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Why Are There So Many Useless Groups

kevin-palmer says:

Every time I get an image in explore I'm bombarded with group invitations. Most of these group names have literally nothing to do with the images. For example there are UFO/paranormal groups that I always get invited to even though my pictures are of a completely different subject. When I visit these groups it seems they all have the same photos because they add everyone that was in explore. What is the purpose of these groups? I like adding my photos to groups, but they should have a specific subject matter, not be filled with anything and everything. Most groups on Flickr now seem to be cluttered and useless, with meaningless names. Is there a way to block all these invites?
Posted at 2:22PM, 17 February 2021 PST ( permalink | reply )

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seanrobertson02 says:

Groups are ran by the community. Flickr can't do anything about a group inviting your photograph to a group. Unfortunately no there isn't, either have to ignore the request or decline it. Don't think you can block groups, maybe wrong though.

honestly though, how is that more annoying then the basic responses you get from people? " great shot, welly welly good composition".... I will take views over the robot responses people give for getting into explore. I rather add it to a random group just for more views in hopes to get a non "bot like" response.
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seanrobertson02 edited this topic 3 weeks ago.

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Coyoty says:

Don't judge a group by it's cover-name. Those "UFO/paranormal" groups actually contain quality photos the admins like, and have nothing to do with UFOs or the paranormal. I think maybe they intentionally misnamed the groups to keep trash photos from being dumped in them and are invite-only. It's best to visit the group to see what the actual content is before dismissing it off-hand.
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Francis Mansell says:

Coyoty:

They appear to be inviting everything that gets Explored, to judge from my recent experience, and more bizarrely named groups run by the same person keep appearing. If they're invitation only then surely they can't have trash photos dumped in them, making the strange and irrelevant names completely pointless in that regard.

I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking even one of these groups is a bit unnecessary when we already have In Explore, let alone 4 or 5 that presumably overlap hugely given the same photos are being invited to all of them.
Posted 2 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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The Bear Den Photography says:

kevin-palmer:

Is there a way to block all these invites?


If they are persistent and annoying, you could block the person sending the invite. That person is most likely the group admin. Personally, I just decline the invite when I see numerous invites from different groups, but the same admin.
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The Bear Den Photography says:

I did have about a half dozen invites to groups on a recent pic that is in Explore. When I went to research the groups, they, and the admin no longer existed. Spam? Maybe. We'll never know I guess.
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iansand says:

It used to be that if you just ignored the invite (did not accept or decline) any further invites to join that group were blocked. That was several years ago - it might still be the case.
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Stuart Smith_ says:

Why Are There So Many Useless Groups - because there are so many useless people out there that think starting a group is a good idea. They are not interested in administering the group and they just forget about it. The worst are those that have images submitted for approval and then abandon the group without opening it or passing on the administration.

I often think that maybe there could be a algorithmic culling of groups that don't meet certain specified levels.
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Ulster1916 says:

I think that the majority of groups are indeed useless, the main purpose of most seems to be to accumulate as many images as possible irrespective of the quality or relevance to the subject. Group administration on the whole is bad and allowing multiple shots of the same subject is not good. Consider a group with 100,000 or more images, who the heck actually looks at any except the first page. IMO Groups are a failure and most certainly have had ther day.
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Doctor Casino says:

This comes up periodically, but there are a lot of problems with any kind of mass or automated culling or purge of groups. People use Flickr in so many different ways. For example, imagine a group that gets created for a particular wedding, so that different attendees can add their photos. If the wedding was ten years ago, it may not have a lot of new activity, or very many photos total, but it's still something that the couple, their family, friends, etc., might open up every once in a while. Would it really make Flickr a better space if such groups were auto-deleted for lack of activity?
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N808PV says:

I guess for the well being of Flickr one controversial algorithm is enough.
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Richard Harvey UK says:

Nothing could be as irritating as Facebook, and that’s amongst people I have actually met in real life. The groups, comments (however glib) on Flickr are at least in a universe I can relate to ie. photography!!

And for those of you who get harassed when you’ve had an Explore.....us mere mortals can only dream of such things.
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MabelAmber️***Pluto5339***MysteryGuest says:

Never Mind.
Posted 2 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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