Concerning to people who display their images on 500 px. In the last week or so I’ve been receiving notices of people
“Following” me in my email every day… I’ve gotten them sporatically in the past when someone likes a particular image or subject that has been uploaded. When one or two new ones came in every day showed up with no new uploads, it bore checking out. The first couple of them showed each person named as “following” had five or six girly pin-up images. Provocative but not out of the ordinary for some photographers. In some others, images were blocked out as “Adult Content”, I did not peek. The fact that all of them only were displaying only that type of photography sent up red flags. Looking closer, one of them had a comment that confirmed my suspicions, another had an image with a message on a hand held up, reversed in a mirror and difficult to read, but it also confirmed what I was thinking. These were all a clever new way of advertising themselves.
Other than those that gave a hint that gave themselves away, there was nothing obvious on them to violate 500 px terms of service. Checking for a way of reporting this new invasion, there was no direct way to pass on what was happening but Help did give a way to check for robots or spam by checking their activity. Each of them were “following” from 30 to 100 or more people within a day or so.