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05 Jan 2009 - 13:129151
Posting guidelines?
Please delete this if you feel this doesn't belong, but I would like to request that we have a couple of guidlines on this section of the forum.

The main thing I want to address is people posting references when they're asking for help on a specific costume.

Now I'm happy to help people with costumes, but I don't know every single series on the planet so when people post for help on a costume I'm finding that most of my posts are "reference please". I like helping people out, but they're far more likely to get feedback if they post a picture, so it's benifical to both parties.

Is anyone else finding this, or is it just me being weird? And once again if mods want to get rid of this post then that's fine.

Tab


05 Jan 2009 - 13:399152
Tab, I agree. I'm always willing to share advice and tips, but when I have no idea what people are trying to make, it gets kinda hard!


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05 Jan 2009 - 13:439155
I'm so glad someone else agrees! I was sure I was going to come off as a whiney dick so I was unsure whether to post this- but now I feel less of an ass.

Tab


05 Jan 2009 - 14:419165
don't worry! we can make 1 giant ass between us!! but I do think it's a fair point. If people want help, and we want to help, adding a pic straight away will really help everyone!


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05 Jan 2009 - 14:519167
i agree references are needed!


05 Jan 2009 - 14:539168
Yes, agreed. Maybe it's because I hang around on imageboards, or maybe it's because I cosplay a lot of obscure characters, but I'd have thought that including a reference pic of a character you're trying to cosplay as when you're asking for help would be common sense...


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05 Jan 2009 - 16:009174
I agree as well. Theres alot of cosplays out there that I'm still very unfamilar with.


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05 Jan 2009 - 16:429176
I agree that having a referance picture is helpful and speeds things along, but I think demanding people post them with their first 'help me' post is a little unreasonable.

Its handy sure, but keep in mind, not all people are familiar with forums or message boards. And while many of us were blessed with a big spoonful of common sense, some people aren't. I don't want to stereotype, but a lot of younger cosplayers probably wouldn't think of posting a referance picture. And in a same way, a lot of new cosplayers (old or young) might not think of it.

Thats just my thought - yes ref pictures are handy and help move things along, but I don't think its fair to make it like a necessity if you're asking for help to post a picture with your first post.


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05 Jan 2009 - 17:399179
Well, if they do post asking for help all that's really going to happen is that we ask for a reference picture.

You have a fair point about people being new to message boards and such, but I think that's why we need guidlines in the first place. It's more encouraging to know exactly what you can post because sometimes it can be very daunting to just throw something out there. If we set up a volentary template to help new users out when posting for help then we may actually encourage them to ask in the first place.

Something like:

Character name:
Image link of costume:
Problem you're having:

-Tab


05 Jan 2009 - 17:419180
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I don't want to stereotype, but a lot of younger cosplayers probably wouldn't think of posting a referance picture.


What does age have to do with it...? @_@

But yeah, I agree. references are always useful.


05 Jan 2009 - 18:399182
Quote kitamurin:

What does age have to do with it...? @_@


It might have nothing to do with it.

But a lot of younger cosplayers, or ones new to the scene will probably be intending to cosplay from mainstream anime like Bleach or Naruto or... whatever else is popular at the time. That in mind, they might not think needing to post a referance image is necessary because they may assume that the mass cosplay population will know exactly who they're talking about.


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05 Jan 2009 - 21:379189
i have to agree, i have a horrible tendancy to ignore people who don't put a ref with their requests. nothing out of malice, i just feel uneasy about asking for ref materials most of the time incase of offending when i sincerly want to help.


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05 Jan 2009 - 22:169193
Quote Silver:
Quote kitamurin:

That in mind, they might not think needing to post a referance image is necessary because they may assume that the mass cosplay population will know exactly who they're talking about.


Good point, and a bit of a deviation here because it brought up a theory I have on cosplay stuff.

No matter how well you know the series, you still need to look at reference pictures. You probably have to look at them even more because you'd have a picture of what the costume should look like in your head. Your memory will never be as good as looking at an actual image will be. I think that's what makes the difference between a good cosplay and a great one.

I studied Nightmare for weeks before building him- stole my partners PS2 for a couple of months and just spent ages looking at how he fitted together. If I just figured that I knew the series enough to just do it he'd probably just be a bunch of carboard tubes and a helmet with a giant fin.

On this part of the forum we're trying to help people become better at cosplaying. They won't ever get better if we just spoon feed them how to make stuff, so we just give tips where we can to help them along. I feel that a reference picture is the ultimate tip, because hey, it's the start of your costume.

And yes newbs may not think to post references and such, so this would just be a way to help them think about what it is they're actually making. Because well, if they're not intelligent enough to think that they need to know what something looks like before they try to make it then I wouldn't be too keen to let them use pointy things like needles.

And Dude, Essay.

I'm sorry. I should go write an article or something. It would consist of me jumping up and down and swaking "REFERENCE! REFERENCE"

-Tab



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