Matt Fitzwater-Stevens ADMIN March 23, 2007
Note to potential members: Please read the membership criteria in the group description. If you don't qualify, go take some pictures! :-) And make sure that your public photos meet Flickr's Terms of Service--we're serious about that.
Group DescriptionEver go a little too far in pursuit of that perfect tan? Ever post an embarrassing photo of a friend (or stranger) who did the same thing? Hey, we understand. Grab some aloe, pull up a beach chair and join Sunburns.
Sunburns is, first and foremost, a humor group. It's a kind of catharsis for those of us who fry when the summer sun even winks at us. When you look through the photos, they also stand on their own as a collection. Originally, I didn't expect that many of them would be sweet, but they are--rueful, self-deprecating, gently poking fun.
More recently, we've started to see some really interesting, stark, and in some cases even abstract takes on sunburns. So, we'll just see what else this offbeat topic can spark.
And in the interest of full disclosure:
Photo pool criterion: If you choose to contribute a photo, it has to either depict or involve sunburns. For instance, a shot of a sympathetic person rubbing aloe on an otherwise unseen victim qualifies, too. We've had a couple of folks post figure photos of themselves without sunburns; nice photos, but off-topic. Get fried like the rest of us, and you'll get to post!
Membership criteria: To keep the group constructive, all members' accounts must have publicly-viewable photos taken by them (not just web snarfs). Also, members must comply with the Flickr Terms of Service in their accounts generally, since pool viewers tend to click into posters' photostreams. Folks who don't respect these simple requests will be removed (not banned) until they fix the problem. Repeated offenders will be banned.
A word of advice: Of course, overexposure to the sun can have consequences beyond embarassment. If you're fair-skinned or in the sun a lot--and especially if you're both--please take a few minutes to check out the excellent information provided by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Legalese: Although there never has been a complaint, you should know that non-sexual nudity is permitted in the photo pool. In practice it appears in only a small percentage of the photos. Be aware that some photos' privacy restrictions prevent them from appearing until you join the group.
If you're trying to visualize what we're talking about, remember sunburns where your family burst out laughing at what you looked like when you undressed? That's "non-sexual nudity." But, if you're uncomfortable viewing such photos, you should not join Sunburns.
- Members can post 5 things to the pool each week.
- Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images
- Accepted safety levels: Safe, Moderate