We believe the more images the better for a research tool like hobbyDB! Here are some ideas on how we would ideally like to show them (and as always please share your thoughts and feedback in the comments section!).
For Database Entries, we would like to have standard images for different Database Types. So 2-dimensional items, like Postcards, would only have two standard images –
Each type would have its own image standards. For more 3-dimensional collectibles, such as Model Airplanes, there would be a few more standard images –
Users would see these on the Search overview pages and scroll between them without having to go into the Gallery –
Or do the same on the Database Item page. Here we could also show the others as thumbnails as we have more space –
And while we like the images to be as standard as possible (like the image on the left) — ideally with a white background — we would love to have users add 1,000s of artistic images (like the one on the right)!
If you like the Diorama photo, there are more images like it on this site!
In fact, we accept any images for the gallery, as there might be something of interest in each. Even a bad image might show a detail that other images in the gallery don’t have! We are already considering to later enable voting on images so that the very best photos float to the top of Galleries.
It is for the above and other reasons that we generally don’t allow the deletion of photos; only images that are wrong for the database entry or that are small and have been added in a larger format are considered for deletion – just flag those. We will eventually enable a rollback timeframe, say 60 minutes, to delete an image you uploaded so that you can correct a mistake.
Besides all this, there will also be Variant Details images (for more see this Blog post) and we plan similar galleries for Subjects and Showcases where you can show all or parts of your collection, and share images of your collecting adventures.