DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS

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KatPaints wrote
on 23 Jan 2012 9:24 PM

Hi All,  I hate having to write this, but we've been getting lots of spam, even Russian spam. You may not have noticed it because I contact Courtney ASAP. One day this spam was on nearly every topic. The post " It's not fair" is not a 14 year old, this is a chronic spammer. The video format is consistent with the other spams. Frequently this is a first time poster.  Many are from Russia and a few are for Viagra, some porn, kiddie porn, maybe some malware. DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS. IN THE FUTURE, DO NOT RESPOND TO THE THREAD.  Don't click onto the video format, lest you ruin your computer. Take a quick look at the topic so you know what to avoid in the future, then report it and also contact Courtney.

 

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Jay Babina wrote
on 3 Feb 2012 8:22 AM

I'm not a computer expert but one thing I learned a while back is to operate my browser with cookies off. I'm not sure where you do that on PC since on on MAC. A lot of people do it. Right now I am on this site with no cookies on. Every now and then I have to put cookies on and re- enter my pass word and It's good for a few months or so. If I go to my bank I need cookies on and If I buy something on line I need cookies on. Cookies are how they get your email address pus information.

 

When you contact a site, many send a cookie into your browser and that sends information back. A bank gets your ID so it allows you in to your information etc. Legit places like Home Depot will know what items you looked at on their site A spammer gets your email. You can clean out your cookies and I would recommend doing that. I don't know the windows explorer that well but go to help and read. It's easy. But operating with cookies off unless the site specifically ask for them on is a good safe way to avoid as much span as possible - especially if you're the type of computer user who likes to look at foreign websites. Most artist sites don't use cookies because they have a basic site to sell and show off work and it's not very sophisticated. If I browse on Utrecht, a message comes up that cookies should be enabled. I don't mind because they are a legit organization. ETC ...

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KatPaints wrote
on 3 Feb 2012 6:49 PM

Actually the problem is here at this site. Fake topics are posted right along with topics asking for advice or showing you their latest artwork. People up to no good sign up with a fake name or joke of a name and then type a topic under some of the categories - oil painting, pastels, drawing, etc. etc. The new topic usually has a video for you to click on. Many of them have been coming from Russia. One day, someone managed to create a bunch of bogus topics under nearly all the categories. One asked people to play a joke on American Artist and asked you to click on the video. The one I'm referring to was supposedly by a poor teenage girl complaining about her body and how none of the boys look at her. "Here, click on this video to see for yourself..." One person took the poster (probably a Russian 30 year old man) seriously and offered some motherly advice." Others commented that it was not art related. Another said that they were going to report the person. What I'm suggesting is not replying to the topic and simply report it and contact Courtney.

Jay, You probably have not seen any, but there have been plenty here lately.

Thanks for the reminder about cookies.

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Jay Babina wrote
on 6 Feb 2012 3:55 PM

I often wonder where the web-masters are on this site. I did see the post you mentioned but did not pay any further attention to it.

Plus factory painting businesses posing as artists and invite you to see their work. Did you contact the site administrators about this?

This is a pretty dead site as of the last year. If I were the administration, I would do some work to pump up enthusiasm about it  It's almost like nobody is watching it who cares.

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KatPaints wrote
on 12 Feb 2012 6:43 PM

YES! This place is dead. Yet over 500 people are online right now. So where are they all going? To read the articles? I think most are checking out the gallery?? My guess is that most people who visit this site are not professionals and maybe have little to share regarding discussion?? I must say that the way that this site is organized is also an issue. If you're not reading one of the five that pops up on the main screen, the others get lost.

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on 13 Feb 2012 10:27 AM

Kat—

I agree that the way the current topics of discussion for the Forum are listed on the home page should be changed. Usually most of the postings have to do with Challenge Chatter. There are serious questions and comments about drawing and painting that get knocked off the the listing of current postings by the volume of the chatter.

I think the Challenge Chatter should have a separate current subjects listing on the home page.

Paul Sullivan

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KatPaints wrote
on 15 Feb 2012 8:38 PM

Yes, and what is the reason for all these subcategories like oil painting, pastel, watercolor, drawing, figure, portrait, plein air, .....? Again there are over 500 people currently online - that's not dead. My guess is its the organization. I say simplify the categories and add in something that will attract people at a higher skill level.

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on 22 Feb 2012 12:00 PM

Kat & Jay—

Right now we have 202 guests currently online and 2 members, including myself.

Artist Daily should be a welcome place for all artists—from amateur to professional. At present, the home page Current Forum Topics list shows we have 317 replies to a Challenge Chatter.  The remaining four topics have a total of four replies. 

Kat you are so right—something should be done to attract artists of a higher skill level. 

Paul

 

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KatPaints wrote
on 23 Feb 2012 5:36 PM

Let's face it Paul...look at the layout of the home page. Art advertising takes up the most room, then the blogs. Clearly this site exists as an "outreach" of the magazine and a way for AA to make money and sell Interweave products. Compare this site to say "Wet Canvas" or Art Biz Blog.  Ok so they need to make money, I understand that, but their "community" seems to be making a home elsewhere.

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on 24 Feb 2012 9:55 AM

Kat—

I'm in agreement on all points. However, I think we've run this into the ground.

Now, the challenge for us is to offer some positive suggestions. The entire site should be aimed at what the artist, AA reader is interested in. At present the site seems more interested in selling stuff. Even the blogs are oriented that way.

This site has all the class of a Walgreens ad. If visitors are not signed-in they are treated to the ugly, annoying pop-up windows. What a nice way to say "Hello and welcome". They should be eliminated at the first opportunity. 

Now, listed in the current Forum Topics, we have a post by some jerk selling cars. Under "Still Life", "Quotes on auto" posted by Guillerm.
Who's watching the store? 

Paul

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