*three cheers!* horray!
I really think reopening applications will indeed increase traffic flow, and even education. Because is's a reasonably high goal that people need to work for it, and if/when they get it it's quite an accomplishment, but at the same time it's not so hard as to be totally unreachable.
Plus of courts the crits received for applying are fantabulous ;)
urrrh, forgot :P You asked for suggestions. Maybe sometime in the future, add spots for other mediums, like stories and comics :D Yerf's current format doesnt' really suit them, but it'd be cool to have a place for good furry writers as well as artists.
*salutes new administrator*
Hopefully updates to Yerf's art will be more often in the future....
Woo! I am so excited that you've taken the reins. :D I know you're going to do an awesome job.
I like your ideas, and I hope they are successful, especially the applications and Yerf publicity.
I second this.
New mediums will spruce up the place, and I don't think 3D stuff is about to take over so it's not a threat.
I'd love to be able to post my work again.
I rarely ever do sculpture, but it would be good to see some nicely photographed, high-quality stuff about. =) I hardly think it would detract from the gallery at all, so long as the same quality standards apply to 3D as to 2D.
2006-07-03 03:53 am (UTC)
Err lol I third this request..lol I didnt realise this was posted already as I made the same request in my reply!
We will see, if you can remember there was much discussion about 3D objects being allowed in and it caused quite a mix of opinions. I think the main focus for now is to get the 2D art up and running at full capacity, THEN we can see about adding new genres =) Right now we only have half the gallery options going with no way to add new 2D artists and we need to fix that first.
Actually, your post has reminded me of something I was meaning to do.
On behalf of C-ACE, Yerf will be listen on the links page. Now that we have a links page, that is.
Congrats, Scott! I have confidence that with your help, Yerf can, indeed, rise to strength again. =)
This is great news Scott :-) I would be happy to put on the reviewer hat again!
We would be happy to have you back.
2006-07-03 03:51 am (UTC)
So Far I like the basic idea' you have for getting word out about Yerf. The room party I'm a bit skeptical on as they have a tendancy to be...well HUGE if it involves a group of people who contain some incredible artistic talent. Everyone wants to meet them and can cause an influx of fans. Which is good but..crowded.
The T-shirt idea is also wonderfull as well.
As for advertising, AT AC I had the opportunity to talk to Ch'marr of VCL (Wonderfull Guy) And he gave me several Buttons advertising VCL. I also noticed him running around the con with the same Bag giving out pins. The pins have the website name and the address around the edge. I thought that it was a wonderfull idea for advertising as alot of people I found were asking me what VCL was when they saw my buttons on my purse.
Another Idea would be to have some of the more prominant artists, or well known names such as Cara Mitten, or Megan Giles etc etc, have perhaps Yerf Business cards at their dealers tables along with their own cards.
Also re-opening the Applications will bring in loads more traffic.
Another thing that might help would be to allow pictures of Sculptures the artists have made. There are some AMAZING sculptors out there and they are in dire need of good places to post their work other then DA and FA.
^.^ Much love and Congrats again hun!
Excellent news. I look forward to see how things develop. Most people I have met/talked to at recent Furry cons have regarded Yerf in a "ho-hum" kind of manner, neither negitive or positive. It would be most excellent to see new artists, and hopefully a more lively feel for the site.
I remember back when I first came online. I had discovered the furry fandom in late 1997/early 1998. I found Yerf, and was so happy when I was accepted.
(Of course, nowadays, I would have NEVER been accepted with the artwork that had accompianed my application back then. Honestly, I feel strange about posting art now, and when I do, I try to make it the best of what I can produce... but I stray from my point.)
Yerf helped me meet so many people, many of whom I still run into at cons/online today. I remember the fun days of learning to push myself harder to draw better, Yerf was a great place to get feedback/help. I used to check the new uploads every second I got, and I loved seeing all of the different styles and characters. I felt like I belonged to something special, and I was happy when my art got a little better and I felt I was actually contributing to a postive repesentation of the furry fandom.
I would love to see Yerf become alive again. The site itself is still special to me, and I trust that you, Scott, will do your best to preserve it's great tradition! Thanks for taking on the responsiblity - I know it will entail much hard work!
You and me both. My whole connection to the internet art world started with Yerf. We really wanna get it back on it's feet. This is more of a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing, but hopefully from now on there will be much more communication.
in the next year, I'll be going to MFF, FWA, AC, and possibly FC. If no one else at these cons is doing it, I'd love to host a Yerf party if I can get a space (I will most likely be sharing hotel space with other people who may or may not be affiliated with yerf or even want a party there, so that'd be the only problem). As it gets closer to the cons, I'll let you know if I'm even able to.
I think another simple idea is to make sure every con that Yerf is visible somehow. C'marr from VCL hands out buttons at AC. If there is a flier table, put up small fliers with the Yerf mascot and some info about us being back. Heck, even if we just make sure someone at every con has a "Yerf is Back!" t-shirt on. I think doing something like this would be a good idea, because it gets peoples minds back on the site, remember that we're there, and so word gets out faster that we are back.
Good idea about the buttons/fliers/shirts!
And thank you for your offer, please keep us posted on the situation if it gets closer to a con and it looks like you still wanna host :>
Wait, who was head admin before you?
I think it's great how everyone but me knew that I was in charge. No one bothered to tell me until a few weeks ago.
For serious? I thought you knew because you did a lot of stuff.
For serious. I really thought I was just another member of the team. I didn't know that I was supposed to be "in charge" until Scott offhandedly mentioned it a few weeks ago. Then I was like "Wait, what? I'm in charge? Since when? Who put me in charge?"
I thought you knew though cuz you and Mauricia were the only "admins". The rest of us were just "mods".
Ursula's also an admin. But still, I thought we were all teammates, and that the forum doesn't really need anyone to be "in charge." Everyone knows what needs to be done, right?
Personally, I thought the separation between "mods" and "admins" was rather silly. The forum needs more "admins" who can get at the back end and fix things when there are real problems, like when someone doesn't get their confirmation code email, or loses their password, so there are fewer delays in getting back to people when they have problems.
It's good to see you back on the mod team. I'm glad you decided to rejoin.
Thank you, and as long as "we" decide to play nice and not undermine each other's authority, I'll stay, but there /needs/ to be more communication. Like we discussed, if one figures something out, tell everyone else. I think thats the main problem is no one knew what their powers were.
Hopefully all this will get figured out.
I don't know what you mean by undermining your authority, but I would be happy to discuss these things with you via email.
If you'd like, but I think Scott pretty much addressed the issue already and i'm willing to drop it provided things are cool from this point forward.
Whatever you like. I'm stepping back from Yerf responsibility, although obviously I'm still reading, and if I have ideas I will put them forth.
I was hoping to apply when applications reopen, but if you're shorthanded on reviewers I'd be willing to help out again instead.
Glad to see the ball rolling again.
By the by, I'm still on the reviewer list, right?
Glad to see some signs of life. Thanks, Scott! :) I was glad when Yerf returned, but I couldn't help feeling it had lost something. It's very Web 1.0 right now. :O
I was a reviewer just shortly before the site's last near-death experience, and I'd be happy to give it a go again, even as a semi-perm or whatever, given that I've got full-time net access at work now. Whatever you needed, really, once the apps are back up and running.
Normally I'd just use a PM/email for this, but the last couple times has only met with dead air, so figure I'll just do it publicly and see how it goes. :)
(Oh, and congrats as well, of course.)
When I found the Yerf at year 2000, you gave me a good way to go, but I lost my direction after 2002.
Scott wrote: "The second way to reverse this trend is to spread the word that Yerf is not only back but accepting applications again".
I love the Yerf's Mascot too.
Congratulations, and good luck. You can count me as one of the people who'd like to see sculpture back on Yerf. A bigger presences at cons sounds like a very good idea. You might want to consider a presence at some non-furry cons as well if you're trying to spread the word. Yerf's content and quality would go a long way toward breaking preconceptions about "furry art", and you might attract some artists from the SF/fantasy community who are interested in anthro subject matter, but are either unaware, or repelled by, the more mainstream furry fandom.
Good to know you have solid plans for Yerf publicity. I particularly like the T-shirt idea. Perhaps in future if this takes off, Yerf could have a prints/shirts/merchandise store, similar to what DA does. I don't know how much more work and coordination that would take, though.
It sounds promising, like so many other things, but one of Yerf's strong points is it's lack of creeping featuritis. The pages load quickly, are easy to maneuver around, and are free of visual clutter. Some things may be worth adding at some point, but first and foremost, the design of the Yerf site should be guided by the KISS principle.
I agree that the site should be kept as basic as possible with unnecessary clutter, but right now it doesn't even have a search feature. I used to use the old site's search feature a lot, even if I felt it could use a few extra options. It's pretty hard to find certain things I used to look for before... I also think a search feature would make the site more accessible...
Thank you as always for the report!