bladespark: (Default)
Fans sure seem to think, sometimes, that the people they're fans of owe them something. I see fans all the time, insisting that a creator needs to do X, Y, or Z for no better reason than the fan thinks it's a good idea.

I rather profoundly disagree. For part one of why, I'll just let Neil Gaiman do some talking. http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/05/entitlement-issues.html

Go, read.

Okay, you done?

Now let me add something. As an artist I am also a human being. I have feelings. I have a RIGHT to have those feelings. I can feel however the frick I happen to feel. Which means, by the way, that when a fan says something that upsets me, I'm not going to stop being upset just because it's a fan that said it! I get upset when my close friends and family say things, sometimes. Just because you're some random person I've never even spoken to who has left me a comment on a picture once, that doesn't mean you're somehow above them!

In addition, particularly here in MY space, that is on MY FA account, on MY DA account, on MY livejournal, I can express those feelings. I have the right to! If I want to say that my fans have upset me, I CAN.

Maybe I shouldn't. Maybe you'll all get some upset feelings too. Maybe I should just shut up and never let anybody know I have emotions at all. I tried that for a while. Maybe I shouldn't be writing this right this minute. But I AM a human being and I DO feel those things and sometimes I just want to let it out and TELL people how they make me feel.

Now as a fan you have some rights too. You also have a right to feel whatever you want. You can feel upset. You can feel hurt. You can feel you disagree with me, or you can feel you agree. But you know what? You have NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER to demand that I stop expressing my feelings. I do not owe you anything just because you're a fan. I don't even owe you politeness if I don't want to give it. You don't earn anything by watching me, except the ability to see my stuff. There is no agreement beyond that!

You certainly have the right to stop watching me, of course, if that's what you want. I've unwatched people who said something that upset me before. So feel free to. Or you can keep watching me and just not read my journals, or heck you can read my journals and get pissed off, and you can even rant and rave at me in the comments, but when you do THAT, I'm going to start exercising some additional rights I have, and you are going to get your ass banned.
bladespark: (5 - zomg)
Well, Fluttershy ended. $822. Which at least bumps it up over minimum wage for my sewing time, though without taking into account all the time I've spent taking photos, posting, advertising, etc. But eh. Decent, in any case.

Oh, and to those of you who kept insisting, over and over, that I would make thousands off of this... I really hope that someday there's something seemingly impossible that you want very badly, and people around you tell you that it is possible, and you're going to get it, and then in the end you don't, so you know exactly how I feel right now. So very many people said it that despite all my arguing, I'd almost started to believe it really could happen. Well, it didn't. And so now instead of being happy I got what I first reasonably expected, I'm sad because I didn't get what I was lead to hope for.

The Disney ending DOESN'T always happen out here in the real world, and when you go "Oh don't be so negative, I'm sure you'll get what you want" or "You're bound to get it, you deserve it" you're not actually doing anybody any favors. You're just setting them up to crash harder by making them expect things that aren't by any means guaranteed. It's the exception, not the rule, for people to get what they deserve.

Oh, and next time you want to tell me I deserve thousands, have the fricking money in your hand and be willing to spend the thousands yourself, otherwise shut up.

Anyhow, I'll leave it at that and not rant on any more. I am fairly satisfied with this result, but I will NOT be doing any more pre-mades for a very long time, I have too much else on my plate, and it's really not worth the bother if I'm not going to make any more money than a regular commission would bring in.
bladespark: (3 - irritable)
I keep seeing jokes and lols and blurbs mentioning anybody who's rich as a member of the 1% They have movie stars and wealthy fictional characters holding up those little signs saying things like "I never wanted for anything growing up, and now I have money and style, I am the 1%."

NO. NO NO NONONONONO!!!!!!

"Never wanted for anything" is not the 1%. Movie stars are not the 1%! MILLIONAIRES are not the 1%! The 1% are so absurdly, horrible, disgustingly rich that they are miles and miles and miles beyond that! THINK about it, people!!!!!!! Gah. The amount of money made could be charted with a line, right? Goes from homeless broke-ass people at 0 up and up and up from there. WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE MORE THAN HALFWAY UP, we're talking about the VERY TOP 1%, the people who make more money than the merely "rich" could even dream of, okay? The people who make more money than all the working stiffs and all the ordinary millionaires in the country combined! They make millionaires look frigging POOR! There's a reason people are pissed at them, and it's not "I'm broke so I am jealous of the wealthy" It's "I'm disgusted by somebody who has so much money that he could buy whole nations." Nobody needs that much money! It goes beyond "successful and well off" and into "obscene."

Also, for FRICK'S SAKE Rarity is not in the 1%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sweet Celestia, people! She WORKS WITH HER OWN HANDS HOOVES to make her money! She's not even "rich" let alone in the multi-billions kind of territory the 1% occupy!

So STOP BEING SUCH IDIOTS! However you feel about the occupy protests, you could at least take half a frigging second and three points of IQ and understand what "top 1%" MEANS.

Sheesh. Morons.
bladespark: (3 - irritable)
This is not a religious sermon. This is one of my other soap-boxes. One of my BIG, FAT, hot-button issues. Let's see what you guys think of it.

Rambling and ranting under the cut )

And anybody who wants to debate with me about this is welcome, but see icon. I am kind of pissy right now, so don't expect me to be all gentle words and kind correction, if I think you've said something stupid I'm going to let you know. :P
bladespark: (4 - melodrama)
Thought the one. People who are tech savvy really, really, really, really shouldn't condescend, or tell half-truths to people who are not. If you want to go there, your IQ is probably not any higher than mine, I've just applied myself to the humanities and not computer science. It's not just in my journal but all over the discussion of this I've seen tech people sneer down their noses at non tech people. Not all of them, but enough to really get my back up about the whole thing. Please stop doing this. Thnks.

Thought the second. I am not paranoid. I'm really not. In actuality a HUGE amount of my personal info is available to anybody who cares to look for it. But that is my choice. I do business under my real (ish) name because I choose to do so. I tell people how to find me at the Saturday Market because I choose to do so. I use my address and not a PO box when shipping because I choose to do so. I feel those choices are the best for my and my business, and after taking reasonable precautions for my safety, I feel secure in having made them.

So in actuality I don't really mind people knowing what city I live in. When I choose to tell them. Having that choice, or any choice about my personal information taken away from me pisses me the hell off. It is not right. My personal information is MINE. I made the choice, on many occasions, to leave comments on posts where I was told my IP address would be shared with certain people. That was my choice. I chose to make it possible for posters and moderators to find me if they felt they had a real need to do so. I did not choose, in any of those occasions, to have my IP address parsed out to directly tell those people my location. There is a difference between those two things, and having somebody else make that choice for me is completely unacceptable.

I hope that someday this will become recognized as proper privacy etiquette by website owners and other people who have access to my info. Right now it seems woefully misunderstood by all kinds of people. It is never okay to make privacy choices for somebody else. Not about anything. Not ever.
bladespark: (flameangry)
When you comment in a community* the community moderators and the owner of the post you commented on can now see your location. Country, state, and city. Which means that people living in small towns who do things like... oh... call out a scammer on their scammy posts, for one example I've seen happen a lot, can now be found. Physically. Where you live. By people who might have a reason to go and hurt them.

You can't turn it off. You can't opt out. It doesn't draw from the fields you voluntarily fill in either, far as I can tell it's pulling the info from your IP address. And it's retroactive so every comment you've ever made in any community EVER now has your real location attached to it.

Bra. Fricking. Vo. Livejournal. Bravo. If anybody gets hurt because of this I hope you get sued into oblivion. This is almost enough to make me leave lj, permanently and for real this time, even though this is my primary internet "home" and social hub.

Morons. What the HELL were they thinking of when they did this? WHAT THE EVERLIVING HELL.

(And yes, I know that by posting people's IP addresses they've effectively been doing the same thing all along. But there is a big difference between "If somebody knows how and wants to go through the effort they can see where you live" and "HERE'S WHERE YOU LIVE FOR ANY IDIOT TO SEE RIGHT NOW, NO EFFORT REQUIRED." That kind of thing puts ideas into people's heads. It begs for abuse. It's just pleading for somebody to do something stupid.)

*Update: Apparently it's not all communities. Since I don't own any communities to test with I'm not sure what settings are required, I'm hearing conflicting answers from different people. There's some protesting going on in the latest lj news post, but it looks like most people haven't noticed the change yet. LJ itself has said nothing at all about this, neither notification it was starting nor defense of it continuing.

Update again: They've removed the feature. And there is a poll (and good comments discussion) about the IP logging here: http://lj-feedback.livejournal.com/16181.html

Update some more: Oh GODS I'm glad they removed this. It told people specifically when you move/go on vacation. Ie. if you post from a new spot it displayed (New location(Formerly Old Location)) That is such a bad idea that I can't even come up with words for how much of a bad idea it is! And it means that you can't retroactively proxy it to fix the problem, as it will then say (proxy location(formerly real location)) WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING?

Yay, one more update: "Generally, when you run an IP addresses (past and present) through a search engine, it defaults to the largest town within a certain radius, thus preserving some sense of anonymity. What is being broadcasted on lj, however, is much more specific.

In one instance I entered an IP address from location x into a search engine and it showed my location to be ~20miles from x. LJ reported my location to be ~5miles from location x. (And, incidentally, the town lj announces is not even shown on some road maps.)"

From a user's complaint on the well-hidden post from livejournal that mentioned this "feature" in passing. (Which I finally dug out.)

Now will people please stop treating me like I'm some kind of idiot and admit that I had reason to be concerned? Thanks so much.

ARGH

Jan. 12th, 2010 12:39 pm
bladespark: (Default)
If I get one more person say I'm their "friend" when I've never even had a single non-business conversation with them I'm going to bite them!

"Allows you to IM me" does not = friend.

"Lets you have access to my contact info" REALLY does not = friend, since I let anybody have that, even people I absolutely hate. It's flipping public information.

Even "Will talk to you" doesn't = friend, because I'll talk to most people, unless they manage to really piss me off. But I think this is going to start becomming a blocking offense. I am SICK to death of people assuming some kind of friendship when they have not even bothered to try the tiniest and simplest efforts to have a real friendship. If you can't answer the question "What are some of their likes and dislikes" for example, you are not a friend! I've you've never asked "How has your day gone?" and actually listened and cared about the answer, you are not a friend!

Friends are people who know each other, and who care about each other. If all you've done is IM stupid memes and random links, that's not friendship. Watching my livejournal is not friendship, nevermind the word that lj uses for it. And looking to me for your emotional needs but not giving a crap about my needs is also not friendship, it's leeching. If you want to be my friend, you need to actually give a damn about my feelings, and not just want to bask in the glow of knowing a fursuit maker, or a female on the internet, or whatever other reason you have to be hanging around. I don't actually mind having "fans" who follow me just to bask in the glow of knowing a fursuit maker, I should add. Many of you have proved to be nice people, but if you don't even know me well enough to know about my personal life, then you're not actually my friends, sorry no. (I do mind the ones whose interest in me has to do with my gender. I'm flipping MARRIED QUIT HITTING ON ME. And some of you reading this had no idea I was married, didn't you? If you didn't know that, you're definitely not a friend. :P)

Grrrrrr.

I am making this rant public because somebody might actually read it and get a clue. If you find yourself offended by this rant, YOU are probably one of the idiots currently pissing me off with this behavior.

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