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Someone Added a Note to My Photo

Bruce Adler says:

Someone added a "note" to one of my pictures which links to a YouTube video.
A oouple of questions.
First, what is a note?
And most importantly, how do i remove it and how can I block it?
I've reviewed all my privacy settings and see nothing about "notes"
Any thoughts?
Posted at 7:10PM, 25 May 2021 PDT ( permalink | reply )

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jschumacher says:

Notes are typically used to point out something on a photo. While on a photo hold your mouse down while dragging the cursor and you will see the option to add a note.

You can set who can add a note to your photos in your privacy settings. It's the first item in the "Defaults for new uploads" section, or just search the page for the word 'note' and you'll find it.

I was not able to add a note to a couple of your photos but was not able to, which indicates that you already have some limits on who can leave notes. Is the person who left the note one of your followers, or someone you have marked as 'friend' or 'family'?

To delete a note follow the instructions here (basically double click on the note then look for the delete option).
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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Viejito says:

Bruce Adler:

You can specify who can add notes to your photos here.
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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mag3737 says:

OP's questions are answered, but on a related note (ha):

I went through about the first (newest) 10 photos of OP's photostream and found myself able to add notes only to about 50% of them. All the photos are marked public/safe. I am not a contact (afaik).

What could be the difference?
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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ernstkers says:

Bruce Adler:

Any thoughts?

Your latest uploaded photo, with I think has the note you mean, is added to 174 groups. If a photo is in a group, the other group members can add a notes, just as with comments and tags. That overrides the settings on this page: www.flickr.com/account/prefs/photoprivacy/?from=privacy
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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mag3737 says:

ernstkers:

Ah, that might also answer my question. But there's no way I'm looking through 150-200 groups on any of those photos just to see if I happen to be in one of them (or not in any of them).
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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mcnod says:

Bruce Adler:

I've reviewed all my privacy settings and see nothing about "notes"
Any thoughts?

www.flickr.com/help/forum/72157711210336788/
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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Viejito says:

mcnod:

I can’t believe it! He was given the exact link almost two years ago!
Not that it matters much, considering how many groups the photos are in...
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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Bruce Adler says:

Thanks everyone for the input.
I did double check my settings and theyre set properly, so I'll remove the photo from the groups.
I guess my underlying question though is what is the purpose of somebody being able to add a note and how can I remove it once it's added.
It really doesn't seem to be a feature that a lot of people would use or want it to one of their pictures.
Just seems by nature to be "spammy"
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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mag3737 says:

Bruce Adler:

Have you ever wanted to point your finger at a specific location on an image and make some kind of comment about that spot right there?

That's the purpose of Notes.

Specific uses are limited only by your imagination.

Example 1: there are vast quantities of astronomy photos on Flickr in which the owners and/or commenters have used Notes to highlight and identify individual stars.

Example 2: In some critique-related groups, it's common for a visitor to use a Note to suggest a region for a possible re-crop of the photo.
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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Bruce Adler says:

mag3737:Thanks for the response.
In the first case, it could be noted on a comment by another Flickr member, but I think it's obtrusive for anyone other than the creator ofthe image to make any change to an image.
In the second case, personally, I don't want ANYONE using my image to direct someone to an inappropriate video on YouTube
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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mag3737 says:

Bruce Adler:

In the second case, personally, I don't want ANYONE using my image to direct someone to an inappropriate video on YouTube

Of course not, but "Notes" are not the culprit here. The same could be said for writing Comments in the discussion thread. Flickr has the same constraints available on both Notes and Comments, and the same constraints both have the same limitations when you choose to add your photos to groups.
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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Viejito says:

Bruce Adler:

True, abusing notes to direct viewers to an unrelated and even objectionable site is to be condemned. It is ever worse than the “experts” who point out with a note how you should have framed the photo...
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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Bruce Adler says:

Viejito:Thanks! I absolutely agree. I've been a professional photographer for 40+ years, and without sounding immodest, the only person I want to hear criticism of my framing etc, is from my ediror and not some one who has never shot, edited and transmitted on a deadline professionally.
I openly share my EXIF data on all my pictures because I want to share what I've learned as I learn by looking at other photographers work.
Commenting is one thing, I can ignore a comment if I shoopse to, but suggesting a frame? Wow..If I wanted that particular persons framing suggestion I would have asked for it.
Flickr should really get rid of this feature, and make sure that basic features work properly..
.
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mag3737 says:

Bruce Adler:

Flickr should really get rid of this feature

I think you missed the part where I gave explicit examples of places where there are other Flickr members than you who actually find this feature helpful, useful, and appropriate.
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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Viejito says:

mag3737:

other Flickr members than you who actually find this feature helpful
Indeed. I remember a time, about seven years ago, that notes did not work for quite a while — something to do with the new photopage and Marissa’s Great Leap Forward — and there was an outcry to get them to work again.

Just because a feature can be abused does not mean there is not good use for it.
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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John Hewitt 7 says:

You can block people from tagging your photo. However, recently a YouTube link was also placed as a tag on one of my photos (even though I have disabled this for others). Obviously that link was a scam.

But it raises some related issues. How does this scammer get around that?I've also had some people who I have blocked in the past make new appearances on my page. Can they make slight changes to their user name and thus get around the block?
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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mag3737 says:

John Hewitt 7:

How does this scammer get around that?

The answer was already given above. If your photo is in groups, then other people who are in those groups can put notes on the photo.
Posted 4 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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mag3737 says:

John Hewitt 7:

I've also had some people who I have blocked in the past make new appearances on my page.

The only way this could happen is if the member is using a new Flickr account with a similar-looking name.
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dragonflydreams88 says:

Bruce Adler:

I went to your photostream, and discovered I would be able to add a note to your photos if I so desired. Your current settings would allow me to do so . . . but you have control over that feature, and can change it so that no one else can here www.flickr.com/account/prefs/photoprivacy/?from=privacy
Posted 2 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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mcnod says:

dragonflydreams88:

Can you add a note to Bruce's photo here (it's not in any groups):
www.flickr.com/photos/malrite/51124707848/in/dateposted/

Bruce said his settings are correct here:
www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157719267445278/#reply7...
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kittymax says:

I have several notes on one of my own photos and I can edit them all except for one! I cannot select it. Why is this?
Posted 2 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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mcnod says:

kittymax:

I cannot select it. Why is this?

Is the note right up against one of the edges of the photo? I recall this used to cause an issue:
www.flickr.com/help/forum/72157675824145163/
Posted 2 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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Viejito says:

mcnod:

right up against one of the edges of the photo?
If that is still a problem, the solution was to change the shape of the window so the edge of the photo would be farther from the edge of the window.

Edit: That solution, however, does not seem to work anymore...
Whereas shrinking the window to letterbox shape used to shrink the photo so it would be fully visible in the window, making space on the sides even if it was a panoramic photo, the photo now remains full size with less and less of it visible in the window.
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Viejito edited this topic 2 weeks ago.

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mcnod says:

Viejito:

Two workarounds were mentioned in the thread that I linked above. One was zooming out, the other was temporarily rotating the image. Maybe these are still options, if close to the edge applies to the troublesome note above.
Posted 2 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply )

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