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Creative Corner - Closed and Archived

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Hi everyone,

Today the Creative Corner is being closed and archived.

It's original intent was to showcase merchandise, creative projects, drawings and fan fiction.

Unfortunately the vast majority of topics created in this section have been YouTube channel posts which makes it REALLY difficult to discuss at a forum level.

This is not an attack against those that followed the eligibility rules to use the section when the section was created. Unfortunately, the section has resulted in a prime area for new visitors to advertise their channels.

I am considering a Link Directory as a POSSIBLE future replacement but have no ETA on this. Of course you are still welcome to advertise your channel in your profile and signature.

Thank you to those that followed the rules and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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If we want to still wanted to show things such as our Art, Projects and anything we would have put in Creative corner where do you suggest we create the topic?

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1 hour ago, Greeneyes said:

If we want to still wanted to show things such as our Art, Projects and anything we would have put in Creative corner where do you suggest we create the topic?

for art, im sure we have a gallery for that (atleast, im assuming thats the purpose of the gallery...right guys ?)

though aside from that, i dont think we can post any link-related-outside of anime outside our profile/avatar?

i post my arts in my profile page (while its not finished) and post it on gallery when its done at the very least ;o

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@Greeneyes I noticed you have created 2 albums in the Gallery already, and they are also visible on your Profile - so you can just promote them in your signature and profile for now.

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Yeah, I can see how it got abused, since hardly anyone does artwork and fan fiction these days. We get a few, so it is not dead, but people have moved on to making videos and a lot of them just seem to be the simplest kind that do not require any effort (e.g. text and still images only), so the only thing that could be done about them is to suggest they do otherwise.

Videos could work for a creative area in some regards, but only if there is something more than something that could have been done in a blog post.

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I think people still do them but post under anonymous means, especially fanfiction since a large portion of them turn into lemons. 

 

I would be interested in making a youtube channel myself but I don't have the technology to do it well (so I don't). Still, the random posts with a link to a video that were going on were crappy advertising attempts. You get far better advertising by interacting with people, commenting on important subjects and having the link on your profile or signature so that as people become interested in what you have to say they have a place they can go as opposed to indiscriminate spam. 

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53 minutes ago, Beocat said:

I think people still do them but post under anonymous means, especially fanfiction since a large portion of them turn into lemons.

They certainly do, though the Internet is pretty anonymous right now, considering how most places use dynamic IP addresses, so one would need both the time and the IP address to track things down, though I am probably sure the ISP have some way of logging which customer had which IP at the time.

As for the other part of your post, it is more about knowing how to use your tools than what you use. I have wanted to get into doing video reviews, as there are thing I cannot do in textual format, even if I put in loads of loads of images, thereby sacrificing load times, but the annoyance of the companies in the entertainment industry and what they do on sites like YouTube makes me want to stay away from it.

I do agree completely with your assessment of the link only posts, and how to attract people properly on sites though.

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1 hour ago, Beocat said:

I think people still do them but post under anonymous means, especially fanfiction since a large portion of them turn into lemons. 

This is the exact reason I hesitate to share my own work here. I write for myself, and although I prefer to keep things tasteful in regards to sexual content, it is still very R18 and I would feel pretty awful if, say, a thirteen year old encountered one of my projects through AF. 

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On 8/7/2018 at 8:03 AM, Optic said:

@Greeneyes I noticed you have created 2 albums in the Gallery already, and they are also visible on your Profile - so you can just promote them in your signature and profile for now.

What about Stories, non promotion videos, Art discussion etc.

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20 hours ago, brycec said:

They certainly do, though the Internet is pretty anonymous right now, considering how most places use dynamic IP addresses, so one would need both the time and the IP address to track things down, though I am probably sure the ISP have some way of logging which customer had which IP at the time.

As for the other part of your post, it is more about knowing how to use your tools than what you use. I have wanted to get into doing video reviews, as there are thing I cannot do in textual format, even if I put in loads of loads of images, thereby sacrificing load times, but the annoyance of the companies in the entertainment industry and what they do on sites like YouTube makes me want to stay away from it.

I do agree completely with your assessment of the link only posts, and how to attract people properly on sites though.

The internet is pretty anonymous, but as a forum member you build up a reputation on the forum.  Any fanfiction you post will be tied back to your forum identity and possibly affect your reputation (whether it does or doesn't isn't the issue.  The possibility is there.).  I don't think anyone is ever concerned that you might follow them home from a fanfic that they posted somewhere.  Maybe judge your posts differently in the context of the fanfic?  Certainly.

 

And I have a tendancy to get the cheapest model on the floor (no more than 200 bucks) because my first three expensive computers turned out to have major issues (like overheating, screen breaking beyond repair on its own, critical failure issues) and if I was going to replace them anyways every 1-2 years, might as well be with a cheaper pricetag.  That being said, the software on it is fairly cheap.  I can do very very light video editing, but nothing that would look good.  Believe me, I looked at it.  Surprisingly my cheap 200 dollar computers have lasted.  First one lasted 4.5 years before the harddrive failed (I eventually got it fixed, still it gets worse every month so I am constantly tweaking it...still using it at 7 years) and the second one I'm still using now.  Both of them have worked so much better, been much lighter to lift, not had any sound or overheating problems...it's been like a dream...for the pricetag of 200 bucks.  I'd have to invest in software to do videos and right now I just don't want to unless I'm going to do it regularly.

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31 minutes ago, Beocat said:

The internet is pretty anonymous, but as a forum member you build up a reputation on the forum.  Any fanfiction you post will be tied back to your forum identity and possibly affect your reputation (whether it does or doesn't isn't the issue.  The possibility is there.).  I don't think anyone is ever concerned that you might follow them home from a fanfic that they posted somewhere.  Maybe judge your posts differently in the context of the fanfic?  Certainly.

I certainly agree with this, though I would probably add that it is not just forums, but anywhere on the net.

Still, since this is discussed in the community/forums context, it is pretty accurate.

33 minutes ago, Beocat said:

And I have a tendancy to get the cheapest model on the floor (no more than 200 bucks) because my first three expensive computers turned out to have major issues (like overheating, screen breaking beyond repair on its own, critical failure issues) and if I was going to replace them anyways every 1-2 years, might as well be with a cheaper pricetag.  That being said, the software on it is fairly cheap.  I can do very very light video editing, but nothing that would look good.  Believe me, I looked at it.  Surprisingly my cheap 200 dollar computers have lasted.  First one lasted 4.5 years before the harddrive failed (I eventually got it fixed, still it gets worse every month so I am constantly tweaking it...still using it at 7 years) and the second one I'm still using now.  Both of them have worked so much better, been much lighter to lift, not had any sound or overheating problems...it's been like a dream...for the pricetag of 200 bucks.  I'd have to invest in software to do videos and right now I just don't want to unless I'm going to do it regularly.

I think I have been fairly lucky on the expensive computer front, and almost all of my computer lasted for more five years. In fact, a laptop I have from the 2009-2010 era still boots and works well, though the trackpad needs some attention, as clicking difficult. The key in this area is to find a good brand and line from that brand. Then again, seeing as how computers are being made now to be disposable, since RAM and storage upgrades (the most basic upgrades one can do) are almost impossible, so I do not think they will last too long to do great work in video.

As for getting the software, you can get it for as little as nothing. When I first got my Surface Book, I tried using only open source software and found one interesting program that would allow video overlays, if it is ever needed, and even a piece of software called Davinci, though it was quite limited, according to site, even if it is supposed to be in the same league as Premiere and the old versions of Final Cut Pro.

Of course, my foray into open source only software ended when I found out LibreOffice was only suited for normal laptops and desktops, and there were things I did not like about GIMP, though I could get things today, so now I am paying for Microsoft and Adobe on a regular basis, since I really wanted to use InDesign and have programs that actually worked with both of the Surface Book’s modes.

my main reason to thinking about doing video reviews, other than the advantages that video has over text and a bunch of still images, is because I want to get familiar with Premiere, which I get from Adobe for free from what I am already paying them (tried it once, and the annoying thing was that I had to create some texts effects myself, but, thinking about it now, that can allow for quite a bit of creativity when putting credits and such)

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8 hours ago, Greeneyes said:

What about Stories, non promotion videos, Art discussion etc.

As I said, you are welcome to post a link in your signature to your channels / portfolio hosting these. Forum topics here were never a great place to discuss individual pieces like this as noted in my first post above.

Discussion on general art techniques and technologies can go into Chit Chat.

 

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