Sign Ups Changing?

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Sign Ups Changing?

Post by okapirose » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:14 pm

Please tell me this year the signup method for the general artist alley applications will be changing?

Last few years have been insane with the site crashing. Its not "first come first served" but "whoever has the fastest internet and manages to not get the error message when submitting the letter of intent that gets in" served. I kid you not, many artists have panic attacks when it comes to sign ups, especially veteran artists, who not only do this for a living, but rely on coming to AB year after year.

Whole alley needs to be juried to vary up artists (saw so few 3D artists this past year, need to break up those walls of prints!) or at the very LEAST using something like google docs so that the crashing of the site doesn't happen?

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Re: Sign Ups Changing?

Post by pulsedemon » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:42 pm

We've surveyed artists in the past and found basically equal support for the way it's been (largely first-come), a lottery system, and a jury. Obviously, that doesn't help too much. There's a lot of interest and not enough supply, so any way is basically equally good or bad (depending on how you see it).

Our web team has been talking about making sure we have additional CPU power this year to help soak some of the requests. It's a lot to wrangle as there's like hundreds of requests a minute on the database for a while.

Too much demand is, in some ways, a good problem to have. We always want to try to improve the experience, but we're in a situation where it's not possible to please everyone. If we just managed to find a whole new space where we could make room for everyone, the money that gets spent in the Alley is then spread too thin and everyone's unhappy. If we handle everything in a jury system, it makes the room nearly impossible for new artists to break in. If we handle it as a lottery, we end up with a stronger chance of working with artists that aren't seen to be as 'serious' about the craft as others. As it is, we are subject to server capacities and everything.

If it helps anything at all, the room is essentially long past 'full' by the time the form had become unresponsive in the past. It's clearly not much of a consolation, but it is the situation.
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