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Posted by Takaia on 6 October 2022 12:15:52 AM (Edited by Takaia 1 year ago)
Hello Art Fighters,

As a team, we’ve recently been working on alterations to our Discord server’s rules, the clarification of Art Fight’s financials, and updates/clarifications regarding the site. This post will summarize these clarifications alongside some changes still to come.

NSFW Content On and Off Site

As you may have noticed through the #changelogs channel in our Discord server, we have updated the wording of some of our rules, specifically regarding what kinds of art can be shared. The first of these changes involve Art Rule 5, which has been altered to remove “NSFW content” from the list of topics that are allowed under a spoiler. This wording implied that we allowed explicit 18+ material within the server. This was never intended, despite the rule being badly worded.  Sexually themed art is allowed under a filter on site only, and must adhere to our maturity guidelines, which can be found here.  The allowance of sexual themed art in the server was a miscommunication on our end, and is not allowed within the server, even with a spoiler. We apologize for our rules being worded in a way that made it seem like it was allowed, however, and apologize once again for any confusion the incorrect wording may have caused. Additionally, we have reiterated our ban on NSFW content in our new Art Rule 6.

Keep in mind that this ban on NSFW content and sexual themes extends to questions related to said themes in the #af-help and #af-help-2 channels. Any inquiries about these topics should be discussed in DMs with moderators, with any NSFW text/images sent in DMs being spoilered and given a warning for. If you see any posts that break our rules on NSFW content and sexual themes, don’t hesitate to send an online moderator a DM so that it may be removed.

Site Updates

In a similar vein, we are diligently working on fixing a bug with filters not working as intended on the site. To avoid bug exploitation, we will update everyone with details after we have ensured the fix is complete. Thank you for your patience in the meantime!

We are also working on updates for “Design a Character” attack rules and clarity regarding who to contact for issues on-site. For design attacks, we will be updating our rules to specify what is necessary for design attacks targeted towards more than one user and the rules regarding ownership of said character designs. This will be updated before the next fight and will be announced when it has been implemented.

Additionally, we have updated our Contact a Mod page to add a section about reporting users. If you are having issues with another user on Art Fight, you should speak to admins or a site lead for help, as regular site mods cannot deal with user-related reports, because of the potential of dealing with private information. We encourage users to contact moderators or admins directly when dealing with reports that could be considered emergencies (example: exploitation of minors).

Regarding the report backlog itself, we will be re-evaluating our process for dealing with reports in the coming months to hopefully relieve some of the delays in report resolution. We apologize again for any lengthy wait times, and encourage you to reach out via site messages if you require immediate help.

Lastly, we want to make a quick update about Cloudflare and some recent concerns about a website they previously supported. Luckily, Cloudflare did the right thing and has since dropped supporting the website in question, so it appears these concerns have now been resolved, but we still wanted to mention that we only use Cloudflare for DDOS / high traffic protection, and nothing else. Art Fight is not hosted on Cloudflare, nor are its images/etc.

Donation & Financial Clarifications

Recently, we’ve noticed there have been some concerns regarding donations and the way Art Fight is categorized. First, we want to clarify that we are not a non-profit organization. We are considered a sole proprietorship - in the past, Art Fight has mistakenly been referred to as a non-profit, but that is not the case, and we apologize for the confusion. We have looked into becoming a non-profit, but it’s not something that’s feasible for us right now.

Art Fight is a passion project that sustains itself via donations from its user base. The majority of these funds go towards maintaining the site. The largest site expenses include: image hosting, web servers, other web services, and commissioned art assets. This is not cheap, especially for a site of our size that approximately doubles its user base every year. After the bills are paid, the leftover money is significantly lower than a fair wage. Therefore we are unable to hire anyone, though Takaia receives a small amount of compensation for work she does as the site owner and coder.

All moderators, designers, and administrators are completely volunteer. This is something they agree to when they sign up to be a moderator, and is a standard practice for small websites. We would love to pay more of our staff, as well as hire an accountant (for proper financial breakdowns, etc.). The reality is that none of that is financially feasible for us at this time, because Art Fight does not earn enough to pay for these services.

In the past, we worked very hard to try to be transparent with Art Fight finances. However, because Art Fight does not earn enough to be able to hire an accountant or any other professionals, all estimates were being done by Takaia. Due to the fluctuating nature of Art Fight's costs and donations, many of the reports ultimately ended up being unintentionally inaccurate. Takaia tried as best as she could with the resources she had to make as close to an exact estimate as she could.

Because of the inaccuracy, Art Fight's estimations received backlash, some of which was personally directed at Takaia. After considering the sheer amount of time and effort needed to make these, the resulting backlash, the private nature of the amount people get paid, and looking at similarly run websites who don’t publish this information, we decided it was best to simply stop making estimates/breakdowns. However, to give an idea of how much things can cost, here are some examples of recent bills we’ve paid. Please note that this is a fraction of the total we pay per year, these are individual examples:

Image-hosting alone for the month of July 2022 cost around $7,200 USD. The web server for hosting the site itself costs around $500 USD a month. For 2022, Art Fight needs approximately ($500 x 12 months) $6,000 USD to pay for the web server. Again, these numbers do not take into account future site growth, art/image assets, the rest of the image hosting costs, and other miscellaneous costs, both planned and unplanned, during the year.


We would like to extend our gratitude to our users for your understanding and continued patience, alongside your willingness to help in our shared goal of improving the site. As always, we encourage you to come to us with any questions you may have and to share any concerns you feel need addressing. You are welcome to either comment below, DM a moderator, post in our Discord server’s help channels, or send us an email at [email protected]. We appreciate any questions or concerns being brought to us, and thank you in advance for your patience, as potential replies may be slow due to moderators being busy with life commitments outside of Art Fight.

We greatly appreciate your continued support as we all move forward together.


The Art Fight Team

Comments (379)

Windwaken npnp I just remembered seeing it and honestly with all thats happened I hope this helps everyone else understand how the site's filters were set bc they have made changes that prove more than anything the work theyre doing to make art fight a better place for everyone to enjoy
Stress doesnt do any good for any of us so lets make sure to keep art fight positive for as long as it lasts for years to come uwu/
Plushpawbs aaa tysm for letting me know! I saw they were fixed at the beginning of the month so I participated in this year's fight. I appreciate that you took time out to ping me tho!! that was very nice of you C:
Windwaken, mod just confirmed this information
Seriously is there any word of the nsfw filters getting worked on? You say it's allowed onsite only under filters but that doesn't do anything when minors can chose to turn the filters off so they can see it anyways.
Evidence of this under the first spoiler of the op

This is a huge problem and it feels like it's being totally overlooked or maybe even ignored
Emiri said:
I'm curious, and there may already be such a thing. If you have a rough idea (like the $500 a month, plus $8000? for the month of July?) broken down into an average per month, is there a way you can put a donation meter up or something, so folks might be more compelled to donate if they saw how little is actually coming in?

I'm excited to see the theme and the team options, regardless of who voted on it. I get it, as someone who volunteers for several non-profit events. You can't always get EVERYONE'S opinion, and not every opinion will work well for a theme/motif. If people really get behind a project, they also should trust that the event organizers are going to try to do everything they can to make it a fun and successful event. 
DarkArtsAnna That's totally valid! Feel free to reach out to Axel , one of our admins.

You're alright! I just wanted to clarify since I noticed a lot of people asking about it. The whole community voting and staff choosing from the top 3 was our intention, but unfortunately we missed the site update with the link to the the final poll.

I still have my thoughts and suggestions regarding the matter. I'm not satisfied, and these concerns will be addressed further in detail in the feedback form after the season. I'm in the process of drafting it as I speak so I can have it for later. I'd appreciate them being read in full, but I might reach out to another mod for a more direct conversation on this.

Edit: Pressed Submit comment on accident before I was done.
 AuthorofThyme i apologize if it sounded like i was ungrateful or anything, i dont know the ins and outs of the art being done or. literally anything with the event, and i wont pretend like i do. if its easier for the team i guess its a good change? i dont know ahaha if anything i just hope the community gets involvement in voting, even if its like, us voting and the staff choosing between the top 3 of whats voted. idk anything about volunteering or website management or anything and i apologize for coming off as bratty or anything. thank you for taking time to clarify though ;;

Just some clarification:
While it's true that our second theme poll was only linked in our discord server, this was not done intentionally or to exclude on-site only users. Due to admins changing, updating the site was unfortunately forgotten.
We aren't trying to exclude anyone and we want to remind you that we are made up of volunteers with a love and passion for Art Fight. With our small team size, there's always a chance of mistakes or things getting missed, especially during times of administrative duties being passed on.

Furthermore, I would like to confirm that it is indeed true that the winner was chosen by some of the staff (based on who volunteered to vote) from the top three this year instead of the top voted for theme being chosen straight away. This is to allow more thought to be put into aesthetic, colors, artistic choices, among other things to allow Axel more creative freedom and also avoid repetition.
We hope that this is a positive change, but we're always open to feedback- especially when trying out new things.

If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to send a DM to Axel , who is better equipped to answer any questions regarding this topic than I am.

Thank you,
~ AuthorofThyme
can't wait!!!
radlegowaffle oh yeah, I super get you. To clarify I don’t mean that I’m okay with the second poll being on discord only, I’m not defending that - I’d just misunderstood when people were saying “no poll” and thinking they missed the first poll that was 
here, which was the only thing I could think was being discussed

Anyway I don’t think it’s bratty to say that, as a member of the community, you’d like to be involved in the community vote. That’s the expectation that’s been set
Hype!!! Really loving the feel of arctic vs tropic but all the options seem promising   
gets on my knees. heroes vs villains ftw and if they win i will do backflips irl