I couldn't get it to trigger based on the link above, though. I'm doing something wrong . To me, the easiest way is to copy paste the link to the image (the in/photostream one from Flickr as an example), and have it display here. As Michael has said already, there's no point in re-inventing a wheel for little benefit.
I have read the contents of this read and make the following comments:
1. Storage is a lot cheaper than it was years ago
2. We have plenty of internet bandwidth
3. We have a lot more storage now with the new servers
4. Let Michael and I worry about costs. These do not concern myself
5. Management I need to think through but not a lot different from what we do now
6. I see the issue as a one of the use case and usability.
From a process perspective it is harder to post an image from your computer or mobile device to Railpage than it does on Facebook (for example). I agree with this comment.
Posting an image or video on Railpage is a 2or 3 stage process. You need to join a 3rd party service, submit your images and or videos (you may require two different 3rd party services for this) and then once you have the URL of the digital asset, you need to then post this on Railpage. This is dumb but it works for MOST people.
What does sound better is being able to select a digital asset from your list of assets (at Railpage) when compiling a forum post or a PM and then inserting this as required. if it is a new item then you select insert from device/computer/upload and upload the asset at the time you compile the post. The item is then stored with us in the DAMS under your account at Railpage. People could then follow you on Railpage and see your timeline of new images and video.
I note also inserting an image from the device (computer or tablet etc.) using the forums post option is available on other sites I discovered last night. Even trainorders.com Interestingly some forums use the same editing function/toolbar as we do but have the extra button(s) for this very purpose.
We have a DAMS platform. We need to look at how to integrate this platform in the same way we do flickr but with added functionality. I would add that being ableto obtain a URL from your asset pool on Railpage is a good idea. We are already moving in this direction for railcam images as the number of railcams is about to expand.
in terms of the photo competition, this is more interesting. if i read the above posts correctly it is being suggested that to enter a monthly comp you would either upload and select
or just select (
if the asset is already in your library)
the image or images you wish to enter. These are then compiled across all users for the monthly comp. Users can then review the images submitted for the monthly comp and vote. thinking of offering a financial prize per month for the winner but Greenhill
might get a few votes for his work around puffing billy.
Someone needs to think through the photo comp module (i note there is some discussion in the developers area). Start with submitting images and or video? Do we have multiple classifications? We have done this before, should be able to do it better next time with some michael magic. The competition can be pushed out to social networks and has been very popular in the past. I can hear Bradley Matthews liking his lips!
Leave the idea with us as I now understand the other benefits in doing so and the idea of the photo comp.