When people think of 500px they think of many things, from a place to be inspired to a marketplace and a way to connect with others. While we are all those things, 500px is—first and foremost—a community. A community that helps photographers to grow their skills, their networks, and their businesses.
For our community to achieve these goals, it must be an environment that is safe and encouraging. I want to reiterate what we stand for here at 500px, explain what we expect of our community members, and describe some of the efforts we will be making to promote our values. Our community will be stronger if we all share these values and behaviors.
People, not robots. 500px is a place for real people to interact and grow. Unfortunately, the use of robots (“bots”) to try to get more attention by automatically liking photos or following large amounts of users-isn’t limited to 500px–it happens on every social media platform–but it’s not something we support or believe in. It’s really hard to conclusively identify these bots, but we’re tackling the problem in a number of ways. For example, you can now view how many users someone has followed or unfollowed, or how many photos someone has liked within a period of time. Please report suspected “bot” accounts.
Safe for work. Many of you have written to us regarding an increasing amount of adult content on 500px. While we welcome content that follows our guidelines, we require that users correctly flag adult content images when uploading them to the site. Any users not flagging these images as Adult content compromise the integrity of 500px and negatively impact our community and the exposure we can provide on other platforms. We want to create a safe environment for our all our users—photographers AND buyers who are viewing these images at work environments. We are also working on ways to automatically identify content that is “not safe for work” and filter it appropriately. The automated filtering won’t be perfect, so if you are uploading or viewing adult content, please continue to flag it appropriately. You can find more information on this support page.
Growth, not fixed mindsets. We believe people can grow, and 500px is here to help you grow as a photographer, no matter what your current skill level is. For those just starting their photography journey, don’t be intimidated by the photos on our site—we all started somewhere! And to the pros, please encourage those who aren’t yet at your level (remember your first upload?). This community only works if we all encourage and motivate each other to be our best—and not just best as photographers, but as people.
I hope you agree with the spirit of the 500px community. Let’s continue to lift each other up and support one another! If you see inappropriate behaviour on the site that is against our terms of service, please report it. And as always, if you have any constructive feedback related to these points, our Customer Excellence team will be happy to assist at email@example.com.
Andy YangCEO, 500px