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Posted on 2015-06-03 @ 4:09 PM
Literature Contest & Jubell's 8 for 8
Hi folks. A couple of fun things are happening this month that we'd like to share.

First, since we had a Best Picture Contest for artists, we're now going to have a Best One-Shot Contest for writers. Enter what you consider to be your one best one-shot. It can be one you've already written or a new one written specifically for this contest. Stories can be fanfiction or original fiction, any rating. Our only stipulation is that your story must be between 1000 - 4000 words in length and of course you must have a ToS compliant thumbnail that's properly credited. Please post your entries into [club=10440] and note in your comments that it is for the Best One-Shot Contest. The contest will run from now until July 3rd.

Moderators will then vote and pick our top 5, the same as we did for the Best Picture Contest. After that, we'll open voting to the membership via a site wide poll on August 1st to pick our final winner. The winner will be announced on August 31st and will receive a one month free ad for September in our sidebar for whatever they would like to advertise, be it their personal website, Patreon, Y!gallery page, commission information, etc, etc. You'll also be featured in my signature for all of September, which will be seen in every comment I make all over the site.

We look forward to your submissions and wish everyone good luck!

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Secondly, We recently asked for your ideas on additional ways Y!gallery can raise funds. Jubell came up with one we love: Jubell is purchasing and then donating eight one-month advertising slots to artists of her choosing (reserving one slot for herself). We're calling it Jubell's 8 for 8 Promotion.

The artist's can link their ad to a personal website, their Patreon, their Y!gallery page, their commission information --- basically any site or page that belongs to them personally and promotes their creative efforts. They have three months to utilize their slot. It's a win for everybody: the artists, Jubell, Y!gallery and our membership who are being introduced to artists and creators they might otherwise never have run across.

We think Jubell's idea is great and you can do the same thing! Instead of "just donating", you can purchase and donate ad space to artists and writers you want to support in a very real way. You can also use the ad space to promote your own work. Only have money for one space? That's fine! Contact ??? and she'll give you all the info you need and help you set it up.

P.S. -- We have slots on the footer open!
 
 
 
Posted on 2015-05-25 @ 4:16 PM
Final Fantasy Tags
Hi all. Just wanted to make a quick note that as per the many requests we received, we have put all the Final Fantasy series under one tag, listed now as "Final Fantasy - All Series".

Please note that any Final Fantasy work that was previously tagged with the old FF tags, will need to be retagged under the new ones if you want your submissions to show up in searches.

We did not intend to make more work for everyone, and there will be no penalties for not having the new tags applied. I will take the blame for this, since I thought the tags would automatically update on submissions with the new ones, which apparently, they do not do. My sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

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[icon=suiton] is our site wide featured artist for the month of May for winning our Best Picture Contest. Please be sure to check out their gallery and I'm sure they would appreciate your support on their Patreon.
 
 
 
Posted on 2015-05-12 @ 2:38 PM
Y!gallery Recode Information
The rebirth of Y!Gallery will take place in three phases:

(1) Maintenance:
(o) Site backup - COMPLETE

(o) Balancing: this is to make sure that the server runs more efficiently. Currently, we have spikes and drops in how the server utilizes resources. Balancing will smooth this out and help the physical wear and tear on our server, as well as minimize those lags you occasionally experience when switching from one page to another or checking your Pms. - COMPLETE

(o) Defragging. Just like on your computer at home. Usually a process done in the background, but because it hasn't been done in a long time, our drives are very fragmented and the first time we do it, we'll need downtime. - COMPLETE

Now that we've got our maintenance sorted and on a regular schedule, we will be moving on to site improvements.

(2) Improvements to the site:
We've got a lot on our list. These improvements will be made to the site as it stands now, but will carry over to the new and improved site when it's ready. It will happen in stages, with the most important things at the top of the list. Some you'll see and some you won't. The first things we'll address are our infrastructure — the tools that the staff uses to run the site, such as:
(o) adding character and series tags - COMPLETE
(o) ability to delete old Pms - COMPLETE
(o) streamlining advertising interface so ads can be loaded in advance of their go-live date and statistics can be provided to advertisers
(o) fixing any broken links
(o) ToS in multiple languages with user's ability to select language of preference

Then we'll tackle the improvements that our membership has been looking forward to, like:
(o) wider range of emoticons
(o) easier use of Theme Designer
(o) collaborations showing up in both galleries, as well as favs credited to both creators
(o) ...and more!!

(3) Recoding:
This will take some time as we'll be starting from the ground up and literally rebuilding the site with new coding. Most of our coding is ten years old and in internet terms that translates to ancient. But we have an excellent team in place and ready to go. This will go on behind the scenes in a secure environment, that is already set up, while the first two phases take place.

We'll be putting up a checklist on [club=8049] so you can follow along, see what we've done, and what's left to do.

Please be sure and thank our wonderful tech team: SSugiyama, ???, CaladSigilon, ???, AngelusTenebrae and facsimilnym They'll be putting in a lot of hard work to make this the best site on the internet!

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[icon=suiton] is our site wide featured artist for the month of May for winning our Best Picture Contest we held recently. Please be sure to check out their gallery and support them on their Patreon.
 
 
 
Posted on 2015-05-09 @ 12:31 AM
Keywords Update
Hello, and welcome back after our site backup. :)

We are very happy to announce that we've been able to access the databank and that we have updated the keywords system with all the requests that were sent in to us. Any new requests for series or character tags can be made [HERE]. If you notice any mis-categorized or misspelled keywords as you look through the tags, please let us know. :)

We've also fixed the problem with the link that sends you to FAQ 31: One of my works has been reported to the abuse system. What do I do?. That should now be working. If you notice any problems with any other links on the site, again, please leave a note here on this news post and we'll get it looked into.

Be sure to stay tuned as we continue to improve the site and add new features.:heart::heart3:

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We are still featuring [icon=suiton] who received a front page feature for winning our Best Picture Contest. Please be sure to check out their gallery, and I'm sure suiton would love your support on their [Patreon]. :heart:
 
 
 
 
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