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Official Announcement!

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

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( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 19th, 2012 08:04 am (UTC)
Tagging as mod post, although Bazeel is not a mod, but this is kinda importante!
Dec. 19th, 2012 09:13 am (UTC)
This is cool. Good job Bazeel. :)
Dec. 19th, 2012 09:57 am (UTC)
This makes me, so, So, SO happy.

Far too long i've seen people get away with stealing money, and abusing the generosity of the fandom who graciously pay artists to do a service.
Dec. 19th, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
Good to hear.
Dec. 19th, 2012 11:18 am (UTC)

I had been hoping for something like this for a long, long time.
Dec. 19th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
Dec. 19th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
This is pretty awesome!
Now if only the same kind of partnership could be started with deviantART as well. Shame that it probably won't be happening anytime soon. D:
Dec. 19th, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
This is awesome :) Glad to hear y'all will be in cahoots to keep everyone safe.
Dec. 19th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Excited to see where this goes. :)
Dec. 19th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am glad to see something like this happening. I wish DeviantArt would do the same.
Dec. 19th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
Christmas has come early! Hopefully this'll make FA a better place to buy and sell.
Dec. 19th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
ah this is great news!
Dec. 19th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
holy cow, that's really great to hear!
I know FA isn't and shouldn't be liable for the private transactions, n that buyers should do their own homework, n that there's a whole mess of questionable cases, but it's really nice that you're trying to protect the users from the glaring offenders.

EtA: a suggestion perhaps? Consider putting in FA's rules/FAQ that sellers shouldn't request payments sent as gifts and buyers shouldn't send it as such
DUnno if you want it to be a bannable offence on the seller's part if they repeatedly violate it, but it'd probably help protect commissioners if it were in writing somewhere that that is inappropriate and leaves both parties vulnerable.

Edited at 2012-12-19 11:36 pm (UTC)
Dec. 20th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
The problem with is would be- who is accountable for this? People already don't real the AUP, and how many 'typical' commissioners tend to screenshot everything? Plus, people would be much less likely to report a violation of this nature, as it has possible (RL) legal ramifications for them, as well.
Dec. 20th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
True, I figured they'd be accountable the same way anyone would be held accountable for anything on AB via FA - probably via multiple complaints and ignoring warnings.
Just a thought, it's cool if it's not implemented
Dec. 20th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
This is great it will be good to see some of those people who have been stealing from the fandom a lesson.
Dec. 20th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
Dec. 20th, 2012 05:50 am (UTC)
This is truly awesome! I'm glad this finally happened now it might deter scammers and encourage people to make sure the artist they are commission isn't on here.
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