EBSQ Community Guidelines

From time to time, we like to republish our Community Guidelines. Even though we’re one of the best-behaved groups of artists you’ll ever find online or off, it’s good to refresh the ole memory all the same:

EBSQ is more than just an art portfolio-hosting site for individual use; we’re also an active community of artists. These guidelines are an addendum to our official Terms of Service for the site. Be aware that these guidelines pertain to behaviour across all aspects of our site: individual portfolios, EBSQ galleries and shows, our forums, and our chat room.

How to mind your P’s and (EBS)Q’s

 

Do unto others:

In other words, play nice. Treat others with respect. And if you have a conflict with another member, please try to settle it privately rather than dragging the community in a flame war.

If it doesn’t belong to you, please don’t put it on our site:

We ask that you only upload images that you created and solely belong to you. If you want to curate a collection of EBSQ work you like, feel free to add it to your favourites folder(s).

Your Art Case is for Art. Period.

Please do not use your EBSQ Art Case for general image hosting. If you have something like a banner that you use as part of your marketing materials, you can include it as part of your 10-alotted non-art image hosting slots. If it’s a picture of your new kitty or your house-remodel, save it for a general photo sharing site.

Don’t get folks fired (aka “about those risque art pieces that are NSFW…”):

We do not yet have a content filter to keep the site 100% Work-safe, but we don’t want to censor your art. EBSQ does allow Adult content in personal portfolios and in our Adult Content gallery. That said, IF your work is appropriate for this gallery, it does not belong elsewhere on the site. Example? If it’s a graphically nude photograph, it does not belong in our portrait or photography galleries. This includes your identity images and personal avatars for the forums.

What belongs in the Adult content gallery?

Work that is graphically explicit or suggestive, be it violent or sexual in nature. We reserve the right to remove porn and otherwise illegal imagery from our site. In the event of repeat offenses, your account may be suspended or terminated.

What’s the difference between Artistic Nude and Adult Content?

Breasts and/or Buttocks + no sexual connotation = artistic nude. Private parts or otherwise sexually suggestive in context = Adult Content. (We’ve seen from experience that figure can be completely clothed and still sexually suggestive.)

Don’t put illegal stuff on our site:

Kiddie porn? No thank you. Work that violates someone else’s copyright? Nope. Do not want. Work that harrasses or attacks an individual or group of people? Nope, not welcome.

We admit it; we stole this one from Flickr: Don’t be Creepy.

You know the guy. Don’t be that guy.

I’m not creepy–am I?

Hopefully not! Just to be sure, don’t, for example, upload pinhole camera pictures taken on the sly of your neighbour’s children in the kiddie pool. Also, repeated posts of an overly personal, negative, controversial, disruptive or confrontational nature = creepy. Just don’t do it.

Other things to keep in mind:

EBSQ is a diverse community, encompassing all manner of nationalities, political and spiritual beliefs, sexual orientations and lifestyle choices, and of course, all manner of artistic media, genre, and styles. Try to focus on what brings us all together: a love of art. You may be offended by something you see on the site, or see work that is in the wrong gallery. If you have a problem with another member’s behaviour or content posted on the site, please drop us a line to let us know!

Give other members a heads up:

If you’re posting a thread on our fourms that contains overly foul language, an off-colour joke, political commentary, nude art for critique, or anything else that other members might wish to avoid reading/seeing, please note this in your subject line for your forum posts. Failure to do so can result in having your post removed by one of the moderators, and continuing to do so can result in loss of posting access or membership.

Copyright issues:

We take image ownership very seriously. That said, there are some emerging artists who emulate what they see other successful artists doing, and their “borrowing” of your imagery is probably not malicious. If you think an EBSQ member has violated your copyright, a good first step is to drop them a polite line and ask them to remove the work from their portfolio. If this does not work, please contact us with an infringement notice and we’ll handle things from there.

So–that’s the whole spiel.

We hope you’ll find these guidelines make for a more harmonious community environment. And if you find you can’t live by these rules, perhaps EBSQ isn’t the best place for you and your art. That’s cool. Thanks for your consideration.

Questions? Comments? Feedback is always welcome. Drop us a line and an honest-to-goodness real person will write back to you. Scouts’ honor!

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Simon Sez: Fur! winner named

The winner of this week’s Simon Sez challenge is Tracey Allyn Greene and her photograph “Frida”.  Stephanie M D’Aigle was Simon and she chose this entry because “I want to be this cat with this fur and live in Tracey’s window” and “I fell in love with the beautiful pure white fur against the dark background and the look of contentment on his face.”

Tracey Allyn Greene
Tracey Allyn Greene

If you want keep up with Simon Sez, be sure to go to the EBSQ Forum and check Challenge Central. Challenge Central is the place to check on current and past Simon Sez challenges – complete with all the entries, as well as all other EBSQ Challenges.

Congratulations Tracey! We look forward to your turn as Simon.

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February’s EBSQ LIVE on 2/16 rescheduled for 2/23

Due to unexpected conflicts, February’s EBSQ LIVE will not be on Monday, February 16th. The new date is February 23rd. The time will still be the same so please join us at 9PM EST(6PM Pacific) in the EBSQ Chat Room for Noelle Hunt’s presentation on how to re-root doll hair. Her altered dolls are unique and creative and this will be an interesting presentation even if you don’t work with dolls. If you do work with dolls or are thinking about doing so, February’s LIVE will be indispensable. We look forward to seeing you then!

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Team EBSQ-Etsy Featured Friday: Beaded Heron

Team EBSQ-Etsy is proud to present this week’s Featured Friday Store: 

Kris Jean: With the patience of a saint, Steph toils over little bits of glass, pearl, semi precious stones, and crystal. She uses her magic to turn these regular items into the most fantastic one of a kind creations. Her skills – impeccable. Her talent – endless. Not only does she create freeform jewelry using the very versatile Peyote Stitch – she also does her own Lampwork, and is fluent in the art of the Viking Knit.  Many of her creations are born of her love of the sea and of her home away from home Jamaica.

Heide Hibbard: Stephanie’s shop has just recently been filled with many new, amazing things. She has crazy skills that are coupled with a compulsive obsessive need to bead that result in lovely, well-made, one-of-a-kind masterpieces. There is the most lovely necklace in her store right now that has a beaded starfish as a pendant that makes a couple clicks to view it well worth the journey. If you don’t buy it as soon as my budget allows I intend to.

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The name may have changed but the group is still the same, with over 100 members Team EBSQ-Etsy is still rockin it.

Ideas are currently being accepted for the March Showcase.

Team EBSQ-Etsy March Showcase Schedule:

Feb 11th-15th Post Ideas
Feb 16th-20th Vote
March 4th NOON DEADLINE for Showcase
March 6th Showcase Runs

 ~Kris Jean

Mod – Team EBSQ-Etsy

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EBSQ-Etsy Team Featured Friday Showcase: RED

In honor of Valentine’s Day the EBSQ-Etsy Street Team takes a different approach, we took a closer look at the color red.  From dark reds, pinks, to even red-oranges we stretched the limits as to what is “red”.

We did throw in some hearts for good measure – it is a holiday after all 😉  Art makes wonderful Valentine’s presents for those hard to buy for loved ones who deserves original gifts!

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These wonderful works of art are brought to you by: Muriel Areno, Marie Mella, Heide Hibbard, Robin Cruz McGee, Diane Casey, Pamela Cisneros, Lindsay E Cheesewright, Beaded Heron, Joseph J. Callahan, and Kris Jean (and her Niece)

If you are not familiar with the EBSQ-Etsy Street Team be sure to stop by and check us out! Over 100 stores and growing strong!

This week – Simon Sez: Music!

This week’s Simon Sez is all about music. Muriel Areno is Simon this week and this is what she has to say about her choice: “Music is one thing I could not live without, so it’ll be interesting to see your visual interpretations. It could be anything from birds singing to rock bands to abstracts. Or whatever you think fits the theme.  Show me up to 5 pieces, any medium.” You have until 11:59 Sunday night, February 8th to submit your visual interpretation of music.

W. Kevin Murray
W. Kevin Murray
All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez: Music! and to see  more than just the above entry,  simply go to the EBSQ Forum, find Member Groups, Challenges & General Art Discussions and then go to Challenge Central. All the challenges past and present – including Simon Sez, can be found there.

Simon Sez… Yellow – A choice has been made

Last week’s Simon wanted to see bright and cheery during her turn at hosting Simon Sez, so she asked for the colour yellow . There were many entries, but Lisa Miller chose “National Geographic” by Muriel Areno for the simple reason that she “has always loved this painting”.

Muriel Areno
Muriel Areno

Be sure to go to the EBSQ Forum and check Challenge Central. Challenge Central is the place to check on current and past Simon Sez challenges – complete with all the entries, as well as all other EBSQ Challenges.

Congratulations Muriel! We look forward to your turn as Simon.

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