I just thought this should be told. Please note that this is not just a rant for me to vent. Instead, take this as a comment from author who’s been here long enough to notice some things.
The thing is, I upload photos to PhotoDune once in a while, when I find the time or when I take a break from working on my other portfolios (AudioJungle and VideoHive mainly). Whenever I uploaded photos to PhotoDune, I got some very strange rejections. The most recent ones were the most absurd and that decided it for me – I won’t be wasting any more of my time to work on photos only to be rejected for nonsense reasons.
I will give just one example: two image variations (different enough) from the same photo session, one gets accepted and the other is rejected “as it does not provide enough commercial utility”.
Definitely different reviewers, different opinions, resulting in reviewing mess and nonsense rejections.
Thank you for taking your time to read. See you over at VideoHive
Very well said. I personally agree with everything you wrote.
stewboon saidAnd you decided to do this by placing the unreasonable expectations on authors yourself…? What am I missing here?
our aim here is to set clear expectations with buyers without placing unreasonable expectations on authors.
stewboon saidYou actually want to reduce the amount of work they voluntarily do, by imposing some rules nobody wants to agree to… Yeah, right, we believe you mean well for your authors…
Last but certainly not least is to remind everyone that one of the key goals of this change is to reduce the amount of support work for the majority of authors.
The main problem here, as I see it, is that Envato got greedy and saw a chance to grab even more money out of the milking cow aka ThemeForest, by trying to get 30% out of something that they get 0% right now… Sad…
Soooooooo many loose ends and missing features that affect ALL 8 MARKET (PLACES), yet every day I only see new features that affect ThemeForest (and possibly CodeCanyon) only ...
To name a few:
1) faceted search and other search improvements
2) shopping cart and multiple licences…
3) numerous small fixes/additions which were recommended numerous times and were promised to be “looked at”...
I am sorry, but I really don’t like this anymore.
Short comment: although my files rarely (almost never) need any support, I still get some question or task from time to time and I always respond in less than one day, and I do it gladly. I know that this new Envato’s decision doesn’t hit me directly, but indirectly this whole mess worries me a lot, as it raises so many red flags in my mind…
Aaaaand yet another indication that Envato focuses mainly on ThemeForest and cares less and less about other market(places )
Imho, it depends. Yes, clips are more interesting with added music, but on the other hand – I believe that many potential buyers buy clips with the idea of type of music they want to use it with? So it might even distract buyers. Or what if buyers are browsing for footage while listening to some music, and then music from the footage mixes with it…?
I’ve noticed this as well…
And also often happens that motion graphics file ends up in stock footage (something that is clearly computer rendered, like space/planets, but is photo-realistic which, I guess, confuses reviewers…)