a discussion on bc reporting

There is nothing quite like spending hours on an entry and to advertise it proudly just to have it removed by the contest judge. It's something I've seen far too often, and have faced myself more times than I can count. The amount of petty reporting has caused me to remove myself from the BC community, but I came back this week to ask the question, what really warrants a report, and what is just petty?

what warrants a report

I'll start here, because it's the short part. because for me, there are only two scenarios that an entry is actually causing harm and a user has a duty to report. they are in cases of art theft or work that is hateful.

art theft's harm is common knowledge to anyone who spends enough time in the artistic community. it is a user taking the hard work and skill of another for something as petty as a trophy. the bar for the bc is very low, it is meant for any user to be able to enter and showcase their pet to the best of their ability. stealing artwork obviously defeats the purpose, report it.

hateful work would be a piece that either harasses a specific user or includes language or imagery that is derogatory in nature.
but alex, you're current entries are harassing ''snitches'' how is that different
I'd have a problem if any of my entries said something along the lines of ''majesties is a dirty snitch'' because now I've singled one person out and the BC is not the platform for me to do that. However I have no problem with entries that call out a collective for a particular issue. While I greatly disagreed with efforts of 'riot week' I do support the BC being used as a way to raise awareness by group themes and entries.

and then as a final category, one I include as a side note because I have never really seen these even make it to the actual competition, obviously entries need to be pg. no colorful language, vivid depictions of violence, etc etc. I had considered including well known phrase ''snitches get stitches'' into this week's theme, but instead settled on don't be petty to steer away from a phrase that implies violence. but I still encourage some good judgment here. weapons exist in neopian lore, even death exists [ see nox ], so don't go reporting an entry stating that because it held a sword it implied violence???

what is just petty

now here is the fun part. because I have had a lot of entries reported in my time. and none of them were issues of art theft. some may have teetered too close to the pg - 13 realm, and I accept the fact that those may have ruffled some feathers. but let's look at some of what I would consider to be petty reporting.

1. too humany
I personally haven't faced this one in a while, but it's one that I got hit with a lot as a kid. I simply wasn't confident with my animal drawings and I didn't fully grasp the concept of anthro art. Wanting to draw my pets as best I could, I often resorted to very humany designs. Discouraged by getting my entry removed on a semi-frequent basis, I eventually figured out what I needed to do to fight it. As a general rule, include a species' defining features. Usually the ears will be enough, but it never hurts to steer clear of flesh toned skin and at least attempt a more ''anthro'' approach. They aren't particularly hard fixes, but at the same time, was it really worth the time and effort of a third party to report the entry? To me, the bc is about drawing your pet as you interpret them and showing them off. Why is someone's choice to display them as a human really so harmful to you as a voter? If you don't like the choice, don't vote for it, but is it really worth the attempt to force the entry out of the competition? in my opinion, no.

2. not neopet-y enough Same general argument as point one, but now with the added sting of the fact that I made a legitimate attempt to draw them as their species.
I prefer usuls to cybunnies, they are easier to make and more fun to customize. Most people see usuls as squirrels, I tend to make my usuls into rabbit characters. Usually not a problem, the ears certainly lend themselves to that but it's the tail that can cause me problems down the road. If I don't include that giant, fluffy tail I run the risk of getting my entry reported for not being usul-y enough. Again I ask, is my artistic choice to not want a giant fluffy tail harming any voter so much that it ought to be booted from the competition? I argue no, it's petty to report it.

And in case anyone is wondering, yes, I have had an entry removed based on a tail alone.


I excited entered my draik for RPG week, just to find it removed from the competition shortly after it started. Confused, I sumbitted a ticket, and I was told that it did not resemble a draik enough. Frustrated, I realized I had forgotten her tail, and supposed that was a pretty key point on a draik.
except
just the week before I had this entry with the exact same characteristics (and missing tail):

this entry was not removed.
I'm not saying someone was petty and reported me the next week as I tried to enjoy rpg week with the ArC
but someone was petty and reported me.
I burnt a lot of bridges in the ArC and in turn, I learned just how petty some users can be.
but this isn't about me, this is about everyone else that still deals with these problems so let's move on to my last major pet peeve.

3. offsite advertising
neopet blogs exist. I can't tell you where to look or how to find them because I can lure you to the darkest corners of the internet. that's why we can't talk about non-approved offsite things. i'm not allowed to steer you away from TNT's supervision because you could end up in a uncomfortable or dangerous situation and it can have started on neopets.com. that's simple, that's understandable.
however the reverse of this does not and should not pose this problem. aka I should be able to point people offsite towards neopets so long as that site allows me to mention other sites within it.
and yet, I can post my art on another site, and show people how I tie this back into the neopets community via the bc, and I can be reported for it.
heck, I've posted a piece that I used for a bc entry offsite, but made no comment about it being in the bc that week offiste, and was still removed from the bc.
it's against the rules, I get that. it's a dumb rule though, and if you really feel so threatened by someone's offsite advertising that you need to report them just to get them out of the competition, you are petty. but they have followers that's not fair !!!! I assure you that being an active member of the arc grants you your own friend group or 'followers' that I don't have, it's literally no different. The BC now sucks for anyone that doesn't know the small arc community because they can't advertise elsewhere. I don't care if you report people who advertise onsite outside the regulated boards. but once it goes offsite don't be petty. I swear to fyora there is nothing in this world that frustrates me more.

conclusion

There are plenty of other petty occasions where I've be reported in the BC, and I may add to this petpage throughout the week. I'll be on the ArC throughout the week to participate in any discussions that come out of this. Disagree with me? That's fine, I even encourage you to write a counterpart to this (perhaps ''Do your Duty – Advocating for BC Reporting), because I would like to hear your justifications.
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