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Artist's Beware FAQ

[Q: What kind of identifying/sensitive information may I include in my post?]
Q: What kind of identifying/sensitive information may I include in my post?

A: As a general rule, sensitive information such as legal names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, paypal addresses, etc may not be included in your beware and must be either cropped out or censored. We may make exceptions on a case by case basis for instances where transactions only occurred via mediums such as Facebook.


[Q: Do you have a template for posting?]
Q: Do you have a template for posting?

A: Yes! You can find our template here: http://artists-beware.livejournal.com/948608.html
Note that using the template isn't a requirement to post, as long as you include all the relevant information, but it does make things easier.


[Q: How do I post to Artists_Beware? When I try, LJ tells me I cannot post here!]
Q: How do 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 navigation 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.


[Q: How do I join/post to AB on desktop Livejournal?]
Q: How do I join/post to AB on desktop Livejournal?





[Q: How do I join/post to AB on mobile Livejournal?]
Q: How do I join/post to AB on mobile Livejournal?





[Q: What does a lost contact post entail?]
Q: What does a lost contact post entail?

A: Lost contact posts are basically named advice posts. Because of this, and because we don't vet it the same way as a beware, you have to write it in a neutral way. They are not meant to be subtle or not-so-subtle bewares with no proof. Please try to stick to a simple 'Does anybody know how to contact X person?' format. If you would like to discuss your situation, it would be best to write a proper beware.


[Q: I submitted a post, why didnt it show up?]
Q: I submitted a post, why didnt it show up?

A: We are a moderated community. All posts are reviewed by at least 2 moderators before being approved or rejected. Because it is manual and we all work full-time jobs, posts can take 1-5 days to be handled.


[Q: What happens if a post is rejected?]
Q: What happens if a post is rejected?

A: A rejection notice will be sent to either your Livejournal messages or your email attached to your Livejournal account, according to your settings. Make sure your email address is current, and check your spam folder before contacting us about your post.


[Q: What is an LJ-cut?]
Q: What is an LJ-cut?

A: http://www.livejournal.com/support/faq/75.html


[Q: What do I do if I want to give positive feedback about a transaction?]
Q: What do I do if I want to give positive feedback about a transaction?

A: We have monthly positive review posts! Go here and make sure you use the current month's post to leave your review!


[Q: If I want to know the name of a subject from an advice post, may I ask?]
Q: If I want to know the name of a subject from an advice post, may I ask?

A: No. Advice posts are to remain anonymous, as they are not reviewed and vetted with the same scrutiny beware posts are. Do not ask, reveal, or hint at the identity of someone being posted about in an advice post.


[Q: What if I found/know of [bewared person]s alternate account?]
Q: What if I found/know of [bewared person]s alternate account?

A: You may share this information in the relevant post for that person, provided you can provide solid proof that they are the same person. "I think they're the same", "Their art looks similar", "I heard from a friend, "Their writing style is similar" and other 'probably's and 'maybes' are not considered solid proof.


[Q: Can I submit a general warning/post on behalf of someone else?]
Q: Can I submit a general warning/post on behalf of someone else?

A: No. We are a transaction-based community for individual experiences, and you are not allowed to make either 'general scam warning' posts or post for somebody else. Individuals may only post about their own experiences.


[Q: Why do I need to censor the names of third parties in my bewares?]
Q: Why do I need to censor the names of third parties in my bewares?

A: As a general rule, if someone is unrelated to the case at hand, we would rather respect their privacy and not have them included in a post without their consent.


[Q: Is there an easy list for the main tags to browse?]
Q: Is there an easy list for the main tags to browse?

A: Easy Access to Main Tags: Mod Posts, Beware, Advice for Artists, Advice for Commissioners, Discussion, Monthly Positive Feedback


[Q: I have a question that isnt answered here! What do I do?]
Q: I have a question that isn't answered here! What do I do?

A: Please see our profile page for information on how to reach a moderator!

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