Havn't logged in to this site in a while now i see why it seems it has...

Havn't logged in to this site in a while now i see why it seems it has died a death ?

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21 Jan 2014
RedChecker
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actiongirl

I dont think this site has much difference in "traffic" than other sites to be honest.


I can only assume one of two things:

 - you've either not been here long
 - you don't frequent the forums much



This site has suffered regarding traffic in the last 2-3 years, partly because people are finding new ways to promote themselves (FB / Twitter) but also other, newer sites have taken a lot of people away.  Over 2-3 years ago it was common to see the number of people logged in hitting over 1000 users, it rarely seems to get even half that now, and forum titles would easily 'push' off the front page within an hour or two on busy days wheras now there's posts from 4 days ago at the bottom of the list (I have 30 threads visible on the front page).

To anyone who has been here a while (say 4/5 years) and is a fairly active forum user it's blindingly obvious it's a lot more quiet around here.
Posted 25 Jan 2014
SandyCamel
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SandyCamel
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To anyone who has been here a while (say 4/5 years) and is a fairly active forum user it's blindingly obvious it's a lot more quiet around here.




Thank goodness !   There was a time when it was scary to say anything on the forum for fear of bullying.


Sorry if I mis-understood your point though.


In my opinion, a quiet forum does not impinge upon booking models or mean the site is 'inactive' or 'unpopular'. 



Posted 25 Jan 2014
Gerry99111
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Gerry99111
SandyCamel

Thank goodness !   There was a time when it was scary to say anything on the forum for fear of bullying.


Sorry if I mis-understood your point though.


In my opinion, a quiet forum does not impinge upon booking models or mean the site is 'inactive' or 'unpopular'. 





The forums are largely irrelevant for booking models.

The number of long term active models using this site has dwindelled dramatically. How do we know this? Because they are all using one of two other sites and because we speak to them.

It is baffling that people cannot see this as it is so obvious now.
Posted 25 Jan 2014
cziiki
Photographer
cziiki
in Newcastle on a Friday night, a pub will be full one minute with drunken screaming girls and guys in miniskirts, then minutes later almost empty because the party has moved. Might be next door, might be down the port. No particular reason, just restlessness and crowd pressure. What's happening in the pub, and which pubs are trendy, probably matters a bit.

Same with model portfolio sites? Maybe someone will barf in the Purple bar and the crowd will come back. Maybe PS will sprout some current web design trends (editable personalised launch page?) and seem like a destination again. Maybe mad cows will fly. And meantime, everyone has an occasional session down the Mayhem.

Posted 26 Jan 2014
Socialdisaster
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Socialdisaster
cziiki
in Newcastle on a Friday night, a pub will be full one minute with drunken screaming girls and guys in miniskirts,
I never knew Newcastle was that open minded!
Posted 26 Jan 2014
RedChecker
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RedChecker
SandyCamel


In my opinion, a quiet forum does not impinge upon booking models or mean the site is 'inactive' or 'unpopular'. 




While it is true that making bookings/direct contact does not rely on the forums, they are a good indicator of a site's activity, even if it's lots of newbies asking mundane questions, it simply shows it is being used. The fact there's posts that are four days old on the front page would indicate that the level of activity (when I commented yesterday) on here has massively declined.
Posted 26 Jan 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
One thing that I've heard people mention a lot of over the years on this site is the way some people are kicked off for seemingly no reason (as if whatever's happened was personal). While this happens on all sites to a degree, Purestorm is the one that's got a reputation for it. Perhaps there was more to some of these bans than meets the eye but the perception remains (I remember someone getting kicked off for calling a particularly vile, albeit popular member a twat). Similarly some people seem to have had instant bans for advertising things they shouldn't, again perhaps they were repeat offenders or something else but I'd like to think they were given a couple of chances before being cut loose.
Posted 26 Jan 2014
tarmoo
Photographer
tarmoo
Lots of glamour models on Purestorm and glamour is a very popular genre, especially with keen amateur photographers with a budget to shoot nude models. When I joined Purestorm five years ago I started to shoot some busty glamour models, then soon got bored with that and started to shoot the best art nude models. Over the years I have booked about 150+ models! mostly art nude and glamour, but more recently some fashion. Purestorm is still quite good for art nude, but the selection of quality art nude modes is now better on other sites.

My ideal model now would be a stunning fashion/art nude model (can excel at both). Such models don't seem to be active much on Purestorm. If they create a profile on here, they stop using it shortly afterwards. These models do look extremely glamorous, but prefer the classy/editorial glamour look rather than the cheesy/tacky Page3 look beloved on here. Something is putting such models off this site. It maybe the lack of quality of photos on the front page, but more likely the flood of dodgy offers they received when they joined.

Like many photographers, I am on a lot of the sites. I will use whichever site has the models I want to shoot, but I think Purestorm is not attracting and and retaining the type of models I want to shoot in the future.
Posted 26 Jan 2014
Edited by tarmoo 26 Jan 2014
cziiki
Photographer
cziiki
Socialdisaster
"in Newcastle on a Friday night, a pub will be full one minute with drunken screaming girls and guys in miniskirts" I never knew Newcastle was that open minded!
O_O OK could have been better phrased maybe
Posted 26 Jan 2014
Tim
Model
Tim
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One thing that I've heard people mention a lot of over the years on this site is the way some people are kicked off for seemingly no reason (as if whatever's happened was personal). While this happens on all sites to a degree, Purestorm is the one that's got a reputation for it. Perhaps there was more to some of these bans than meets the eye but the perception remains (I remember someone getting kicked off for calling a particularly vile, albeit popular member a twat). Similarly some people seem to have had instant bans for advertising things they shouldn't, again perhaps they were repeat offenders or something else but I'd like to think they were given a couple of chances before being cut loose.


Thanks for everyone's input on the thread so far, an interesting read but on this point I would like to just reiterate what has been said many times before that nobody just gets kicked off without a reason and when the situation arises we don't take that decision lightly and it is a last resort. Each situation is different and we are unable to discuss that. We want the community, the forums to be a positive, creative, constructive place to be and the team works extremely hard for that.
Posted 26 Jan 2014
magpie1
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magpie1
1siteTM has terminated membership for People Posting comments made on their own PERSONAL Facebook pages.
Posted 26 Jan 2014
Edited by Love 27 Jan 2014
RedChecker
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magpie1

1siteTM has terminated membership for People Posting comments made on their own PERSONAL Facebook pages.


Pathetic isn't it?

They brought that in as an emergency rule following an explosion of bad press on FB after an incident on there and subsequently booted half a dozen well known people off the site pretty damn sharpish.
Posted 26 Jan 2014
Edited by Love 27 Jan 2014
RedChecker

Pathetic isn't it? They brought that in as an emergency rule following an explosion of bad press on FB after an incident on there and subsequently booted half a dozen well known people off the site pretty damn sharpish.


The bootings off was the reason I left (along with many others) - however as predicted the "stats" several days later suggested that for every 1 person who left 50,000 joined . Kind of a bit of a drop in the ocen but I do respect the other people who put their friendships/morals before making some pocket money.
Posted 26 Jan 2014
artistoli
Photographer
artistoli
Oh my! I just set up a new profile over on the dark side and I see what people mean! Much more active and lively community with heaps more traffic. I'd hate to migrate completely away from PS as I've been here a while, but I really hope that the team behind PS have some kind of plan up their sleeves for a re-launch to save it.

Posted 27 Jan 2014
jivago
Photographer
jivago
artistoli

Oh my! I just set up a new profile over on the dark side and I see what people mean! Much more active and lively community with heaps more traffic. I'd hate to migrate completely away from PS as I've been here a while, but I really hope that the team behind PS have some kind of plan up their sleeves for a re-launch to save it.


..I am informed that there is a plan - But that it will take some time. - I hope its not 'Facebook for models and photogrpahers' and no silly competitions or technology that creates thumbnails by cutting off a chunk of the image.

Posted 28 Jan 2014
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