Editors Insist on Replacing Series of Photos With Thumbnails

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  1. eugbug profile image96
    eugbugposted 14 months ago

    Then I have to change them back again. Grrr!
    If thumbnails were displayed properly, it would be fine. But they're tiny, the selected image is tiny and can't be zoomed and captions can't be viewed while viewing the image. Overall it results in a bad reader experience.

    1. Miebakagh57 profile image67
      Miebakagh57posted 14 months agoin reply to this

      In that case, I would ignored them. I'll just toad 2 or 3 normal pictures to the article. Even one can be enough.

    2. bravewarrior profile image91
      bravewarriorposted 14 months agoin reply to this

      Yeah, it's annoying. The captions appear below the ads that are placed below the string of thumbnails. An uneducated reader wouldn't know to look for that. If HP/Maven insists on placing ads beneath the thumbnails, at least place them below the captions.

      Eugene, when you put your photos back the way you intended them to be placed, does that affect the articles' placement on the niche sites where they originally appeared?

      1. eugbug profile image96
        eugbugposted 14 months agoin reply to this

        I don't know, I have never checked. You mean are they removed from being featured as a thumbnailed article in a category? My thumbnails are way down the article so I don't think it should make a difference. It's the first photo that's normally used.

        1. bravewarrior profile image91
          bravewarriorposted 14 months agoin reply to this

          No, I was asking if your articles still remain on the niche sites once you change the photos back to the way you originally placed them.

          1. eugbug profile image96
            eugbugposted 14 months agoin reply to this

            Yes they always do. It would be petty if they took them off if they're getting lots of views. I'm constantly reverting changes. I know the editors do a good job normally, correcting punctuation and grammar problems, but they're not always right.

            1. bravewarrior profile image91
              bravewarriorposted 14 months agoin reply to this

              That's good to know, Eugene. I'm usually happy with the minor changes the editors make on my work, but I'll pay closer attention to what they do with my photos. If I want them to be in thumbnail mode, I'll put them that way when I initially post. It's one thing to edit grammar. It's another to edit creative license. That's like trying to change my soul.

              1. eugbug profile image96
                eugbugposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                Agreed. I just wish that thumbnail module worked better.

                1. bravewarrior profile image91
                  bravewarriorposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                  Perhaps it should be brought up to HP as a change we'd like them to implement. So far, they've been pretty good about listening. Some things we can't change, such as the leading videos and the plethora of ads that are interspersed within our copy, but placing ads below the thumbnail captions and allowing a zoom on each one shouldn't be too much to ask. It doesn't reduce the amount of ads, but more strategically places them. HP/Maven happy. Authors happy (happier).

                  1. Misbah786 profile image87
                    Misbah786posted 14 months agoin reply to this

                    +1

                  2. eugbug profile image96
                    eugbugposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                    I have done, but I'm sure they've plenty more higher priority problems to sort out.

                  3. Miebakagh57 profile image67
                    Miebakagh57posted 14 months agoin reply to this

                    +++++. A+

              2. Miebakagh57 profile image67
                Miebakagh57posted 14 months agoin reply to this

                That I agree, if it favour my mood.

              3. MizBejabbers profile image87
                MizBejabbersposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                You are right about that, BraveWarrior. (your last sentence.) They edited my most featured hub for the second time and except for a word or two that even the first editor missed, I wasn't pleased. I sent them an email congratulating them for taking the personality out of my article and making it read like dull commercial piece. They didn't answer.

                1. Miebakagh57 profile image67
                  Miebakagh57posted 14 months agoin reply to this

                  Miz, what d'you do when no answer is forthcoming? Did you remind the editor or resort to other means?

                  1. MizBejabbers profile image87
                    MizBejabbersposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                    No, I let it go. I figured they'd heard enough from me. One mysterious thing I did notice. I had a sentence in there describing the location of an external double staircase that went from the street down into the front atrium. The first editor didn't like the numerical description I put in the sentence and changed it to please himself (the editor was a man). I changed it back and pointed out that his figures had relocated this staircase from the front of the house to behind the back deck in the backyard. I haven't been able to find this sentence at all in my article now. I don't appreciate it's being removed and not telling me. I may go back to the original on my computer and replace it in the article. This staircase is playing a big role in whether we keep the house or get rid of it.

                2. bravewarrior profile image91
                  bravewarriorposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                  MizB, I'm not surprised they didn't answer. LOL. Did you change the article back to the way you originally posted?

                  1. MizBejabbers profile image87
                    MizBejabbersposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                    No, I didn't. I also noticed that I'm not getting as many hits as I used to. I think my sarcasm attracted readers because I was refuting advertising hype written by writers who had not experienced the reality themselves. People are curious, you know.

            2. Miebakagh57 profile image67
              Miebakagh57posted 14 months agoin reply to this

              +++++. A+. We writers should inform the editors of any change in an article negatively affecting an authors thought.                                  I also agree that certain editors had the best at heart for writers to go forward in editing our stories.                                  Recently, we're discussing an issue here relating to the above, but it's specific a BIO challenge. An editor Tessa,? had to wade into the issue and calm nerves.

          2. Miebakagh57 profile image67
            Miebakagh57posted 14 months agoin reply to this

            Yes. I've experienced that.

    3. NateB11 profile image89
      NateB11posted 14 months agoin reply to this

      I'm going to have to look at my articles where they've made images a thumbnail, I just assumed they would be normal size.

      Edit: What I do like about what they've done is that my images are martial arts how-to's and when you click through the pictures it kind of animates them. I'm okay with the size for the most part, it's still viewable, people get the idea.

      1. NateB11 profile image89
        NateB11posted 14 months agoin reply to this

        I'm thinking they tend to put images in thumbnails because of page load speed. Images tend to slow down loading.

 
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