Is PinPics down

Discussion in 'Disney Pin Discussion' started by d.ducks, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. LittleBird

    LittleBird Well-Known Member

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    I hope it does become a crisis frankly. The reason PinPics can operate as it does is because it is a monopoly. If other databases become a threat, PinPics would be forced to improve its service to stay competitive.
     
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  2. LittleBird

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    On a related note, I just added four pins to pintradingdb.com. It took less than ten minutes, and all of the pins are now visible on the site. I can also edit the info. as needed.
     
  3. starry_solo

    starry_solo Judge of the Dark Court Staff Member DPF Super Moderator

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    Thanks! :D I had taken pictures of those 3 Mulan DSF pins a while ago, never got around to adding them, but I did add a picture against a dark background for contrast as I have noticed pins look different against a light vs dark background :)
     
  4. LittleBird

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    By all means, replace my pics! My camera makes everything so dark, and I haven't yet reinstalled Photoshop after my recent reboot.
     
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  5. starry_solo

    starry_solo Judge of the Dark Court Staff Member DPF Super Moderator

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    Nope, just adding pictures. I like people to see contrast, if only for the hope that newbies won't think a pin is a scrapper because a pin looks slightly different than a single picture :D
     
  6. krand1276

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    So true. I got tired of waiting and just signed up at pintradingdb.com. I hope PinPics comes back up because I have a ton of wanted pins I don’t want to have to go back through to tag, but if PinPics doesn’t come back (and be reliable), I won’t really have a choice.
     
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  7. pretty Omi

    pretty Omi Resident Smol Wolf

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    Just to remind everyone of the last update they gave us. I don’t think blaming Pinpics is really the right course of anger here, since it seems they’re at the mercy of the company who owns/runs the server.


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  8. LittleBird

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    Then they should be taking steps to find a new server host. This is not a onetime incident but a repeated pattern. As others have pointed out, the site has gone down for long stretches numerous times before. It goes down with little communication and no indication of when the problem will be resolved. I have not encountered any other website that so casually allows an outage to continue. PinPics has made misstep after misstep in the past five years; they have been happening since I started collecting. If they are unwilling to take responsibility for their own functioning, then I will no longer rely on them for what I'm looking for.

    Bottom line: if a website doesn't work, then the owners have failed. They own the site; its upkeep is their responsibility.
     
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  9. suzanneb

    suzanneb DPF Charter Member DPF Charter Member

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    Yes, a functional Pin pics site is the MOST important thing to me. I upgraded to gold level sponsor b/c I really wanted to support proper site maintenance. Sigh. Will serously rethink my decision at sponsor renewal time

     
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  10. Papaya

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    Same, with the same user name and avatar I have (had?) on PinPics. I really like how you can grade the level of desire to own a pin in your wants!
     
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  11. krand1276

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    Agreed! That's a nice feature. I also like how there can be multiple photos (front and back).

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  12. hopemax

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    Exactly. And this is leading up to their "busy season." Do we think any small business would allow their website to be down to the lead up to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and the start of the holiday season? Do we think they'd accept excuses from their hosting company? Would the hosting business be a good business if they allowed their clients to suffer server issues through the client's busy season? No, no and no! And this should hurt the Pinopolis business too, and so their pin partners shouldn't accept a "we're working on it" either because this will ultimately affect THEIR bottom line too, because their reputation is tied to the people who are responsible for Pinpics.

    But I know, this is is pin trading so all will be forgiven because they'll release some really cool pins for "Pins at Cost" or their event in FL, or their Pinopolis stuff.
     
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  13. tiffychann

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    Seems some people are able to get in as the newer pins being added have Wants and Trades showing up already.
     
  14. pretty Omi

    pretty Omi Resident Smol Wolf

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    I just don’t think it’s so easy.
    I actually have been a member of other websites that have gone down for months, because they had a problem with the server host. And they couldn’t just up and change servers. There was a major issue with the server host where they lost a lot of hardware and it took time them get it all ordered and back and running.
    I’ve been able to get on and use the site to at least check my wants, or even add pins to wants/owns/trades. I don’t much use the trade assistant these days.
    I just don’t like seeing all the anger and vitriol when we don’t know what’s going on, and a lot of assumptions are being made. I see enough anger and negativity everywhere else, DPF has been a happy refuge.
    Positive part is the other database is getting some love, and getting some older pins so it’s not just all Li/Starry doing all the work. It’s never bad to have things on more than one site.
     
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  15. Jabberwocky

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    And I will just jump in here with my oft-repeated PSA that you should never rely on an outside service to keep track for you. Always keep your own personal lists (trades, wants, owns) saved and updated as a backup as that's always your most reliable resource.

    It may seem like extra work but it's worthwhile in the long run.
     
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  16. unibear

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    Very sound advice!! And I HAVE done this with my collection (I have created an Excel spreadsheet and backed it up).

    Unfortunately, I haven't done it with my trades and wants. Silly me! For the pin event, I really don't need my trades list (the pins I'm trading are in my books, so take a look at my books instead of my trades list) but I DO need my wants list. It's only 25 pins or fewer, so I should be able to reconstruct it if I can't get in...

    Also, I do want to point out the difference between negativity and criticism. One is meant to be cruel and one is meant to help the company grow. I'll let you guess which one is which..
     
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  17. GreyWyvern

    GreyWyvern Figment Fan Since '84

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    Who actually owns/manages pintradingdb.com?

    I'm a web developer and I'd be happy to help them add features to make it even easier to use.
     
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  18. Papaya

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    One option that I wish was there on both PinPics and PinTradingDB is the possibility of creating themed subgroups in your collection, ex. "Pinocchio pins", "Christmas pins", or whatever the user wants to name them.
    In theory you can just use the right word in the search collection bar, but in reality it often shows non-related pins too.
    I love organizing collections so that really sucks for me.
     
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  19. Disneychildwithin

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    Also would be nice if you didn't have to open the picture in order to add it to your lists. I just tried playing with the add a picture features and for the life of me couldn't figure out how to delete a second picture I didn't want to upload. It would also be nice to have the option to rotate while you crop/edit, would save me a ton of time.
     
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  20. KT07

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    Looks like a lot of good ideas and info here. Thank you to all that have shared. That seems like a good way to get the feel of things from a larger amount if people.
     
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  21. momin.ator

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    There used to be a "group" option so you could create private and public groups. If you look (whenever PinPics is back), you can
    find the option at the bottom of the page and you can look at the groups that were previously created. Unfortunately, it is no
    longer an option and the current groups cannot be updated.
     
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  22. starry_solo

    starry_solo Judge of the Dark Court Staff Member DPF Super Moderator

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    @ryanfury , maybe you can manage this?
     
  23. pretty Omi

    pretty Omi Resident Smol Wolf

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    The one feature I'd like most on PTDB would be to hover over the picture and be able to click Own, Want, Trade, like PP has. I really hate having to open every single photo, add the 1 next to owns, or whatever, then click save.
     
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  24. TiggerSue

    TiggerSue Want TIGGER PINS!!!

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    This IS Good Advice!!
    I also have my Collection in an Excel spreadsheet.

    I have "recreated" my Pin Bags by copying the pics onto a Word doc (about 10 small pics across) in the order they are in. That way, I can "show" what I have for Trade without having to open my bags. It's only 4 pages for 2 bags stuffed full.

    I also have 3 pages of "Wants" in pictures, arranged by character. Makes it easier when people ask " What are you looking for?" :)
     
  25. Tokaji

    Tokaji Pins and Needles

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    @ryanfury but @starry_solo is the real manager over there.
     
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