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Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is Explore?
  2. Is Explore a showcase for the top Flickr photographers?
  3. What is Interestingness?
  4. Does Flickr really have a patent on Interestingness?
  5. Does the Interestingness algorithm ever change? Why?
  6. What is Scout?
  7. How does Scout work?
  8. Why aren't my new photos getting into Explore?
  9. Why does Scout say my photo isn't in Explore but people have commented that they saw it there?
  10. Why is the ranking changing for days in the past? Aren't the Explore rankings frozen each day?
  11. But my photo didn't have any activity. Why did the ranking change?
  12. Why is my highest ranked photo not in Explore while my second highest ranked photo is in Explore?
  13. How can a photo in Explore go from #1 to dropping completely off the list?
  14. But isn't it just completely random?
  15. Why do my photos bounce in and out of Explore?
  16. Why does Scout say my photo dropped?
  17. Why doesn't Scout list all of my Explore photos when I click "Include dropped"?
  18. Why is Scout showing an incorrect ranking for my photo?
  19. I know my photo was in Explore but it's not in Scout. Why?
  20. Scout says my photo isn't in Explore but it actually is in Explore. What gives?
  21. Why are some of my photos not available and showing blank thumbnails?
  22. Why are some of my Explore photos appearing twice?
  23. Why does Scout show a ranking for my recently dropped photos?
  24. Why do DNA and Scout show different photos?
  25. How can I find the highest ranking a photo has ever achieved?
  26. Why are really old photos in Explore?
  27. How far back does Scout look?
  28. Why are some of my photos with more views and faves less interesting than some of my other photos with fewer views and faves?
  29. Is it true that adding my photo to many groups will reduce its Interestingness?
  30. Is it true that putting a photo in comment/faving/scoring groups no longer helps that photo get into Explore?
  31. Why does my photo show in Explore on a different day than when I uploaded it?
  32. Is there any way to remove my photos from Explore?
  33. I'm really [insert emotion here] about Explore. Can you help?
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