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Have you ever heard of a traffic exchange? The concept is simple: one visits member's sites in exchange for visits to one's own site. So in an effort to increase the exchange of comments in peoples' Elftown/DeviantArt galleries in partnership with the Comment Exchange which does this for the Elfwood Galleries and Libraries.

The problem:

So you're a member of the Comment Exchange and have just stopped uploading your work to the Wood and now focus mainly on your gallery here in Elftown or the one on Deviant Art, and you'd like some comments...


The solution!

Well that's where this wiki comes in. We have taken the gamble out of it. Now it is simple to receive comments in your gallery. You are provided with links to members sites who promise comments in return!

Below is a link to the list of members. If you are starving for comments you should visit some of their galleries and leave some comments. It's not very difficult to gain comments in this way: if you only leave one comment in each gallery, that would mean you would gain at least one comment for EACH gallery you commented in. There is no guarantee you will receive more than that, but you will certainly not receive less. You actually get something for your hard work commenting. What could be better?

Constructive criticism (CC) is valued more highly than the “kool pics” comments. So leave as much CC as possible, they are more likely to return the favour with a larger number of comments in return.

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View members or sign up at Elftown Comment Exchange Members



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Rules (ok, guidelines):

<img:img/drawing/80746_1099417465.jpg> Members should return the favor, but are not required to return comments in the same number they were recieved
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099417465.jpg> Rude comments can be ignored (you don't have to return the favor in this case... it could lead to a feud)
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099417465.jpg> Comments are suggested to be returned in kind (if someone simply says "kool pics" then members can simply say the same on their page)
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099417465.jpg> Members should state on their galleries that they are members and what that means for those that comment on their work.
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099417465.jpg> If you wish to join the Comment Exchange simply sign up here Elftown Comment Exchange Members
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099417465.jpg> Currently we support Galleries on Elftown itself and for DeviantArt. If you would like us to support an additional gallery let us know.
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099417465.jpg> When you sign up, try to comment on a few members' galleries, this will help to produce an internal circulation of commenting
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099417465.jpg> Eventually your comment load may become too great, you may not have the time to return comments, or you simply consider this wiki training wheels and decide you don't need it any longer. Then simply remove your name from the list, no big deal, or contact me, [Kshatriya Karahatay] and I'll remove your name for you.
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099417465.jpg> The rules are subject to change. Notification of the members will be attempted. If the rule is of particular importance a vote may be held. It is suggested you watch this page for any possible changes which may occur.

Many members may decide to apply their own stipulations on top of the rules here: they may add a few rules about their returning comments, or what kind they like to recieve. Those rules may eventually make their way into the official rules here if they seem to benefit the majority.

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Related wikis/websites of interest:


<img:img/drawing/80746_1099418015.jpg> Comment Exchange
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099418015.jpg> The constructive criticism club
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099418015.jpg> Constructive Criticism Wiki
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099418015.jpg> New Art Comment Club
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099418015.jpg> Comments for the comment hungry
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099418015.jpg> Wyvern's Writers United

Some advice about giving and recieving comments and criticism is found in these FARP articles by "Ellen Million". ~(referred by The constructive criticism club)~
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099420281.jpg> http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/farp/guides/givecriticism.html
<img:img/drawing/80746_1099420281.jpg> http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/farp/guides/takecriticism.html

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Feel free to ask questions, add comments, express your ideas, or voice your opinion below, in the comments box. Feedback is welcomed as it would help this community grow and develop.


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2006-08-11 [Estantia]: Great idea, where do I sign?

2006-08-13 [Kshatriya Karahatay]: Well here it is, Elftwon Comment Exchange v1.1

2006-11-10 [HiddenFire]: I like this idea! I wish I had thought of it. I see you solved the problem of "not everyone is on ET, so not everyone can return the favor, or even make comments" by making a separate branch almost completely localized to ET. Nice work.

2007-07-12 [Kshatriya Karahatay]: hhmmm...  Is this working for anybody?  perhaps it needs a little more advertisement....

2007-07-12 [Estantia]: I'm agreeing with you on that, almost no comments...

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