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What happened to Elfwood?
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From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am not very surprised. Apart from the fact that things were always better in the old days - that seems to be how humans see things - the web has changed.

It is now all Web2.0. You can get your own blog, you set all the layout, you write messages whenever you want, you upload pictures of anything, videos, sound, whatever. You can also connect with all sorts of other people (not just artists).

Seriously, the thought that you are allowed to upload only images, must conform to a specific genre, would have to fit your images into a fixed design, and even have to wait several days to have it nodded over by some moderator. That's simply ridiculous. Who in his right mind would join such a site when you can just hop into one of those social networks all your friends joined and do whatever you want?

I could see people conforming if it were for the sake of joining some kind of elitist community. But Elfwood is quite the opposite.

I'm still happy with it; I even uploaded a new after several years of absence. But that's probably just because I joined many years ago, liked it and got used to it. But I just can't see Elfwood competing in the hunt for new users.

(--Sven2, who has lost his login)
darksavvy From: darksavvy Date: February 6th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well Thomas certainly seems to be trying, I remember when he was staunchly against advertising, and lo, ads are on the site now. But I see what you're saying, there are so many sites out there that are inclusive rather than exclusive it's much less of a headache to just join them. What's more is elfwood is exclusive in a weird nitpicky way, not in a way that most passersby actually care about in a site.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't even think the details are very important. Whether the moderators relax the rules a little bit and accept non-fantasy, or whether they demand more quality (like Epilogue), it may shift the userbase a little bit. But ultimatively, it's just not the time for art sites any more.

Just like once there were mailing lists and the usenet, but now people mostly use web forums for that kind of communication. There used to be a time when everyone had three homepages for his family and his cat; now people have blogs instead.

That's not to say art sites couldn't become fashionable again. In fact, I hope they do :)

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