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26 August 2005 @ 11:47 pm
Rules & FAQ - Read before posting!  
This entry repeats the rules set down in this community's user info and offers some more information useful to people interested in making icons/wallpapers.

This is a graphics community for the landscapes and cities of the movies/books Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, and other movies/books. There are several icon communities dealing with the subject matter around; however, this one focuses only on the beautiful landscapes, cities and realms of the movies, the books, and other material.

cityvalleys focuses on wallpapers, icons, and bookmarks.


Every community needs rules. This community has several. Please read them carefully before joining and especially before you post anything. Failure to comply will result in a warning. If the warning is ignored, it will result in a deletion of your post. Repeat offenders will be banned. Re-joining the community after banning is negotiable, however.

1. Do not post icons or wallpapers that contain people. Aragorn, Arwen, Frodo and the others are not wanted here! Random Bloke in the background? Not wanted. Stick figues that might be people? Maaaybe. Just make sure that the person or persons aren't the main focus of your image or take up more than a third of the image.

Example: Window from LotR movie? Acceptable. Forest from LotR? Acceptable. Set of houses, doors, table from another movie? Acceptable. ...random coconut lying on a random beach somewhere? Nuh-uh.

2. Fake cuts. I hate them. Everyone hates them. They're the old black and it's time they ventured to the pixelated graveyard of the internet. A fake cut ( looks like this ) and usually leads to someone's journal. I don't know why people think that a fake cut will lure more people to whatever they posted because it usually doesn't work. A real link looks like this, and it does the job just fine!

2a. Links to your own journal are perfectly all right. You don't have to post every single icon here at cityvalleys. Posting a teaser or several teasers and following them with a real link to the entry where you posted them in your personal or icon journal is the best way to avoid having to post things twice, and it saves bandwidth.

3. Teasers. Do post them. People want to know what they're getting into before they click that lj-cut or link. Post 1-3. The rest of the icons belong under a cut.

3a. You made only 4 icons? Then there's no need for a cut. Cuts are mainly there to save peoples' friendslists from taking too long to load. I draw the line at 6 icons without a cut. So if you made anything up to six icons, you may post them without a cut. Any more, however, fall under rule 3.

3c. Wallpapers: unless you made a smallish ( 100 - 250px wide at the most ) preview of your wallpaper, always, always put the full wallpaper under a cut! There is nothing worse than having a 1024x768 image suddenly appear on your friends page.

4. Etiquette. Netiquette. Be courteous. If you don't like someone's icons, pass them by. Read the post carefully. If the icon maker asks for constructive criticism, and you feel you have something valuable to contribute, comment. Advice. Help. If all you can say is 'ur iconz sux lolz!' I will come down on you like a ton of bricks and ban you from this community.

5. This is not an elite community. Everyone starts somewhere. You'll probably see the good and the bad, and the truly rotten, too. If you can't handle that, go away.

6. There is no insane application process, to quote a friend. Join. Watch. Post. I have nothing to prove to anyone, and neither do you. If you don't like being here anymore, leave. If you want to re-join, come back. That's all.

7. Requests. You may request things, but be reasonable. Most of the people I know are either students, manage a family, or hold down a job. If your request isn't met, either no one wants to do it, or no one has the time. Don't clutter the community with twenty 'Why is no one doing my request?!' posts. Either someone does it, or no one does.

8. Challenges. Personally, I'm rotten at challenges. I never meet the time requirements, forget about it, go on a tangent, or end up doing something completely different from what I started out with. Feel free, though, to post screencaps or other images and challenge people to make something beautiful out of them.

9. Advertisement of other communities is allowed as long as these advertisements have something to do with Lord of the Rings/J.R.R. Tolkien or graphics/icons/wallpapers. Don't post about your new role-playing community, please. There are places for that kind of stuff, and this one... is not it.

10. These are your Ten Commandments for cityvalleys. Read them, understand them, follow them, and no lightning will hit you.

Maintainer: noctuidae
Maintainer's email

General communities
basicbases ( members only )

Font Resources
Dafont.com and
Dafont.com's Links
Myst Fonts

Lord of the Rings Screencap Resources
Lisa's Video Frame Capture Library
Elves at Helm's Deep
Annon nan Galadh

Lord of the Rings General and Icon/Graphics Communities
hobbit_icons lij_icons lordoftherings lotr_art lotrart lotr_graphics oneringicontest orlando_icons tolkien tolkienart

If you know of any other links that should be here, leave a comment!
Miss Blissyeverbliss on September 17th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)
This is a question regarding things to post up, but do icons of objects (not people) count as things we can post up (I'm really sorry if I'm wording this weirdly)? For instance, what if I made an icon of the round, stone table that the mirror of Galedriel (aka, the pan of water in this screenshot) sat on? Or, a parchment and/or candle? I'm sorry if this is a ridiculous question, but I just feel a little unclear about it. Thank you!
noctuidae on September 17th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)
Technically, yes. That stone table is part of a landscape, so it's perfectly within the acceptable boundaries. Objects themselves are a little... hard to define, I think. I could make an icon of a window from a house in LotR, for example, and it would be within the rules, but finding a random picture of a coconut lying on a beach somewhere and making it an icon would not be within the rules ( unless we're talking about the acorn-thingy from Ice Age ). I'm going to say that as long as it comes from a movie or book, it's okay. :)