Posted by Rainy on 11 April 2021 09:28:18 PM (Edited by Rainy 3 weeks ago)

In this update:

  • Newly released features: username changes and automated donation processing

  • Volunteer applications are open

  • Donations FAQ updates

  • Final thoughts from staff

  • Automated donations and name changes have been released!

    Name Changes
    There is no longer a need to contact moderators for username changes! You can change your username in your user settings. You will be able to change your name once every 30 days, as long as you have name changes available.

    We’ve automatically given every user their initial 1 name change, regardless of whether you used your free one up. In addition to this, all users will now receive 1 name change every year on January 1st!

    If you’re looking to change your username more often than that, extra name changes can still be obtained as a bonus for making donations. 1 extra name change will now come with every $2 USD you donate within a single transaction. If you have donated since July 1st 2019, we are retroactively awarding name changes to your account based on your total donations made within that time. If you have already "used" your name change(s) from those donations, consider this an extra gift from us!

    Your account is able to hold up to 12 name changes at a time - if you are currently at that cap, you will not receive additional name changes on January 1st, or when making donations.

    Please note that minor name changes (capitalization, number removals, etc) are still available for free by contacting a mod on the contact us page.

    Automated Donations
    On-site donation rewards are now automated*! This means that once you donate, your (on-site) rewards will automatically go through without any manual work needed. You'll also be able to view your donation history, where you'll find information about donations you’ve made, your current donation tier, and lifetime donation total. Keep in mind that discord rewards are still manually given out and may take longer to receive.

    (*The “Custom Symbol” reward in the VIP+ tier still requires communication with an Administrator as symbol choices need to be approved before use.)

    We have imported records from PayPal of all donations from July 1st, 2019 to present. At this time, we don’t know whether or not we will be able to add donation records prior to this date, but we may in the future.

    Along with this update, we've made the decision to retire the current donation progress bar in the site's footer. All funds earned from donations are currently going towards server and image hosting, site assets, and other expenses directly related to Art Fight.

    Should there be a specific goal in the future (for example, running the fight in 2023) that we project needing additional funds for, the donation progress bar will return for that goal.
    If the donation progress bar is not present, it means that we're receiving enough donation funding for current operating costs, and will be putting any further donation funds towards future costs.

    As always, we're extremely grateful for all of the support we've received- we're able to keep Art Fight running thanks to you!

    Rules Update

    Quick reminder that we recently updated our rules as of March. Please take the time to read through them, as a lot of changes were made!

    Volunteer Applications Open

    Our annual volunteer form is now open! Ever wanted to help out Art Fight? We have positions for both Site and Discord moderators. If you think you have what it takes to be a moderator, you can apply below!

    If you have already applied in 2020 and have nothing new to add, please do not re-apply. We are still considering and processing those applications.

  • You must be at least 18 years old to apply

  • You must have participated in one Art Fight Event (does not include minigames)

  • We are looking at users who are active on the Art Fight site or Discord server

  • Being in the Art Fight Discord server is a requirement

  • Any applications from people that don’t meet the above requirements will be ignored

  • Click here to be sent to the form. We look forward to seeing your responses!

    Donations FAQ Updates

    In the newspost about transparency we put out a feedback survey where you could ask questions. Here are Takaia’s answers to those questions.

    Have you considered having volunteer artists?
    Yes, we have considered having volunteer artists! However, we’re still discussing what exactly that entails and will likely bring in volunteers only for the smaller tasks, and not the big tasks. We will be looking into it more next year.

    Will Art Fight ever start happening twice a year?
    Making Art Fight a semi-annual event is currently not feasible due to the risk of burnout and amount of work / time that needs to be put into each event from the entire staff well in advance of each event. It's a fairly common suggestion, so if it ever does become feasible, we'll let you know!

    Why don't you put ads on the site?
    Based on the positive responses to people suggesting this, ads are something that we may be bringing to the site in the future! I originally chose to not put ads up because I assumed that people would find ads too annoying to deal with, but you guys have told me that that isn't the case. The end goal is to just have internal ads that any user can pay for and have displayed. If we find ourselves needing to host external ads, we will commit to using non-intrusive ad services.

    How long until the money runs out?
    The expenses for the site itself have always been fully funded by the amazing people who donate their money! If donations continue as they have, we don’t have to worry about the money running out 💖

    Why didn’t I receive my discord role?
    Usually, one of the following are the reason why you don't have the Donator role:

    If you haven’t received your discord role from a donation, please contact Takaia on Discord: @ Takaia#0135

    Going Forward

    We love our users, and will be doing our best to make sure you’re satisfied. In the coming months we will be doing various bug fixes and general preparation for this year's fight. You can also expect a revamped maturity guide and ratings guide, as usual. Please check out our Suggestions Trello for more information about the future!

    Additionally, if you are waiting on deleting your Art Fight account and have emailed [email protected], we apologize that there has been no reply. We are currently working on improving our deletion system, but the limitations of our current system have caused us to fall behind. If you have emailed [email protected], then we will get back to you. Thanks for your patience!

    If you have any feedback regarding these updates, please submit it here.

    Comments (30)

    POGGGGGG name changes!!!
    Honestly what could be cool is having the user ads. (maybe stuff like promoting their artfight page or promoting commissions). If we do need to have ads, hopefully you can try and find art related stuff (I wouldn't mind seeing alot of art related ads honestly :) ) 
    Honestly, as long as the ads stay internal and aren't super intrusive, I most likely won't mind them. Not that it would most likely change much for me anyway since I always use an adblocker. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Rainy said:
    skinx there isn't! we are replying to the possibility of ads 
    skinx said:
    oh wow i didnt even know there were ads on this site i never see them
    Y0Y0 said:
    SHIROASA FR ON THE FIRST PART LMAO, but I also do agree that possibly like, a certain donation tier you could get rid of ads on the site? That would be nice
    Rainy said:
    The ads in question would most likely be art related, and we'd love to have a system for actual users to pay for their own art ads to be shown. Of course NSFW, or anything even remotely suggestive, would not be allowed. 
    I'm usually not one for ads in general but if internal ads are used I have absolutely no problem with that!
    sinomis I'm just sayin my opinion on the ad's, that's all- I don't really think im complaining all that much. if they really need to do ads, im fine with it, I said go ahead. Im just saying, not a fan of ads in particular 
    SHIROASA said:
    How the hell y'all wanting art fight twice a year, damn, I got major burnout from trying too hard last year.

    Anyway if there are ads, would it be considered to have donators not see ads? There are a lot of places that have a 'Pay X to get rid of ads!" type of thing and I feel like this would be reasonable to ask.
    I mean if the ads would be very very decent I personally wouldn't mind. As long as they don't slow down the site, pop up out of nowhere and are overall bothering. If it helps to keep the site running I'm totally fine with it. 

    Also great to see the donation history now. 
    Y0Y0 said:
    Honestly I’d be fine with ads as long as they’re more restrictive than the ones on furaffinity because those just had sensitive content all over them lmao, but glad other means of getting money for the site are being considered because I feel like it’d boost the amount of things you guys could do tbh.
    sinomis said:
    ReeanaArts i don't think it's too fair to complain about ads when you are getting all of this for free- other than that yeah I'm cool with them as long as none are nsfw or..weird 

    This is a free site and i think people keep forgetting there are bills to pay behind all of this :/
    who on earth said ads aren't annoying
    yeahh in my opinion ads are verryyy annoying. and I guess if you guys are careful, then maybe, but ads on DeviantArt were bad because they wouldn't be.... minor friendly. Otherwise, I guess go ahead? I wouldn't want to have to pay for something to not see ads tho- that would be upsetting