Thumbnails...They Are a Changing

January 15, 2007 10:00 am

Wow, we made it to 2007! A brand new start, to a brand new year. Time to move forward with the goals that we would like to achieve collectively as an artist community.

One of our goals is to promote artists and show the world the wonderfully creative art work that is expressed through digital mediums. Another goal is to have consistency of the rules and presentation across all areas of our site: Galleries, Free Stuff, Tutorials, Blogs, Homepages and the MarketPlace.

In order to reach both these goals, we need to change the way thumbnail images appear to match the rules in the MarketPlace and the weekly newsletter. Thumbnail images across Renderosity will no longer contain nudity or graphic violence going forward.

Artistic nudity and violent images may still be uploaded to the galleries, and will still be marked with the appropriate content advisory warnings. The only thing that will change is what can be displayed in the thumbnail image.

Many Renderosity members have expressed to us that while they admire artistic nudity, they really don't like it when it's so "In Your Face" in the thumbnail.

In addition, we want to feature artists from the Art Charts in the weekly newsletter. However, since we don't allow nude thumbnails in our weekly newsletter, we can't do that until after we make this change.

Starting January 24th, if an image is marked with the nudity or violence flags, the artist will need to upload their own thumbnail.

If you fail to upload a thumb, our system automatically generates a thumb for you, which is a miniature of your entire image. If your image contains nudity or violence, you must not use this feature. You must upload your own thumbnail which excludes the nudity/violence.

Going forward, thumbnail images for all areas of the site may not display nude female breasts, male or female genitals or buttocks, or graphically violent images. Please see below for the rule of thumb guidelines.

  • No nudity. This implies no clothes, clothes that are transparent or blurring of nude images.
  • No areola or nipple exposure, and no transparent fabric.
  • No exposed buttocks – more exposure than a standard bikini bottom would constitute nudity.
  • No exposed male or female genitals
  • No Sexually Suggestive Language 
  • No  "Censored" language/images (some examples: "Warning: Nudity Inside" or black bars covering breasts/genitals)
  • No depictions of injury being caused to any living creature. This includes, but is not limited to, injury from either piercing or edged weapons/tools, projectiles, fire/chemical burns, blunt force trauma, punching, kicking, slapping, strangulation or crushing. This also includes accidents and self-harm.
  • Weapons may be shown providing a) they do not have blood on them, and b) the injured victim is not visible.
  • Images of minor bruising, burns or bloody wounds that have already occurred are acceptable

    Members that have their profiles set to not view nudity are still going to see the 'Content Advisory' default image if the Nudity or Violence flags are set. This change will only be visible to members that have their profiles set to view nudity. Going forward all thumbnails across the entire Renderosity site will be suitable for all ages. This change does not affect images uploaded prior to January 24th.

    Once this thumbnail change is in effect, in addition to featuring artists in the newsletter, we will be able to bring back the Top Ranking page of the Art Charts!

    We trust you will understand and support the goals that we have as an art site and a community. We work very hard to make this the best place on the Internet to display your work and interact with other artists.