Explore Returns!
I have been slowly getting back to participating on ipernity again, and it was such a pleasure to learn that Explore is finally up and running! I don't know about you, but this was an important tool for me to use to meet new people and as another way to keep up with old friends! I didn't realize just how much I would miss it until it was gone!

I know some people look at Explore as litttle more than a "popularity contest", but that is not the real purpose of this feature. It was intended as a tool to "explore" a sampling of the wonderful photographers in the community and to meet new people with shared interests. I couldn't do that as efficiently through the news page or group sites alone. I hope everyone will use Explore to become better acquainted with the community at large, and just have fun again! I also hope that it will attract new people to visit the site and perhaps join us in fun, too. :-)


William Sutherland said:

Well said Valfal and glad to see you back again!
15 months ago

@ngélique ♥ said:

merci mon amie ! mais je ne peux pas m'inscrire sur Explorer ! pourriez vous me dire ce qu'il faut faire et à qui s'adresser ? bisous chère Val ! et bonne soirée
15 months ago ( translate )

William Sutherland said:


Your most recent photo is on page 1 of Explore right now! :)
15 months ago

Pam J said:

Day by day Val.. we ARE getting there !
15 months ago

Judith Jannetta said:

I completely agree, Val. Also, having Explore back gives a great feeling of confidence that the site will soon be its lovely former self!
15 months ago

Kathleen Thorpe said:

Fantastic! Now if I could only get my account back I could participate again!
15 months ago

Jenny McIntyre said:

I haven't seen Explore so I'm not too sure of what it's like. I'm really glad though to see you're back on here.
15 months ago

autofantasia replied to Jenny McIntyre:

Jenny, you simply need to click on Explore at the top of your screen next to your mailbox icon. Then on the next screen click on the What's Hot tab which sits underneath the search bar near the top of the screen ... and there you go, 18 pages of images with 27 on each to view and hopefully enjoy!

As Val says it's a great way to get new ideas, inspiration and contacts! :)
14 months ago

Janet Brien said:

Valfal, I would like to give you a very belated welcome back--lol, I guess I can look into the mirror and say the same thing!--but I also want to say thank you for this fine post. I was wondering about Explore and suspected that something might be different. Finding your entry confirmed that Explore has indeed been changed, but more than that, you let me know that it had been entirely GONE for some time! That was a very big surprise to me and had I been active on ipernity at the time, it would have made me unhappy indeed.

Since being a part of ipernity, Explore played a role in judging the success of my photography. I came here from Flickr and any picture that was Explored there was quite the badge of success to me, and I felt the same about ipernity's Explore. It was a fun challenge as well, and I always had hopes that my latest picture might make the first few pages of Explore. However, I sometimes felt that the algorithms were flawed. Some people and/or certain images would linger at the top for weeks without budging, and some pictures really and truly lacked the quality that should be paraded as something special. (In fact, sometimes a person's "Taking a Break" message would make Explore, or another similar "non-image" that seemed like adding insult to injury. How many times I'd seen a gorgeous picture that didn't see the light of day on Explore, and yet, a "Time Out" picture would grace those same coveted pages.)

Anyway, thanks again. A fine post and exactly what I'd been looking for!
4 weeks ago