[identity profile] oceandezignz.livejournal.com
While we realize this has already made the rounds in other social media outlets and communities, the staff of Artist Beware would like to announce with unhappy hearts that Bazeel was let go from his Administrative position at FurAffinity.

This means officially that A_B no longer has any recourse to verify scamming FA users with multiple accounts, and the like.

We are also not currently aware of how FA plans to handle tickets regarding scammers, but all we can do is tell you to file them and hope for the best.

We'd also like to take this moment to thank Bazeel for all he has done for us, and the community of FA; to keep users protected from scamming individuals both seller and buyer.

We all wish him the best.
[identity profile] oceandezignz.livejournal.com
We're in the home stretch for 2013! Time to shop around for those holiday commissions, and sooo...

If you've had a great commission experience, either as an artist or a customer, please comment here and spread the word. It doesn't have to be a full-on story, though you're welcome to type one! All we need are a few lines on why this person was so great to work with. You can also recommend companies, such as printers or fursuit-making teams, as long as it's relevant!

There are plenty of reasons to post someone here: perhaps they went above and beyond the call of duty to fix a problem, or were so prompt with communication and payment it was like having them right next to you, or were very professional and courteous every time you contacted them.

To help keep things organized, please follow this simple form:

1. Name of the person you recommend:
2. Link to person's website or art page:
3. Approximate time period of when you did business with this person:
4. Details
(Here's where you tell us why they are so awesome! What made the transaction go so well? Perhaps link to the art or suit you bought/sold if you feel like sharing. Please mark NSFW if the subject matter is adult!!):

If you have multiple people to recommend, please put them in separate comments to keep things organized.

Trades are just as welcome as paid transactions. But try not to post for friends (or yourself) who are looking to be commissioned. If customers are what they/you seek, [livejournal.com profile] teenycom, [livejournal.com profile] artsales or [livejournal.com profile] artcommissions is for them!
[identity profile] oceandezignz.livejournal.com
It has been brought to our attention that Sweetnightmare/KillMyTV (FA)/Silver Cherry (IB) is currently under investigation by Furaffinity Administrator Bazeel for not finishing commissions in a timely manner for years, failure to maintain a proper queue, as well as failure to properly keep her customers in the loop via WIP images.

If you are new here and unsure of who we're talking about, please review her tag here.

This is a post to touch base with all past commissioners of hers to see the exact amount of work owed. This is not a post to attack her, be it here or on any of her artsite accounts. We will be taking action against people from here that we find commenting on her pages after this post goes up.

So again, anyone who has commissioned Sweetnightmare/KillMyTV/Silver Cherry, please let us know if she still owes you work. The information we gain from this post will be seen by Bazeel for them to review. Links to past AB posts you have made or proof (screencaps of notes/Paypal payments/emails) that she does indeed owe you would be more helpful than vague comments, thank you!

EDIT: All of her FA-related accounts have been suspended for the above reasons.

EDIT 2: Before you add ANY information to this post, personal information, private emails, etc need to be censored out completely. Failure to do this will result in a screened comment.
[identity profile] kerstin-orion.livejournal.com
As an artist, it is critical to have a good Terms of Service. One that includes both your rights as the artist and the customer's rights in relation to your transaction. Not only does this educate your customers on how the process works and what to expect from it, but it protects both of you in case something goes wrong.

In our official T.O.S. discussion post, we discussed what to include in a Terms of Service, what constituted good terms, and what were questionable, shady, or downright illegal terms.

Now, artists, here's your chance to post your T.O.S. for critique. Don't know how to word a particular point you're trying to convey? Want to make sure your T.O.S. is fair for you and your customers? Need to make sure you didn't leave any gigantic loopholes? Link your T.O.S. here, and members can give you their advice.

This post can also be used to discuss any other questions that you have on your mind regarding how to build a T.O.S., maintain a good T.O.S. and how to make sure your clients read and agree to your T.O.S.

Before you post, please read through the previous T.O.S. discussion and maybe even the examples in the last T.O.S. post, apply what you learn there to your T.O.S., and then link your revised T.O.S. here for help polishing up. Please do not post a half-finished T.O.S. and ask folks to rewrite it for you. Be prepared for honest critique!
[identity profile] oceandezignz.livejournal.com
If you've had a great commission experience, either as an artist or a customer, please comment here and spread the word. It doesn't have to be a full-on story, though you're welcome to type one! All we need are a few lines on why this person was so great to work with. You can also recommend companies, such as printers or fursuit-making teams, as long as it's relevant to artists!

There are plenty of reasons to post someone here: perhaps they went above and beyond the call of duty to fix a problem, or were so prompt with communication and payment it was like having them right next to you, or were very professional and courteous every time you contacted them.

To help keep things organized, please follow this simple form:

1. Name of the person you recommend:
2. Link to person's website or art page:
3. Approximate time period of when you did business with this person:
4. Details
(Here's where you tell us why they are so awesome! What made the transaction go so well? Perhaps link to the art or suit you bought/sold if you feel like sharing. Please mark NSFW if the subject matter is adult!!):

If you have multiple people to recommend, please put them in separate comments to keep things organized.

Trades are are welcome, advertising for your friends or significant others is not. Neither is posting positive reviews because your artist asked for you to (good reviews come from the heart!). So if customers and just plain advertising are what they/you seek, check out [livejournal.com profile] teenycom, [livejournal.com profile] artsales or [livejournal.com profile] artcommissions.
[identity profile] oceandezignz.livejournal.com
If you've had a great commission experience, either as an artist or a customer, please comment here and spread the word. It doesn't have to be a full-on story, though you're welcome to type one! All we need are a few lines on why this person was so great to work with. You can also recommend companies, such as printers or fursuit-making teams, as long as it's relevant to artists!

There are plenty of reasons to post someone here: perhaps they went above and beyond the call of duty to fix a problem, or were so prompt with communication and payment it was like having them right next to you, or were very professional and courteous every time you contacted them.

To help keep things organized, please follow this simple form:

1. Name of the person you recommend:
2. Link to person's website or art page:
3. Approximate time period of when you did business with this person:
4. Details
(Here's where you tell us why they are so awesome! What made the transaction go so well? Perhaps link to the art or suit you bought/sold if you feel like sharing. Please mark NSFW if the subject matter is adult!!):

If you have multiple people to recommend, please put them in separate comments to keep things organized.

Trades are just as welcome as paid transactions. But try not to post for friends (or yourself) who are looking to be commissioned. If customers are what they/you seek, [livejournal.com profile] teenycom, [livejournal.com profile] artsales or [livejournal.com profile] artcommissions is for them!
[identity profile] kayla-la.livejournal.com
It has been brought to our attention that Starfinder/Kannos is attempting to petition themselves back onto Furaffinity. For those new or who don't remember, feel free to browse her tag for more information on her history. She was banned from Furaffinity for not finishing commissions for years and refusing to comply with admin requests.

This is a post to touch base with past commissioners and check to see if her statements that she owes no further work and is in the clear are true. This is not a post to attack her, be it here or on her inkbunny, and we will be taking action against people from here that we find commenting on her page after this post goes up.

So again, anyone who has commissioned Starfinder/Kannos, please let us know if she still owes you work. We will be taking the information we gain from this post to Furaffinity for them to review, good or bad. Links to past AB posts you have made or proof that she does indeed owe you would be more helpful than vague comments, thank you!
[identity profile] kerstin-orion.livejournal.com
Due to the excessive posting on Cashoo's page by both involved and outside parties, we A_B mods have had to give several warnings. One of these was a warning to someone who was a customer who made an A_B post about Cashoo.

This was an exceedingly rare and unique circumstance. We mods generally encourage contact between parties in a transaction. However, if a comment is harassing, or if it expressly mentions Artists_Beware, that is a problem.

LiveJournal has certain rules about use of its website for harassment. While we mods try very hard to prevent others from using Artists_Beware as a means for harassment, some people still see our community as such. Therefore, we want to keep mention of our site on beware-ees' pages minimal-to-none. This includes comments made by someone who actually has legitimate business with that person.

We understand that we have not made the above clear in our rules, and will endeavor to correct that shortly. We have not given any "official" warnings just for mentioning Artist_Beware.

And as always, harassment of any kind by anyone (whether you have business with this person or not) is not allowed. Period. Don't do it.

Interpretation of what is harassment is up to the moderators. It is not always black and white and we have to make the call based on the current situation. When in doubt, just don't post on the beware-ee's page. It's that simple.

Those wishing to discuss this issue are welcome to do so here.
[identity profile] oceandezignz.livejournal.com
Hey everyone, what you're seeing here is a compiling of all our most commonly asked questions to the moderators of [livejournal.com profile] artists_beware! This list will always and forever be in constant motion, as people are curious and questions come quite often!

The Artists Beware FAQ



Q: I received a warning from ____, are they even a mod?
A: The moderation team of Artists Beware is as so, in alphabetical order:
[livejournal.com profile] kayla_la = Mod/Maintainer
[livejournal.com profile] kerstin_orion = Head Mod/Community Owner
[livejournal.com profile] neolucky = Mod/Maintainer
[livejournal.com profile] oceandezignz = Mod/Maintainer
[livejournal.com profile] shukivengeance = Mod/Maintainer
[livejournal.com profile] sigilgoat = Mod/Maintainer


Each moderator has a "mod icon", usually something cute with a top hat and a Mod/Moderator notifier in the icon; see my own for one example. So if you see these names or icons, you are talking to an actual A_B staff member!




Q: Why can't I post to Artists_Beware? When I try, LJ tells me I cannot post here!
A: At the top of every LJ community page is a black or grey nav bar that will tell you your membership status in a community, as well as give you shortcut links to doing various things within said community. You MUST be a member of Artists_Beware to be able to put a post into the queue, so if the nav bar is giving you a link to JOIN A_B, click it and follow the steps.
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And as a reminder, you do not need an LJ account to participate in A_B. You can use Twitter, Facebook, OpenID and Google+.




Q: I sent in a post to Artists_Beware, why isn't it showing up after I send it in!?
A: We are a moderated community. All posts are reviewed to ensure that the report format, when used; is used correctly, screencaps are properly censored, that the beware is a valid one rather than a revenge piece, or in the case of an advice post, is not a repeat of something already covered in the past.

Approval can take anywhere from 3-10 days.




Q: How do I know if my post got in or not?
A: If your post was approved, there really isn't much in the way of a notifier unless you have chosen to track new entries posted to the comm, or you use the A_B twitter (@Artists_Beware) for when we add new entries to the comm.

If your post was rejected, you are going to get an email from lj_notify, with the title of "Moderated submission notification". This email will tell you that your post has been rejected, and the reasons why will ALWAYS be included, from a member of the moderation team. If you have very strict filters on your email accounts, please keep a look out for emails in your spam/trash folder from lj_notify as it is not uncommon for these emails to wind up there.




Q: What do you mean by "censor out all real names"?
A: If the person you are bewaring does not use their legal name on the web spaces where they do business, you cannot display it in screencaps or mention it in the body of your post. Even if their legal name is on their Paypal account, or the signature of their emails, it still does not count towards a public online presence of their real name. Please censor these out.




Q: Where can I host screencaps for my beware?
A: The moderators of A_B strongly recommend users join the service: Imageshack.us for their screencapping needs. You can upload images to their site and actually CHOOSE that the files being uploaded, are not resized into smaller unreadable files. You can so something similar with LJ's Scrapbook feature as well.

We also do not recommend using FA/DA/IB/etc. to upload screencaps, as these sites generally do not allow for that.




Q: What is an LJ-cut?
A: An LJ-cut is a piece of LiveJournal-based HTML coding that allows for a very wordy post to be condensed down to make web browsing easier for everyone, and to also be kind to those who do not desire a cluttered Friends List on LJ. This code is very easy to use, just like you would use a bold tag or an italics tag.

We have instructions on how to insert an LJ-cut into your posts in our Report Template, but here is the actual LJ FAQ article on them: LJ-cuts.




Q: Why do you only tag the BAD artists? What about the GOOD ones?
A: LiveJournal has a hard limit on tags, and as we are a community based on warning individuals of shady business people and their practices rather than good ones, we are saving our resources for those. We DO have monthly positive feedback posts though, feel free to browse through these, or use the LJ community [livejournal.com profile] artistrecommend to promote the good eggs of the art community.




Q: Is Artists Beware a 'drama comm'?
A: Many people have varying opinions about this community, and unfortunately this is one of them. There are those who unfortunately think informing the buying and selling public of shady individuals of various levels of popularity is tattling/drama mongering.

The staff tries very hard to keep drama down, if not immediately out of the community by viewing entries before approving them, discouraging our members from going to artist or commissioner pages and making rude commentary, and cultivating a strong aura of professionalism for this site (positive reviews/discussion posts/etc).


Artists Beware is what you make of it, and we hope that you see it as a resource for who to buy from, who to avoid, and advice on how to make yourselves better business people/customers.
[identity profile] neolucky.livejournal.com
If you've had a great commission experience, either as an artist or a customer, please comment here and spread the word. It doesn't have to be a full-on story, though you're welcome to type one. All we need are a few lines on why this person was so great to work with. You can also recommend companies, such as printers or fursuit-making teams, as long as it's relevant to artists!

There are plenty of reasons to post someone here: perhaps they went above and beyond the call of duty to fix a problem, or were so prompt with communication and payment it was like having them right next to you, or were very professional and courteous every time you contacted them.

To help keep things organized, please follow this simple form:

1. Name of the person you recommend (please also put this in the subject of your comment):
2. Link to person's website or art page:
3. Approximate time period of when you did business with this person:
4. Details (Here's where you tell us why they are so awesome! What made the transaction go so well? Perhaps link to the art or suit you bought/sold if you feel like sharing. Please mark NSFW if the subject matter is adult!!):

If you have multiple people to recommend, please put them in separate comments to keep things organized.
[identity profile] oceandezignz.livejournal.com
It has come to my attention that people are posting to the queue of our mirror community over on DreamWidth! Eep!

Please remember that DreamWidth is a mirror site only, the mods of A_B can't juggle two different queues for approval (not only that, our DW mirror does not have the traffic the LJ does). So please make sure to send your posts to the LiveJournal site! Its entirely possible to crossover between, or use G+, FB, or even Twitter to post to us, if you don't have an LJ account.
[identity profile] kayla-la.livejournal.com
This is a quick post to address the issues we've been having with PMs. There have been many times a user has contacted us via Livejournal PM, but they themselves (usually unknowingly) have their PMs turned off. This means we can't reply to you!

Unfortunately, Livejournal is bad about telling users this, and I believe having PMs turned off may be the default setting. For those of you unaware, this is how you fix it:

http://www.livejournal.com/support/faq/305.html Refer to the Private Messages section in the middle.

So please, before you send a moderator a PM, check your settings and make sure we'll be able to respond to you!
[identity profile] kayla-la.livejournal.com
If you've had a great commission experience, either as an artist or a customer, please comment here and spread the word. It doesn't have to be a full-on story, though you're welcome to type one! All we need are a few lines on why this person was so great to work with. You can also recommend companies, such as printers or fursuit-making teams, as long as it's relevant to artists!

There are plenty of reasons to post someone here: perhaps they went above and beyond the call of duty to fix a problem, or were so prompt with communication and payment it was like having them right next to you, or were very professional and courteous every time you contacted them.

To help keep things organized, please follow this simple form:

1. Name of the person you recommend (please also put this in the subject of your comment):
2. Link to person's website or art page:
3. Approximate time period of when you did business with this person:
4. Details (Here's where you tell us why they are so awesome! What made the transaction go so well? Perhaps link to the art or suit you bought/sold if you feel like sharing. Please mark NSFW if the subject matter is adult!!):

If you have multiple people to recommend, please put them in separate comments to keep things organized.
[identity profile] oceandezignz.livejournal.com
As an artist, it is critical to have a good and solid Terms of Service (ToS). One that includes both your rights as the artist and the customer's rights in relation to your transaction. Not only does this educate your customers on how the process works and what to expect from it, but it protects both of you in case something goes wrong.

In the past we have discussed the elements needed for a successful and readable ToS, and now its time to put them into play once more. Here's your chance to post your ToS for critique for the new year.

Don't know how to word a particular point you're trying to convey? Want to make sure your ToS is fair for you and your customers? Need to make sure you didn't leave any gigantic loopholes? Link your ToS here, and members can give you their advice.

This post can also be used to discuss any other questions that you have on your mind regarding how to build a ToS, maintain a good ToS and how to make sure your clients read and agree to your ToS.

Don't forget to visit the ToS tag too, more information there as well. :)
[identity profile] oceandezignz.livejournal.com
Hey A_Bers, its official now, so we're spreading the word! We have a twitter account!

@Artists_Beware


We'll be posting updates to the queue and mod notes there, so if you want a speedy update to the goings on of the community, that account will help you out!

Happy tweeting!
[identity profile] oceandezignz.livejournal.com
While we do not usually repost for advice posts, the content of this particular post was actually of value, since what is and/or is not okay in a ToS is often a big question in [livejournal.com profile] artists_beware. Therefore, the locked down post by [livejournal.com profile] jalmu is being reposted in full, with screencaps of the comments as well.

For disrespecting the rules and community as a whole, [livejournal.com profile] jalmu has been permabanned.

Contents of the post is below this cut )
[identity profile] oceandezignz.livejournal.com
We're aware of the post by [livejournal.com profile] jalmu that has been locked down (comments hidden from community) without our permission. Unfortunately we cannot undo it as LJ doesn't give moderators that freedom.

Jalmu has been given a grace period to fix this.

Thank you all for contacting us about it. We appreciate it very much.
[identity profile] bazeelphooka.livejournal.com
Hello! I am pleased to officially announce the current partnership between Fur Affinity and Artists_Beware is a go on the administrative side. Let the masses rejoice or gnash their teeth (whichever is most appropriate for your situation)!

As most of you are already aware, I have been working with Artists_Beware staff over the past week. Prior to this, I had spoken with Dragoneer about working together with the Artists_Beware community and moderation team in hopes that we would be able to form a separate and equal partnership. Until this time, Fur Affinity has had no real regulations regarding scammers and thieves (aside from art theft, etc), as all transactions are between artists/sellers and commissioners/buyers. While we still maintain the Artist/Commissioner relationship stance, we are now putting through regulations on how to report scammers, from both an artist/seller perspective, as well as the commissioner/buyer. Please bear with us as we hammer out these details on our side, but I assure you that change is forthcoming (I'm being accountable for that one!). The current plan is to have reporting guidelines set so we will be able to filter the reports, before sending relevant ones to the needed resources.

From our side, we plan on assisting the Artists_Beware moderation team in revealing sockpuppet accounts to the best of our ability, as well as checking for the falsification of evidence produce on our side of the fence. We will maintain user privacy throughout this process, and will not go 'digging' for evidence, as that is not our cause. We will also be working to terminate accounts found to be habitual abusers of the Artist/Seller Commissioner/Buyer relationship, and quickly stamp out accounts exclusively made for conning users out of their money as soon as we discover them.

From the Artists_Beware community, we expect....well, nothing, really. What this community does as a whole is exactly what we are looking for on our side. You, the users, have consistently been able to expose the issues where they happen to be. Now, you'll simply have another resource to assist you with that, and we will be able to communicate with you on an official level, to help in maintaining the standard for artists and commissioners which use our site.

Please be aware that we are, in no way, considering either website to be 'working' for the other. We are still remaining entirely separate and independent of one another, and have no intentions of it being seen any other way. Just had to add that in there, so there wasn't any confusion!

We are glad to be of any assistance we can be to your community, and hope that together we can help keep the Art community a safe, professional environment!

-Bazeel, Fur Affinity Administrator / Liaison
[identity profile] oceandezignz.livejournal.com
Happy winter folks! Enjoy the season (save some cocoa for us though!) and offer up those happy reviews just in time for interested gift givers.

To help keep things organized, please follow this simple form:

1. Name of the person you recommend:
2. Link to person's website or art page:
3. Approximate time period of when you did business with this person:
4. Details
(Here's where you tell us why they are so awesome! What made the transaction go so well? Perhaps link to the art or suit you bought/sold if you feel like sharing. Please mark NSFW if the subject matter is adult!!):

If you have multiple people to recommend, please put them in separate comments to keep things organized.

Trades are just as welcome as paid transactions. But try not to post for friends (or yourself) who are looking to be commissioned. If customers are what they/you seek, [livejournal.com profile] teenycom, [livejournal.com profile] artsales or [livejournal.com profile] artcommissions is for them!

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