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What was that? Nothing? by hhemken
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On being a group admin

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 25, 2014, 9:52 AM

Lots of us are, and I occasionally hear of group admins, especially new Founders, wondering how to set things up or manage things.  If this stuff is already obvious to you, please forgive - it isn't obvious to everybody.

Before getting into technical matters, here are some policy issues:

:bulletyellow: What to do about the Featured folder?

There are at least three possibilities: the simplest is to treat it just like any other folder.  

Many groups, especially larger ones, reserve this folder for admins' choices, and either lock it out from ordinary submissions, or simply ask members to refrain from submitting to it.

Simply asking tends not to work very well, because, well, people are lazy and don't read the rules.  (I've been pretty careless about that myself.)  So if you want to reserve the Featured folder, you need to lock it - see "Technical matters" below.

The third alternative, favored by some small groups, is to set up Featured as the only available folder, so everything gets submitted there.  The admins (or in one case, just the Founder) will then go through new submissions and move them into other folders.

This is practical for small groups with onlY a few submissions per day.  It does not work well for larger groups, where I would recommend locking the Featured folder, asking people to submit to the correct folder, and declining miscats.

A corollary of requiring people to submit to the correct folder is that folder names must be clear and unambiguous.  This is a problem in at least one group where I'm an admin: even those of us who are familiar with the folder names often have trouble deciding whether a submission is to the correct folder or not.  (Other times it's obvious - shame on you, submitters.)

:bulletyellow: Submission limits?

A very good idea for larger groups and groups that are subject to occasional "spamming", as when somebody submits a huge number of pieces all at once.  People who have to vote on fifty items from one person, HATE it, especially because the submissions ALL have to be examined in case some are valid and some not.  (See "Technical matters" for how to set this up.)

:bulletyellow: "Quality"

This can be a good idea, especially for a larger group, when the quality criteria are clear and objective - for instance, no drawings on lined paper, 3D images with no poke-through, etc.  The criteria also need to be stated in the rules.

The problem arises when admins are given discretion as to whether a submission is "good enough", i.e. whether they like it, and if the person voting doesn't like it then it's out.  I've even left one group where the "quality control" was openly arbitrary.  (The voter in question simply didn't like 3D art.  Period.)  It may be OK to have a few groups try to set themselves up as juried art shows, but that is not the spirit of dA.

At the other end of the spectrum is automatic acceptance - again, this is suitable for small groups but probably not for large ones.

Technical matters

A lot of admins don't know how to use the Admin Area to control various things.  It's extremely useful though.

Within the Admin Area is a sub-area called Manage Members.  It can be a little elaborate to use this, but not difficult.

In the Manage Members area, on the left you need to choose the "rank" you want to control - Founder, Co-Founder, etc. - if you want the same rules to apply to various ranks, you need to set them separately for each one.

On the right is a set of controls for that rank.  If you are the Founder, you probably want to give yourself full control of everything.

"Join Requests:" has three options: Are Not Allowed, Are Subject to Vote, Are Automatically Approved.  Choose the most suitable one; if "Are Subject to Vote", you'll need to decide how many votes are needed and how long before a request expires.

Many other fields in this area have the same three options.  

"On Gallery" - you may want to have different rules for different folders, especially if you plan to lock the Featured folder or leave it open and lock the others.  In these cases, select Show All Folders.  You can then set submission criteria ("Are Not Allowed", etc.) and submission limits if any, for each folder.

There are some other fields - hopefully this is enough to give you a feel for how to use those.  You're more than welcome to note or message me if you have more questions!  There's a lot I still don't know, so the answer may be "Ouch" or something to that effect, but I'll help as much as I can.


On thanking faves: I like to! Even when I run into curmudgeons who actually object to being thanked. :? :X

However, I have the problem of being popular! Well, sort of. Not, thank God, popular enough to make enemies, but popular enough that I can't thank every fave. So as a compromise, I thank everyone who faves and comments, and everyone who faves more than once during the period (typically four or five days) before the next time I go through and delete messages. So if you fave and don't get a thank-you, sorry, I thank you all!
Virtual friends
:iconvirtualshirley: :iconvirtualpandora: :iconvirtualnatasha: :iconvirtualjeannine: :iconvirtualeuthanasia: :iconvirtualgiovanna: :iconvirtualaisha: :iconvirtuallisette:
Pretty Pat thumb by Chronophontes Maryna thumb by Chronophontes Wendy thumb by Chronophontes Thalassa thumb by Chronophontes alexandra thumb by Chronophontes Francoise thumb by Chronophontes Celina thumb by Chronophontes
Find out all about them (and their friends) at… !

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  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Scott Joplin's "Bethena"
  • Reading: Russian Grammar (part of my nerd hobby)
  • Watching: All those lovely Chronophontians
  • Playing: on the keyboard (!?)
  • Eating: pistachios
  • Drinking: green tea


Onen map, version 01 by Chronophontes
Onen map, version 01
Very preliminary!  Map was made with Campaign Cartographer 3 by ProFantasy Software.  Text added in Photoshop, partly because I don't yet know how to make layers in CC3, or do some of the clever bending of text.  I still haven't decided on a font for the cities  - and I only know of two: Central Onen (site of the royal palace) and Chronophontia City.  Presumably North, South, East and West Onen have regional capitals too.

Yet another thing I haven't done yet: neighboring kingdoms.  I'll need to show the whole continent, because there's a fair sized area to the west; I also figure that some of the islands west of Chronophontia are also kingdoms.

Since CC3 makes random fractal coastlines, the map will undoubtedly change over time.  In particular, I hope to make some extra room for yet more neighboring kingdoms.
Linnea meets the witches by Chronophontes
Linnea meets the witches
:iconaisiko:'s Queen Linnea of Onen, on "maternity leave" in Chronophontia -

:iconvirtuallinnea: - more like "royalty leave".  I'm plain Linnea here.

- well anyway, she's getting around the island, meeting various old and new friends - including the three leading witches, :iconaisiko:'s Serena, our own Wendy, and :icondancingsword:'s Lexi.

:iconvirtuallinnea:  AND getting used to Chronophontian fashions!  I'm so much more willing to be seen this way than I used to be.

Credits: one of the forest scenes for the DAZ Cyclorama.  Linnea and Serena are (c) Aisiko, Lexi is (c) DancingSword, and Wendy is adopted from izka-197.
Harriet's strapless gown by Chronophontes
Harriet's strapless gown
Harriet, :iconanyagladstone:'s hentai catgirl maid, decided to put on a strapless gown.  A sheer one, of course - what else would be properly hentai?

Credits: scene is the Venetian Room by Exotica & Richabri, from DAZ.  The dress was made in Blender by me!  Harriet is (c) AnyaGladstone.

It's a crosseye stereogram.  Cross your eyes; you'll see four images instead of two.  Adjust the amount of crossing until the two middle images snap together; then enjoy!
Hey people, fear me! by Chronophontes
Hey people, fear me!
Poor Pandora!  Lovable, but less than fully terrifying.

For yet another Halloween, Pandora has set out to be the Wicked Witch.  Unfortunately, the other girls are getting used to this.

:iconvirtualeuthanasia:  :sarcasticclap:

:iconvirtualnatasha: :hmm:

:iconvirtuallisette:  :giggle:

Credits: the Haunted Mansion by Redhouse with "Forsaken" textures by IsauraS, both from DAZ.  Euthie is wearing one of several pairs of V4 Jeans (I don't know which) and the V3 Fantasy top by Yanelis3d .
Hello, Ana by Chronophontes
Hello, Ana
:iconaisiko:'s Queen Linnea of Onen, on "maternity leave" in Chronophontia, went wandering in Chronophontia's garden - and who should she meet but :iconms-who:'s bunny girl Ana!

:iconvirtualana:  well hello, your majesty! So nice to meet you!

:iconvirtuallinnea:  Just Linnea, dear.  I've been looking forward to meeting you!  I didn't know you were a gardener too.

:iconvirtualana:  Most of us are, in Chronophontia - maybe some more than others.

Credits: the scene is Eden for the DAZ Cyclorama, with an assortment of Lisa's Botanicals, from DAZ.  Linnea is wearing the top from Lilia for A3 by ????, and the miniskirt from nekoja's Winter Clothes for A3… .  She's a little over two months pregnant, and it should be just barely showing.  (Her "traditional" clothes don't fit any more.)  Ana is (c) Ms-Who and Linnea is (c) Aisiko.


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Favourite genre of music: Renaissance & baroque (the other R&B)
Favourite photographer: you, probably!
Favourite style of art: funny, sexy, beautiful - realilty provides enough pain.
Operating System: too lazy for Linux, too cheap for a Mac...what's left?
MP3 player of choice: VLC
Shell of choice: the one I crawl into from time to time
Wallpaper of choice: landscapes - I'm too public for pinups :(
Skin of choice: my lady's
Favourite cartoon character: Leela
Personal Quote: That's the way the Mercedes Benz.


How long do mermaids (and mermen) live? 

12 deviants said Same as ordinary humans - normally under a hundred years
11 deviants said o A long time (hundreds or thousands of years) but with human-length pregnancy (9 months) and childhood/adolescence (about 18 years)
6 deviants said A long time, with long childhood (hundreds of years) but human-length pregnancy
5 deviants said A long time, with long childhood and pregnancy
4 deviants said Other (tell us about it!)


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Myds6 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I just had a longer look at your gallery.  I love it, especially the inclusion of curvy shapes.  The curvy fairies are lovely.
Chronophontes Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!  Glad you like them.  I do love curvy shapes, and though not all of my characters are busty, they all do have at least what I hope is a reasonable amount of curves.
SpaceShipEarth Featured By Owner 5 days ago

Thank you for the :points:

Chronophontes Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!  I may donate some more later.
SpaceShipEarth Featured By Owner 5 days ago
PietrOtelloRomano Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
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and if you like please you are welcome to join
PietroI'm on fire!
tenchibaka Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
happy birthday~
Chronophontes Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, hon! :hug:
tenchibaka Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
CheerBearsFan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Happy Birthday, mate!
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