Sonja wrote:Though I appreciate the daily posts and especially the effort that goes into their presentation, I must tell you that photos with such blatant "credit" lines as the one posted today (Volcano and Aurora in Iceland, © Sigurður H. Stefnisson!) seriously detract from the experience.
I agree. Placing a name and copyright notice directly on an image is a poor aesthetic decision, and usually serves no purpose. I've done it occasionally for images that I know will be used in a context where attribution is lost, but generally not (and certainly not so obtrusively). APOD, of course, always posts copyright information and supplies accurate attribution, so there's no need for annotation of the image itself.
That said, I wouldn't suggest to the editors that they reject an image because of such annotation (although asking an author to provide a version without it wouldn't be unreasonable). I don't know if such a thing exists anywhere, but a sort of style book for contributors would be nice- not rules, but suggestions. Prefer no copyright or author annotations. Prefer a certain resolution for the source. Prefer overlaid annotated images when multiple objects are featured. Prefer north up images. And so forth... nothing that can't be disregarded, but things that can help make the APOD experience better for everyone.