Re: Posting Community Photographs
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 09:53:53 -0700 (PDT)
On 13 Sep 2011, at 12:02 PM, Catya Belfer wrote:

> Mosaic uses flickr [snip] I'm not sure what you mean by "secure" in this 
> context.

Our members require that I ask permission to post any photo (almost) on the 
homepage or the public areas of the site. So I have to either ask or put them 
in the private website. This means two things: We have no pictures of children 
on the public site or homepage, and I have to assemble galleries in a WordPress 
plugin to post pictures. I use NextGen Gallery because it has lots of features 
but since I don't use it often, I have to relearn it each time — my problem. 
And I never learned it very well in the first place. Lazyest gets up the 
pictures in a hurry, but doesn't have features.

If we used Picassa or Flickr, other people could put up the photos more easily. 
I'm years behind on all the photos I've been sent and there are many more I 
would like to ask for.

The security issue is that they don't want pictures of their children made 
public or open to hacking. Although some use Picassa and Flickr for their 
private albums, they are concerned that with so many members having access —61+ 
adults and 21 children — the access would spread.

This is not my fear but I have to respect it. One granddaughter's pictures are 
open for all to see on Facebook. One solution I'm considering is to only post 
pictures of children a few years younger than they are now. Thus they are not 

Another concern is that parents would be making decisions about pictures of 
their children being pubic that the children might later be embarrassed about. 
Things published on the web can never be pulled back, particularly if they go 

On another note, when I was looking at the pictures on your site, I kept 
thinking the people were our people in your community. I could name each one of 
them with a look-alike, dress-alike here!

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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