FAQ (Work in Progress)

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Note: This is work in progress; feel free to post questions that you think should be on this list as a reply an we’ll process them. We will remove those replies once they’re added or rejected

General information

How is Blender Artists organized?

Blender Artists is managed by @bartv and maintained by a small team of moderators. You can see the team here. Please only DM team members if you have a question that requires privacy.

Are you affiliated to Blender.org?

No, Blender Artists is a separate entity.

How do you pay the bills?

Running this site isn’t cheap; we spend quite a bit on hosting and on work hours. Our ads cover most of the costs, and we hope that regular members will become a Patreon :slight_smile:

Your account

Can you change my username?

Of course! Just leave a message in #support:blender-artists-website-support and include the new username you’d like to use.

Posting on Blender Artists

Where should I post?

How can I create a new post?

  1. Navigate to the appropriate category, like Finished Projects, and click the ‘New Topic’ button on the top right of the page.
  2. Enter a title and message. You can drag images straight into the editor to upload them.
  3. Optionally, select some tags.

How do I upload images?

There are two ways to add images to your post:

  1. Click the ‘Upload’ icon in the post editor:

  1. Drag image files into the post editor.

We do not recommend posting links to images. In most cases, Discourse will download these images, but in some cases (like when a website forbids this), it won’t and your post may be broken in the future when your file disappears.

Why can I only upload one image?

When you have just created a new account on Blender Artists, you have limited permissions. By spending 10 minutes browsing the forums and reading topics you will be automatically upgraded, allowing you to upload more than one image at a time.

How can I select the thumbnail image for my topic?

The default thumbnail of your topic will be the first image in the first post. If you’d like to change it to something else, edit your original post and add one, and use this code to make it the thumbnail by inserting ‘|thumbnail’ in the post code:

![<image title>|<image size>|thumbnail](upload://url)

What is the policy for NSFW content?

While we allow artistic nudity, erotic or pornographic work will be removed and will result in an official warning. Additionally, you need to apply the #nsfw tag to any work that contains nudity, graphical violence etc.

Why is the ‘New Topic’ button grayed out?

Each topic needs to be in a category, so make sure you’re in a category first. Also, you can’t post in ‘top level’ categories like #artwork - select the appropriate sub-category first, like #artwork:finished-projects.

(Instagram) Can you repost my work?

I’m sorry but we don’t do reposts. Start by sharing this on the Blender Artists forum and if your work is selected as a Feature, you’ll be shared here too.

Add your social media handles to your account

You can add your Twitter, YouTube and Instagram handles to your Blender Artists profile. That way, they’ll show up on your user card, and we’ll automatically tag you when we share your work on social media! Just head to the profile section in your preferences.

Note: only add your username, not the full URL!

How is Featured work selected?

Level 3 members (see ‘What are Trust levels?’ below) collectively cast votes on a private topic. The ones that get over 70% approval are featured. Also, the winner of each Weekend Challenge gets their submitted work featured.

Contacting the moderators to get featured is generally not going to help you.

Trust Levels

What are Trust Levels?

If you contribute actively to this community, Discourse will ‘reward’ you with a higher ‘Trust Level’. New users start at level 0, and will quickly level up after a bit of reading. The Trust Level (TL) system helps the community manage itself, fight spam and self-organise.

You can learn more about this system on the Discourse Blog.

How do I increase my Trust Level?

The only metric that affects your Trust Level is your engagement with the Blender Artists community; the more time you spend reading, replying, liking and receiving likes etc, the better you’ll do. We don’t publish your stats to avoid ‘gamifying’ this system.

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Might it make more sense to take the first image from the most recent post as the thumbnail for the sketchbook section?

That’s not supported by the thumbnails plugin, sorry.