Well it looks like Tastespotting.com is NOT gone, after all.
I had heard rumblings about it coming back last week when their homepage had a couple more messages added to it, saying they're coming back shortly. And then this morning African Vanielje left a comment on the original "Tastespotting.com Gone" post that it was back!
When I went there this morning, indeed the pictures were back...and it looked like they kept all of them. The site says it's "no longer part of notcot", so I guess the "legal complications" were all about transferring ownership of the thumbnails. Well, why didn't they say so in the first place?
Why cause so much trauma to their loyal viewership?
And what do we do now? What about the Tastespotting clone, Foodgawker.com, plus the other substitutes that popped up in the week that TS was in limbo? It is definitely possible to overload on food porn. Will we all flock back to the (not-so) original? Will we try to live with this new "Balkanized" food photography reality?
I still kinda feel hurt that they shut the site down without warning. Plus with this change of ownership, I don't know if I can trust them yet. Will they have the same editorial policies? How will they prevent other, unscrupulous users from posting pictures that don't belong to them? Will the new owners try to monetize the site?
I don't know. What do you plan to do?
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Tastespotting NOT Gone