Harassment from Flickr Helpers


Recently the good folks at “in explore” tried to help a user figure out why they could not get in Explore. There were a myriad of issues to address but the user quickly made the necessary changes. At that point it was considered useful to run a test. The test would involve having a few of the group’s regulars participate on the user’s next upload. The intent was to create the conditions for success to see if the changes would now allow the user to get in Explore. A post was made in the group asking for “test participants”. The test participants were asked to only favethe image of the user to give it a boost in interestingness. The test failed.

In analysing the test failure it was noted a Flickr Helper had actually participated in the test. Investigation revealed this Flickr Helper had followed the user almost immediately after…

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