There's three main ways you can protect your stuff from prying eyes on Waterfall - search settings, age restrictions, and tags.
The first option is search settings. In your Blog Settings, you can opt out of showing in search results. This might be useful for personal blogs, and when you're opted out, you won't show in blog recommendations, and neither will your posts show in regular searches. Additionally, Waterfall will add a tag to your blog that asks search engines not to index it - most popular ones respect this setting, but a couple don't. For the ones most folks use though, you can be pretty sure you won't show up on there.
If you're an adult, you might not want to interact with minors - either because your blog is mostly adult content, interacting with minors makes you uncomfortable, or because you'd just prefer not to. In these cases, the option to make your blog only accessible to users over the age of eighteen is available in your blog settings. As with opting out of search results, your blog will no longer be accessible to users under that age. It also won't be available to logged out users, who are assumed to be underage by default.
There are three types of tags that affect how a post is treated on the site. Tags are currently case sensitive due to a code oversight, which should be corrected soon. For now, be careful as you type!
The "nsfw" or "NSFW" tags flag a post to be treated in the same way as an NSFW blog, with only that particular post being hidden from underage users. As of writing, that protection doesn't apply to reblogs without the NSFW tag - this is considered a bug, and will be fixed shortly.
Prescribed tags: nsfw, NSFW
Do Not Reblog
Sometimes, you want to say something, but don't want it being shared. In these cases, the Do Not Reblog tag family blocks reblogging the post at a code level. People can still like it and leave comments. This is most suitable for if you want advice or reassurance on something. Note: With these tags, they should be completely lowercase.
Prescribed tags: dnr, do not reblog
Do Not Interact
A more potent foorm of the DNR tags, Do Not Interact also disables comments. It doesn't stop likes - though there's debate on whether they should! Let us know your thoughts. As with DNR, these tags should be completely lower case.
Prescribed tags: dni, do not interact
Only one of the prescribed tags needs to be present. DNI overrides DNR.
In cases where you just don't want to interact with someone, you can block them. Blocks are handled at the account level rather than per blog, and you only need to block one of a user's blogs to block all of them. Currently, it doesn't stop posts where someone you've blocked is the OP from showing on your dashboard - this is considered a bug, and will be fixed shortly.
Blocking also carries over when a user is logged out, in a limited capacity.
Blocking is currently the weakest system on the site, and is being actively worked on - if you find an issue, let us know!
Hey everyone! With a rapid influx of new years finally starting to outpace how quickly we can develop things, it's starting to make more and more sense to have a repository of knowledge and how-to guides.
To that end, we've repurposed this blog - it'll now serve as the official "how do I do this?" place until the features have stabilised enough that we can write proper, real FAQ pages.
One small caveat - given we know how the site is supposed to work, there might be some things that are easy and don't need explaining. If you want to see something explained here, feel free to message @thelldev and we'll get a guide written for you.
In the meantime, if you're new here, we hope you enjoy the site!
It's important to remember that, right now, the CM is in alpha. While there's been multiple commissions successfully completed through it, there's a few missing links, and it can be a little confusing at times.
How Commissions Work
Part of the idea of the CM is to reduce risk on both sides. Artists run the risk of a buyer not paying, and buyers run the risk of an artist taking their money and running. Waterfall solves this with milestones. When you're hashing out a commission, the buyer describes what they want. If it's something the artist is willing to draw, they propose a price, and some milestones.
Milestones are relatively simple - at each major... milestone, they get paid a part of the cost of the commission. For example, a commission might be broken into three stages - lineart, colour, shading. You might agree between you that when the lineart is done, the artist should get 25% of their payment - Waterfall helps you do this!
When the artist is done with a milestone, they can upload it. Waterfall then shows it to the buyer in a low resolution, watermarked state until they pay, and then they get the full, original quality of that milestone.
The reasoning for milestones is simple - if the buyer ends up not paying, the artist hasn't wasted a whole lot of time. Later on, if the artist can't finish the piece, then the buyer at least has something for their money. There's no longer a need for both parties to be cautious when it comes to money, the artist gets paid when it's done, but the buyer doesn't get their art until they pay. For artists, payments are sent directly to your bank account, though there's sometimes a brief hold for fraud prevention purposes.
How to be an artist
Waterfall uses Stripe for the Commission Market, so you'll have to make an account with them. The reasons for this are simple - Waterfall believes that the secure area we provide is enough proof that the buyer can never claim they didn't get what they asked for. With Stripe, we have the option of contesting disputes on your behalf, and our guarantee is that if we lose, the artist still gets their money. We pay for both the commission, and any chargeback fees. In exchange, Waterfall takes 10% of the commission price - out of this, we pay any payment processor fees, so you can be guaranteed that 90% of the list price is what you get. Typically, after the fees, Waterfall makes just a few cents on a commission. Paypal doesn't allow us to offer the protections we want to offer.
Once you're registered with Stripe, you'll get a screen like this.
This should be relatively simple - the text is what any bog standard commission post would be. Maximum slots helps prevent you from getting overloaded - once you have that many active commissions, your listing will be hidden until you have one finished. Price range is to help buyers search. Currency is what you'd prefer to be paid in, defaulting to USD. The "profile is live" checkbox will put the listing live for you.
Upload some samples, and you're done! You'll be notified when a buyer has sent you a message, so put your feet up and wait.
It's been a long time coming, and after almost nine months of blood, sweat, and tears, we're finally ready to launch the Kickstarter!
The main aim here is to fund the development of the long awaited mobile app. Anything extra will go directly towards improving the site and making sure it survives for a long time to come!So, what are you waiting for?