brought up a suggestion that I thought has merit. It'll require community cooperation, but I think it could benefit everyone: Tagging commissioned images with the artist/s that created it.
There's one problem, and that's that, often, an artist's fursona is the same as their actual account name, and this may lead to confusion. Is a submission tagged with 'elix' a submission I created, or a submission that contains the white kitty (or both, even)?
This has a few benefits for everyone:
1) It allows you to find art by artists you like that much easier, especially commissioned art that the actual artist may not have uploaded on their own account.
2) It also allows the tag filter to be used as an extension of the "block all uploads by this user" function, in case you use that function, since it associates submissions with a creator even if it's not on that person's account. The current block function suffers from this limitation, since IB does not automatically perform image recognition or anything and has no reliable way to determine the original creator of a file.
mentioned an alternate proposal as a feature request, and I think this would benefit everyone, if it actually got used. During the upload process, when it comes time to tag and describe your upload and put it in pools, IB could have an additional checkbox for if the upload was a commission/gift by an artist. Checking that box reveals additional fields to reference the creator's IB (or other) account, and possibly the IB upload ID/URL of the artist's version (if they submitted it themselves). This puts the burden on the uploader instead of putting it to community tagging, but it'd make for a nicer, more integrated experience.
If you like this idea, please feel free to pass it around. Link to it in your own journals, etc. I'm not doing this for views or anything, but to try and spread this around.
If you don't want to participate in such a tagging scheme, I have an easy response for you: Don't. Per the IB ACP, you are responsible for your own submission's tags and whether or not you allow community tagging. You don't need to be a naysayer here. This initiative will live or die on its own merit without your help.