I believe the inclusion of borders and frames on photos should be left up to the photographer and as the site standard currently suggests, but I think their appearance on an image should be kept to a minimum.
Should ďdoes not dominate the view of the shipĒ be changed to something like ďhas minimal impact on the overall imageĒ?
Yes, I think a change to ďhas minimal impact on the overall imageĒ would be better.
However, Iím fine if the Shipspotting administrators decide to prohibit the use of borders and frames - as long as previously uploaded photos incorporating a border or frame arenít deleted in the name of consistency, as I would imagine this would displease a few Shipspotting members.
Personally, I donít understand the backlash against bordered or framed photos (digital or vintage) as most publications have presented photos in this manner for years. Iíve also noticed that some photo sharing websites display borders automatically on all uploaded photos via the photo gallery software - including a certain popular shipping forum.