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Help Topic: How Long Does it Take to Get a Banner?


Itís a really hard question. It depends on the difficulty of your request and who you request it from.

Say for instance that youíre requesting a banner from anyone and your request is as follows:

Title of story From Hate to Love
Penname (in the story archive) TomFoolery
Would you like your penname on the banner? (yes or no) yes
Quotes to use on banner (if any) none
Specific characters to use on banner Draco and Hermione
Specific pictures to use on banner (if any) any recent pictures will do
Does your story have an OC that you would like on the banner? * no
Specific colors you would like the banner to be (if any) red maybe? Itís really up to you.
Would you like your banner to be animated? (yes or no?) ** no
Would you like your banner to be filled by the next avaliable person? (yes or no?) *** yes
Preferred Banner-Maker (skip this question if you answered yes to the last one) ****
Date you need the banner by whenever
Any other tidbits about your request you may need to add none

It probably wonít take more than a day or two. In fact, many artists can turn this type of request around in the space of less than half an hour.

However, requesting a banner by a specific artist tends to take longer for two reasons. Firstly, they may have open requests already so your request goes to the end of the line and that person will get to it when they can. Secondly, if you request a banner by anyone, it will be taken by the next available person and weíve got a lot of them floating around.

Also, the more difficult your request, the longer it will take, thatís just simple logic. An example of a difficult request:

Title of story From Hate to Love
Penname (in the story archive) TomFoolery
Would you like your penname on the banner? (yes or no) yes
Quotes to use on banner (if any) ďIíve gone from hate to love, my love, and now, thereís just no turning back.Ē
Specific characters to use on banner Draco, Hermione, Viktor, and Harry
Specific pictures to use on banner (if any)
http://www.veritaserum.com/galleries/displ...up&cat=53&pos=6
http://www.veritaserum.com/galleries/displ...up&cat=53&pos=8
http://www.veritaserum.com/galleries/displ...p&cat=53&pos=12
http://www.veritaserum.com/galleries/displ...p&cat=53&pos=14
http://www.veritaserum.com/galleries/displ...p&cat=53&pos=15

http://www.veritaserum.com/galleries/displ...p&cat=53&pos=13

Does your story have an OC that you would like on the banner? *
Specific colors you would like the banner to be (if any) I would like it to be a dark red color, softening around the edges into a blazing orange
Would you like your banner to be animated? (yes or no?) ** yes- I would like the title to fade in and out, and then for the quote to fade with it
Would you like your banner to be filled by the next available person? (yes or no?) *** yes
Preferred Banner-Maker (skip this question if you answered yes to the last one) ****
Date you need the banner by whenever
Any other tidbits about your request you may need to add I want the pictures of Draco on the left side, the picture of Hermione in the middle, Viktor to the right of Hermione and Harry just next to her and the last picture in the background. Also, can you add a picture of a broken heart in the background with the tent scenery?

You can already see the difference in the requests. The latter is doable but not very easy to manage because of the amount of pictures to include with animated text, as well as the color effects and image positioning.

The more pictures you want, the more animation, the more effects, the more words and quotes to put on your banner, and the longer your banner will take. Have too much or too many and your request becomes impossible and will get moved to the land of ďOut of Luck" after going unfilled.

As a fast rule, we do not allow people to "bump" their request topics until three days have passed. We ask our designers to start from the bottom and work their way up through open requests - ensuring that the oldest requests are filled first. As long as our average fill time is under three days, not attempting to break the no bumping rule is in your best interest.

After three days, you are allowed to make a post in your thread - some people simply say "bump" others will beg with "please," usually followed by an inordinate amount of exclamation points. Etiher way, it's up to you.

Topics in the banner request areas** that have not been bumped within the last 7 days will be moved to the Out of Luck forum as it is assumed that you, the person requesting it, either a) no longer need it or b) have forgotten about the request. Once a request has been moved Out of Luck, you are welcome to re-post the request. Simply start a new thread in the appropriate area and re-issue your request. When doing this, consider the reason your reuqest may not have been filled - did you follow all of the rules, etc...

** this exempts "specific artist" request areas, where the expiration time is 10 days, not 7.

Alternately, if it has been five days and your request has still not been filled, you can request to have it moved to the Member Request section, where it will be open to not only Junior, Senior and Staff artists but also Members. The designers are sometimes less skilled but usually have more time. Your request will be snatched up in a jiffy.