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I, ALONG WITH A FEW OTHER FRACTAL ARTISTS WHO ARE ALSO AFFECTED, WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE FRACTAL COMMUNITY HERE AT DA (AND BEYOND) AWARE OF DISTRESSING SITUATION.

SOME MONTHS BACK, A FEW OF US HAD OUR COMPUTERS AFFECTED BY A TROJAN PROGRAM THAT RAPED OUR COMPUTERS OF OUR FRACTAL PARAMS. THE CULPRIT WAS A PERSON KNOWN AS DEBORA321. THIS INDIVIDUAL HAS SINCE BEEN BANNED FROM DA. WE STILL HAVE OUR SUSPICIONS ABOUT ANOTHER ARTIST HERE WHO APPEARED ON THE SCENE VERY SHORTLY AFTER.

RECENTLY, I RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING NOTE FROM A CONCERNED AND SINCERE ARTIST HERE AT DA........
Today, I received a mail which contained some peculiar data.
It seems like the attached file was a COMPLETE collection of yours and some other from the fractal elite’s params.

The file contained: BeesKnees.ufl, CarlX.ufl, Stev0id.ufl, Encrypted1+2.ufl and Fractec.ufl and the message “make good use of this information”


IT WAS A TERRIBLE THING TO HAVE OUR WORK STOLEN, BUT NOW TO HAVE IT CIRCULATING AROUND WITHOUT OUR CONSENT FEELS LIKE A KICK IN THE GUT!!

WE WOULD LIKE TO APPEAL TO THE DECENCY OF THE FRACTAL COMMUNITY TO DO THE RIGHT THING.  IF YOU RECEIVE SUCH AN EMAIL WITH OUR PARAMS.... PLEASE, PLEASE, DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY !!!

I KNOW IT'S TEMPTING TO GO THROUGH THEM AND USE THEM, HOWEVER, PLEASE REFLECT ON THESE NEXT THOUGHTS... HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF IT HAD HAPPENED TO YOU?.... AND DO YOU REALLY WANT TO PROFIT FROM SOMETHING DISHONEST AND UNDERHANDED LIKE THIS? ...WOULDN'T THAT JUST ENCOURAGE MORE OF THIS KIND OF THING AND JUSTIFY THE THIEF?

MANY OF YOU KNOW, THAT WE ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO HELP AND GIVE POINTERS TO ONES WHO WANT TO LEARN.  YOU DON'T NEED TO DO IT DISHONESTLY.
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:iconlithmyathar:
LithMyathar Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
some people are retards and lazy.it's not an easy program to understand,but that's not an excuse to steal other people's work.
i'm sorry for what happened to you and the other fractalists.i remember the incident,i think ~velvet-glove posted a journal with the "new fractal program" that steal UF parameters long time ago.
what's bothering me more is why put the work in a stupid virus when you can use the time to create your own art,and if you really want to do something similar to another artist work you can always ask.
you have my support.i never open spam msg so consider it deleted if i'll receive.
p.s lol to the people bothered by caps. for what happened to you...you have the right to yell,scream and..caps.
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011   General Artist
thanks so much......:no:the DA staff have told me nothing will be done because they can't verify anything :tears:
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Mommy-Silver Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Isn't this perhaps related to the Drac'ing of accounts lately? you know, when all the fuzz was happening about: "change your email address and password, or it might get hacked and your account might get deactivated!"

Thanks for the warning and oh dear... did this happen to you?
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011   General Artist
this is unrelated. thanks for your support
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:iconmommy-silver:
Mommy-Silver Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, thank goodness ^_^
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WyvernLetDie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Writer
Capitals hurt my eyes
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011   General Artist
Maybe glasses will help :D
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
o___O Wow, that's terrible!
They shouldn't be used in the first place by anyone else other than the artist. :no: And how in the world did that person get other's email address? o_O

Also, while it's in the editorial section, it would have been great to make it normal with use of bold rather than all Capital letters. I know it's a serious issue but it makes it sound a bit weird maybe :shrug:

Thanks for the notification! :salute:
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011   General Artist
thanks for the support... I seem to be hearing a lot about the CAPS I used :D. Next time...
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
:ahoy:
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Avalonwing Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was reading this and I decided to check my email box (the one I use here in dA, not the one I use regularly) and I received the same email too!! I deleted it and I can´t believe the kind of person that spend their time
doing something like this!!!
I think that the person who is doing this is not just ridiculous but has no capability of trying!
This is how we do our fractals! I´m sure that no one here made an awesome fractal at their first try! I´m sure that as well as I try everyday to learn new things, all the other artists are giving their best to learn and create
new and beautiful things!
I´m very angry right now!! I hope that everyone who´s receiving this email are deleting it as well, because a lot of artists here share their params everyday and help who´s asking for help!
No one needs to steal anything!! Just need to ask politely!
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011   General Artist
thanks so much Giselle for your wonderful comment and support. You couldn't have said it any better!! :hug:
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's sad that people feel the need to steal parameters, especially with all of the generous people on dA who are happy to share their parameters to help others learn. I hope any one who gets the mail does the right thing and delete it.
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011   General Artist
Thanks so much, Vicky!! I appreciate your support. :hug:
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evilpj Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
seriously there are some sad pathetic sobs in this world ... i am extremely happy i didnt receive any email about it, and if i ever do i ll delete it immediately cussing who sent it
what is also sad is how shallow people are whining about caps, instead of focusing on the seriousness of the contents
you know how i respect you, and how grateful i will always be for the help you have given me in getting started and understanding things better
i hope this kind of crap ends soon ... what good can it do to them anyhow?
big big :hug:
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011   General Artist
Jo, you don't know how much I appreciate your comment!! Thanks so much for your support and kind words! I have a great respect for you as a fractal artist too! a big big :hug: back :D
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prowlieandjazz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Too much capslock, but I'll be sure to delete any emails like that. I tend to delete emails that have attachments from people I don't know.
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011   General Artist
thanks for the support :hug:
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jellymunchling Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
That's horrible...oh well.

Karma kicks arse. bittersweet.
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011   General Artist
:hug: thanks for the support
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:iconbuddhakat9:
buddhakat9 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
:heart: Kirsty... to be honest, I didn't even notice the CAPS or the bold of your posting until it came up in the comments... I guess I was focusing on the content, not the appearance...
anyway, I've been keeping an eye on the UF mailing list talk RE this issue too & the question was posed: what is a .ufl file... I have no idea & wondered if you (or anyone?) might know...
as to the issue, it's definitely a slippery slope, to find a balance between kindness/sharing (that I appreciate DA for) and selfishness/greed/theft all over the internet... so I hope the perpetrators can be ID'd and dealt with appropriately... I don't know what we can do outside of DA, but we can watch out for each other, at least, here on DA...
best of luck to anyone victimized now, or before, or in the future!!!
thanks for posting this as news & journal - it reminds us all "there be monsters..."!!!
:)
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   General Artist
I really appreciate your thoughtful comment. I guess in the future I shouldn't use CAPS since it seems to have upset a lot of people. It's sad that the focus has now been on the appearance of my news article rather than it's content :no: (I'm not referring to you :hug:)
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buddhakat9 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
pretty much what I was thinking!!!
:)
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Bythmark Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The caps aren't easy on the eyes :(

Thanks for the info though! I'll be on the lookout for anyone who suddenly has major jumps in skill level :P
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   General Artist
I can't believe that the issue now seems to be focused on the appearance of the news article rather than it's content. I can't edit it at this point so it has to stay. Thanks though for the concern and support.
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Bythmark Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was just making a comment, I'm not trying to insult you or make the issue seem less important.
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011   General Artist
thanks so much for your support :hug:
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DarK--MatteR Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi Kirsty :hug:
I guess you are oversaturated this situation. I dont care if anyone could use my fractals for even monetary gain. My point is that everyone can print and sell high quality art. For example you cant sell or showcase your fractals in Tver\Russia, but i can. I hope i make myself clear.
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   General Artist
I understand. Thanks for your generous offer, it's much appreciated but if you are interested in sharing your work (which is very kind of you) why not post the params with the images so all can benefit here or send them in a note via DA to me? I once trusted someone who seemed very sincere,and it led to trouble for me. I'm not suggesting you are like that person, but at this time I have to be more "street-wise" for a lack of a better word. Thanks :manhug:
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:icondark--matter:
DarK--MatteR Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do share my parameters, but sometimes i wish to send my parameters package.
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011   General Artist
that's very kind.
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RadioWonder Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
You have my complete support on this matter...:hug:
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   General Artist
thanks very much, Robert :hug:
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dreamingaze Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Wow, that's so messed up!
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Machinari Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand the problem, but I can't take you seriously with capslock on.

It makes you sound like you're shouting in my face constantly. And the bolding everything makes it total screaming.

If you want to get people to help, write decently first.
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   General Artist
you're the second 18yr old that has complained about the caps. It must be a new thing... this yelling and shouting. I did it for emphasis, that's all. The message is serious, and if you can't look past the capital letters, then I'm sorry.You'll have to deal with it and move on!!! I have bigger worries... and the the truth is, I do feel like yelling over this whole thing.
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Machinari Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My age has nothing to do with it. It hinders the readability, and that makes people less likely to read through the entire thing. And yelling about it is nice and all, but you don't yell at the people you're asking for help over. For future reference, on the internet, italics are just fine for emphasis, and as it's a news article, it's already emphasized. Less is more. If you want to keep going on in HUGE CAPS AND BOLD then keep in mind that there's a good chance that you'll loose half the readers after the first few sentences. If that's okay with you, fine, caps away. If not, well, take my advice.
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   General Artist
That's your opinion... I respect it, but don't necessarily agree with it. It seems you "can't see the trees for the forest!" Why don't we just leave it at that!
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awiakta Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
How awful! :depressed:

:hug:
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kr0mat1k Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
:|
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TanjaGrimstvedt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh no, not again....thanks for the warning! :hug:
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hungarou Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
I'm not a fractal artist but, I hope your words can go around the world.
Unfortunately, the number of the art-thieves are seriously rising here, in DA :tears:
Best wishes!
:wave:
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   General Artist
thanks so much for your concern and your comment!!
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:iconhungarou:
hungarou Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
my "pleasure"
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coby01 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
:wow: thats horrible to hear,people are sick :cry:
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   General Artist
I know, thanks for your support
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LaxmiJayaraj Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sad to here this...:(
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LaFemmeDelaisse Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:( I hate that people steal params. Shame on them.
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PatriciaRodelaArtist Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kirsty, I'm so sorry about all the stolen params. I haven't made any fractals since my hard-drive went belly up because of a virus. I just never reinstalled my programs and so I'm doing digital art. Since I'm not around the Fractal Community much anymore I'm just hear about this from your journal. I hope that all gets fixed and I'll keep my eyes open and let you know if I see or hear anything. :hug:
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fractek Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011   General Artist
thanks so much, Patty, I really appreciate your concern. I know it's not the end of the world, but I hate it when you try to be kind to someone and they repay you in such a terrible way. We are so sheltered in the 'Truth'. I'm not used to dealing with the world, I suppose! :hug:
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