30 January 2010 @ 01:37 pm
Because you know I spend too much time thinking about it.  
A graphics poll, with some general icon questions, and some very specific.



Poll #1518758 Graphics Poll

What's your ideal post size?

Smallish (25 icons or less)
5(7.6%)
Medium (25-60 icons)
45(68.2%)
Large (60-90)
13(19.7%)
Very Large (90+)
3(4.5%)

Which do you prefer?

Posts with only one or two fandoms/subjects
23(34.8%)
Posts with a small handful of fandoms (4-5)
39(59.1%)
Posts with dozens of fandoms
4(6.1%)

When looking for new icons, where do you tend to look?

Big, general comms, like icons
1(1.5%)
Slightly more specialized comms, like scificons
1(1.5%)
The general comms for a show, like doctorwho
6(8.8%)
Icon comms for a single show, like trekicons
5(7.4%)
Small pairing or character specific comms, like jackslashdaniel
2(2.9%)
Somewhere else you'll mention in comments
5(7.4%)
Ticky box
4(5.9%)

What would you like to see more of?

Headers/Banners
5(7.5%)
Mood Themes
4(6.0%)
Wallpapers
5(7.5%)
Request posts
2(3.0%)
Tutorials
3(4.5%)
Something else tha you'll discuss in comments)
0(0.0%)
Ticky Box
8(11.9%)

Are there any fandoms you'd like to see more of (that you know I'm involved in)?

Are there any fandoms you'd like to see less of?

icons_of_isis is a journal, not a community. Should I:

Leave it as is, it's fine as a journal.
59(90.8%)
Transform it into a comm instead (which will involve deleting all the entries, though I can repost some of them later).
1(1.5%)
Leave it, but start a new icon comm.
5(7.7%)
Some other option you'll mention in comments.
0(0.0%)

Ticky box

Tickyyyyyyy
52(100.0%)
 
 
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☆: ZAP!theidolhands on January 30th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
I honestly run across good icons through other people's comments and checking out those who have good taste. However, I do also check out icon comms.
But you can call me Bowie: lord of the ringsisiscaughey on January 30th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
I actually find a lot of icon makers that way, myself. I didn't even think to include that option, though...
tinpratinpra on January 30th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
I do this as well. If I see someone with an icon I love, I'll hunt down the icon-maker when possible.
cricket allisoncat_calls144 on March 6th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
*gasp* That's how I found you!
alexiscartwheelalexiscartwheel on February 1st, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Ditto this.
Sister Boot Knife of Sweet Reason: eyetakhys on January 30th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
I often find new iconmakers by clicking on the keywords of icons I like, but if I'm looking for something specific, I search LJ for comms by interests.
But you can call me Bowie: bowieisiscaughey on January 30th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
I surf through people's icons myself, I totally forgot to include that option.
clockwork_skyclockwork_sky on January 30th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
What's a ticky box? *feels stupid*
But you can call me Bowie: sg teal'c jugglesisiscaughey on January 30th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
The little boxes you put the check mark in, on the questions that aren't radio buttons (the round ones) or text boxes.

No need to feel stupid, it's one of those things that you only get to know with lots of polls.
clockwork_sky: daniel grammarclockwork_sky on January 30th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Ohhh! So just ticky boxes for fun. I see, I see... Thank you for this enlightenment.
misanthropic maidvolmerburroughs on January 30th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
When looking for new icons I usually go to comms of joint iconmakers.
But you can call me Bowie: buffy became the sunisiscaughey on January 30th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
The ones where like 4-5 icon makers post, or something else?
misanthropic maid: (aj) hands & ankles.volmerburroughs on January 30th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
tardis_stowaway: doomsday beachtardis_stowaway on January 30th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Things like mood themes and headers are fun sometimes, but I am okay with the current balance of mostly icons with the occasional surprise other graphic. I mostly find icons either through setting out to look through a show's icon com like dwicons, seeing icons pop up in a more specific community that I watch (like time_and_chips), or tracking down icons I like that I see other people using.
But you can call me Bowie: dr who 10/roseisiscaughey on January 30th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
::nods:: Cool, thank you. :D
janice_lester: 7 umbrella handle/pensive/seven stormjanice_lester on January 30th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
Disorganised thoughts:

I don't have a mood theme and I hate the ordinary LJ ones. So I'd be quite receptive if the right one came along. It would have to be non-animated because I find flashing things irritating and I don't want to have to dodge them on my own journal.

I'm not interested in having a header or banner, but I AM interested in collecting larger graphics to go in my screensaver folder. I have a few in there that were designed as headers, but they don't look as good as those that are designed to be wallpapers for something close to my resolution (1440x900). I don't use wallpapers as wallpapers per se; I find anything remotely photoesque too distracting to have on my desktop all the time.

I hate having to hunt through a massive icon post to find the one or two icons from fandoms I'm interested in, but OTOH I love going to a post looking for one thing and finding something else I never knew I had to have. So I guess I'm in favour of multi-fandom posts, but also in favour of icon makers holding onto stray icons until they have a decent handful from that fandom to post.

Forgive the generalities; I can't honestly recall how you do these things, as it's been a while since I mined your journal for icons. (Currently around 12% of my in-use icons are yours, BTW.)
But you can call me Bowie: dr who 7isiscaughey on January 30th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
It looks like a lot of people zre interested in mood themes, so I'll probably post a request-ish sort of thing about it in my blog at some point. They can be sort of tricky, as one has to track down 132 suitable images to do it, but when I'm up for it, they can be fun.

Yeah, I've always been the sort to only post a small handful of fandoms, but with a decent number of icons per fandom. However, I've noticed the trend of posting a couple icons each of dozens of different fandoms these days, and figured I should check if that's what people prefer.

::grins:: Thanks!
Joanna: ho1000c | otis approveskalikethewind on January 31st, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
I am honestly happy as long as you post graphics. I don't even care that 90% of them are fandoms I don't watch or know much about. I just like your graphics :)

I like bigger posts though..but if that means I have to wait a long time..pfft. Post 3 icons I don't care haha

I generally search by interest and find communities for the specific things I like..for instance 24 or criminal minds :)

and I like posts with all kinds of fandoms because it's interesting to see the differences in the style of crops and coloring you use for each :)

Blah blah blah POST! :)

I don't see the need to change to a community..it works just fine as it is doesn't it?
But you can call me Bowie: ziggy stardustisiscaughey on January 31st, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
I think so, but I've just seen some rants about people using icon journals instead of comms, and wanted to check.

Thanks, hon. :D
Joanna: antonio de la rúa | snarkkalikethewind on January 31st, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
and what is their main complaint? that it doesn't show up under communities? are they so stupid they can't find the journal that has ICONS in the title? haha

I mean it's a lil annoying when someone has a journal and also posts their icons there and they don't use "icons" as a tag so you have to root through a lot of their useless drivel..but your icon journal is..ohmygodGASP nothing but graphics...

I'm confused. Of course this isn't a new state of mind for me but..still..what the hell?

:)
But you can call me Bowie: bowieisiscaughey on January 31st, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
The rant was about the fact that some people don't want to friend icon journals because that would give the icon maker access to the ranters locked journal. I understand that; which is why I was considering an alternate possibility. But I can promise that I never read my icon journal's friendlist- I have enough trouble keeping up with my own. :D
whoa, prohibition sally!: miss waterfield i presumeinfinitejoys on January 31st, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
I didn't answer the first two because I honestly don't have a preference.

I often find icons through the icon equivalent of citation chasing -- find an icon I like, look up who made it, look at their icon journal (and then in the comments of their icon journal, I'll see another icon I like, so I'll look up that user, and repeat until I suddenly have a billion new icons saved on my computer). I only go looking for certain comms when I'm looking for something specific, like a certain character or episode.
But you can call me Bowie: dr who: rose & sarah janeisiscaughey on January 31st, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, I surf through people's userpics myself- it's actually probably how I found most of my favorite makers.
Millions of strange shadows does she attend on: dragonsquee-glaggan16(dragonsquee)rare_fandom on January 31st, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Like a lot of others have said, if I see someone with an icon I like I go to their userpics to get the maker's name and then check out that person's com/journal. If they post enough icons I either think are really pretty or in fandoms I follow then I add/watch them.
But you can call me Bowie: le petit princeisiscaughey on January 31st, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Indeed, I do it myself- I totally forgot to add it to the poll.
Vanilla  ... Spiked with Slivovitzjenna_thorn on January 31st, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
in order:

Really large posts tend to overwhelm me. I get burnout and don't really appreciate the second half of the hundred on a single page.

posts with only a few subjects make sorting through tags much simpler/more efficient

When I'm getting into a new fandom, I'll hit the fandom-specific comms or find the newsletter for that fandom and open up a handful of icons posts, but I friend a few iconmakers, and really that's where most of my icons come from.

I love to look at wallpapers, but I don't actually save many.
But you can call me Bowie: red sox 2isiscaughey on January 31st, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
::nods:: Indeed- I feel about the same with really big posts, especially when there are lots of different fandoms/subjects.
Christina: beatles lovesunlitdays on January 31st, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
I didn't pick moodthemes not because I wouldn't love to see what you could do with one, but because as a fellow graphics maker, I know how much of a pain in the butt they can be and I don't wish that on anyone! lol

I voted for more Firefly & Superman; it's how I found you in the first place. ;) But I usually love whatever you choose to make.
But you can call me Bowie: beatlesisiscaughey on January 31st, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
Heh, they are indeed a total pain. Usually the worst part is finding the last 20 or so images.

Thanks!
time_lordy: storm onetime_lordy on January 31st, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
I think the work you do here is great. I myself have no clue how to make an icon, and really no desire to learn. I think this place works well as it is, a journal.

what else? more Classic Who is never a bad thing.
But you can call me Bowie: dr who 4isiscaughey on January 31st, 2010 06:25 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly!
LissaAnnlissa_ann on January 31st, 2010 07:01 am (UTC)
We need to get you into Supernatural so that you can make all the prettys for our fandom. :D
But you can call me Bowie: red sox 2isiscaughey on January 31st, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
I'm not sure how up my alley Supernatural might be (sorry!) but I'm always happy to do specific screencaps et al.

And baseball season is starting soon :D
pat: Peter qospat_t on January 31st, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
I'm actually getting my wish of new Highlander icons at our new hl_stills community which makes me very happy. Thanks for contributing.
But you can call me Bowie: highlander methosisiscaughey on January 31st, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
I really should be thanking you- it's a great comm, and it's nice to have a little push sometimes to get these things done. Sometime soon, I'll actually get around to posting some HL icons- I have the contest ones, plus some new ones.
tdapenguin: Kaylee dresstdapenguin on February 1st, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
So I took the poll but I'm not really sure I get to count because I've got my 6 icon slots and judging from past experience I don't reallly cycle icons through them....

Although have you seen Monsoon Wedding? With its lovely bright colors it might be fun to iconify...

And I basically get my icons from myself with my mad skillz or from you :P
But you can call me Bowie: ff: jayneisiscaughey on February 1st, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
Hehe, well thanks for filling it out anyway. :D
Elеna: snobbykehlen_crow on February 22nd, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Passing by (in search of icons ;-) )
Looking for new icons is always very much not-fun for me. I look everywhere I can think of, and find one icon I like in about 20-30-50 entries. Because I know what emotion I want the icon to be of, and -that- is difficult to come by. :-)
But you can call me Bowie: hugh laurieisiscaughey on February 22nd, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Passing by (in search of icons ;-) )
Oh, I totally understand. That's why I started making icons in the first place- I get really picky about what I want. :D
ifavorfire on May 8th, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
I'd be very interested in a Man From U.N.C.L.E. header or two.:)
But you can call me Bowie: mfu illyaisiscaughey on May 8th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
I'll put it on my list :D