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Why isn't my edit and/or photo listed?

Rock Currier June 02, 2011 10:59AM
Jolyon may step in here with a few comments, but if not, I will comment that management does realize we have a problem with the approval of submitted images and we have been discussing various ways of handling the problem. Because we are all volunteers here on mindat we also have the privilege of working on what ever it is that we want, and often times that is not looking at the list of submitted images to improve them. Perhaps in the future, if mindat gets wealthy, we may be able to hire some employees that we can assign to various mindat tasks, but that is not likely to be for quite a while. Jolyon is having enough trouble getting himself paid enough so that he can work on the site, and that is absolutely critical, let alone hire full time let alone employees. Now that he is working full time on the site, we are seeing some cracks in the log jam of problems that need attention. Right now, In the managers forum, we periodically get a posting that will say something like, "hey guys, the images waiting for approval list is getting out of hand and you need to go there and help approve, disapprove or send complaint letters on the images in the list." and we all run over there and try and clean up some of the back log.

We have discussed various ways to improve the situation and Jolyon is now "on it" and working on ways to make the situation better. When it is obvious that at everything is OK with the species designation, the locality and the caption we can assign them quickly to the general gallery or the users gallery if the quality is not all that great and I must admit that as time passes, more and more are being assigned to the user only galleries. The problem comes when a manager looks at the image and says to himself "hell if I know" and skips over the image to go on to the next one that he may know something about. We have talked about creating a list of people that are specialists on various minerals or localities that we can refer those images to when we don't feel confident about saying yes or no on a particular image, or to have a check box by the image that says I don't know. We have talked about putting a time limit of two weeks on the images in the to be approved list and if no one knows by the time two weeks are up we will give the benefit of the doubt to the uploader and the images will be automatically moved to the general gallery. I think that by July we may have a system in place that will improve the situation. We now have in place a permissions system where we can permit others (mostly level 2 people) than managers to approve images of different kinds and to edit captions, send out letters with questions to the uploaders abut about the images they have uploaded and as this system gets used, and populated with helpers, images should be approved in a more timely manner.

What did you submit. Ill try and find it on the list and see where it stands.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/03/2011 11:56AM by Rock Currier.
George Eric Stanley Curtis June 02, 2011 11:55AM
HI Rock,
I understand the difficulties, and like I said, I am not moaning.
I just thought it might help if there were some kind of feedback to the poster so he could track 'progress' if that means anything.
It might cut down on the number of complaints.

The other problem was the missing child photos, which is not so much a matter of approval, but a bit of a 'bug' as I see it.
The little 'multi-pic' icon appears in one or two of my pics, but the child photo itself is missing.

I recently uploaded a couple pics of metazeunerite from Cligga, (Photo ID: 388764) The main pic is awaiting approval, but the child pic is not to be seen on the awaiting approval list.
I am happy to wait for approval, but what puzzles me is the child pic missing.
The same happened to Photo ID: 333998 which was approved ages ago, but the child pic uploaded at the same time did not appear, even though the Multi-pic icon is there.

As I say, this is not so much a personal gripe, more an attempt at pointing out a possible 'bug' in the system.


United Kingdom, Cornwall
Uwe Kolitsch June 02, 2011 06:16PM
I couldn't find the two child photos either (or do you know their numbers?). Must be a bug.
For the time being, just upload them again if you want.
George Eric Stanley Curtis June 02, 2011 06:22PM
Thanks Uwe,
Will do that in due course.


United Kingdom, Cornwall
David Von Bargen June 03, 2011 11:12AM
Fixed metazeunerite. Reuploading the same photo won't work as we check for duplicate images.
Rock Currier June 03, 2011 12:00PM
I searched through the images waiting approval and could not find your image but finally realized the Uwe had beat me to it. Anyway, I am feeling richous because I reviewed a bunch of images and helped clean up the backlog. I feel guilty about not doing more of this work.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
George Eric Stanley Curtis June 03, 2011 02:57PM
My thanks to all of you.

I fully realise that it must be a very time consuming job approving all those photographs, which brings me back to my original 'feedback' suggestion.
Would it not be possible for the software to include a counter, such that all the pictures on your 'awaiting approval' stack would have a list number?

The list number would change as the picture moves up your 'awaiting approval' stack, so if it was also to appear on the users 'waiting approval' the user could see how far down the list his picture was.

i.e. If the end user were to see a message on his 'Awaiting approval' picture saying "This picture is number 10,003 on the awaiting approval list" would inform the uploader that it will be a while to wait.
If the message said "This picture is number 3 on the awaiting approval list" the uploader would know it would not be long.

If this were done, it would cut down on the number of queries about 'where has my picture gone?' and would perhaps cut down on the managerial workload - you wouldn't have to answer all those queries.

It may not be possible of course, it is just a thought.

Again, thanks for all your work and efforts.

Eric B)

United Kingdom, Cornwall
Rock Currier June 03, 2011 07:19PM
I think Jolyon or Dave must be the one to answer that question. They have a list of things to do and make better on the site a mile long and it is always the fires that must be put out first, and I don't begin to know enough about the programming of the site to know how much work what you suggest would take and how important the other things they are doing are compared to your request. Perhaps they will weigh in on the matter if they are not too busy doing other stuff.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
George Eric Stanley Curtis June 03, 2011 07:26PM
It was just a thought, - not important.

All the best

Eric :)-D

United Kingdom, Cornwall
Rock Currier June 03, 2011 07:38PM

No, it probably is not all that important in the over all scheme of things, but mindat only grows and gets better by people like yourself seeing a problem and saying "hey, can we change this and make it better?" and that starts the rest of us thinking and it kind of goes on the pile of other suggestions and if enough other people chime in and say, "hey! you should really change this", in most cases it will eventually get done. So please don't think that you should not have brought this to our attention. All suggestions that are made can help the site improve, and I for one certainly don't think you should not make them or were the least out of line in making this suggestion.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Liam Schofield June 08, 2011 10:39AM
Hi Guys,

Just a quick one from my photo's; I uploaded a couple of images a week or two ago but they're still waiting approval. Now, usually, I'd just ignore it but I recently uploaded another image (two days ago) which was approved this morning so wasn't sure if the others were missed. Numbers are;

388234, 288235 and child photo, 388236.

I've not had a query/issue raised about them either, so I thought I'd ask.

Rock Currier June 08, 2011 03:59PM
I try and stay away from the photo approval process as I have plenty of other work here on mindat. I suspect the garnet photo, if it has not been approved is because it would appear you labeled is only garnet and didn't bother to put down what species of garnet it was or even a locality in the photo upload page. I didn't even know it was possible to upload an image without a locality, but I guess it is. As for the other two specimens from Pavel, someone is probably waiting for him to approve them or is checking with him. I personally would believe those are what Pavel says they are. He knows his stuff.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Liam Schofield June 08, 2011 04:27PM
Ahhh, I put down 288235 and it should have been 388235... The Garnet isn't mine!

It should be an SEM image of Rucklidgeite, a Rucklidgeite crystal group shot (Child image) and the Nabokoite with Atlasovite.

As for the reasoning; that seems fair enough if Pavel needs to approve, though the Pb-Bi Tellurate sample has been approved and that was also from Pavel and was uploaded at the same time...
Nicu Pascanu October 23, 2011 01:01PM
I submitted a few specimens that came to my collection from well-known dealers. Also, each specimen has his original label and the reference, I think so, to be accurate. I would be interested if their disapproval, until this moment could be generated by missing information and other misrepresent notes and photos.
The ID specimens are:
388380-added 25th May 2011-Hubeite, Quartz;
394531-added 29th Jun 2011-Hubnerite
415961-added 7th Oct 2011-Cylindrite
415963-added 7th Oct 2011-Hubeite, Inesite, Quartz

I'm very grateful for your kind support here.
Knut Edvard Larsen October 23, 2011 02:27PM
I checked your photos. As far as I can see, they were all approved , and you can see them all in your gallery. Regarding the informations, reference etc given, there seems to be no problem with that.
But the reason, I would guess, is that when you uploaded your photos there were already many other photos of the same mineral from the same locality in the database.

Generally speaking, if there are already a large number of photos of the same mineral from the same locality in the database, and the ones already there are of a better quality or of a better educational value compared to the new ones to be approved, they will be approved for the users gallery only, and not for the mineral or locality gallery. Your photos is compared to other photographs of specimens from this location

EDITED away the word "not" in the last sentence. A typo from my side, sorry,

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/23/2011 05:46PM by Knut Edvard Larsen.
Michael J. Bainbridge October 23, 2011 03:03PM

As to your earlier suggestion that locality 'experts' may be called upon to help with certain images, I'd like to volunteer to help out with photos of Canadian minerals. I'll admit, I'd be relatively useless with rare micros from Mount-Saint Hilaire, or massive sulphides from the Cobalt area (so an "I don't know" button would be good), but I could certainly help clear a lot of the more 'common' stuff, especially the high volume of field-collected Grenville Province material.

At your service,
Nicu Pascanu October 23, 2011 05:20PM
Knut Edvard,

The only purpose of my request was for a correct information and I appreciate this prompt explanation.

Rock Currier October 24, 2011 11:58AM
Why don't you start by looking at some of the Canadian mineral photos from localities that you are familiar with and see if there are some really wrong ones. Tell us what the image number is and what is wrong with the locality, species and or caption.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Michael J. Bainbridge October 25, 2011 03:12AM
Will do.
Michael J. Bainbridge October 31, 2011 08:31PM
I added several photos a while ago for my Bancroft show report - mostly "others", but a few minerals as well. All have been approved, and all are showing up except the Child photos of mineral cases (not even in my gallery). I don't really care if the only way to see the closeups of the cases is through the parent, but the following mineral photos where also uploaded as children of one of the "other - mineral display" photos, and are not showing up at the locality, or in either the public, or my private gallery. Check out the parent and you'll understand why I did it that way and not showing up.

This is probably just a lack of understanding on my part about the role and use of child photos, could someone please explain? And/or suggest a different way to link these photos so that the "mineral photos" show up in the right places?

David Von Bargen November 01, 2011 04:07PM
A child photo is a second photo of a mineral specimen (a closeup, showing the matrix - backside of specimen, photo that shows some specific point of interest, a photo of the entire specimen). They tend to not be applicable for site and other photos except in rare cases.
Paolo Giovanni Biffi January 10, 2012 06:19PM
May you please check this message about missing locality photos ?

sorry for not appropriate placement, I discovered this topic right now
Dennis Tryon May 24, 2012 07:10PM
I have uploaded a photo (twice) of a Palomo mine, Peru specimen of realgar, sphalerite, and quartz with minor chalcopyrite and orpiment, and both times it has completely disappeared. It is not in the directory for Palomo mine, or even in my directory.
Have never seen this before.

Knut Edvard Larsen May 30, 2012 07:06PM
Hi Dennis
I too are not able to find it. My best guess is that something went wrong under the uploading process. Please try again
Dennis Tryon June 02, 2012 06:39PM
I have just uploaded it for the third time, and it is completely gone in less than an hour. I unloaded a second picture that is awaiting approval. I don't think it is my fault as I have successfully loaded over 400 photos with no problem.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/02/2012 11:00PM by Dennis Tryon.
Uwe Kolitsch June 06, 2012 04:23PM
Did/Do you record the photo no.?
Dennis Tryon June 06, 2012 08:49PM
I did not record the photo number, I guess I can try one more time.

Thanks for your reply,

Dennis Tryon June 06, 2012 10:08PM
It appears that it may have worked this time. I have no explanation.

Dennis Tryon June 07, 2012 08:32PM
I guess that this is improvement, the photo was there overnight, but is now gone. There were two photos, 469519 and child 469520. It apparently disappears during the approval process, as it was there, but not yet approved, several hours ago. The location is listed (Palomo mine) as of now, but I have nothing from there. What is going on??


P.S. Checking today (Nov. 8) , the location is now gone from the list.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/08/2012 03:03PM by Dennis Tryon.
Mineralogical Research Company June 08, 2012 12:57AM
I understand Jolyon's first post stating that "not all photos submitted are accepted for the mineral and locality pages - this depends on the quality of the photo and the number of similar photos we already have for that mineral at that region". However, in the case of Desautelsite there are only 15 images, none of which showing a crystal in high resolution as image 466554. I'm not looking for recognition, but just trying to provide a view of the mineral that that provides crystallographic information that is currently lacking in the mineral photos page.

David Von Bargen June 08, 2012 11:44AM
Gene, thanks for the photo. "not all photos submitted are accepted for the mineral and locality pages - this depends on the quality of the photo and the number of similar photos we already have for that mineral at that region" - this is not the case with 466554. We limit the maximum number of photos of a mineral/locality pair to the top 10 photos (you can see the rest by clicking on the link to display all the photos)

Additional Photos
+ We have only shown a small selection of photos on this page to make this page easier to browse.
Click here to see all photos of Desautelsite from Artinite pit, Clear Creek area, Picacho Peak, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito Co., California, USA.

We base which 10 photos are shown by manager votes, user votes, and the number of times the photo has been viewed. This does put newly loaded photos at a disadvantage, but hopefully quality will eventually win out.

Photos from full members are automatically made available on locality and mineral pages.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/08/2012 11:59AM by David Von Bargen.
Mineralogical Research Company June 08, 2012 03:01PM

Thanks for the explanation. Photo quality is one thing, and we all strive for it, but for me the scientific importance of an image is in how much information it conveys. The photo in question certainly isn't of the highest quality. But IMO, it is the only one, so far, that illustrates the morphology of the crystals. I hope that I didn't stick my neck out so far as to seem pretentious.

Uwe Kolitsch June 14, 2012 10:27AM

is (now?) approved site-wide. I have cleared the cache of the locality and the mineral photo count jumped from 43 to 44.
Harjo Neutkens June 14, 2012 09:33PM
And, it's a great photo, Gene! It's now the head photo for the Desautelsite page.
Jean-Yves Lamoureux June 23, 2012 12:35PM

I have uploaded three pictures (471384, 471385, and 471387), who appear in my home page.

These concern the Boucherville site (235882), but they do not show in this site's photos.

I searched for unapproved or questionable photos on my home page, and there are none.

I know they're out there somewhere, but... where ? :-S
Amir C. Akhavan June 23, 2012 01:07PM
The cache of the locality had to be cleared. Now they are visible.
Can you please add a scale or size info for photo 471385?
Jean-Yves Lamoureux June 23, 2012 07:46PM
Hi Amir,

Thanks for the prompt action ! :)-D

I had not included a scale as this is a site photo, but you're right : the average size of the crystals appearing in the picture should have been provided, for the members' interest.

Correction gladly made !
Bill Dameron August 19, 2012 12:35AM
Hmmm. Unusual. I am doing barytes, by locality; for some reason Meikle Mine number 482261 won't show on my home page photos under sort by date added. It shows everywhere else -- that is, in the gallery, my photos when sorted by locality.... I tried editing it to see if submitting it again would fix that. Not important, but perplexing.

Bill Dameron
David Von Bargen August 19, 2012 11:27AM
Yes, strange since I see it there.
open | download - ScreenHunter_01 Aug. 19 06.25.jpg (152.4 KB)
Jean-Yves Lamoureux November 03, 2012 08:51PM

I've just conducted a search for unapproved photos in my Home Page, and found 10.

Two were uploaded yesterday, and it's understandable they are still pending approval.

But the others date back to weeks or months, the oldest having been uploaded May 22nd of this year.

Guess someone has to manually clear the cache for each locality, alas...

Business as usual. Any volunteer ?
Michel Ambroise November 27, 2012 08:43AM

I have had some pictures for this place in Portugal.

But the pictures are only on the upper level of the locality and not specifically for the exact locality!!! Any reason?

Thanks a lot

Amir C. Akhavan November 27, 2012 09:06AM
>> Any reason?
Now they are visible.
Michel Ambroise November 27, 2012 10:40AM
What is Caching??
Amir C. Akhavan November 27, 2012 12:27PM
Mindat's web pages are generated dynamically, that is, they are generated on the fly from data (images, locality infos etc.) in a database. If there are many requests, the web server needs to generate many pages simultaneously and will be under a lot of stress - and very slow.
To reduce the load on the web server, the web pages are stored in a "buffer" after they have been generated. If you type a certain address in the browser, the web server first checks if there's a copy of the page in the cache ("buffer") and delivers that copy to the browser.
If there are new entries in the database, it may be necessary to regenerate the respective web page and refresh the cache.
Michel Ambroise November 27, 2012 01:31PM
All right, thanks a lot for this very good explanation:-)


Pierre Rondelez December 01, 2012 10:26AM
Hi all (administrators),

I posted this photo some days ago:
with light green apatite from Otjua Farm, Karibib District, Namibia.
Before posting it, I noticed that apatite was not on the location's list so I mentioned that in my caption, thinking that Mindat would be glad to add a previous unknown mineral to a certain location.
What happened was: nothing........
No questions about the mineral from any admin. but my mineral does not appear on the location, only I can see it on my personal photo page.
That was NOT the idea, I mean: my contact who sold me the specimen is a Namibia expert and he is adamant that the adamite specimen comes from said location.
About the identity of the apatite: believe me guys, after 35 years of intense self-collecting all over Europe and far beyond, I recognize an apatite when I see one, my dealer also has extensive knowledge about minerals and especially of those coming from Namibia.
So what do I do next time I encounter a new mineral from a certain location?
Keep this knowledge to myself or share it here on Mindat?
I thought that this is what Mindat is all about: sharing knowledge!

Knut Edvard Larsen December 02, 2012 11:57AM
Dear Pierre,
You have done perfectly well. Mindat would be glad to add a previous unknown mineral to a certain location.
But please have patience. Your photo is in line among 399 others waiting to be approved, that's the reason...
Mike Ruprecht December 02, 2012 02:57PM
I can't list a new location for my topaz from New Hampshire when I upload
a photo to my page is this done some place else?
Uwe Kolitsch December 02, 2012 07:26PM
You can add a new locality by following the instructions in the manual:
Andrea Sansoni January 22, 2013 10:48AM
I changed the locality for this photo and for the child close up photos, but for some reason the child close ups are in the gallery for the new locality, but the parent is not.
Branko Rieck January 22, 2013 11:10AM

massive changes to a photo, like the change of locality, requires a new approval of the photo. I did that, and now the photo is visible in the gallery.

Philip Simmons January 29, 2013 10:05PM
Hi all,

I'm having the same problem that Pierre did. My photo of the blue halite(posted 3 days ago) shows up on my home page, but not on the Locality page. I assume that it's still in the queue waiting to be approved. How long does it usually take to approve the photos?

Chester S. Lemanski, Jr. January 29, 2013 11:33PM

It depends on the availability of the managers to review the photos. Some photos may be reviewed by a particular manager based on the locality of the mineral occurrence (area expert). Right now there is a large backlog of photos.
Jason Evans February 21, 2013 08:48PM
A few of my recent photos have not yet been approved, I am well aware this can take some time so not so worried about that , one of them is a specimen of native iron from Disko island,It was previously approved as native iron, but when i checked a few weeks ago I noticed a note saying native iron does not occur at this locality however it says that the location i put (Blaafjeld, Ulvfaq, Disko, Greenland) does not have native iron but has kamacite, so I changed the name to kamacite.

What is confusing me is that one of those i uploaded now seems to have been approved because it does not appear when i click the blob to show unapproved photos. yet i cannot see it in the gallery. Maybe this is just because of the backlog of photos.

This is the photo in question.
Jason Evans February 24, 2013 06:32PM
I would like to know why how when i uploaded my native iron specimen over a year ago it was approved with no questioning at all, then i notice it has the "this mineral does not occur at this locality" (Blaafjeld, Uivfaq (Ovifak), Qeqertarsuaq Island (Disko Island), Kitaa (West Greenland) Province, Greenland) note. So I check the locality and see that iron is not listed but Kamacite is, so I change the name to Kamacite. Then the photo gets questioned, and surprise surprise suddenly native iron is found at Blaafjeld. I also see no other problem with my photo it looks just the same as the other photos of iron from that locality. I dont normally get so frustrated but i do feel I am owed an explanation to why my photo was questioned (when it was previously approved) and why did i have that note saying it does not occur at this locality and then suddenly it does.

I am going to re upload the photo as native iron not Kamacite.
Debbie Woolf February 25, 2013 01:15PM
Hi Jason

I've looked into this and would like to explain, since the photo was uploaded & approved in Oct 2009 mindat has grouped together a bunch of people who want to help, there is now a much longer list of members who approve photo's leading to a more vigorous checking process, any edit of a photo needs approval (always did) so you created that by changing the name, this lead to questions which was resolved because a manager took time to research & found a reference so that Iron could be added to the locality, this automatically removes that message 'not found here' from the photo.

So you are right there was nothing wrong with your photo, what is wrong here is that the database didn't have the info but thanks to Knut, we now do :-)

Regarding the 'not found here' message, majority of the time it's because we don't have the data not because we don't believe you, it should be viewed as encouragement to find the info & add it to the database.

Karsten Ivan February 28, 2013 08:23AM
Hi everybody,

Sometimes happened , that I must wait few days for adding my photos after upload, but sometimes there was done nothing.
Example: this photo
and this one

was uploaded in February, circa 10 days ago. Daily I am looked at the Today´s photo gallery and for any case also for Yesterdays photo gallery, but those were no displayed...:-S
I am patient 10 days , but now I became little bit fretful.
That´s why I´m writing this message;-)

How can I identify, that my photo is visible for all,
or in opposite - how can I identify that my shot wasn´t approved by admins? Thank you in advance for answer.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/28/2013 08:24AM by Karsten Ivan.
Rock Currier February 28, 2013 10:50AM
I have consigned you agate pictures to your gallery. The locality on the agate is very general and we have many similar images of Brazilian agate in our galleries. As far as the Mexican polybasite it would appear that our Mexican expert has not gotten around to looking at it. The Quartz in the image looks to be quite pink. Is this the correct color for the specimen? I am not familiar with the specimens from this mine. Did you get it at the mine or was that on the label when you got it?

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Karsten Ivan February 28, 2013 03:01PM
Hi Rock,
I agree, that Agate photos from locality "Brasilia" must be huge amount on Mindat. But this is little bit other. Of course I cannot introduce accurate locality, because this piece is bought in Junk shop in Slovakia without label. One month ago I discuss this piece in Mindat. Colleagues expressed that this is older piece, artificially coloured probably with old method - sugar or honey maceration few months and than maceration in sulphur acid. This piece is not from todays mass production of thin slabs, is thick 2,5 cm and homemade grinded and polished ;-).
Of course agate photos are in web in gorgeous quantities. But if you look to the daughter photo - how much from all agate photos on internet was done with backlight?

To the second photo: First of all, Slovakia is not in Mexico, this lies European Union - no, Slovenia and Slovakia isn´t the synonyms, those are two different states, with different languages ,without joint borders.
On Slovakia was in underground mined copper ,silver and gold very long period before time, when Christoph Columbus landed firstly after ocean trip:-). Yes , the quartz is little bit rosa, because this is pale amethyst as I wrote in text. This specimen is displayed in Slovak central Mining museum , 5 kilometers from the locality, there is labelled Hodrusa, this druse shape is typical for Hodrusa. I worked in Hodrusa mine Rosalia 10 years and I came any week to hodrusa, because there is one of my flats. So therefore i can say also the Mine name and Vein name: Schöpfer what means "The Creator".
Till this day you can collect the similar specimens (but without silver minerals) on Mayer shaft mine, which is actually excavated. That´s all what I can say.
No hard feelings Rock, I wil be not angry if you refuse those photos :)-D. Later I will send hundreds of other interesting minerals ...(tu)

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/28/2013 03:11PM by Karsten Ivan.
Rock Currier February 28, 2013 09:32PM
Your image of polybasite has been approved for the general gallery. From your description of it and your experience with the locality, I think you probably know more about it than any of us so called experts. Thanks for the good picture. Usually the result of dying agate slabs with sugar/honey solutions and heat/acid is a black or black and white banded agate. Often good died agates are given the locality of Brazil, or Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil when in fact many of them come from near the little town of Artigas Uruguay. With such a general provenance I find it hard to add it to our general gallery.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Jason Evans March 31, 2013 06:05PM
My Feri-ghoseite from the Tirodi mine in India would very much like to be added to the public gallery. It was added on the 7th of March. I do understand sometimes it can take some time for someone to approve a photo, but this is just a reminder that the Feri-ghoseite is waiting to be approved.
Olav Revheim April 01, 2013 05:13PM

Sorry for taking so long to respond to this. From what I have been able to find out from the ferri-ghoseite type description and also earlier work on similar material, ferri-ghoseite is yellow or yellowish brown.

Although commonly named parvowinchite or ferri-ghosite, the lilac amphiboles appears to mostly be Mn-bearing arfvedsonite or riebeckite root-name-group minerals, see also link to message board for a previous discussion on the matter.

Jason Evans April 01, 2013 05:53PM
I have edited it back to winchite which is what the original label says it was, I hope it is OK to copy your definintion of what it is most likely to be into the description
Olav Revheim April 01, 2013 08:08PM

Thanks, I think that's fine for now, but these amphiboles needs to be checked further.

I'll keep you updated on whatever I will be finding out.

Jason Evans April 01, 2013 09:58PM
Well I would be happy to sacrifice my specimen by breaking of a small bit to have further studies done, I'll even pay for the shipping to anyone who has the equipment to conduct the research.
David Bruno June 25, 2013 04:36AM
I added a photo of Wulfenite from thew Saindak Cu Deposit ... it doesnt seem to have made the locality page yet though in my photo's it comes up as being approved, I uploaded on 21/6.
Debbie Woolf June 25, 2013 08:04AM
Hello David

The locality page cache needed clearing, your photo is now showing site wide & locality page.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/25/2013 08:05AM by Debbie Woolf.
Erik Vercammen June 26, 2013 08:03PM
In 2010, I've visited the SW of the USA, and I've posted some foto's. All were accepted except this one:
As I'm going to upload more foto's ,I'd liked to know the reason(s), to learn what I should (not) do. Thanks,

Erik Vercammen
David Von Bargen June 26, 2013 08:18PM
It's an "other" photo. They are not displayed on locality pages.
Erik Vercammen July 03, 2013 07:30PM
The photo's I've uploaded for this locality don't appear on the locality page. A problem of time or something else?

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/03/2013 07:50PM by Erik Vercammen.
Debbie Woolf July 03, 2013 10:45PM
Erik, the photo's are awaiting approval.
Erik Vercammen July 04, 2013 12:23PM
OK, thanks. I know it is voluntary work "after the hours" and that someone has to find the time to do it. Now preparing for holidays in the Val d'Anniviers, Wallis, Switzerland, and I hope to return wit a lot of photos of mines and findingplaces => I promise to cause a lot of approving work!

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Jyrki Autio July 18, 2013 08:53AM
I added a picture of tantalite-(Fe) and it has been unapproved for quite some time now. But I have not received any questions about it or explanation about not approving.
Picture 543716

Knut Edvard Larsen July 21, 2013 03:26PM
Hi Jyrki

I sent you a private message about it short time after you posted it. You probably didn't receive it.
I asked how the identification of your specimen as tantalite-(Fe) were done. It raised a question mark because:
Tantalite-(Fe) is the most uncommon member of the columbite-tantalite minerals,
there are no references for tantalite-(Fe) given for the listing of the mineral at the locality page (It is listed without any refrerences- yet),
and it's often very diffcult to visually distinguish between members of the columbite-tantalite series and there are several other columbite-tantalite minerals that occurs at the locality.

Knut Edvard

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Jyrki Autio July 21, 2013 05:51PM
Hello Knut.
Maybe I have deleted the e-mail without reading first. Identification was only by crystal form.
It appears that "columbite" in Rosendal mineral listing in Mindat is misleading. To my knowledge only tantalite-(Fe) of columbite group minerals is found from Rosendal. I only have A Volborths old listing according to Gunnar Pehrman 1945 Die Granitpegmatite von Kimito S.W.-Finnland und ihre Minerale but according to Ilkka Mikkola it is the same with new (unpublished?) list of Rosendal minerals.
Erik Vercammen August 04, 2013 02:58PM
I've posted a photo of the Waschsee mine in Val d'Anniviers, Wallis, Switzerland, I've taken during my recent holidays in that valley.It seems to be not approved yet, in opposition to my other photos (except one, but that's not a good one). "Just" lack of time from the managers, or another reason?
Knut Edvard Larsen August 05, 2013 10:29AM
Hi Eric
Reason: Vacation time and 500 photos in line.
Liam Schofield October 06, 2013 05:14PM

I've just found a bunch of photos in my gallery are noted as questioned. One i am aware of and had spoken to Pavel on the subject some time ago (and should probably do something about), one I can see the error (wrong species photographed) but the other 3, (all uploaded more than a month ago) while not the best photos, I've heard nothing from anyone regarding an issue. Anyone able to advise? One (the Roquesite) has provinence stated and is from the same source as others already approved. The photos not going to win any awards but I'm curious why it's been questioned...

Uwe Kolitsch October 16, 2013 02:36PM
If a photo is questioned, an automatic mail with details is sent out to the uploader.
Maybe some of the mails got caught in your spam folder?
David Von Bargen October 16, 2013 03:28PM
If you go to the photo page you will see a "Photo questioned" button on the bottom row of buttons (just above the search boxes on the bottom of the page). If you click it, you will see the email that was sent to you.
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