Hello my lovely :mastoart:•ARTists!

I have an exciting announcement today! We have a new moderator here on •ART. Everyone give a warm welcome to:

:louis_toots_too: @katwylder :louis_toots_too:

Kat has been an unflinching supporter of •ART for a very long time, and is such a wonderful member of our community. We're so excited to have her as part of our mod team! Don't hesitate to contact her if you need help with anything!

Take care, everyone! :mona_kiss:

If anyone else is interested in supporting us and helping us get to 100% funded, please take a look:

:patreon: patreon.com/MastoArt

:liberapay: liberapay.com/masto-art

If you don't have the means or inclination to provide monetary support, no worries! Just keep being your awesome selves, and keep commenting, supporting, and boosting the heck out of each other. That's how we make a fantastic community. :mona_kiss:

I wanted to take a moment and send all my gratitude to our many patrons and supporters on :patreon: and :liberapay:!

This month we've raised enough to cover our hosting costs with @mastohost, which is fantastic! :louis_toots_too:

It's directly thanks to their support that we are able to run this amazing artistic community. :make_like_edmonia:

We just need to secure a *little* more to cover domains and some other operating costs. But we're already most of the way there! 🤩

Hello my lovely :mastoart:•ARTists!

Overnight we were updated to Mastodon v.3.0! :mastohi:

There are lots of small quality-of-life changes in this update, as well as some fun ones! :louis_toots_too: You can see the full changelog here: github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Many thanks to the team for working hard to make :mastodon: better and better! :bowie_stardust:

Hello, Folks: :mastoart: Mastodon.Art is now in Invite Only mode.

Invites can be generated by any •ART user in their preferences. Please don't be shy about inviting your friends! We'd love to have them. :dabart:

Invites are also available from @Curator. If you'd like one, please send me an email or DM with a bit about yourself and why you'd like to join.

Thank you for all your support! I'll let you know in the future when we plan on opening registrations again. :bob_ross:

Hello, my lovely :mastoart:•ARTists!

September 30th, 2019 will be the last day of approval-based registrations. We'll be going to Invite-Only on October 1st, 2019.

Invites will be available from @Curator and any •ART user: You can generate invites for friends in your Preferences page.

We'll stay in Invite Only mode at least until we secure enough funding to 100% cover our hosting/operating costs:

:patreon: patreon.com/MastoArt

Thank you for your understanding! :bob_ross:

Please take a moment to refresh yourself on our rules/CoC:

mastodon.art/about/more

Our rules were written in the spirit of keeping our community safe/supportive/fun for everyone, not just for our users but for the wider :fediverse: Fediverse as well.

Make sure you're well versed in them and understand/respect the spirit in which they were written! Repeated violations may result in your account being silenced or suspended.

Thank you, and take care! :bear_hugs:

Hello my lovely :mastoart:•ARTists!

I'd like to take this time to remind everyone about our rules regarding NSFW content:

If you are posting artwork that needs to be hidden/CWed/Marked as Sensitive, you *must* describe what is below the cut/why it was hidden so people can make an informed decision to view it or not.

In the future we're going to start taking a harder line on this, as we've been a bit lax on enforcing it up until now.

If you need clarification, do ask! :bob_ross:

In Invite Only mode invites can be generated by any :mastoart:•ART user using the "Invite people" page in their Preferences. So you can generate as many invites as you need to send to friends you think might enjoy it here!

It'll just slow new registrations down to a sustainable level so we can secure funding for future growth.

Thank you so much for your understanding! :make_like_edmonia:

Congratulations :mastoart:•ARTists:, we've reach 10,000 users!! :louis_toots_too:

Of course, many of these users are inactive or dormant accounts, but still, what a milestone! :bowie_stardust:

Thank you for being a part of one of Mastodon's most fun, supportive, and vibrant creative communities. We're so glad you're here! :bear_hugs:

Important notice for all :mastoart:•ART users:

I have spent the last couple of days doing a hard editing pass on our Code of Conduct. I felt like parts of it needed clarification, so hopefully it's a lot easier to understand now!

Please take some time to read it thoroughly: mastodon.art/about/more

Every user of •ART is required to read and follow our CoC/ToS. I've also updated our terms page with a generic Privacy Policy: mastodon.art/terms

Keep being awesome! :bob_ross:

One little note, folks:

One of our mods, @ChrisTalleras, is stepping down from his mod duties to focus on other things.

He's been an unflinching supporter of Mastodon and :mastoart:•ART in general, and has worked very hard to help us create and grow this community.

Let's give him lots of thanks for his hard work, and cheer him on in his future endeavours!

Keep being awesome, Chris! :bowie_stardust:

Mastodon•ART will always be free, and open, and will never profit from your information, serve you ads, or mess with your experience. We care about privacy and empowering your ability to own your data and take control of your online lives.

Not only that, we also love facilitating this wonderful community for you all. :mona_kiss:

All right, that's enough of that! Back to the art! :louis_toots_too:

Specifically, in our rules we define flooding as posting more than three times in quick succession within the space of 5 minutes.

Obviously small infractions are fine with short, conversational toots, but do try to space yourself out if you can, especially with media toots! We'll warn and then temporarily suspend users who flood the timeline.

Don't forget, you can post up to four images per toot! :mastohi:

Hello my lovely :mastoart:•ARTists!

This is a friendly reminder that we do have rules against flooding on the local/public timelines. Please try to space your toots out so you don't drown out everyone else around you.

I know everyone's impatient to share all their amazing art, but take your time! We're not going anywhere, and we'll be just as happy to see your art later today or in a day or two. :bob_ross:

Hello folks!

For fun I added a few new custom emojis from around the :fediverse: Fediverse:

:100_gay: :100awoo: :mood: :oof: :praxis_100: :valid: :birdsite:

Take care! :bowie_stardust:

I want to apologise if things are slow– it might take a while to see avatar changes, get notifications of replies/boosts, etc.

This fantastic influx of new users has put a bit of a strain on our server. Hopefully it'll calm down in the next few days and things will get back to normal!

Until that time, please forgive any hiccoughs; our server has rarely had to work this hard! :make_like_edmonia:

Hey my lovely :mastoart:•ARTists!

I'm going to take a little break, so there may be a bit of a delay in approving new accounts and boosting new artists… I'd love to keep going but I've been at it for hours now and I need some time to rest! XD

I'm so glad you all are here! And our mods are always here to help: @EmergencyBattle @ScribbleAddict @ChrisTalleras @adamk678

I'll be back soon! 😴

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Mastodon.ART — Your friendly creative home on the Fediverse! Interact with friends and discover new ones, all on a platform that is community-owned and ad-free. Admin: @Curator. Moderators: @EmergencyBattle, @ScribbleAddict, @Adamk678, @Otherbuttons, @katwylder