Summary cause this is SO LONG, but read if you want to know more: there should rules for taking requests in the Art Section because there are people who jump over each other and there’s a lot of confusion when people are trying to take each other’s orders. It’s overall confusing and it can cause arguments.
When someone makes a thread asking for a cover, splash, etc, there’s probably like 5 people who want to make it. And this causes a problem where there’s different people making one thing (keep in mind the author will only use one, this is wasting the creator’s time), and there’s people jumping over each other saying “I can do it!” “No, I can!” “Look at my examples” “I can do it quicker 5-10 mins” and things like that.
The first person who requests usually is left out of this convo, something i’ve noticed, and there’s biased-ness (is that a word?) where an art group says “We can make it” and starts tagging their own people instead of giving others a chance. I know this doesn’t make so much sense so I’ll give an example of how I’ve noticed 90% of the requests go…
Poster: Can someone make a cover for my new story? Please comment if you’re able to!
Person1: Hi, I can. Can you send me the details?
Poster: sure! give me a moment
Artgroup: We can * tags 4 people from their art group *
Person from art group: Hi, * art group name * is at your service!!
Artgroup: We can make it. Want examples?
then basically they just keep talking about it and person1 is always left out and doesn’t get to make it… i’m not blaming art groups, of course they want customers, everyone does, but maybe they can let other people take it too.
The only way to fix this (i’ve already tried asking them to discuss before jumping and tagging people and just leaving others out but it hasn’t worked) is maybe we can make a new rule? Like add it to the guidelines and it will be against the rules to do this. Obviously not a ban for doing it because it’s normal to want a customer like that, but a nice warning from a mod and a stickied post asking them to take requests a little nicer could prevent something like this.
First come and first serve isn’t always the best, but i think we should let the first person talk it out with the poster before people jump in to take the request. It can overwhelm the customer, arguing can break out, and there is so much confusion on who’s making it! It also wastes some artist’s time when there’s multiple people doing it, and the creator can only pick one, so the other work is going to waste.
Let me know if you agree or if there’s another way to solve this… it’s not fair to the people who’s orders are taken from them and it’s really confusing!