Finally, a community for the discerning crafter. Heavily moderated communities, where mean comments are deleted and slightly off-topic (but interesting!) posts disappear, irritate the fuck out of me. This community will be unsanitized, which means that if you post a photo of yourself looking disgusting in the ugly bikini you crocheted, and someone tells you so, no mods are going to step in try to spare your feelings. At least try to keep it constructive, kids. But if someone tells you that your craft is ugly, don't come whining to me. It probably is.
The Rules 1. Try to stick to constructive criticism and stay on topic, at least with the initial posts. For fuck's sake, don't try to promote your shitty emo rating community or your girlfriend's band, or you will no longer have a post.
2. If you have a huge picture, or more than one, put it behind an lj-cut tag, otherwise people will whine about the precious space you're taking up on their Friends page. Trust me, it's better to just use <*lj-cut text="LINK TEXT"*> (without the *s).
3. A discreet link to the sale of your item is permitted, but you'd better be willing to answer questions about your techniques, otherwise you'll get your post deleted faster than you can say "capitalist pig." In other words, if your sole purpose is to sell, with no intent to share ideas and skills, don't bother posting. I guess this is kind of subjective, but it's like pornography--I'll know it when I see it (and believe me, I've seen enough to know what I'm looking for....)
4. You may not realize it, but when you joined livejournal you agreed to NOT do the following: "Upload, post or otherwise transmit any content that is in LiveJournal.com's opinion to be unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive to another's privacy... hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable." If you're a homophobic or racist asshole, keep it to yourself.
There won't be complete anarchy--I reserve the right to moderate if sales or off-topic posts get completely out of hand--but I want to be as light-handed as possible while still maintaining a vital and interesting crafting community for you snobby diy fucks out there.
P.S. I'm new at this moderating thing, so if you have any suggestions, let me know.