First off: I’m a moderator for two groups in Red Bubble and I loath getting off-topic submissions with precious few exceptions. This is one I’d call an exception solely because it will have an effect on every single thing coming into every single group. Indeed, it will have impact upon every submission in Red Bubble.
That said, I’m still expecting my worse 48 hours of group rejections in over two years. If you’re a moderator, I hear you and I know this is not going to be popular with most of the groups to which I belong. Nuke it without even offering a reason if you must. I’m banking on the hope you might moderate like I do. If not, no offense taken. :-)
By now you’ve noticed the new link on your My Bubble page. If you haven’t, you’ve probably seen the new “media” check box on your upload page. And if you’ve neither seen nor used either, you’re in for a HUGE surprise.
Here is the full text of the second post I put in Backstage At Red Bubble:
I keep trying to wrap my mind around a limit of 10 tags and I can’t do it even if I wasn’t working or sleeping 16 hours a day. I’m certainly not one who has added my name to tags but I’m also unable to search by my name and that is a major pain. Now I’m glad I didn’t waste 1/5 of my available tags. :-/
If anyone would like to, drop by any piece of mine regarding Weedy Field and with exception of the plurals, edit it down to 8 (because Weedy Field is a theme, not just a tag or location). Weedy Field has: squirrels with names they respond to, blue jays (ditto), a jackrabbit (ditto), hawk, Jim Crow, BigYellow, Cone Grove, dragonflies, poppies, alligator lizards, a GeoCache, hummingbirds (also with names. And these aren’t just “let’s be silly” names; only dragonflies, the butterfly that returns year after year and the Red-tailed hawk don’t respond to my voice), and multiple species of mushrooms. I can tag a photograph of Jill with nothing more than her name, what she is, and where she lives but the entire ecology of Weedy Field makes it more than just weeds in a field. Pull out the first 10 tags and you probably won’t get to the letter P, much less W.
Sending me an email regarding 12,000 edits in over 1200 pieces is akin to handing me a phone book sorted by phone numbers that covers North America. Sure, the name and number I want are in there, right next to 529 million people.
Does Red Bubble search its own site by tags? My guess is….nope. So how can making this change to make it ‘easier for me’ or the 100,000+ hits I’ve had be explained? It’s not about ‘making it easier’. It’s about something quite different and justified by something like parents used to say: “It’s for your own good and it hurts me more than it hurts you!” Huh? It’s good but it hurts us both?
(sigh) I can only hope that the overwhelming numbers of people who get frustrated by this change are heard again, the same way they were heard when the ‘good for me’ Bmail change (the one that flooded everybody’s Inbox with hundreds of unstoppable group messages). That change was yanked back and I believe it was because it upset so many people, good members of Red Bubble.
Powers That Be, please hear this before you wipe out years of interlinked tagging that is crucial for people outside of Red Bubble membership to search. Did you know Red Bubble was “hit” slightly less than Barbra Streisand but MORE the Neil Diamond with my parody “You Don’t Bring Me Ducklings Anymore” using Google? Hit more than 1/2 the duet singing the original song? And you want to change that? Really? You’re kidding, right?
There are few times I implore people to make themselves heard. Usually, if they want to be heard, they already said something. And if they don’t want to be heard, I sure as heck don’t want them rattling off in blissful ignorance. Or voting in political elections. Or making pre-humans (“babies”, for those of you new to Lennyisms). But on the off-chance you are as distracted as I am by serious familial problems, please say something here. “Only the squeaky wheel gets the grease” because all the other wheels don’t need it. This topic is squeaking LOUDLY and is in dire need of YOUR attention.
Notice I didn’t implore you to go to Backstage and agree with me. I’m working at avoiding that route whenever possible. But I’m also making a special journal entry specifically for this topic and subsequently not doing anything artistic in my precious few minutes of solitude. If I’m burning artistic time and coming up with nothing artistic during these days, I’m concerned about what I’m saying.