therollingtire:

blackpaws:

thebearsmiles:

blackpaws:

thebearsmiles:

aywasconfessions:

I really really wish slash would stop promoting random artists he likes who join the site :/ It’s not that they’re not talented or anything, it’s just… it’s a site full of artists. I don’t appreciate him just singling out the ones helikes to commission.

But if he…

What? Yes, he likes them… What? I don’t understand the first couple lines of your response, but yeah I am complaining about those shout-outs you see nothing wrong with. I don’t pay any attention to site contests, but I’m alerted to news posts, as a lot of other users are, too? Since you don’t agree there’s no need for clarification or anything, so, just wanted to post that up there :U I was just getting my feels out. I was pretty butthurt when Osiem and Cat were both added to the (top of the) SCC artist page and both got a ton of promotion via news posts when I joined right after and was just stuck quietly somewhere in the middle. I know not all artists get promoted via a news post or anything, especially not all SCC artists or anything? It was just unfortunate timing and coincidence that made me feel kinda crummy.

Well, hey, I wasn’t trying to call you out or anything like that— just putting my two cents in.  Don’t worry about trying to follow my train of thought, er, but I’ll try to explain—

“I really really wish slash would stop promoting random artists he likes who join the site…”

So the thought that followed was, “Well, who else would he promote?  Artists he didn’t like?”  You’ll have to forgive me for my slightly broken response.

Sorry to hear you felt shoved under the rug. :/ I know that’s a frustrating feeling.  That said, I’ve always enjoyed the artists he shows in the news posts— but I’m not a part of the site staff/art staff/breeding artist/anything like that.  I only play on the site.  It may be different for me if I was actually an SCC artist or something like that.

The SCC artist thing was mostly just an example, I don’t think i’d feel differently if I wasn’t on the team ;3; and now I understand what your first few lines meant; my bad! It’s just, yeah xD we clearly respond differently, and I just kind of. Idk sigh and eyeroll when he promotes artists because to me it’s like “HEY GUYS GUESS WHAT I REALLY LIKE THIS PERSON AND BUY ART FROM THEM AND YOU SHOULD TOO SO HERE’S SOME ICONS FOR YOU” or whatever, he advertises for them basically? And it makes me jelly :U cause like I said, aywas is full of artists and singling out a few every now and then just doesn’t make me feel very good.

Just wanted to say do your research. Its proven Slash is a girl. There is even a news article with “her” being interviewed about owning Aywas. So you want to tell me she is really a guy? Then who is that girl that claims to own the site?

As for Neph she is one of these “liked” artists that Slash promotes. Daily. Though really her art is crap.

I’m not sure you understand the difference between sex and gender dear, you might want to do your own research.

ohmyaywas:

My first real post, I’m going over all the artists linked in the “PBC babies” thread and giving them a critique. Note that I can’t draw half as well as any of them, but I know general anatomy and when I’m wrong and need to change a pose or leg position to something I’m actually capable of making look nice. I’ll also be including things that just… are not aesthetically pleasing to me in one way or another.

I’ll probably fuck something up because I have never used tumblr before.

Starting from the top of this page. Only going through those still on the team according to the page.

Aqua: Honestly, everything here is fucking BEAUTIFUL.

RyuArashi: Okay that first one is kinds WTF, and this one

Like… This thing bothers me so much in SO MANY WAYS I can’t even begin to figure out WHY either. But in all honesty? RyuArashi has improved a lot since then, and this one here is my favorite.

Cruci: Well, Cruci does amazing fluff and feathers, I realy like the style, but really seems to have gotten lazy about coloring, or just doesn’t seem to care much maybe. Anatomy is mostly good except for that thing with the tiny back end… My biggest problem with cruci is coloring. It’s just very bland if there aren’t sharp markings.

Nepherim: Puts in her ALL, man. Nothing is below quality here, anatomy is fine. Beautiful work. The only thing I have issue with are those square-headed things near the bottom of the list, but  can forgive that. Getting those would not make me unhappy, but I’d giggle at it a bit, maybe.

Daffu: Really distinctive style, but not in a bad way. The back leg of that green snow leopard thing seems a little off but its not bad. My only issue is this thing:
I think it’s head is just way too big or something. It seems kind of cluttered too maybe? It’s just… not something I’d be happy with at all. Colors are good though, and it was an earlier work so not too bad all around. I would DIE for that 4 winged pony or rabbit, seriously.

Ginny: She does a great job coloring and her anatomy is mostly in the right place, barring this uncomfortable looking creature:

Her shading really leaves something to be desired though, it doesn’t make the pet POP. Her wings are a little wonky too, but it’s mostly the shading.

Ryou: Good poses and anatomy. Simple coloring but shading and texturing makes up for it.

Cat: All your pets face the same way and you seem to like a running sort of pose, but all in all Consistent and very well done.

ToKhi: That pig thing looks a little stiff, and the snow leopards legs are kinda weird, but you still do good work otherwise.

Linai:A few things look really stiff, but it’s all very pretty. Except for that oaklbird with the giant nexk. It makes some sense but at the same time it just isn’t very  pleasing to the eye.

Airr: CAn work with cute OR horrible monsters, has beautiful coloring and knows how to work with colors that clash. The variety in her creatures is astounding. Switches styles as needed. Beautiful work all around.

Thats it for part 1. Stay tuned for my horrible scathing reviews in part 2.

Nepherim’s anatomy is “fine”? Excuse me while I go piss myself laughing in the corner over there. Beyond whatever is… going on with the bodies on her shit, she could really use some work on the faces—a couple I have in mind kind of look like they got hit by a truck. And eye placement issues on a lot of them, with just really blocky, flat faces. I won’t get too into the super random “here overlay in nearly the same direction over the entire body” shit. Is it supposed to be shine? Fur texture? An alien language?

Her shading style has actually uh… kinda degraded as she’s done more babies, which is strange. Now a lot of them have this weird wannabe cel shading along all their lineart. It makes everything on them look flat.

But in the end they aren’t my offspring, so if the breeder likes them, good. 

aywasconfessions:

“I’m the derp artist and—”

No, Guillermo. You overlay two images on top of each other and change a setting. There is no “artistic” quality behind that. It’s insulting to other breeding artists like myself who actually have to work hard to make babies.

I lol’d

aywasconfessions:

Ever see a suggestion where someone wants something added to the site, or taken from it? Everyone starts saying no to the suggestion because of the coding. People, aywas is a business, a business is supposed to cater to the needs of it’s customers, aka, the user base. So yeah, maybe it would take someone’s precious time to code a few damn things into the system, but that is their JOB. most of the people on the site don’t do their job, and then say real life gets in the way. Well, it’s a fucking business for crikes sake. Get to it!

Yeah… the problem isn’t the fact that it requires coding so much as the piles of other things that need to be coded or fixed. I mean, we could all scream DO MORE CODES but I don’t think that’s really going to get anyone anywhere.

pheonee:

betweenparallels:

the-shy-lurk-spaz:

aywasconfessions:

Isn’t Mauri supposed to be training new people for breeding predicts? I’ve heard this for months now and there is apparently no progress. User predicts are backed up months and don’t seem to be moving anywhere.

What the fuck is taking so long? Someone told me Mauri has…

I think the money issue stems from the fact if you look around, you can get a feel for how much the site makes. (I won’t name names, but I know at least 2 users that monthly donate over $500, every month).

I know how much I donated over some spans of time, and so on.

I agree people need to factor in, that there are some massive payouts to admin, staff, and artists. However the site does influx a lot of money as well. Slash at one point didn’t get deep into how much comes in (refused to give a finical, ect). However being the kid of a CPA, and with keen eyes (such as Slash’s rants about how much she paid into taxes at one point, and mention of a substantial savings fund set aside if a crisis should happen to the budget).

My point is, there is enough money to get people to do their jobs in a timely manor. I agree with the point, that there are MORE then enough people willing to do the jobs that aren’t being done. If the current trainees aren’t pulling snuff they need to be washed out, like any other job, and the next batch in.

I do understand from Frey’s recent posts that right now predictions have a lot of issues going on (including a mention of shady dealings, that where intercepted before they did damage). That prediction staff right now have a little too much access to the breeding panel, that she’s asked for a code fix to limit it up so she can safely bring more people in and not worry as MUCH about trust (any access to admin panels will always require trust, it’s just the level isn’t as high when you can’t fuck with stuff you have no right to be fucking with).

It’s frustrating as hell to know the money is there, to get people that will do their jobs, and people that aren’t are being floated on the coat-tails of being friends with the right people.

However, the fact that shit is mixed in with legit worries and problems really has made predictions a clusterfuck of I-refuse-to-touch-it for the time being.

I have breedings, that I submitted that site artists got done, a month+ faster then predictions I’m sitting on that I don’t even know if they passed yet. That, I don’t even have good words for.

Okay, here’s a fun fact for you: Predict staff receives 20 GP per week only if they’ve reached their quota. Let’s look at your figures though. Two people donating $500 a month means a minimum of $1000 a month, which is spent on ten contract breeding artists in one week. Let’s say there are currently 25 breeding artist, and three non-contract LBC artists receive incentive, and two non-contract BC artists receive incentive, totaling to another $150. 

The total spent in one week with these figures is now $1150. Alongside this, approximately 2300 GP has been introduced into the system via breeding artist payments (at an even figure of 100 GP for LBC artists and 200 GP for BC artists). There are five predict accepters currently in training, equaling another 100 GP released into the system that has not been donated for, and is exchanging hands without the site drawing any profit from the purchase thereof. I am not accounting for RBC artists as I do not know how much incentive they can earn (if any) and metal artists receive the same amount as LBC artists so they’re counted as LBC artists for this post.

Going to throw a random number on this one but, let’s say Mauri accepts 50 site colorations of the weekly pets adding another 500 GP to the system (as weekly species grant 10 GP rather than the usual 3 GP). Our total is now 2800 GP released into the system without any USD being accumulated into the funds Slash has to run the site.

I just checked Rebel Networks sever costs, and it seems the average for one sever is $400 a month. Since information such as what plan aywas is hosted on is not made available, nor is it necessary to be available, to the average player I cannot give an exact number here either, so I’m going to just say it’s $400. Adding this to the weekly payment for contract breeding artists of $1150, we’re at $5000 for one month, or $60k a year. 

PBC artists are paid $30 per offspring. There was something like 400 of those submitted? At least. Which is $12,000 by the time Slash has paid each artist for each offspring made. Not factoring in any life seed breedings. We’re now at $72k as a total. 

Site coloration artists can earn a maximum of $120 per week. Assuming at least two artists are capable of producing the full 20 coloration required for this, that’s $240 a week or $960 per month. The other figures available for coloration artists are $300 a month (per artist), $160 a month (per artist), or $60 a month (per artist). There are definitely more than eight artists on the team, but account for two artists at each tier listed it’s $2000 a months to pay eight coloration artists, $7000 a month including breeding artists and server costs. 

So sure, let’s say over $7k gets donated to aywas monthly. Slash then pays for item art, art for different areas in explore, new species artwork, NPC artwork, and I’ve never seen a fee listed for how much coders cost aywas, but if you figure the average freelance coder earns $15 an hour, working a 40 hour week is another $600 or $2400 a month. I’m sure professionals earn more, but I couldn’t find any exact salary figures on Rebel Networks’ site and am forced to use a (low) average for this. 

So two coders a month cost Slash $5000. Bringing the monthly cost of Aywas up to $12k. Or close to $150,000. As a bare minimum. 

just some things:

  • Yes, RBC artists do get incentive; they’re paid $25 if they finish their list in less than 3 days.
  • PBC artists are paid $25 at the maximum. I don’t know anybody working for $30 per offspring. I do know several working for $20 or less.
  • However, most PBC artists also do normal SCC commissions which are paid by the site. Gold Paintbrushes also take out loads; I once redeemed enough for $90 at once.

That said, I highly, highly doubt that Slash is on any shortage of money. Whatsoever. Because the new surprise SCCs system he introduced pays in USD but has no feasible way of directly bringing money into the site. They’re raffled off for BP! I think it’s a fairly obvious tip that Aywas is not hurting for funds, if they’ve the money to invest in new features that, while exciting, cannot feasibly be called investments.

I have no idea what I’d be talking about re: any of the other issues, so that’s all.

I don’t recall anyone saying Slash is hurting for money, lol. I just happen to think it’s also not a fair idea to imply he’s just got ~so much money!!1!~ laying around that he can up and piss it away and hire random people to get trained at a job they don’t even have the skillset for. Especially without considering the considerable expenses the site DOES incur.

Okay, PBCs artists make less than $30. So let’s put it at what, $18 average to balance out all the under $25s? I know I’d heard quite a few were at $15. So that puts the total for that at $7200 instead of $12k. Brings the total she had all that way down to… $145,200. Okay then…? Her point still stands. 

Sidenote, I’m pretty sure these are getting auctioned for BP to try and make bp worth anything again. Since everyone’s pretty concerned over inflation and whatever. Probably an ok idea considering pretty much the only thing most people are will to shell out for anymore are silvers and breeding coins.

(via sapphicdalliances)

the-shy-lurk-spaz:

Hyena Teeth: aywasconfessions: Isn’t Mauri supposed to be training new people for…

aywasconfessions:

Isn’t Mauri supposed to be training new people for breeding predicts? I’ve heard this for months now and there is apparently no progress. User predicts are backed up months and don’t seem to be moving anywhere.

What the fuck is taking so long? Someone told me Mauri has…

I think the money issue stems from the fact if you look around, you can get a feel for how much the site makes. (I won’t name names, but I know at least 2 users that monthly donate over $500, every month).

I know how much I donated over some spans of time, and so on.

I agree people need to factor in, that there are some massive payouts to admin, staff, and artists. However the site does influx a lot of money as well. Slash at one point didn’t get deep into how much comes in (refused to give a finical, ect). However being the kid of a CPA, and with keen eyes (such as Slash’s rants about how much she paid into taxes at one point, and mention of a substantial savings fund set aside if a crisis should happen to the budget).

My point is, there is enough money to get people to do their jobs in a timely manor. I agree with the point, that there are MORE then enough people willing to do the jobs that aren’t being done. If the current trainees aren’t pulling snuff they need to be washed out, like any other job, and the next batch in.

I do understand from Frey’s recent posts that right now predictions have a lot of issues going on (including a mention of shady dealings, that where intercepted before they did damage). That prediction staff right now have a little too much access to the breeding panel, that she’s asked for a code fix to limit it up so she can safely bring more people in and not worry as MUCH about trust (any access to admin panels will always require trust, it’s just the level isn’t as high when you can’t fuck with stuff you have no right to be fucking with).

It’s frustrating as hell to know the money is there, to get people that will do their jobs, and people that aren’t are being floated on the coat-tails of being friends with the right people.

However, the fact that shit is mixed in with legit worries and problems really has made predictions a clusterfuck of I-refuse-to-touch-it for the time being.

I have breedings, that I submitted that site artists got done, a month+ faster then predictions I’m sitting on that I don’t even know if they passed yet. That, I don’t even have good words for.

Yep, again with this “well the money is just THERE” shit. You’re right, more people need to factor in the costs. And as far as Slash not providing financial records? That’s… no one’s business but his and the governments. I honestly can’t believe the gall of some people. 

Okay, 2 users spend $500 a month. That is enough to pay all the contract breeding artists for /one week./ Not Eri, not coders, not any other site artists, not server fees, not the potential fee for backups, not PBC or SCC artists, not anything besides contract breeding artists. Oh, and that doesn’t include artists getting incentive, either. I would guess that’s at least another $100/wk. I would think the kid of a CPA would know how to break down costs more realistically than “I know some people who donate $500 a month.” That’s not even enough to cover the bare minimum. Money doesn’t just sit there once it’s made. My grandfather taught me that one anyway. Did you know that keeping a savings fund in case of emergency doesn’t immediately imply that there’s just piles of cash sitting around? Lots of people manage to do it. Saving some cash back is the smartest thing he could do. 

I think people don’t completely think about the amount of money switching hands here—it’s no small amount. A lot of money goes back into the site just to keep it running with all the people that keep it running. 

Re: enough money to make everyone do their jobs, any idea how much predict acceptors make, in a week? 20 GP. lol.  

 ”It’s frustrating as hell to know the money is there, to get people that will do their jobs, and people that aren’t are being floated on the coat-tails of being friends with the right people.” 

I’m curious as to what you mean by this. If we’re still talking predicts accepters, I don’t think your keen eyes are catching who is friends with who, lol. The problem is, all these people that would be overjoyed help? Don’t have the clearance (at the moment with the admin panel) or more frequently don’t have the right skill set. Yeah, you get trained on predicts, but an artist is always going to have a headstart as far as seeing mixed colors, gauging percentages of colors, watching edit swapping, etc etc.  Training someone who has never done a breeding before? Is going to take way, way longer, no matter how enthusiastic they are. Even if Mauri were to try and recruit predicts artists, on average they haven’t done near the work a site artist will have, since they can stop anytime, take only the amount of work the feel like, work more slowly, etc. That and some have the whole “PSD only” stipulation—after doing hundreds of breedings it’s a lot easier to see a color layer on a png x png breeding (allowed) vs. a hueslid something (not allowed.)

All that is also a great example of while it’s super easy for everyone to throw their hands in the air and cry WELL BRING ON THE NEXT PREDICT TRAINEES, they prooobably should remember 1. admin access, 2. skillset, 3. it’s a thankless job that not many (qualified) people want and that I had been approached for—I would not say yes for all the GP onsite and all the cash in Slash’s surely overflowing pockets. 

(via kandriaaywas)

aywasconfessions:

Isn’t Mauri supposed to be training new people for breeding predicts? I’ve heard this for months now and there is apparently no progress. User predicts are backed up months and don’t seem to be moving anywhere.

What the fuck is taking so long? Someone told me Mauri has some RL issues and wasn’t able to do much, but I see her posting around the forums, taking commissions, and selling customs. The fuck? Shouldn’t she be training new people like she’s supposed to?

Or maybe she is and they’re just a bunch of dummies? Seriously, whatever the reason they shouldn’t be taking this long. If the people she’s training aren’t working out then she needs to find other people that will.

Seriously, Aywas needs to get it’s show on the road. Breeding is the only reason Aywas is even still alive right now and the user frustration is rising. With all the money this site makes you would think they could hire enough staff to keep the place running smoothly.

You know I’m not even going to get into the Mauri issue—instead I’m going to pick on the “all the money the site makes” part.

I’m sorry, do you have some record of how much the site makes? That’s some hella inside information there, congrats. The problem with this awesome blind logic is that none of you dumbshits who claim this understand the cost of maintaining servers—and on top of that, maintaining all the art work for the site. Breeding artists of all types get paid for contract, weekly (which is no small amount, I do believe there’s about 10 contract breeding artists so that’s $1000ish/wk, PLUS any additional artists who make the deadline for incentive, which is $25 for MBC/LBC and… $50, I think for BC.) THEN beyond that there’s site artists who make pets weekly as well, with choice of GP/USD (safe to say quite a few pick USD I’d think, no idea how many there are atm though) so I can’t give you a number on that but it’s safe to assume that’s no small chunk of change either with all the pets that get made. I do know the max they make a week is $120, and the minimum is $15. Then beyond that, you have the PBC artists which last I heard make $15-30 per image. And everyone knows how many of those go through. And then little things like normal SCC artists, gold paintbrush payouts, payouts from the monthly contests, payment for Eri/the coders, payment for the storage account for the site pets and custom psds….

tl;dr everyone who says this needs to stop being a dumbass and you know, maybe observe something once in a while. 

lbones:

betweenparallels:

lbones:

empty-puppet:

betweenparallels:

Okay delete everything then. Tumblr is fucking stupid. 

Basic summary of giant thing I typed for you:

I’ve seen a lot of negative things posted by you here and on site, and I just wanted to let you know that if you’re genuinely concerned with your reputation on site, you should probably try to phrase things nicer, not pick fights, and just generally stop presenting yourself as a negative person. Because negative people are viewed in a negative light, and people usually want nothing to do with people who just seem angry and mean all of the time.

 As an example:
“Skitty needs to get her act together and get some helpers or be replaced all together. Because this is fucking ridiculous.”

Could’ve been:
“Skitty really seems to need some helpers to keep up with the amount of users using the crystal check thread daily. It’s really insane how many posts there are in a single day.” 

Or something along those lines. Same point, but not cruel. Yeah?

Oh hey someone replied to this. I didn’t notice.

This is the internet. Everyone is going to bitch about everyone else. I was overexaggerating, yes, and I could have phrased it nicely. Truth is, I actually very rarely post in Skitty’s thread myself, but from what I’ve heard, the speed is. Yeah, well, you know.

I’m not picking a fight or anything of that nature, Nyoko just decided to call me out because I’m probably the only one who commented on that she could track back to Aywas.
I was stating an opinion, and I know I’m not the only one who has it.

Oh wow, I must really seem like a bitch on Aywas lmao. No, that’s not sarcasm. I do most of my talking through PMs and on the Xat, so I don’t have much to say most of the time in the forums. I wasn’t aware it made me seem like so much of a dick though.

In any case, I’ve apologised at this point to both Nyoko and Skitty for getting to angry and snappish with my post, and I have taken them down on my side.
Whether or not they wish to drop this is completely up to them, but I don’t like confrontation and I’m going to drop it here because I’m more bark than bite.

TL;DR: I apologised to both Skitty and Nyoko for my actions, I’m sorry I’m such a bitch sometimes, and now I’m going to crawl under a rock and die.

Listen you stupid fucking cunt, you leave puppet alone, Skittty and Nyoko are fucking douche bag cunts, everyone knows it.

@puppet: I wasn’t really expecting a response from you so it’s kind of nice that you wrote up a decent response instead of just calling me a bitch or something. I don’t really think unkindly of you, just I see you being rude here and there and it kind of makes me (and a lot of other people I talk to) not really want to socialize with you? I mean, I’d be willing to chat sometime and stuff, just I’ve never been inclined to message you with stupid gifs or send random shit to you if I see you having a bad day.  But major kudos to you that you took the initiative and apologized instead of holding some grudge because of a silly spat on the internet. Not a lot of people are willing to do that, and it does make me think somewhat highly of people who can admit they were in the wrong/over exaggerating/being mean. 

@lbones: Man, I am insulted that you couldn’t even go beyond overused ~bad words~ in an attempt to insult me when I’ve given the internet So Much to work with already. Look, you go sit somewhere and try to write a creative insult about someone who is a) crippled b) genderqueer and c) has no current college education. At the very least, I do art. Try insulting my anatomy, or my coloring. Tell me my characters suck. Something beyond “stupid fucking cunt” really, is all I want here.  

Yeah, but you see is, I could give a fuck less that you do art, its not worth my insulting really.

try harder zombie lol

lbones:

empty-puppet:

betweenparallels:

Okay delete everything then. Tumblr is fucking stupid. 

Basic summary of giant thing I typed for you:

I’ve seen a lot of negative things posted by you here and on site, and I just wanted to let you know that if you’re genuinely concerned with your reputation on site, you should probably try to phrase things nicer, not pick fights, and just generally stop presenting yourself as a negative person. Because negative people are viewed in a negative light, and people usually want nothing to do with people who just seem angry and mean all of the time.

 As an example:
“Skitty needs to get her act together and get some helpers or be replaced all together. Because this is fucking ridiculous.”

Could’ve been:
“Skitty really seems to need some helpers to keep up with the amount of users using the crystal check thread daily. It’s really insane how many posts there are in a single day.” 

Or something along those lines. Same point, but not cruel. Yeah?

Oh hey someone replied to this. I didn’t notice.

This is the internet. Everyone is going to bitch about everyone else. I was overexaggerating, yes, and I could have phrased it nicely. Truth is, I actually very rarely post in Skitty’s thread myself, but from what I’ve heard, the speed is. Yeah, well, you know.

I’m not picking a fight or anything of that nature, Nyoko just decided to call me out because I’m probably the only one who commented on that she could track back to Aywas.
I was stating an opinion, and I know I’m not the only one who has it.

Oh wow, I must really seem like a bitch on Aywas lmao. No, that’s not sarcasm. I do most of my talking through PMs and on the Xat, so I don’t have much to say most of the time in the forums. I wasn’t aware it made me seem like so much of a dick though.

In any case, I’ve apologised at this point to both Nyoko and Skitty for getting to angry and snappish with my post, and I have taken them down on my side.
Whether or not they wish to drop this is completely up to them, but I don’t like confrontation and I’m going to drop it here because I’m more bark than bite.

TL;DR: I apologised to both Skitty and Nyoko for my actions, I’m sorry I’m such a bitch sometimes, and now I’m going to crawl under a rock and die.

Listen you stupid fucking cunt, you leave puppet alone, Skittty and Nyoko are fucking douche bag cunts, everyone knows it.

BEEP BEEP HERE COMES THE WHITE KNIGHT SQUAD

mang if that’s the best you got you need to go back to insult school 

 I didn’t know skitty and nyoko were fucking douche bag cunts ooo: