Flickr Featurs Foto Filtrs

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If you’re afraid of seeing photos on the Flickr site that don’t quite match your personal tolerance for adult content, the image sharing site has a new filtering feature that you should enjoy. Photographers who see themselves as artists may not be as enthused.

The effectiveness of the filtering Flickr has developed as a new feature will depend on the photographers who use the site. Through categorization, Flickr users can designate their uploads accordingly.

Heather Champ posted about the filtering capability and other changes enabled at Flickr. Those who want more details about the content filters can visit the help page for them.

"It’s important to us that everyone feel comfortable, despite vastly different cultural and personal comfort levels," Champ wrote. "What I like, you might not, and it’s up to the entire community to make this work."

Categories to be applied to uploads can be set as defaults. Flickr users can also set their browsing preferences based on the filtering choices they make. When it comes to uploading, everything will have to be tagged by Safety Level (safe, moderate, restricted) and Content Type (photo, art/illustration/cgi, screenshot).

Privacy options have been enhanced for photostreams. Users can now hide them from public searches on Flickr; this privacy also applies to third-party sites searching Flickr through their API. They won’t find those photostreams.

In the style of Steve Jobs, Champ make a "one more thing" type of reference in her post. She refers to the Community Guidelines for Flickr, and asks users to review them when they can.

The issues of filtering and marking content, which a photographer may deem artistic, could result in some internal conflicts. Think about this: if as a photographer you consider your work to be art, whether it’s a photo of a stone fence or a nude person, why would you choose to limit your exposure by labeling it as anything but "Safe"?

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