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#7485 2019-03-26 GMT-5 hours    
I may be wrong but I have the impression that all photos during the last weeks (months?) are submitted by the same small number of photographers.
If my impression is correct, what is the reason? If not, what am I possibly doing wrong?

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#7486 2019-03-27 GMT-5 hours    
Photo uploads slow down towards the end of the year and the first couple of months of the new year as there isn't too much activity because of the weather and as far as airshows are concerned, etc.

But a few photographers have left, for sure, and some have been with us since the very beginning and still continue to upload, and that's highly appreciated by everyone. The ones that have left, have left for various reasons, but I think mainly because we have rejected their photos too many times and secondly because they aren't happy with the number of hits their photos were getting. Those are the two main reasons I can think of.

Other than fresh photos and fresh content, I think what we need is a sense of community and I think that's missing. There definitely needs to be more activity in the forums in order to build up the community. Questions should be asked and answered. Photos should be posted in the forums and discussed. Questions asked about photos, etc. etc. Yet, none of that is happening. I've made it really easy to insert thumbnails into forum posts from the database.

We also need people contributing to the site in other ways. Other than forum participation we need articles submitted, we need members contributing headlines to the news section, we need a good database editor to help with the data so photos can be screened faster. I can't do it all and without member participation, the site will suffer and may eventually come to an end. I hate to be so blunt about it, but we need to make some changes for the site to thrive.

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#7487 2019-03-28 GMT-5 hours    
Thanks for the reply. I'm glad nothing serious is wrong with the site.
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#7488 2019-05-02 GMT-5 hours    
Hi Ray, Hi all,
regarding forums and articles I have to admit myself that I do not visit them very often.
And as there is a general lack of interaction, one of the reasons might also be that they are not very prominent on the frontpage.
If there would be at least something like 'recent posts', these would show up better, making it easier to pick up a topic and answer in a more timely manner.

Regarding writing and posting photos the direction I think is (unfortunately) more clear: it is a lot easier just to post some photos than to write something. Just see how often the extra effort is taken to add some additional notes to a photo than just to fill out the mandatory fields.

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#7489 2019-05-06 GMT-5 hours    
Thanks for your input, Andreas. If you click on the far right tab on the home page, you will see the latest forum posts in the first column.

I understand it takes time to put an article together about an airshow or aircraft for example, but the Forums are meant to be for questions and discussions about what's currently happening in the world of military aviation. I hope the forums gain some traction and we can have lively and productive conversations that everyone can learn something from. There are a lot of people on the site with great knowledge about current events and aircraft as well as more historical aircraft.

So, I urge you to bring it on. If there's something you've been really meaning to ask or discuss, don't be shy. Make a post and I'm sure you will get many great replies.

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#7497 2019-08-08 GMT-5 hours    
There is a problem, that I mentioned earlier: file dimensions were increased to 1200 pixels some time ago, but file size is still limited to 1 MB. When scanning slides the file size is often over 1 MB (even in the traditional 1024 pixels) and thus the picture is rejected. I do upload my pictures to multiple sites. To do extra post processing for Airfighters is too much of a trouble, so if a picture is rejected for file size I do not bother. But of course this does mean less 'new' old pictures and therefore less uploads.

Uploading digital images in 1200 pixels is no problem, so you will find mainly recent pictures from me.

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#7498 2019-08-08 GMT-5 hours    
Joop,

Would 1.5MB suffice or would it be better to go with 2MB? I'm all open to increasing the max file size.

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#7499 2019-08-08 GMT-5 hours    
I just checked: the scans with darker areas are the largest files. These get just over 1,2 MB, so 1,5MB should be sufficient.

Thanks for making this change, Ray. Much appreciated!

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#7500 2019-08-09 GMT-5 hours    
Ok, max upload file size has been increased to 1.5MB. Please give it a try. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Joop.

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#7510 2019-11-27 GMT-5 hours    
One of the things I do appreciate here is the change to accept photos at 1500x1000 to 1500x844 pixels, this has enabled me to start re-scanning film negatives from over 30 years ago to a much higher standard and to upload photos in a much wider format than I could before. This, plus much improved scanning and 'processing' capability, makes it possible to submit photos that would have been rejected when this photo database first started, as well as upgrade those already uploaded. Thanks Ray

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