Dear fellow Bondagettes,
I hope you're well, sound and happy with Life™
- meaning tied, gagged and mmmmmmmmmpphhh-ing!
It's been a while since the last blog post in the group (by Zaphod...
), thus I decided to refresh the front page a bit and update you on the very latest about the group.
Firstly, there was a "Featured Full" problem recently, which was caused by way too many deviations in "Featured". I'd like to thank everyone who tried reaching me inworld, here and via email to resolve the problem. The old deviations from "Featured" are now in "Old Featured" folder and "Featured" is fresh and ready for more deviations!
Secondly, from the very beginning our group had gallery folders to help the curious visitor browse the deviations we post by theme or category. Unfortunately, most of the new deviations are coming to "Featured" and from there it was up to Zaphod and myself to sort them each time "Featured" got dangerously full - a time-consuming task for just the two of us to handle. In the past week I discussed this with a few who wish to help sort the deviations in "Featured" and "Old Featured", thus I made few permission changes to allow every member with rank Contributor to move and copy deviations between group folders.
But before you start looking at how to move things around, I'd like set some ground rules for all of us to follow:
1. Learn the group folders (categories)
. Once a deviation has been submitted to a group folder, it can be part of multiple group folders. For example this lovely deviation
by Jame can be both in "Cages and Prisons" and "Gagged and Mumbling", and even in "Bondage Art" (wonderfully post-processed in Photoshop). On the other hand please be considerate and don't overdo. Before adding deviation to more than one group folder/category ask yourself "Am I going to like seeing this image if I'm browsing that group folder/category?" - this is exactly the experience our visitors would have!
2. Use "Move to..." only when sorting in "Featured" and "Old Featured" folders.
The common case scenario in "Featured" and "Old Featured" is that the deviations there are unsorted. Meaning that instead of copying, they should be moved to a group folder/category and prevent "Featured" from getting full again.
3. For other group folders use the "Copy to..." option.
All group folders other than "Featured" and "Old Featured" contain deviations that most probably belong there. Usually deviations in these folders have been sorted already, though they might still need to be added to other folders as well (see multi-folder example in pt.1), which is where the copy option comes handy.
4. Please do NOT remove deviations from any group folder.
If you think a deviation should be removed from a folder or from all group folders then move it in "To be removed..." folder
, so it could be disputed. Once in a while I would clean up that folder. Note that anyone caught removing deviations from folders would lose their Contributor status (and there are logs).
5. Multiple selections when copying/moving deviations is often malfunctioning.
So far I've only had unpleasant surprises with this DeviantArt's feature, so consider my advise and avoid multiple selections as much as possible.
6. Please respect other members' contributions.
Not everyone is having great computer, graphics, settings or skills. If you wish to help - advise them, help them, guide them, show them how it's done! We all started fresh
with Second Life and step by step learned how to take some lovely eye-candy
snapshots and polish them.
I hope this makes sense to everyone. I'd like to think that managing the deviations in our group would become another reason for us to socialize
and have fun
, rather than become drama
. I'm kindly asking you to be positive and connect with others in SL to resolve concerns, misunderstandings and differences, rather than address them publicly in the DA group.
And now for the fun part, here are some instructions how to manage deviations between folders - both in the group and you own account:
1. Open a group folder, like "Featured" for example - sl-bondagettes.deviantart.com/…
2. Move the mouse over an image. Notice the little pencil to the top-right? There might be more than one pencil on your screen, but the one you need must be right next to the image. Click it!
3. See the "Move to..." and "Copy to..." options? Moving the mouse above each of these will give you a list of group folders where you could copy or move that deviation to.
4. Click the folder of your choice. This is it! You just sorted a deviation
Thank you for reading this mile-long post. I would love to chat about this and.. "mmmmmphhh" other topics with you inworld!