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December 5th, 2004

05:07 pm - after the MC massive rant
and massive response i had a thought. MC's are given to pieces of 'exceptional' standard. why not have a separate MC for potential? expose those artists who ahve art that is 'good' but not 'exceptional' a lot of artists improve through CC, and this could be a good way to expose more artists with high potential.

just a thought... to see what other people think of the idea...

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November 26th, 2004

06:19 pm
lately ive found myself spending my time on deviantart then elfwood and that kinda makes me sad. i really like elfwood and the fact that there are real artist there and not hack jobs and art thieves everywhere. But yet i still dont seem to be visiting elfwood as much as i used to. The reason, i beleave, is that its hard to follow when your favorite artist update. The only way really to find out if there is anything new with some of your favorite artist is to manually go and check each and every gallery. I have a dialup connection, so it takes a bit to load up all the thumbnails and everything. Its like, why bother. Its such a hassle to go through so many gallerys and find only one or two updated for that week. I just wish there was something like on deviant where you could have a watchlist and get informed when new art was put up on your favorite artist page.

god, i know it would prolly be a pain in the butt to code and get working and everything. But it would make elfwood a lot more friendlyer. I mean, elfwood is sappose to be a community of artist, yet i feel so disjointed from everyone.

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September 9th, 2004

02:44 pm - Of Guilds and Rings.
Anyone who has been around for a while and has browsed Elfwood thoroughly enough would have heard of such a thing as a 'Gryphon Guild', which is a ring of artists on EW who are interested in the said mythical beastie.

So why not make it possible for Elfwood artists with a common interest (be it a mythical creature, a favourite author or even style and medium) to band together in a ring within the Elfwood site.

There could be a special page for these 'Guilds' or 'Rings' (or however else they may be chosen to be called) and the the page for each guild would contain a short description of its theme, its logo/coat of arms and the list of people belonging to it with links to their Elfwood galleries.

To be a member of any guild an artist has to have a certain percentage (which doesn't have to be very large) of pictures in their gallery that follow the theme of the guild. The page could also have links to any tours which fall within the guild sphere. Each guild should have a responsible person at its head - most likely the person who put it together in the first place - who would have to keep it up to date and there should also be a minimum number of members to start a guild (4-5).

I thing this suggestion would really help Elfwood members to find other artists of common interest as well as pictures of a particular themes and in particular medium. It could serve as another tool to bring the artists of common interest together.

What do you think?


p.s. If anyone is going to say there are already similar things in Elftown, I would tell them that that place has grown into an entity quite separate from Elfwood and itself is not so simple to navigate. What I am talking is something as simple as a links page, but which I think could be of real value.
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic

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August 28th, 2004

07:18 pm - I have an idea, too!
I read the last post and got this idea:

Wiould it be possible for elfwood to use a hide comments option, or something similar? If you look at livejournal, you'd see what I mean! One could, in theroy, so the picture click a "post comment" botton, and then go back to that picture, or, click a "read comments" botton to see what other people think. That way, well, it would help the really long comments and keep an artists page clean.

Dunno if that would work in EW, but it's worth a thought, right? =)
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

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05:53 pm
I have two suggestions, and while neither are original complaints, they don't seem to have been posted here before.

Firstly, would it be possible to have Elfwood automatically email an artist or writer whenever a piece of theirs is used in a tour? Until fairly recently, I believed that I had no pictures in tours, as I didn't know that the only way to actually find out is to visit the actual page (whenever I wanted to see a picture or read comments, etc, I'd go to the Extranet, where tours don't show up). I certainly don't mind being on tours - in fact, I'm flattered - but either way, I want to know about it. An email seems like the most convenient way to me. Perhaps it could even be optional, like the comments email.

The other thing is about those annoying margin-breaking comments along the lines of "it's so CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-lots more U's-UUUUTE!!!!!". They decenter the picture (sometimes moving it off the side of the page completely) and make it very difficult to read the description and other comments. Could some sort of check be made when a comment is posted to prevent this? I know nothing about programming, so maybe there's nothing that can be done, but something that automatically breaks up 'words' that are longer than a set limit would be really nice. The only problem I can see with that is if the commenter is trying to give the artist an URL, but if the string-breaker isn't too overzealous, that shouldn't be a big issue.

Just a couple of suggestions.

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August 15th, 2004

01:00 am - A quick suggestion...
How about an icon for the community? I just had a cool idea for one, and I think it'd be fun to have a contest or something.


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August 13th, 2004

02:11 am - Favorites Folder
I thought it would be cool to add a section (or page) to the elfwood galleries that would have the person's favorite things on elfwood; such as art, stories or fellow members. It would let the members not have to learn a bunch of hypertexting to add links and such and it would free up some space in the bios.
Current Mood: stressedstressed
Current Music: misc.

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August 11th, 2004

12:22 am - My two cents
Uh, hi y'all. I just joined, and I have these two suggestions that have been swimming around in my head, so here they are.

1. I would like to be able to view the full image while commenting rather than the thumbnail. It's a little frustrating to try to absorb every detail of the image before I click the comment button so that I can be sure not to miss something in my comment.

I think it would make it easier for people to type more productive and constructive comments when they can view the entire image that they're commenting on.

2. Get rid of the language filters. I get the feeling this suggestion won't be very popular, but the language filters just seem like a waste of effort. They're way too easy to get around. Somebody can type "this fuking sux @$$" and the filter will let it pass. Besides, most flamers can't type anyways.

And if the filters aren't taken away, could there at least be some information about what words will not be allowed, seeing as words like "suck", which isn't necessarily a negative word, can get you in trouble.

It just seems to me that if you're so sensitive that you can't handle a comment like "this is crap you suck lol" then maybe you shouldn't be posting your work on the world wide web.


I guess it seems pretty ungrateful to be given a free service like Elfwood and still have something to complain about. Infinite thanks to Thomas and all the Elfwood pantheon for your patience.


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August 9th, 2004

10:54 pm - How about a writer's section for 'other genres'
I'm a budding writer, and I really like that Elfwood gives me a place to post my fiction - but only when I write fantasy, science fiction, horror, or similar. Only when it is what they call 'genre fiction'.

I've been searching the web for a place like Elfwood for my other writing, and I've simply not found a community where I'm likely to get as many readers enjoying what I have to say. Most of them want to make the -writer- pay to post, and offer themselves up not as a place to share fiction and form a community, but to get critiques by print-published authors and maybe get print-published yourself.

Call me odd, but for me it is not about finding some printing house to carry me, but about finding all of you and all those readers. I don't need to get paid to feel good about my work, I need to get feedback.

So I'm just fine with a community where readers drop in and read my works without every giving me a dime.


Fantasy isn't all I write, and I would like to have a place to put my other work that was just as good of a community.

So I'd like to propose elfwood open up a second writer's area - for 'other fiction' Perhaps with the requirement that your fantasy work always outnumber your other work to keep that place from overtaking things here.

But, it would be nice to have that place exist somewhere, and this seems an ideal place to be able to do it.

My Elfwood page:
and my writer page is currently in the upload queue, waiting to go online. I suspect it will be here in the end:
But as I post this, there are 633 items ahead of it in the line, so it will be a few days most likely.

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August 8th, 2004

04:38 am
I think it would be a good idea to have a spellcheck requirement on tours. I went on one tour this evening and it informed me that "in LOR the main carikter thinks hes so spesh and hes beter then evryone ells.(Frodo)" Now, I know English, it's my native tounge. I realise what the person is trying to say. But Ysh had a good point. English is not her first language and that makes this really hard to read.
It wouldn't be that hard to spellcheck tours before you submit them. All you have to do is type it up in some word processing program first, spellcheck and copy and paste it into your tour. Easy, quick and so much better on the eyes. It would be much the same as the quality rules. Simply making Elfwood look better and also making the users look better.
Then again I would support a spellcheck requirement for ALL text put on Elfwood. picture descriptions, bios, tours, the lot. It'd be really nice to not have to read "OMG piktur LOLOLOL!!!!1" ever again in my life.

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