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Updated: Feb 16, 2022 (version 2)
👉 Guild.art is a social marketplace for artists, curated and owned by everyone involved: A safe haven from bullies and corporate negligence. 🤟
Artboards are the bread and butter of guild art. It's a recursive grid layout system that forms a rectangle of any size.
Within this large rectangle, artists can place any type of media or widgets, such as images, text, buttons to purchase an item, polls, or even portals that take you to other artboards!
Widgets are the workhorses of guild.art
They allow people to directly interact with artboards and alter the course of the future! Here are some very general examples of what widget functionality could look like in the future.
Artists can add a contact widget to their main page:
Commission me below. Closing in 24 hours!
Artists can list the comissions they are working on. Some can even be portals to another artboard showcasing wip/finished work!
Artists can even host croudsourced charity events!
All proceeds go to saving nature's cutest pollinators! 🐝
Shop from participating artists:
Studios are shared spaces where one or more artists can create new artboards, widgets and (most importantly) share their artwork!
These are explained in depth in a later section.
Topics are exactly like studios, except they can't raise or earn money (this might change in the future). These are intended as a place to share artwork from several different related artists.
When someone visits the website, the first thing they see is the Discovery Board: An absolutely huge artboard and access hub.
The discovery board is intended as an access hub to individual and smaller artist communities within the marketplace.
We'll let the community approve and organize events to promote different artists, social causes, or anything else you'd like on our board as long as it respects community guidelines! 😄
Working on something secret!
I had a delicious lunch! Here's a sneak peek of my art! 🙈
Ahhh! It's finally finished!
Artist are encouraged to report any violation - whether it's someone being mean - someone doing something illegal - or anything inbetween. We'll take care of it as a community! 💪
We require a small, yearly access fee of $5 in order for users to interact with our artists. This pays for the costs of running the site and helps us identify users in order to enforce the community rules (more specifics later). 🤠
If a user is found to be purposefully breaking our rules, their account will be banned and they will lose access to the marketplace. 👿 Circumventing this ban is made very difficult on purpose, to keep our community safe.
Transparency means not just telling, but also showing. The code that runs the website is open source (within the community). You don't need to believe me when I say our system is built a certain way, you can see it for yourself! 🤓
Yes you can sell stuff on our marketplace! But why would you want to?
Users are not our customers; Artists are. We did the math, and we plan to take a $1.50 fee from each transaction (1.5 USD pays for data storage needs over 10 years).
Why do we take such a small cut? Because users are not our customers. Artists are.
Guild.art is a radical shift from the traditional business model of taking a large cut of seller profits.
These traditional business models have historically punished sellers who fall victim to fraud and abuse!
Instead, we treat artists as our customers. Since we don't take middleman fees on purchases, artists are our primary source of income, and we work with them to satisfy their customers.
In fact, to pay our programmers, moderators and other employees, we rely on croudsourced funding from our artists! Without this funding, development of the website will slow down and it will take longer for us to add new features.
To pay for hosting, security services, servers, media storage costs and data bandwidth, we rely on the $5 annual user access fee as well as the $1.50 transaction fee
I'm not in this to enrich myself and will never be. My life was forever changed by the MLP and other small internet communities. I've sincerely want to help my people and it's my dream to make a living out of it. Our company will be for profit, meaning we'll be able to pool together funds, donate to charity and reinvest it in our community as need be. - Marc
Honestly, it's hard to know how well our financials will scale.
Since most of the media on our website does not sit behind a paywall, unpaid users will also incur a cost for us. In addition, we will need to pay for storage and retrieval costs of exponentially growing dataset as more artists add artwork to the site. We also need to pay 3rd parties for the security/other services we use which scale based off of the number of users.
If only 1 out of every 100 users paid the access fee, we'd be in good shape. However, if that number was much less, we might need to search for other avenues to reduce our costs and increase profits.
I promise to be transparent about the state of guild.art's financials to the greatest extent possible. I'll always be open about our plans and open to feedback from our community. - Marc
This presentation could not cover everything. There are other topics only covered in the "white paper" available in #documention in discord. Here are a few things that were missed: