Post by konya on Nov 26, 2012 16:55:45 GMT -8
EVERY TIME YOU SOURCE ZEROCHAN, A BABY KITTEN AND/OR PUPPY DIES. Just like many of us don't like our characters and plots taken without credit, artists often don't like their hard work used without credit or their knowledge. And it IS hard work, and I think we should be rewarding that with a few extra pageviews on their end.
First of all, Zerochan is not a source. However, unlike some other image boards Zerochan does provide a way for you to see that original source. This may work for things like Danbooru as well! I haven't been on there for a super long time.
There are two ways you can get to this. They both start the same way.
ONE, pick the image you fancy. Look to the tag list on the right. If the image has a source, it will be the first tag as either a manga-ka name or pixiv ID.
TWO, click on that tag. It will take you to the artist's Zerochan page. Look to the right again - there will be a preview image. Look below that - there you have the pixiv and/or personal website links of the artist. Click on one of those and voila! You have your source.
TWO(a), sometimes there WON'T be a direct link - but instead there are the options 'google', 'wikipedia' and 'minitokyo'. If you are using an image that has been tagged PIXIV ID ######, just click google and it will find their pixiv page for you. If instead yours looks like this, simply copy the first or second lines and do a google search of your own. ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK THE PIXIV ID! If they don't match to what was listed on Zerochan, or if you can't find the picture you want to use in the artists gallery, you may be crediting the wrong person. It's always better to search for pixiv ID then artist name.
THREE, now you're either at a pixiv or personal website! You can use these as sources, but keep an eye out for any banners (on personal websites) that say the artist does not want people using their work. A lot of these are used as online portfolios and for professional illustration, and there may be legal reasons why they do not want their work used. On pixiv, if you have an account please log in and look at the artists 'about me' section. If you see anything similar to this -
- especially the first two lines, it means they do NOT want their work reproduced (used or displayed) without credit.
Was that so hard? Instead of just saying 'image does not belong to us' or 'image was found on zerochan', now you can have an actual name to give that acclaim to. Artists work just as hard as anyone else, and many of thee artists would love to get some international traffic to their sites and pixivs, so instead of being vague why not give credit where it's due?