I made the mistake of trying to link posts I made on the International Society of Aviation Photographers Facebook pages with the applicable images from Airliners.net. After three deletions with no explanation, ISAP has come out with the reason you can't link to "collection" sites such as this. Airliners.net has been good to me by hosting 6200 of my images and garnering over 22 million views. This a much broader audience than I could reach in a personal website. There have been many doors opened to me through this site and my photography as a whole has been improved by this experience. This is the text of ISAPs social media policy with respect to websites such as Airliners.net and Fencecheck. I don't agree with it.
Since the release of ISAP’s Social Media strategy a week ago, several members have asked why so-called “collection sites” have been singled out to be banned from linked content in both the ISAP Facebook group, and the ISAP forums. To understand why ISAP has chosen to ban the linking to content from these sites, we must define the two categories that these sites fall into, Edited and Open.
Edited collection websites, i.e. those sites that have a formal review process such as Airliners.net, remain a useful environment for photographers to receive feedback regarding the quality and composition of their images by their selection from the masses of submitted images via the editors choices. Often these sites tag the selected individual images with their own unique markings, thereby marking the image as an approved part of their collection. It is still YOUR image, copyright-wise, but they endorse it and by extension receive the benefits of linked posts around the web in the form of free advertising.
Open collection websites such as Fencecheck, have been, and continue to be, a valuable part of the aviation photography web presence. Many of the current members of ISAP continue to be active members of Fencecheck and other Open collection aviation sites. These sites are a free-wheeling exchange of images, techniques, and commentary from a wide variety of skill levels, artistic styles and stages of professionalism. Like all open web forums they are sometimes visited by that reviled denizen of the web, the “internet troll”, dragging discussions off-topic and sometimes diluting the assistance provided by forum members through “fanboy” comments, and even outright false information.
Where ISAP chooses to draw the line is at the linking of content from these sites into the ISAP Facebook group and the ISAP forums. We at ISAP firmly believe that our members are the finest aviation photographers in the world. We want our forums and social media presence to assist YOU with developing your unique identity as a photographer via the web. We want the wider world to see the best images that you have to offer, via the ISAP portfolios, and drive the internet traffic to YOU, and not to another individual or organization’s “collection” site. As a result, we encourage you to post your images across the web in a variety of forums, sites and social media. What we ask is that when you post in the ISAP forums, or on the ISAP Facebook group, please make this a separate posting, and not just a hyperlinked post or linked image from one of the “collection” sites.
As always, please continue to provide us your feedback on this and our other social media policies. It is only through the frank exchange of ideas an opinions between ISAP members that this organization will continue to improve and provide the best assistance possible to its members.