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01 November 2005 @ 06:37 pm
Icon guidelines, and some welcome gifts!  
As part of our general posting guide, we wanted to address some issues that may come up regarding graphics, particularly icons.

Icon Posting Guidelines

(1) If you are reccing an icon that you use and no longer remember where, specifically, the icon was originally posted, it is ok to use your User Pictures page (i.e. http://www.livejournal.com/allpics.bml?user=[enter your user name here]) as the link.

(2) If you want, you can include the icons themselves in your post. They must be hosted on your own image account (such as http://http://www.imageshack.us/) NOT hotlinked from the creator's site. If a case of hotlinking is reported to us, we will report it to hotlinkers.

(3) If the icon is not one you use, or that you know was posted somewhere for general distribution, but is instead something you've seen someone else using, it is best to contact them first and make sure the icon is shareable. That doesn't mean it can't be included in your post (unless that user objects). However since icons are usually meant to be shareable when posted, you will want to specify that this is an exception.

If you don't have info on who made an icon, you can try posting at whomadethisicon

Our last point concerns acceptable use and is stated primarily for the benefit of those who may be new to the fandom. If you see graphics you like recced in this community, and want to use them for something else (such as a banner for your journal, use on your website, etc.) contact the creator and ask permission. If you are a creator and a plagiarism issue arises, please contact us. We may also submit the case to stop_plagiarism


And now for the goodies! ruuger kindly made some great icons for us, which we are passing on to you. Take, use, pimp! And, in the spirit of the community, please credit the creator.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

kathyh made some additional ones for us in 2006

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

As did amavel_bel

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

katekat1010 made us some new ones to go with our layout in 2008:

1. 2. 3. 4.

and a banner!

eyesthatslay made some new ones in 2009:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
State of Celebration: rejuvenatedrejuvenated
spikeNdru: CaptainJack-Headtiltspikendru on November 12th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
makd reced this community and I came over to check it out, but could you possibly lose the confetti? It's very distracting when trying to atually read your post, and for those susceptible to migraines it's nausea inducing. Thanks so much.
yourlibrarianyourlibrarian on November 13th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
Thanks for checking us out! And fear not! We planned to discontinue the confetti before posting began as we also felt it would get distracting once there was reading to be done. As the site is mostly for show until next month we thought it gave it a little more life while it's waiting to come on line.

I'm glad you posted about it though in case anyone else worried the confetti would be going full time! We're expecting the site will get a bit of a different look at least once during its six week run but we'll be sure to keep them on the non-nausea side *g*

(And nice to know someone read the post...;>)
Shapinglightshapinglight on November 24th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
Those are lovely icons!
yourlibrarian: GiftVidders: ruugeryourlibrarian on November 24th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
It's an all-you-can-carry bargain ;>
kindredspirit75: Spike Xmaskindredspirit75 on December 18th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
Your icon is beautiful.
Shapinglightshapinglight on December 18th, 2013 12:01 pm (UTC)

It's by meathiel on the seasonal_icons comm.

Edited at 2013-12-18 12:02 pm (UTC)
Karenkazzy_cee on December 1st, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
Is it worth explaining what PWP, RPF, slash exactly means in a post for the newbies? When I was new to the fandom I got very confused at the initials.
yourlibrarian: CordyAngelTop5: amavel_belyourlibrarian on December 4th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the delayed response -- looks like the great comment vanishing act between LJ and Yahoo is still going on :(

I assume you meant this about the tags, but it's a good point in general. Trouble is there may be all sorts of unfamiliar terms, so I think we may point newbies to a fandom glossary in our launch post. Thanks for bringing this up!

(Psst, we just added a third set of icons to the post...)
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yourlibrarian: ClassicWizard2006-eyesthatslayyourlibrarian on October 31st, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked them, our icon makers made us some nifty things!
my monkied brain: You Rockkatekat1010 on January 20th, 2008 08:48 am (UTC)
Hi there,

I wanted to kind of thank you, and the comm, for being so fantastic over the last couple of years.
It's been such a great source of fun and resources and general fandom love, and so I created a
new layout for the coming year.

I've set it up in my test community here:


Of course you're under no obligation to use it - but if you did like it, it's just a couple of
simple steps to get it set up. And it's my way of saying thanks for providing so much fun!

Anyway, thanks again for encouraging so much great fandomy love!
yourlibrarian: SmileFred-doubletrouble_yourlibrarian on January 20th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oh sweetie, what a wonderful gift! I'd love to use it. Let me tinker today and see if I can't get it up by the time we close tonight.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 20th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
oh yay!!!! i'm so relieved you like it!!

ok - or if you want to give me mod access (and then disable it when i'm done) it'll take me about 10 minutes to have it up.
yourlibrarian: HehJM-effulgent_girlyourlibrarian on January 20th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that will be simpler :> You should have mod access now.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 20th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
huh, that's weird, i have access, but i can't get to the customize page. i'm sorry! I haven't ever seen that before.

but here are quick and easy instructions that should take two seconds:

1. go to "customize" and search for "flexible squares"
2. click the button "apply theme" underneath the third flexible squares layout titled "Blue Gray"
3. at the top left your screen the "current theme" will update. Click the "customize your theme" link
4. click Custom CSS (it's the last option on the left hand column)
5. change all the drop down options to "no"
6. copy and past all of the text from the following link (it's a text document of the code) http://www.cosanostra-swg.org/KateLJ/buffytop5.txt

you're done!
yourlibrarianyourlibrarian on January 20th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I don't think it's just you because I'm not seeing a way to switch to Flexible Squares, for example. There's nothing else available under "Choose a Page Setup" (it looks like LJ has also changed this Customize menu from the last time I adjusted my LJ, it's all different now). Is that the problem you were having too?
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 20th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
ah, you haven't seen the new customize - lj switched everything around.

and no, i didn't have full moderator permission, so i couldn't even get into the customize layout for the comm (all i could do was approve submissions)

i just realized, one thing that i forgot to include in the instructions - you need to be set to layout S2 (it sounds like the journal might be set to S1 styles now? maybe?). To switch to S2, there should be a tab on the customize page that says "visual options", and in the left column there's a link that says "switch to s2"

maybe that might work?

yourlibrarianyourlibrarian on January 20th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Hmm, not seeing the visual options, though I think we are at S2.

Huh, let me set you to maintainer, maybe that would work?
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 20th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
ah, that's what i needed! and perfect, IT'S ALL DONE!

(a little later today i'm going to post to my own journal a walk through of how to upload layouts, just in case you're curious - I'm sure it was something I wasn't explaining properly - it's so hard when things change to find all those little nuts and bolts of lj working together).

anyway, thank you so much for letting me do that!!!
yourlibrarian: DawnTop5-ruugeryourlibrarian on January 20th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you for getting it all in place (that was indeed quick)! I really like the way our tags show up now (sheesh, it's a long list).
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 21st, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
lol! a long list, but a great list! and yeah, the good part about the newer custom layouts is that they go up much faster than the old ones, where one had to tinker here and there and everywhere.

I made some other things to match the header too:

a little banner

and icons

yourlibrarian: DawnTop5-ruugeryourlibrarian on January 21st, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
Oh suh-weet! The icons you made for us last year disappeared when my journal reverted to basic a few months ago. The code's still there but I guess the Scrapbook gets wiped when that happens. I should reupload them to my Imageshack account but I hadn't remembered they were stored differently than the others.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 21st, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
:D no problem!

and i assumed that it was me that broke the link to the old ones. if you want to direct link to my versions of the older ones, they're in this lj gallery and not likely to be moved, ever ;)

my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 20th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
lady, i just noticed you're changing the colors by hand - you really don't have to do that if you don't want to - copying and pasting the text file into the custom CSS code will take care of the whole thing (and be much faster)
red_satin_doll: Chosen One - purplered_satin_doll on January 9th, 2014 02:22 pm (UTC)
New Question - What hour (GMT) does this round end on Jan 19th?

I'm having a hard time with the time zone conversion tables online. I'm on Eastern Standard Time in the US, and I think there's a 7-hour difference between us, but I can't tell if you are 7 hours ahead or behind me.

Thanks hon, I know you're busy!
yourlibrarian: DevilYouKnow: indulging_breckyourlibrarian on January 9th, 2014 05:24 pm (UTC)
That would be 23:59, so it will be open until 6 PM U.S. Eastern on Monday.
red_satin_doll: Chosen One - purplered_satin_doll on January 9th, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
until 6 PM U.S. Eastern on Monday.

Thank you! I'll share that on my journal.