Hello to all my lovely fellow Homestucks. I am Raiji, or as some call me "Mama KK". As one of the newer members of the wondrous team of mods here, I figured I would take a moment to slowly discuss a few little points here and there and also post a few little bulletins for the members to remember or things to think on...
First off is a bit of a Rules Refresher and a overview on the rules. I figured it might be time for a reminder and refresher as I tend to see our lovely Sharkiity
spending a lot of time rejecting submissions recently that apply to the very first rule.
For the record, the Rules are right on the front page of the group. The lovingly titled widget we currently call "Welcome" outlines these.
For the records.... the Rules for Forever Homestuck are: 1 - Unfinished artwork (including but not limited to: works-in-progress, sketches/sketch dumps, and uncolored linework) is not allowed.--This means literally what it says, NO unfinished work. This group is not for just another Homestuck group for folks to just mass dump large quantities of drawings, sketches and mass artistic vomit and things into. We ask for no unfinished work, because we want to be able to showcase your best designs and your finished product to show off. While seeing the drafts of a piece can be cool, why not link to the draft versions in the description of the finished, colored (and lined if that's your thing) work. Then its like getting a 2-fer special...2 - Deviations that do not relate to Homestuck and PURELY Homestuck (such as crossovers, fanventures, or works from other fandoms) are not allowed.--While we all love a good fanadventure and the like too, there's also plenty of places to check it out online if not here on DA and in other groups on DA, then on MSPA Fan Adventures. Crossovers are great too, but like Fan Adventures, there's easily likely already a bunch of other groups that would likely be better geared for it. You can probably go into the Groups search and type 'crossover' to find something suitable.
In the end, while it seems old fashioned in a sense, we much rather stick with stuff that directly Homestuck related to the main comic and possibly any side comics tied to the main comic that might have plausible theory within it, such as some of the Homestuck related theme to it.
At this time, Mama KK shall assume AU's and Paradox Space ties are likely still at topic of discussion for inclusion in this umbrella, and inclusion of these will likely be at Staff discretion. 3 - Plagiarism is not tolerated within this group. No re-coloring, re-uploading, stealing, tracing, or using someone else's work WITHOUT permission. This group is meant to express individual ideas about our beloved webcomic, not stolen ones. (The few exceptions to this rule include bases and lining works, when credited correctly.)--Seriously this sort of thing just isn't cool period, so don't do it. Really don't. In a lot of places or groups, this sort of violation usually results in a permaban ruling. So seriously man, if you want to do a re-color, trace, or similar related thing, get the original artists permission, and credit as per agreement and just outta respect. In fact, it may be wise to keep a copy of your correspondence on hand (even screencaps of it that can be linked too in the description or such, either kept on a offsite image storage or in your Stash) as ways to prove you have the permission and can provide it if you are asked by a staffer to submit that proof to be verified.4 - Works that contain mature content but don't have the proper mature content filter will not be tolerated within the group.--Yes please, TAG (or filter) your naughty works accordingly. It's not just for our sanity and peace of mind, but to protect our minor members. Besides, we really don't want all our hard work gone to waste on running this place cause it got shut down, thanks to an angry parent finding out there 14 year old is staring at nudie, smutty images of Signless and Disciple doing things not suitable for grub viewing. Though if you actually are a heavy fan of, or artist of 18+ type material... Mama KK suggests either a NSFW Tumblr blog or checking out "y!Gallery" if you happen to do a lot of M/M related Homestuck 18+ stuffs.
Seriously dealing with the nasty aftermaths of having trouble for untagged Mature content is not worth the headache, or the risk to the reputations of the groups staff...seriously...it isn't. 5 - Spamming the group profile is not allowed. Spamming includes but is not limited to: self-promo'ing (such as announcing you do commissions, requests, llama4llama), announcements irrelevant to the group or the topic at hand, repetitious comments, or roleplaying in the comments.--Seriously, we ain't Troll Billie Mays looking for stuff to peddle and we're not interested in your adverts and other solicitations. Now if you wish to consider offering you do commissions or request stuff, try noting us first here on the group and if we end up at some point with a reasonable number of genuine artists in this field, we might consider maybe when the time comes, setting up a journal announcing approved commissioners and request artists (folks who contacted us via proper means) to promote your offers.
Meanwhile Mama KK will eat you if she sees you posting crap like llama4llama, SPAM, chain comments and any other offensively annoying blather. Reading through such behemoth droppings of annoyance only serve to likely get you a one way beating with the mythical 'Banhammer of Zillyhoo'... so just don't.
Rp'ing in the comments can also be annoying and to be honest don't conduct to any constructive use in general. Besides there's a multitude of alternatives to go to RP. Roleplay on Skype or go check out Cherubplay, MSPARP, the MSPARP Forums, even a few scattered chats on DA.6 - Keep arguments to a minimal. Conflict with a resolution is allowed, however outright bashing each other is not. The group is meant to be a happy, Homestuck-loving one, full of kids and fun. If there is a big issue, members should be PM'ing each other about their feelings - not clogging the group with these messages.--Simply put, take your conflict to private conversation. Where not interested in your drama and your negative atmosphere. To be frank, staff really does NOT feel interested in becoming the Auspistice to anyone's other quadrant related conflicts. Seriously, we got enough to deal with keeping the masses entertained and dealing with our own personal lives. We don't need to add your issues to our stress levels. * Failure to follow these rules will be followed in a two-step process.
The 1st offense is dealt with by a mod when you are caught not following the rules the first time. A mod will contact you to remind you of the rules and explain what you are doing wrong.
If you break the rules another time or if you don't cooperate, the 2nd offense results in you being permanently banned from the group. This means you will no longer be able to take part in group activities such as submitting artwork*
Alright...now that we got the rule reminders outta the way, Mama KK has few other things shes gonna go over.... a few little things she will probably be doing and poking at over the next several days or so (or however long it takes)....
So if you notice the place getting tore through like a warzone... its likely just Mama KK cleaning house.
--Mama KK will likely be making a roll through all the folders and moving things around as needed to best reflect things, or may remove stuff that isn't up to snuff or might have passed under the radar (stuff that was posted that possibly or obviously violates one of the rules. This will also include purging off any stuff artists in the gallery have removed or put in the dreaded DA Storage...@_@
Don't know about you man, but that evil DA Storage icon is just evil and tacky...besides it might a subliminal message of Crocker Corp for all we know... better safe they sorry...
--Some restructure of the folders in general, and adding descriptions of them to help promote better placement of works overall.
--A master journal/blog covering these folder descriptions. One could consider it a sort of master guide/cheat sheet for figuring out where to put your stuff.
--Possible restructure of the front page and maybe some updates or fresh imagery to make things easier flowing and in general less cluttery.
For an example of a few groups (both RP based ones) I have structured out a little you can check out DGraymanRPForever
for some of the flow ideas of how I have set up the pages there.
I would be looking to create a similar structure style or just something more overall pleasing and eye catching, while also kinda trying to account for the rare few still stuck with crappy computers, or crappy internet connections...cause seriously, having crappy computer/connections suck especially with all the modern crazy things folks can do with webpages these days... and they can't see 'em cause of those reasons...
--Doing some weeding of the Members list and pruning dead growth (IE: deactivated accounts and such).
Other 'Summer Cleaning' will be at the whim of Mama KK as they come to mind if she notices something that could use some sweet Alternian romance novel style loving... :smirk:
Peace out from your resident 'Shouty McNubs',RaijiMagiwind