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So I've reiterated the rules and Ingwie is working like a champ to have them put in, but a part in there mentions tagging and sourcing the art in our profiles. Now, Ingwie is working on some code that lets us check these links for the information we want, but until that is live I have a few guidelines that if followed, would really help us - and would make us look good if artists do come snooping around to see if their art is used.
It is a matter of integrity, we don't want us, or our members to be seen as thieves as we do not condone this type of behaviour - and so that we look more professional for our users.
Truth be told, many artists don't mind that their art is being used for reference as long as people give them credit for it, and unfortunately a link to e621 really isn't that comprehensive even though it does have tags and usually a source link, but that does create another series of pages that we as staff have to go through. Thusly I offer y'all these few steps in a small tutorial.
What we are looking for is this: * Name of Artist * Source link that provides, and/or preferably leads to the artist's name/page * Preferably the name of the character's owner
So I make a profile of a creature, I use this picture of Drayk, drawn by Faint as my reference. There is no picture that I've been granted permission to use on E621, but let us assume that it was there As you would have been able to see in that page, underneath all the tags, in statistics, there is something next to Source: there's usually a link there. In this case it links to the FA post of the picture which usually has a bit more information about the picture than on FA, it is also... a bit more legit than E621 and generally looks a little better too.
The chains goes as follows: [E621 link] -> http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5316989/ -> http://www.furaffinity.net/user/drayk
The links we'd prefer to be used is the furaffinity/deviantart links that goes to the actual image, which links directly to the artist's gallery - and in the description you can see the commissioner's name, Drayk. You don't -have- to link to the character owner's page, it is prefered, I'm sure he would prefer it, but at least mention the fellow's name if you know of it.
In the end your source should look like this:
[Picture] Artist: Faint ( http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5316989/ ) - Character: Drayk ( http://www.furaffinity.net/user/drayk ) - This way you've sourced it back to the original submission which leads us directly to the artist, and you've led us to the owner of the character.
We hope that you'll help us keep your profiles, or in particular your picture references as well sourced as possible for future characters, and gold stars for those who go through the work to source their main characters too.
We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause you, but it is for your own, and our safety from angry artists - and nobody likes an angry artist.
If you need any help with sourcing the art you want to use, I volunteer to help you with the search if I have the time.
Sincerely, the staff.