digitaldreammachine wrote:The names and stuff people have left on these 'thieves' forums, which I haven't seen would be enough make this board look bad when outside viewers come in. While these 'thieves' shouldn't be taking the art and doing with it what they are, on no terms should we act like childish brats and take verbal assault to a new level.
And while some of you may not see that as a concern, it truly is. And as drugs said, Shane, Rick, and others take pride on keeping this forum respectable for us, and provide access to professional critiques and praise and areas to share thoughts, ideas, and gather around the communal fire.
I certainly try to act with courtesy and respect and I would admit that boards where people who aren't mature enough to handle these issues respectfully have went downhill - I would hate to see 'application only membership' apply, but if it keeps the immature ones out, I would be up for it. The good 'sijun.com' forum went downhill when there was a lot of name-calling, flaming, and other things. All of these things come with increased membership but can be managed if caught early enough.
In no way is such language and disrespect tolerable when it comes to reflecting back on the artists, animators, authors, photographers, filmmakers, and other members of the Drawing Board here. Many of us are working professionals and don't need the added verbal assaults. I'm proud to say I'm a board member here and want to continue to see more exciting works of art, photos, and thoughts from old and new members.
I feel respect is the number one thing lacking in some people today. Have some respect for Shane and the others and handle these issues with more class and let's get back to creating and sharing here.
EDIT: I wanted to add, as I think I mentioned in my reply about the girl using images on her site and claiming it was hers, that it is especially important to not use name-calling and degradation when dealing with these issues because of some people's problems with mental instability. Knowing some people who have been clinically depressed, down on their luck, etc., it does not take much to set them over the edge. Name calling can certainly do that. So if nothing else, at least keep in mind that you're dealing with a human being that may also have some mental/health issues to deal with.
*steps down from soapbox*