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02 Sep 2010 - 14:2639767
Should Cosplay Island be purely for UK cosplayers?
I realise this is probably a high risk question but please note I am not stating an opinion, nor pointing fingers.

This has however come up in conversation a couple of times that there are members on CI from Europe, America, all over but most, to my knowledge at least are UK based.

The events list only caters for UK events but listing all events world wide would surely be impossible and the list would be so long it would take forever to find anything.

But does it bother you?
Do you think that when there is already Cosplay.com and CosplayLab that posting here is just attention seeking?
Do you have accounts on all three sites where you post the same costumes and the same images? If so, why? To get further exposure/comments? Or just because you like sharring your expression with as much of the community as possible?

If there is any naming of names or mud slinging that results from this on your own head be it.

I'm just assuaging my curiousity as to the opinion of the masses.
You are not obligated to answer any/all of these questions.


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02 Sep 2010 - 14:5739771
Im on cosplay.com and was on there first...I have good friends on there from all over the world so I post on there to show them...joined CI after I had heard it was UK based as it was good to meet ppl around by me. I have never seen anyone on here not from the UK but I honestly dont mind...I dont think they are doing any harm but as I said I havent really seen any


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02 Sep 2010 - 14:5939772
Hmm i do see your point, but if i'm honest a lot of people from Europe like to go to UK conventions, there for joining here is so they can meet and learn about the convention befgoing.
(as i would if i was attending a convention far away)

But some do come to this site either because there new and/or attention seeking as you say.

Hmm on the other hand i have a cosplay.com account, does that make me attention seeking? Kinda weird, there so many possibility that someone could have for making a site not intended for there 'country'


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02 Sep 2010 - 15:0139773
Well. CI was originally meant to be a replacement for cosplayUK as far as I'm aware.

I must admit, this has also come up in conversation between myself and a fair few others too.

There are a few people who are registered who live outside of the UK but regulary come over to the UK for events, or who used to live here and are registered to keep track of everyone elses costumes.

But for the people who.....never come to the UK or have little to no ties to anyone here, I foten find myself wondering "why?"

Especially when it's an american person or a japanese person.

America have alot for them and Japan have at least CURE.....so I really do wonder why.

I wouldnt want to sling mud and say it's all for attention seeking, because some of them may just really like the site, who knows, the site might just be better put together than alot of the others. Or maybe some of them just really like the UK? I do think though, that some of them......are here for pure attention.

I have an account on cosplay lab and cosplay.com but once I registered with CI, I slowly started to stop posting on them and now I never post on them at all. In fact, I only ever really use them to see what other cosplayers have done for a character I'm thinking of doing.

I really do wonder why though, since most of the people who come over for the events actually say as much in their profiles or have several costumes that debuted at a UK event.

Interesting topic, lets hope it doesn't burst into flames >_<


02 Sep 2010 - 15:0639774
Quote Lulu Rose:
Well. CI was originally meant to be a replacement for cosplayUK as far as I'm aware.

I must admit, this has also come up in conversation between myself and a fair few others too.

There are a few people who are registered who live outside of the UK but regulary come over to the UK for events, or who used to live here and are registered to keep track of everyone elses costumes.

But for the people who.....never come to the UK or have little to no ties to anyone here, I foten find myself wondering "why?"

Especially when it's an american person or a japanese person.

America have alot for them and Japan have at least CURE.....so I really do wonder why.

I wouldnt want to sling mud and say it's all for attention seeking, because some of them may just really like the site, who knows, the site might just be better put together than alot of the others. Or maybe some of them just really like the UK? I do think though, that some of them......are here for pure attention.

I have an account on cosplay lab and cosplay.com but once I registered with CI, I slowly started to stop posting on them and now I never post on them at all. In fact, I only ever really use them to see what other cosplayers have done for a character I'm thinking of doing.

I really do wonder why though, since most of the people who come over for the events actually say as much in their profiles or have several costumes that debuted at a UK event.

Interesting topic, lets hope it doesn't burst into flames >_<


Took the words out my mouth, you put it a better way than i did (post above)
and yeah really touchy topic ><

Also i though i was the only one but you seem to do it too, i also have a cosplay.com account and have slowly stopped using it once i found this one.


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02 Sep 2010 - 15:1139776
Quote Lulu Rose:
Well. CI was originally meant to be a replacement for cosplayUK as far as I'm aware.

I must admit, this has also come up in conversation between myself and a fair few others too.

There are a few people who are registered who live outside of the UK but regulary come over to the UK for events, or who used to live here and are registered to keep track of everyone elses costumes.

But for the people who.....never come to the UK or have little to no ties to anyone here, I foten find myself wondering "why?"

Especially when it's an american person or a japanese person.

America have alot for them and Japan have at least CURE.....so I really do wonder why.

I wouldnt want to sling mud and say it's all for attention seeking, because some of them may just really like the site, who knows, the site might just be better put together than alot of the others. Or maybe some of them just really like the UK? I do think though, that some of them......are here for pure attention.

I have an account on cosplay lab and cosplay.com but once I registered with CI, I slowly started to stop posting on them and now I never post on them at all. In fact, I only ever really use them to see what other cosplayers have done for a character I'm thinking of doing.

I really do wonder why though, since most of the people who come over for the events actually say as much in their profiles or have several costumes that debuted at a UK event.

Interesting topic, lets hope it doesn't burst into flames >_<


The European ones I can understand, whether they come to UK events of not, and not all of them do. But when it's so far afield with no affiliation go the UK, America, Singapore etc it does seem pointless, especially when they don't seem to interact with the community apart from thanking their commenters (this is not me labelling all foreign cosplayers on this site or lumping them all together or pointing fingers, it's just a general statement)


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02 Sep 2010 - 15:1939777
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The European ones I can understand, whether they come to UK events of not, and not all of them do. But when it's so far afield with no affiliation go the UK, America, Singapore etc it does seem pointless, especially when they don't seem to interact with the community apart from thanking their commenters (this is not me labelling all foreign cosplayers on this site or lumping them all together or pointing fingers, it's just a general statement)


I do understand you when you say 'they dont interact with the community' that dose annoy me a bit when you PM them or ask them something and you get no reply even though they've been on the hole time you ask them, but you can get even UK coplayers that do that. I think all and all if they want to be here and talk then let them but if they don't want to be here they'll eventually float away from CI


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02 Sep 2010 - 15:2939779
Personally I don't mind if people sign up but don't interact much. Perhaps they're just testing the waters, or they sign up to various sites in case one of them goes down. Or maybe there are cosplayers here they really like the works of, so they sign up to keep themselves updated on their favourite cosplayers' stuff.

Does it really matter? It's not as if foreign registrations are causing anyone trouble.


02 Sep 2010 - 15:3839784
I'm with Pez. It doesn't matter really.


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02 Sep 2010 - 15:4139786
You guys are more than welcome to discuss this point if you like however I just want to point out that we won't be changing our site policy regarding this.

The site is primarily UK cosplayers, we make this clear when people sign up and that's the only kind of coverage we really do.

However if people from other countries want to sign up and set up profiles we're not going to stop them. They're more than welcome to use the site as another profile for themselves.

We don't want to be policing who is and isn't allowed on the site as we're trying to be an open community as much as possible.


02 Sep 2010 - 15:4639788
Quote PerrinAshcroft:
You guys are more than welcome to discuss this point if you like however I just want to point out that we won't be changing our site policy regarding this.

The site is primarily UK cosplayers, we make this clear when people sign up and that's the only kind of coverage we really do.

However if people from other countries want to sign up and set up profiles we're not going to stop them. They're more than welcome to use the site as another profile for themselves.

We don't want to be policing who is and isn't allowed on the site as we're trying to be an open community as much as possible.


Very well said ^^


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02 Sep 2010 - 17:1839797
Well it's dominated by UK cosplayers...much like cosplay.com is dominated by US cosplayers hence why I don't go there much because it's more fun talking to people you might actually meet. However its far more active there, so a general question I have will normally get posted there.


02 Sep 2010 - 17:2539801
Quote PerrinAshcroft:
You guys are more than welcome to discuss this point if you like however I just want to point out that we won't be changing our site policy regarding this.

The site is primarily UK cosplayers, we make this clear when people sign up and that's the only kind of coverage we really do.

However if people from other countries want to sign up and set up profiles we're not going to stop them. They're more than welcome to use the site as another profile for themselves.

We don't want to be policing who is and isn't allowed on the site as we're trying to be an open community as much as possible.


Wasn't suggesting you change it XD Just curious cause they crop up now and then XD


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02 Sep 2010 - 17:5039807
I have only a couple of points regarding this. First of all, it doesn't bother me where a cosplayer is from. You can get attention seekers anywhere and everywhere, so I try to have an open mind anyway. Foreign cosplayers are doing no harm being here so it isn't a problem.

I originally joined cosplay.com, when I only knew one cosplayer and that was RyukRedApples. (I joined it to talk to him!) However, to me that website is daunting and confusing, so I never really followed it up, instead following Ryuk to here. This site is a lot easier to manage but also seems a lot more easy-going in terms of friendliness and community.

I don't think there are many sites now that are as welcoming as Cosplay Island, which is why I think it's cool that others are finding thier way here


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02 Sep 2010 - 18:1739810
its a very interesting point, this, and havingread this thread, can see where everyone is coming from.

heres my two cents:

the members of this site are 90% from the UK, so all in all, with such low proportions, does it even matter? this site is set up as a UK cosplay portfolio site catering for UK events and meetups so of course most of the users will be from the UK.
people from europe i can understand to an extent, if they come to UK conventions. but i see everyones points about members from further afield. however, i have a very good american cosplay friend, who has an account here. we were discussing cosplay on msn one day, and she mentioned the huge problems she had with cosplay.com (as im sure we all do, with the fact its so user unfriendly), and i mentioned this here little site, so she signed up for an account, and has been uing it ever since.
obviously she doesnt attend UK events, but i think she uses it mainly bcause of the friendly atmosphere and ease of use, that the other websites such as cosplay.com dont have.
i myself used cosplay.com before coming here, but once i read abut CI in neomag, i quickly swapped, and only update cosplay.com maybe once a year. ive also found the community pretty inaccessible there as well.

so, i personally have no problem with people from overseas being on here, they aint doing any harm, and as far as my friend goes, just wants a better site to use than cosplay.com, which i think the makers of cosplayisland should be flattered by ^^


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02 Sep 2010 - 19:0439816
I have no problem with forgieners. I did get an account over at Cosplay.com but I find the site so fustratingly difficult to use. I did try again a few weeks ago but quickly abandoned my attempt DX

I love CI because of all you lovely people and the easy, EASY to use website 8D


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02 Sep 2010 - 19:5539819
I think its great UK Cosplay is gaining interest from overseas

It would be interesting to see what international cosplayers think of Cosplay in the UK, and what attracted them to the site


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02 Sep 2010 - 20:5539824
I don't think it matters much, but I must admit when I first joined I was kinda nervous because it is a site for cosplayers in the UK and thought I'd be unwelcome for some reason (I live in Belgium) but I think it's awesome to see some other people from Belgium, France and other countries in Europe on here too.
I don't understand why cosplayers from the US join, but they may have their reasons...I dunno.

Like most people, I had a cosplay.com account and then found this site and signed up. Cosplay.com, as much I like going on it, is a bit diffcult to use, especially compared to this site.


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02 Sep 2010 - 21:0239825
It'll be interesting to know how many Europeans have joined CI due to the Euro Cosplay qualifiers. They could be checking out the competition for the final at the Expo.


02 Sep 2010 - 21:1339826
Quote MangaChild:
I think its great UK Cosplay is gaining interest from overseas

It would be interesting to see what international cosplayers think of Cosplay in the UK, and what attracted them to the site


I agree with this. It'd be pretty nice to see what the other places think. Good or bad.

Also it's really interesting to see that it seems cosplay island is the most user friendly! I must agree....its so much easier to use than the others in my opinion.


02 Sep 2010 - 21:4739828
When I joined CosplayIsland it was actually because it had the least attention from outside of the UK, when looking at Cosplay.com for instance I personally felt that the site was a bit too competative between all these different cosplayers from around the world, whereas I just wanted to be able to chat with and potentially make friends with people I could actually meet at cons, which isn't really the case with a lot of the other sites.
I'm not saying I think it's a bad thing to have people from other countries on here, I just like the fact that the site itself is predominantly British as I won't find myself scrolling through masses of posts about things I have no idea about XD



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02 Sep 2010 - 22:0639832
i like cosplayisland being for uk cosplayers! i think it gives a more local feel than all these other websites where everyones competing between countries (cosplay.com, deviantart etc..)


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02 Sep 2010 - 22:3239840
I live in Norway, but has attended UK cons since 2005. I attended my first Norwegian con this summer. So that's why I'm here XD

Also, CI is a lot more user friendly than other sites such as cosplay.com. My account there is dead and unused now. Lastly the community here is a lot more friendly than most sites. Here most people are nice as well as helpful when it comes to help, hints and tips when working on a cosplay. It's not difficult to get help if you're stuck on how to construct something.
So I completely understand why foreigners who don't attend UK events sign up for this site. Who wouldn't be on the same site as you lovely guys?

But yes, there are some attention seekers who just wants to show off their costumes. But it's not like they do anything more than updating their profiles. They don't spam the forum or leave rude comments on other's profiles (not that I've seen at least). So they don't bother me.


02 Sep 2010 - 22:4039841
I have a cosplay.com account as my costumes are then available for more people to see (hey I like to share them) but I only put completed ones on there. Same as Deviant Art, I tend to only upload completed costume photos onto my account there also. Whereas CI is my main base for cosplay- completed, in progress and planned. I can find a lot of helpful info on cosplay.com but I interact more on these forums.

I don't mind if people from other countries post on here, I know some people outside the UK who attend events here often.


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02 Sep 2010 - 22:4239842
i love the site for being a uk one but i think that it is great that people from other country can use the site
we can make friends from across the sea so to speak,also there are big cons in other countrys america,japan and so on,it even gives us a chance too meet any friends we do make,sorry if i anoyed anyone with this rant just saying my peace


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