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kangamutt

My 2 Cents: Inkbunny.net

Lately there has been a huge buzz about this new site, both good and bad, and whether you like it or not, it's here to stay. After a couple days of using it, I've had a somewhat mixed experience using it, so I'm going to go ahead and toss in my 2 cents, and maybe give a little info to you, my dear readers about it.
NOTE: This in no way, is a direct comparison with FA. I am basing my ratings on a collective experience using networking/gallery-based websites across the internet.

-Appearance: 4.5/5
It's nice. It's bright, cheery, smooth graphics without having to resort to that shitty web 2.0 look. The colour scheme is all well and cohesive, even with the arty background on (you have an option between that and a drab grey). It's like getting into a brand-new Mercedes-Benz, where everything is smooth and clean, though there is one problem as with anything new, and that's....

-Navigation: 3/5
While everything is nice and grouped up around the top area, and set up in a tier system, from browsing art, down to messages/notifications to control panel/submission forms, the last tier is lacking quite a bit. First off, if you turned off the message talking about setting up your profile and account settings, you'll have a bit of a hard time finding them. The buttons are tiny, and crammed into a small proximity below the banner. They really don't stand out, and I'd think your account/profile control panels are pretty important things to find. Posting is done through pressing the CREATE button, which brings about a sub-menu for art, stream notices and journals, which clears up the clutter quite a bit. My biggest gripe in this department is that the Logout button is labeled as "EXIT", which is something I have never seen a website do. It is as easily missed as the control panel buttons, simply because of its label.

-Features: 5/5
Definitely its advantage. It supports bulk uploading, gallery folders, print/download sales, and keyword blocking. The latter is definitely my favourite feature, as I don't need to view anything that requires me to pour bleach on my eyes. The filter is backed by the fact that the staff are sticklers for proper keywording and possibly even requiring it, in order to keep the block function working.

-Rules system: 3.5/5
This site is STRICTLY a furry art site. No humans, no photos, no beautifully rendered still lifes/plein air landscape paintings. No ifs, ands or buts about it. But the system is a dual-edged sword. While this is cut, this also means no random photographs of someone's video game collection, or their crappy '96 Taurus with faded paint, or their stupid greasy black-dyed haircuts.

-Artist's exposure: 1/5
If you're new to online art galleries, don't start on Inkbunny.net. The showing goes as follows: 3 large thumbnails for prints on sale, randomly displayed with each refresh; 3 large thumbnails for downloads on sale, randomly displayed with each refresh; 12 small thumbnails of the most popular art, randomly displayed with each refresh; and at the bottom, 6 small thumbnails of the most recently posted art. So far, I've only really seen the same friggin 6 or so artists with their names and work constantly on the main page. They're the ones getting all the attention. You really aren't going to be noticing the 6 small recent works, unless you click the "RECENT" button at the top of the page. The only way you're really going to get exposure is when people are browsing the art in general. Lesser-known artists are going to have a really hard time getting their name out on Inkbunny unless you do have a good pre-established network elsewhere, where your contacts use Inkbunny as well.

-Bottom line: 3.5/5
Inkbunny.net is a site brimming with features to make your browsing experience more enjoyable, but could use a little work in the navigation department. It's a strictly furries only site, and if you aren't there to make money, and/or a popular artist already, you may not want to use it, as getting noticed would be more challenging than some other sites.

That's my two cents on Inkbunny.net.
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Added: 8 years, 2 months ago
 
Doodlebug
8 years, 2 months ago
I think you've summed it up nicely!
GreenReaper
8 years, 2 months ago
Thanks for your feedback! :-)
kangamutt
8 years, 2 months ago
Not a problem! :D

I've seen a ton of drama about this place. I figured SOMEBODY had to do an actual review instead of whinging on about some B/S or somethingother. But I guess in the end, any publicity is good publicity, eh? After all, the reason I ever joined was to see why the heck everyone was getting their knickers in a knot over it!

And I have to say, I quite like it here.
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