I personally really enjoy seeing gifs, as I often don't have time to check every single edit -- but if I see a gif that's dope, 99% of the time I'll check out said edit. With that being said, it really pisses me off when members fail to give proper credit.
The question is though, is this just a Newschoolers problem? And is this just a problem with gifs?
I'm going to take the frontflip gif as an example, since it's already been used here. Did you know that Downdays posted it here
, without credit or a link back to the original piece of content? If Krotch would have originally included a link to the video, would people be less pissed? The video was never posted on NS, so it's not like there would be repeated content on the homepage.
If it wasn't a gif but the video, would there be the same reaction? Line Skis posted that video on Youtube April 21st, but never uploaded it to Newschoolers -- would people be pissed if someone else (other than Line) uploaded that video? They didn't make the video, and might not even give proper credit, but they will get the Karma, and IMO NS as a whole will benefit from more content being shared. Yes, I know people can just click the video to see more information, but how often does that happen?
We originally started creating and posting gifs to tumblr to drive more traffic to the videos, and I thought it would be cool to repost them on NS later, once the videos have ran their course on the home page. Check it out in action here: http://newschoolers-on.tumblr.com/
Yes, not everyone who will see that gif will click and watch the video. But I can almost guarantee that by creating the gif, we're getting a LOT more eyes on the content (skiers, filmers, video) than we would without it.
That was a shitload of rambling, but I basically want to try and isolate the main problems here, have you guys vote on them, and then try and find a solution as a community. I'm going to list potential problems, and update them as you give me more. Once we have a a decent list, we'll create some potential solutions, and then I'll create a new thread with their explanations & a poll.
- NS shouldn't allow gifs
- gifs should have their own category (Videos, Photos, News, Discussions, Gear, Gifs)
- gifs should have their own category within Pictures
- gifs shouldn't be on the home page
- gifs need proper enforcing of credits & links
What else am I missing?