Last night , I got an email from someone I did not know. She said she found me on Twitter (follow me on Twitter if you want.) She had a problem that she asked if I could help with it. She wanted to post photos on her WordPress site from some photographers, but she was concerned about site visitors downloading them when the photographers didn’t want them to. I didn’t know her. I didn’t have to help her. But it just seemed like the right thing to do.
I have had a little experience with this problem from the site that my daughter uses for her photography business. I did a little research and sent back some information and a few links that should help her learn about the options and get started with a solution. There were ideas about watermarks, preventing right clicks, and super imposing a blank transparent image. One of the links I found was for a WordPress plugin that should help. There does not seem to be a sure fire method for solving this problem, but there were good ideas on how to make it harder for people to download pictures. If you have ideas or experience on this let me know and I will pass it on.
It was fun to help her. As usual, when I help someone solve a problem, I learn something, but mostly it was just fun helping someone else. One of the great things about Internet communities like Twitter or WordPress forums is the amount of free help you can get from people you don’t really know. I have received lots of free help online. I guess that is what being a community is all about, helping the other members of the community and not really expecting anything in return. I did get a nice email back from her, thanking me for my help and that made me smile. I hope you find a chance to share what you know with others.
How have you have been helped or how have you help other solve a problem? Add your comments.