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What happened to Elfwood?
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ursulav From: ursulav Date: February 5th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honestly, I don't think anything went terribly wrong with Elfwood--I just think it's the lifecycle of online art galleries.

They start small, everybody's excited, you can find people, they get huge, people get obnoxious, measures are put in place, it become too big, you can't find anybody, people complain about the low quality, politics get annoying, it goes down for awhile, everybody goes to a new gallery.

Happened to Elfwood, which was arguably the first big on-line gallery. (I remember back when there was no intranet! And I was in Gallery One! *shakes cane*) Happened to Epilogue. Happened to Yerf and a bunch of other smaller specialty galleries.

I don't think it's actually a sign of epic failure on the part of Thomas or anybody else, I think this is just the lifecycle of the on-line art gallery. The good news is that it seems to take longer with each incarnation, as we learn from mistakes and technology improves...it looks like DA was going that way for awhile, but it seems to have slowed its slide into political chaos. Eventually, though, it'll hit that tipping point and become obsolete, and we'll all be over at ArtChicken.com or whatever the next big gallery site will be, and that'll take even LONGER to flip over, and so on and so forth until eventually civilization collapses or we die of old age.
mrlich From: mrlich Date: February 5th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Artchicken.com huh? I would totally put my art on that site. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe this was true for you, and I can definitely see how that could be, but back when people were up in arms about elfwood, the size of Elfwood was not a primary complaint.

I myself didn't care how large elfwood grew, I still had my circle of friends within these woods and the size of elfwood didn't change that. What *did* change (for me) was people getting fed up with the mod system, the rules suddenly becoming incomprehensible, even to the mods themselves at times, and then I believe at the height of the maelstorm we had to wait as long as a month between uploads. A week fine, a month and it became way too long for many people to wait. Slowly my circle of friends here disolved because of the above issues and well as I already said before, the people here made elfwood what it was. The addition of more people however, didn't bother me, no one forced me to go to their galleries, and if their comments got too inane or obnoxious I could always block them.

I think the fact that after so long and after so many people got angry and left many of you are still coming back to comment on this post and this LJ, speaks loudly as to how much this place really meant to people.
darksavvy From: darksavvy Date: February 6th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
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