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 “does not dominate the view of the ship” be changed to something like “has minimal impact on the overall image”?
Yes, I think a change to “has minimal impact on the overall image” would be better.
However, I’m 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 aren’t deleted in the name of consistency, as I would imagine this would displease a few Shipspotting members.
Personally, I don’t understand the backlash against bordered or framed photos (digital or vintage) as most publications have presented photos in this manner for years. I’ve 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.