6. Socializing: OK I am honest here: There were times, when admins encouraged us, to keep conversation with other members, when this website was also good for making contacts with all kinds of people from all places. It was also very common to write comments, or bring photos to ones attention. I posted less and less to shipspotting.com because you can literally upload 100 photos and no one recognize you or writes a comment.
If everyone is just interested in uploading as many photos as possible, but forgetting about the socializing aspect, it is not really my website anymore. To be honest, just because of that, I more or less turned my back to this site and am more active on facebook. There, at least you get feedback ! Perhaps, admins should rather than stopping us wish harsh behaviour like not post comments under own photo, rather encourage us, to keep contact with other members. To sum up: WHERE is the community spirit gone ??
Might have something to do with growth of the community with time?
Small number of registered/active users - more chances you'll get a lot of friends & just people who recognizes you, less photos uploaded per day - more chances your photo will get more hits & perhaps a comment.
Large community is more like of people who each only knows a small number of people compared to the whole amount of active users, more uploaded photos per day (with a solid competition of "that one has the photo everyone's interested in, while I have these boring ones barely anyone looks at") means high speeds & basically your ordinary photo gets quickly drowned in to the oblivion together with the following photos, so barely any chance for enough hits or comment - unless it's just from the people who know you or friends (mostly supporting one another - you commented on a lot of my photos, guess I owe you a comment on yours).