for community members. Everyone's a winner that way!
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Thank you for suggestion Francois.
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These two are from a different user and are exactly the same, apart from the background. Apparently, this is allowed, if it's placed under digital art, but these images aren't, yet they won top awards! Not only that, but they were in fact submitted by pixoto's top ranked contributor of all time! He is clearly a good photographer and there's no need for him to do this, but he probably does so because he's been getting away with it and it's much easier to submit near duplicates than create a new image.

http://www.pixoto.com/images-photogra...

http://www.pixoto.com/images-photogra...
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Hello Fransois, did you mean to post some different links? These you posted here are both from same user and are both in Artistic object (not from different users and not one in Digital art category):

Did you report images? If so, please follow Policy about reporting and community (5 day wait for posting links to community after report is made).
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My original post did say they're from the same user (a different user (NOT users) means that it's not the same person that was talked about earlier in this post. I also said that these images are NOT in digital art, but should be since they are exactly the same, apart from the background. They were posted by an experienced user (named and shamed already by another community member), but the photographer of these images, Rakesh Sayal, is pixoto's top ranked photographer. If he and others like Asif Bora, who is also an experienced user with several violations, are banned, I think the rest of us would gladly wait five days before posting our views here. It seems many people are unhappy about this. To paraphrase Donald Trump, pixoto is in big trouble and we have to find out what's going on and make pixoto great again!
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I'm sorry about misunderstanding Francois, my mistake - I read different users - I apologize about it.
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I don't know if I need specs, but I can't see the difference between these two images, yet they each won a top 5% award for the year! They also come from one of pixoto's top photographers of all time!

http://www.pixoto.com/images-photogra...

http://www.pixoto.com/images-photogra...
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These are same images.. just rotated by some degrees...
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Indeed, and it appears if pixoto loves it! Based on what top ranked people here do, it seems the way to get to number 1 is to take one really good image and then upload it several hundred times with a different background!
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Hello Francois, since those images are not duplicate and are over 6 months old, we can't handle reports for those images for being very similar images. Only duplicate images reports will be handled if images are over 6 months old.
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I see this all the time...even in babies and children...the photographer will take a picture that did really well with the child with brown eyes and then change the eye color and submit a new version and do really great again. I notice pixoto participation has gone way, way down since I started...this is probably one of the reasons why.
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Hello Cheryl, if you see duplicate image please do report it and report team will handle it.
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If I know of a better website that gives a free rating to each picture, I'd too leave pixoto (not that it would make any difference to them if 1, 100 or even 1000 people leave; it's like any other business, some people come, while others go), but I don't think any such website actually exits, so I as well as all the other frustrated ones, have no choice but to remain here if we'd like to get our pictures rated without coughing up to do so.

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