Hello! You may not know me. I am Gabby, your now ex-founder. I have officially stepped down and replaced myself with the very capable MistressArachnia (Sarah). I have not been on dA much in the past few years and it makes sense for someone else to be in charge, so that is what has been done. I am sure you all know and love Sarah already but please give her a warm welcome to the position of Founder.
While I’m here, I’d like to go over a couple of important things and I hope everyone reads it because they are indeed important.
Apparently there have been some deviations accepted to the group that don’t quite mesh with our rules. I encourage both contributors and members to familiarize yourself with the rules. It makes our job much easier if you are aware of what can and cannot be submitted and our inbox isn’t inundated with things that are just going to be declined anyway.
- Do not look at the gallery to see what we accept. Read the rules. There is always the chance that something was accepted by accident and isn’t supposed to be there. We are human.
The rule in question is the one regarding screenshots and in-game content. This includes screenshots of mods (before you get angry, please keep reading, I discuss mods later in this post). We do not allow these things. Any deviations of this nature that are currently in the gallery are soon going to be deleted, probably this weekend. If this is you, I am sorry your work was accepted falsely, but please familiarize yourself with the submission rules. I have recently re-worded the submission rule, previously “mods” were referred to as “work created in an Elder Scrolls engine,” but I decided to just change it to “mods” so everyone knows what I’m talking about. Right now the rule reads:
We do not accept:
-Game Screenshots (This includes pictures that use screenshots as a background, as well as screenshots of mods.)
There are very few things we don’t accept, but this is one of them.
“But why?” you ask, as tears of disappointment and betrayal well up in your eyes. Well, this decision was made for several reasons. One of them being that screenshots tend to be submitted en-masse, flood the inbox, and overwhelm the staff. Yes, even with submission caps, because SO MANY people submit them. Furthermore, our focus is mainly on original artwork – something you have created from scratch. Yes, taking screenshots is fun but a variety of artistic interpretations of the Elder Scrolls universe is really what we’re going for. We have all played the game a thousand times and a screenshot of it isn’t bringing anything new to our eyes.
As for mods, I understand modding is hard work, and a HUGE part of the Elder Scrolls gaming community and shouldn't be overlooked. REMEMBER that as a member you CAN post blog entries. If you would like to share, link to, or discuss mods, this is a good way to do it. It has been done before. You can even post thumbnails of your mod screenshots within the blog entry. Just please don’t submit them to the gallery, and try to limit the number of thumbs you post, and try to make the journal entry about more than just promoting yourself. A feature showcasing the work of several different modders would be ideal. You should also check older blog entries to make sure there isn't already a discussion going, so that you don’t flood the group’s blog or bury important group announcements.
I think this is all I wanted to say. Thank you for reading, thanks for being a part of the group .This is my second draft of this blog post, as I accidentally closed Word before saving when I was writing the first one, so if I think of anything I forgot I will update.