I contacted photobucket tonight because of the way they have subscriptions to other people's albums structured on there. I have a few public albums on there and the content is public because I share it in livejournal communities and with friends. I do not think that someone should be able to watch every upload I make onto my albums. Here is what I wrote. Sent through the "contact us" thing on PB:
I would like to let you know that I think that people should have to ask permission to follow a PB album and I should be able to DENY that on here. Someone is now following me with an empty PB album and that is for the sole purpose of stealing my content. I am formally complaining about this and I would like to be able to get them to stop watching my PB. This is like stalking here. I really think there should be a system of permissions for this and I should be able to deny someone the ability to watch my PB.
I allow my friends to subscribe to my PB but this empty album is creeping me out. Why do you allow this? I know people can search albums at any time but I don't want to see this person on my album.
I think you need to address this and I want to get this person off of my space here. I have a few PBs with attractive content that people like to search but I don't think just anyone should be able to jump on and watch me load things. And that is what it amounts to here. A real invasion of my activities. They can see EVERYTHING I load on here.
So you tell me what I can do to get rid of them.
The PB user I am talking about is: XXXXX and they have NOTHING on their account that I can see.
I am formally complaining about the way you have this structured. I want to be able to ALLOW people to subscribe not just anyone to be able to do this.
If you feel this way, you should send in a user complaint to PB.
Edit: It turns out that you can BLOCK people from subscribing to your album. This will also stop them from commenting on your stuff. I have made use of this feature. It was not intuitive or obvious how to do it. I had a lot of people on my account subscribed and have gotten rid of the ones I don't know. If you were unsubbed, email me, as I did not recognize your PB name.