To members both new (welcome!) and old, the many different nooks on Iwaku can be a little bit overwhelming. There are a lot of them as we try to provide as many flexible ways to have fun as possible here and sometimes it's hard to tell what every area is used for. That's what this resource is aimed at addressing, to an extent.
The character gallery, which you can find here, or by clicking the option on the menu at the top of the page that says "Characters", is a place to store characters. Now, that may seem like redundant wording but it's actually important. The Character Gallery is a place to put up more or less finished characters - images attached to names, personalities, etc. While you can have characters with some degree of adaptability to fit in with a wider range of potential roleplays, just putting up lots of pictures that you think are nice looking doesn't cut it.
If you're looking for a place to store pictures that you want to keep track of for later use, there are many different websites and ways to do that. Websites like Imgur and Photobucket will allow you to host images and create an account to keep track of all the pictures you've collected. If you're just looking for a place to store them that isn't your computer, try Dropbox! You can even store things in your blog on Iwaku and tons of people keep their character sheets there.
A lot of questions surrounding the Character Gallery have been answered in the Character Gallery FAQ but if you are unsure, feel free to ask a staff member.
Some basics about images in the gallery:
- Only one character per entry. Group images are allowed, but the focus should be on one character.
- Scenery and objects don't fit in the character gallery!
- People/creature images need some information identifying them as characters (names, personalities, etc. this part is flexible as long as you have some information)
- Real life human nudity is not allowed.
- Pornographic images are not allowed.
- ART with subtle nudity or an element of risque can be permitted but needs to have a safe thumbnail and warn people of NSFW content unless it is in the Redstar/Bluestar specific sections (these sections allow sexually suggestive art to be posted without spoilers as long as it does not break any other rules). Note that this is a subjective ruling and no nudity is the safest option!
- Don't dump a bazillion images into the gallery at once. This is a common courtesy so that the other members aren't flooded out with one person's images. It is okay to do this if you are new and uploading for the first time!
- Duplicates of characters are only allowed if there is a difference between who can see the two categories. For example, a character in Bluestar roleplays also being in seeking one on one so that Redstars can also view it.Images that don't adhere to these points will likely run across the radar of our diligent staff who keep an eye on the Character Gallery and from there, if it isn't a character, we will probably ask you to either take it down or add character information if it is actually meant to be a character. Save yourself the hassle and only add characters!