MagicMike304 wrote:Personally, I don't see a reason for personal galleries, so we don't use them on our forums. This wouldn't be a hard Mod to make for this photo album.
My sites will be the complete opposite to this. I see almost no point in the public galleries (equivalent to scribbling on toilet walls lol) and every point to the personal galleries embedded into the UCP giving the user direct access and control over *their* photos, which is *their* property (forget that at your website's peril!).
If i have a member who wants to put up pix of her one-year-old daughter's birthday party, she doesnt want to stick them on some random gallery somewhere on the nav bar; she wants to put them in her own gallery and show them off on her profile. Then she can start a new thread on the forum saying "check out my new pix on my profile" and a new discussion is born around her profile (you know that "user-led content" which is what makes the difference between a pipedream and a billion-dollar profit-making website). The last time i checked this is how all profile sites about and for people work from myspace and bebo to the range of video sites including youtube.
They're successful because they *personalise* everything, a bit like life, really
So a big yes to personal galleries, please
EDIT: having looked at a few gallery-only sites, rather than get rid of Smartor's best feature, why not allow admin to switch personal galleries on and off. I seem to remember this feature in the phpbb2 version.