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IMPORTANT: Changes to TDA

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Hello everyone and welcome back! :yahoo:

While we were offline, we’ve been busy making lots of awesome new changes.


First of all, we would like to thank Becca (ForgottenFace) for hosting us for the past two years. We are now hosted along with Pottersworld, whose admins have been very helpful as we decided about the future of our websites.

 

Secondly, TDA's Halloween Event will be extended by 3 days (the time we have been offline) until the 12th November.

 

Now for the changes:

 

New Ranks
We have added two new ranks and have introduced tiers for our wonderful Master Artists! Our rank system now looks like this:

Member Artist

Developing Artist

Junior Artist

Rising Artist

Senior Artist

Graduate Artist

Master Artist (MasterMaster Epsilon, Master Delta, Master Gamma, Master Beta, Master Alpha)

 

For Member-Master, promotions will remain the same with the admins looking through recently updated galleries and promoting those who are at the next level. For current Master Artists who wish to be considered for Master Epsilon-Master Alpha, you will need to apply for promotion at the end of each month. The applications will open for the final week of each month, starting at the end of November for December promotions. There will be no November promotions.

 

Coding

We have added a brand new coding section! For those who are already coders or those who would like to try their hand at coding, you will need to post in this thread. You can have your own coding galleries, a playground to test out your codes, and you can also post or read coding tutorials! 

 

Discord

TDA now has it's own Discord server where you can chat with your fellow members and get updates on news and events from around TDA! You can join our server by clicking this link!

 

Galleries

From now on, no galleries will be deleted once a member becomes inactive. You will, however, be demoted to member after two years unless you're a Master Artist, in which case you'll become a Veteran Artist. We now have a section for inactive galleries which includes the Gallery Protection Program, Hidden Galleries and Hidden Veteran Galleries (for those with broken links). 

New artists also no longer require 5 posts in order to post their gallery.

 

Challenges

We have now imposed a 6 month limit on posting the same challenge. Meaning, if a challenge has been posted by any artist in the last months, it can't be posted again unless 6 months has past. This is so that we can get more variety in our challenges. We have created a challenge masterlist so that you can easily see what has been posted in the past 6 months. 


Help and Support

We have several new guides and help threads, including Guest and Starting Members Support, A Guide to TDA, TDA Structure, TDA Lexicon,  as well as a Questions and Suggestions subforum. 

 

Forum Restructure

You will notice that we've moved some things around. Most noticeably, we've split The Dark Arts Information into two sections, Welcome and The Dark Arts Hub, and have also combined Tutorials and Resources. A few other subforums have moved around, so take a look around!

 

Emails

This a reminder to always check your Spam/Junk boxes for TDA emails as many email providers automatically send them there. Add TDA to your safe senders list if possible.

 

Profile Fields

As we keep improving TDA, we have now added some extra fields you can edit on your profile page! Those are links to your graphics and coding galleries and the link to your trophy shelf. You can edit those by clicking on your nickname in the top right corner, go to Account Settings and then click on Edit Profile (under Other Settings). 

The links will display on your full profile page (not the mini profile next to your posts).

 

 

Coming Very Soon

 

Mock Requests

Filling requests can be scary. Soon there will be a bunch of mock requests available for you to try out that will be replaced regularly. You can make your graphics and post them for everyone to see.

 

Technique Spotlights

Each month we will be highlighting a new technique used in making graphics. There will be related challenges, tips and tricks, and a Q&A thread for you to help enhance your skills! 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to post below!

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these changes look amazing! great job to all involved 🥰

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these changes sound so cool! and i'm really excited for that coding news!

i can't wait to meet other fellow coders around the site 🤩

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Profile Fields

As we keep improving TDA, we have now added some extra fields you can edit on your profile page! Those are links to your graphics and coding galleries and the link to your trophy shelf. You can edit those by clicking on your nickname in the top right corner, go to Account Settings and then click on Edit Profile (under Other Settings). 

 

The links will display on your full profile page (not the mini profile next to your posts)

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Loving the sound of these changes!

 

Thank you for all your hard work ❤️ 

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