Hello all and welcome to the fanart credit superpost!
Many of you may have noticed recently in the fanart threads, mods have been pushing a ‘credit or delete’ policy.
I’ve created this thread to clear some things up and facilitate discussion to clear up any questions or concerns people may have.
ZEROCHAN/PINTEREST/BOORUS AND OTHER REPOST SITES ARE NOT SOURCES. THEY WILL NEVER BE SOURCES. DO NOT USE THESE AS SOURCES.
The entire point is to provide credit to artists, and linking repost sites is redundant.
・So why are we doing this?
- Respect for artists
- Preventing art theft
- To avoid getting DMCA’d
- We’re actually a pretty big site, believe it or not.
Further info and some stats
We have had an increasing number of artists contact the team regarding unauthorised reposts of their artwork.
Some artists are okay with this, some are okay with reposts as long as they are credited, and others don’t want reposts at all. People are different and have different preferences, and we want to respect that.
And please note, this thread post is not to debate on an artist’s wishes. There’s a lot of reasons why someone would not wish for their art to be reposted and we just want to respect that.
Reposts without artist permission also leads to loss of control by the artist. Rampant reposts of popular art also leads to bot indexing of these images and designs being stolen, and sold without permission on sites like Amazon and RedBubble.
In addition, legally, we could get DMCA’d. It’s becoming increasingly more accessible for smaller artists to do this. Sites such as DeviantArt also have inbuilt systems to detect reposts, alerting artists and assisting with removal.
This forum has over 23,000 user accounts, and racked up ~2.7 million page views in the last 30 days. That’s about 90,000 page views per day. This is significantly more than my Google Guides account, which I thought was impressive having gotten over 4 million views on one of my edits over 5 years. We really are are out here.
・Will my old posts be deleted?
I personally feel it’s not really fair on anyone to go back through old posts in dead threads and delete old artwork. This is more a ‘going forward’ policy. The exception of this is in the active art threads, which are naturally places people seek out for art. @Flower_Hermit has taken it upon themselves to go back and try to source as many of these as possible. Flower is a good person, but Flower is also not OK.
・What about profile pics?
We’d encourage credit in your profile, but realise many people change these constantly and in many instances are cropped and edited, which can make sourcing a lot harder.
There are also currently 23,473 users on this god forsaken forum, and 13 mods, so no way in hell are we gonna be able to check that shit, so short answer, fuck no, long answer, absolutely fucking not. Your pfps are safe.
HOWEVER if an artist were to reach out to you about it, which I am aware of happening here before, we are going to throw you under the bus and make you change it. I can give you something nice
・What about the emojis?
These are currently under review in general, as we have 831 currently with a lot of these unused and redundant.
Many of these are fanart, and once they’ve all been checked, any that are fanart will have to be sourced and credited to stay in the list. I personally want to be more strict on emojis as it extends beyond a single user issue and becomes a brand thing, which, imo, can do a lot more damage.
・What about official art?
u gucci. artists got paid. nintendo might get mad though.
Personally, I’d also say that art by official artists but not necessity ‘official’ (eg. Wada Arco and Pako’s FGO doujin) count here too.
・I have some art I commissioned, can I share that?
Absolutely, nothing but respect for those who support artists.
Dropping a link to the artist’s social is appreciated nonetheless.
・What about memes?
Is it something someone drew? imo. If it doesn’t have a know your meme page, source it.
・But I’m too lazy??
i WILL make fun of you on the internet and i WILL slowly deepfry your profile picture over time until it’s an unrecognisable abomination of artefacts and spaghetti
The mod team is, fortunately and unfortunately, not omnipresent and omnipotent, and we appreciate any and all constructive feedback in regards to this new policy. I understand people have their reservations about this, and the whole point of this thread is to try and make things as transparent as possible.
・So, I got this bangin’ pic of my waifu I wanna post, how do I source art, anyway?
It actually isn’t that hard, thankfully! There’s an extension for browsers that’s super useful for finding art sources.
It’s available here for Chromium based browsers and here for Firefox.
As this is a weeb forum, and we’re expecting a lot of anime-type stuff, I’d recommend using SauceNao, but different search options work better for different things. I’ve personally found different ones work better based on the age of the image, too.
From personal experience:
SauceNao: Perfect for finding stuff on Pixiv, largely used by Japanese artists.
Reddit & Twitter: Reverse Google search with ‘Reddit’ or ‘Twitter’ / ‘Twiman’ (explained below under the twitter header) as a keyword along with the image.
So, let’s go through some examples:
Here’s a nice Gil I had saved to my PC. He got fat tits so naturally I want more Content™
After installing the above extension uploading the picture in the text post editor, I can right click it in the preview window, however over the Image Search extension and select ‘SauceNao’ (2 clicks):
This then opens a new tab:
And we have a match!
I can now click the Pixiv ID to source the image, and also see additional Gil booba. I am very happy, and all for a total of 3 clicks!
GP will autogenerate formatted links to some websites (like Twitter and Reddit) like above just by pasting the link, however if you’d prefer a more subtle hyperlink, you can also use the hyperlink function:
and get something like this.
All for less effort than replying to this thread!
Twitter usually requires slightly more digging, but I have a few methods I find work pretty consistently.
We’ll use this pic as an example:
I already know I’ve saved this from Twitter, so I’m going to look specifically for Twitter aligned results.
I right click and use reverse image search. Additionally, I put ‘Twiman’ in the search:
Twiman is a Japanese Twitter illustration archive I find quite useful for sourcing artworks.
I scroll a bit and find the site:
Clicking the link takes me to a higher res version of the image:
And we can click the twitter icon in the top right to be taken to the original tweet.
This can then be sourced, or just drop the link in GP, and it will format a little preview image like the below. It doesn’t work under cuts, but live examples can be seen in this post.
・I’ve found the source, but it’s a bit spicy
For things like Pixiv, if the direct source page has explicit content, it will be labelled as such and only visible to logged in users, who’d then have to click on it. In such a case, linking directly to the profile is better.
In the case of Twitter, I’d probably recommend the opposite, link directly to the tweet with the safe image rather than the artist profile to save people clicking the source and seeing inappropriate content on the artist’s profile.
・I’ve tried my best, but I just cannot find the source. But I really like this piece.
Hey, it happens, profiles and art gets deleted, websites go down, and so on, things get lost to time. If you’ve legitimately tried and aren’t finding anything, just say so. Maybe someone else can assist. I personally cannot fault someone for making an attempt. That being said, don’t use this as an excuse not to source stuff, because we’ll know, we’re not that dumb.
Anyway, that’s it for my spiel, if anyone has any questions on things not covered here please feel free to direct stuff to this thread.