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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 2:03:21 PM
James C wrote:
Art Vixen wrote:

James C., please clarify how stripe patterns, made in a seamless repeat, should be applied to the espadrilles? Their email replies are unclear as to what the problem is.


We are working on a more detailed responses to a variety of questions and will be updating the help article in the next day.

James C


I hope you will followup here in the forums as well.

I noticed a few updates to the help file but nothing seemed any more specific regarding the acceptable designs than we already had. Maybe you are just not finished yet?

Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 3:02:13 PM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
Denise Beverly wrote:
randysgrandma wrote:
Addressing the approval process: the POD that I used to be on had so many designers complaining about rejections and the fact that some of the reviewers were also designers, it was finally decided that if a reviewer decided a certain design was not acceptable, a fellow reviewer had to approve the rejection.

I left that POD site and no longer design there, mostly because of the review process and the amount of rejections for obscure reasons and unreasonable reasons;One example the site was only greeting cards, if the text on the front covered any part of the design it was unacceptable. Any public domain image had to be significantly altered and the source of both images and fonts had to be provided.

I kept my account open on that site and still have almost daily sales of my designs.

I am glad that Zazzle only has a few items that have to be approved. And I know from experience that disagreeing with a reviewer is like disagreeing with the boss, it comes back to bite you in the butt. Best to just shrug and move on.


I bet I can guess which POD you are talking about, I left there as well but I did not leave my cards. long story, but several of my friends are still there if it is the one I think you are referring to.


does it start with GCU by any chance? I looked at it once but opted not to try it since greeting cards are not my specialty. I figured just art based notecards wouldn't do that well.


hahaha something like that Shelli. i had differences with the owner and was even told by him over the phone that maybe i did not belong there, . so after many more "little things" added up I left. i started a store here for my 500+ greeting cards but i have not added more than a handful.
Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 4:42:40 PM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
Denise Beverly wrote:
randysgrandma wrote:
Addressing the approval process: the POD that I used to be on had so many designers complaining about rejections and the fact that some of the reviewers were also designers, it was finally decided that if a reviewer decided a certain design was not acceptable, a fellow reviewer had to approve the rejection.

I left that POD site and no longer design there, mostly because of the review process and the amount of rejections for obscure reasons and unreasonable reasons;One example the site was only greeting cards, if the text on the front covered any part of the design it was unacceptable. Any public domain image had to be significantly altered and the source of both images and fonts had to be provided.

I kept my account open on that site and still have almost daily sales of my designs.

I am glad that Zazzle only has a few items that have to be approved. And I know from experience that disagreeing with a reviewer is like disagreeing with the boss, it comes back to bite you in the butt. Best to just shrug and move on.


I bet I can guess which POD you are talking about, I left there as well but I did not leave my cards. long story, but several of my friends are still there if it is the one I think you are referring to.


does it start with GCU by any chance? I looked at it once but opted not to try it since greeting cards are not my specialty. I figured just art based notecards wouldn't do that well.


Yes
Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 5:33:15 PM
Setting it to a single canvas colour when publishing doesn't work... but it is possible to edit the listing once approved. Not ideal, but it a workaround for that issue.

I had been intending to make fractal ones, but this thread suggests that's a bad idea. Instead of rejecting non-tiled abstracts like that, maybe we could have a product view that shows several shoes with shifted previews, to highlight the variation.
Posted: Friday, August 09, 2019 8:32:08 AM
I set some pairs to this canvas color only when submitting them for approval earlier this week. Checking them out now that they are approved and listed I could still change the canvas color but figured it was because I was the designer. I logged out and even logged out the canvas color is changeable. I am on a tablet I normally don't use out of town with family for hospital visits but these shoes

should have been on violet canvas color only. My name for the shoes doesn't even make sense if the wrong canvas color displays because then they are not going to be violet and white.

Edit to add be glad you didn't join that other greeting card POD @Shelli. I started there had a little over 1000 cards and then poof one day they decided I was not a good fit for their website and deleted my entire store without warning. I made them thousands in the sale of some very popular cards even. But whatever it was their loss.


Another
ETA: I just edited the option back to this canvas color only and hopefully it sticks this time.
Posted: Friday, August 09, 2019 8:39:48 AM
I've found the same thing: Options aren't working. At least they aren't when it comes to canvas color. We can't lock in the color.
Posted: Friday, August 09, 2019 11:01:30 AM
Colorwash wrote:
I've found the same thing: Options aren't working. At least they aren't when it comes to canvas color. We can't lock in the color.


You can't when you first publish the product, but you can edit the options after it's published.
Posted: Friday, August 09, 2019 11:11:26 AM
angelandspot wrote:


Edit to add be glad you didn't join that other greeting card POD @Shelli. I started there had a little over 1000 cards and then poof one day they decided I was not a good fit for their website and deleted my entire store without warning. I made them thousands in the sale of some very popular cards even. But whatever it was their loss.


They removed my best sellers and i am sure if i had not left myself when i did, i was not going to be there long. Card Gnome did the "you aren't a good fit - poof - gone" thing to my store on their site.
Posted: Friday, August 09, 2019 12:51:18 PM
Polenth wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
I've found the same thing: Options aren't working. At least they aren't when it comes to canvas color. We can't lock in the color.


You can't when you first publish the product, but you can edit the options after it's published.

Then it's only half-broken. :-)
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 6:13:30 PM
ArtAttic wrote:
James C wrote:
Art Vixen wrote:

James C., please clarify how stripe patterns, made in a seamless repeat, should be applied to the espadrilles? Their email replies are unclear as to what the problem is.


We are working on a more detailed responses to a variety of questions and will be updating the help article in the next day.

James C


I am looking forward to the 'detailed responses', and very much hope it will clear up things to the max, since the content reviews of which designs are acceptable and which ones will get rejected apparently cause enormous confusion among designers, including me. For example... days ago certain designs got accepted. And today the exact same designs, with the exact same placements, but with different background colors get rejected. The inconsistency is totally beyond belief.

If the reviews are done by several different employees, please give them all the same instructions at the same time, so every one of them knows exactly which ones are yes's and which ones are no-no's. This waiting game for e-mails whether your design is approved or not is taking the fun out of making designs for these shoes. And since it states in the policy that Continued violation of these constraints may result in your access to the product being revoked it should be perfectly clear of what we can submit and what we can not submit. Nobody is waiting to get their access to making these espadrilles revoked. Right now it seems we are subject to the whims of the reviewers. Not a place any of us should find ourselves in, no matter if certain kinks still need to be ironed out or not.

So again, I'm anticipating the answers Z will give us to the questions that have come up in this thread.


+1

I have just finished catching up on this thread. Took me ages! Have been too busy with work and designing. Not Afridrilles. I've only designed 3 so far, and I think I'll hold off on doing anymore until things get sorted out. Sounds like there's a lot of inconsistency on what gets accepted and rejected. I did 2 with tiled patterns (made the tile very small) and one with a photo of petunias that covered the entire design area. Hopefully, they will remain in the MP, but I will hold off on promoting them for now.
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 6:20:41 PM
They updated the help article with examples of what kinds of art will or will not be accepted: https://help.zazzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360023290434
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 10:19:07 PM
Thank you Maz
Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2019 4:55:16 AM
Colorwash wrote:
When playing at searching Espadrilles yesterday, I ran into the same thing as in every other product: the strip of suggested keywords for customers to search on is vapid.


What I totally do not understand is why I saw Ubuntu, afridrille even african in those keywords yesterday when I was searching using various terms? Those are part of the product description not the design.

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2019 5:18:47 AM
eclecticpastime wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
When playing at searching Espadrilles yesterday, I ran into the same thing as in every other product: the strip of suggested keywords for customers to search on is vapid.


What I totally do not understand is why I saw Ubuntu, afridrille even african in those keywords yesterday when I was searching using various terms? Those are part of the product description not the design.


I'd be willing to bet that, because those suggested keywords are being pulled from the most common tags, it's because people are wasting tag space to those default and unnecessary keywords. The only excuse is for the newbie who doesn't necessarily know it's a waste of time and space.
Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2019 9:32:03 AM
Colorwash wrote:
eclecticpastime wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
When playing at searching Espadrilles yesterday, I ran into the same thing as in every other product: the strip of suggested keywords for customers to search on is vapid.


What I totally do not understand is why I saw Ubuntu, afridrille even african in those keywords yesterday when I was searching using various terms? Those are part of the product description not the design.


I'd be willing to bet that, because those suggested keywords are being pulled from the most common tags, it's because people are wasting tag space to those default and unnecessary keywords. The only excuse is for the newbie who doesn't necessarily know it's a waste of time and space.


I am far from a newbie but I have put Ubuntu, afridrille, and espadrille in nearly every one of my sets of tags. I know it is in the description and espadrille is added to the title. but I suppose I figured it didn't hurt to have them in the tags.
Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2019 9:49:47 AM
Denise Beverly wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
eclecticpastime wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
When playing at searching Espadrilles yesterday, I ran into the same thing as in every other product: the strip of suggested keywords for customers to search on is vapid.


What I totally do not understand is why I saw Ubuntu, afridrille even african in those keywords yesterday when I was searching using various terms? Those are part of the product description not the design.


I'd be willing to bet that, because those suggested keywords are being pulled from the most common tags, it's because people are wasting tag space to those default and unnecessary keywords. The only excuse is for the newbie who doesn't necessarily know it's a waste of time and space.


I am far from a newbie but I have put Ubuntu, afridrille, and espadrille in nearly every one of my sets of tags. I know it is in the description and espadrille is added to the title. but I suppose I figured it didn't hurt to have them in the tags.


Zazzle says No to using product types and/or brands in tags
Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2019 12:17:16 PM
Denise Beverly wrote:

I am far from a newbie but I have put Ubuntu, afridrille, and espadrille in nearly every one of my sets of tags. I know it is in the description and espadrille is added to the title. but I suppose I figured it didn't hurt to have them in the tags.


Taking time to do some editing might pay off in the long run as you can replace those words with some that are more suitable increasing the opportunity to be seen under more search results.

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2019 12:32:29 PM
eclecticpastime wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
When playing at searching Espadrilles yesterday, I ran into the same thing as in every other product: the strip of suggested keywords for customers to search on is vapid.


What I totally do not understand is why I saw Ubuntu, afridrille even african in those keywords yesterday when I was searching using various terms? Those are part of the product description not the design.



Those are probably tags from the early shoes, before they opened it up to us designers. I noticed them when the shoes first came out and I was lusting after being able to add designs to them.
Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2019 7:20:37 PM
Thanks, i will do a little work on that end
Posted: Monday, August 12, 2019 6:47:08 PM
I made a pair of these shoes on 8/8/2019 on Thursday and now it is Monday night. My product isn't under revise and I haven't got any email saying it wasn't approved yet. I did everything the rules told me to do with the shoes. How long does it take for the content management team to approve these Afridrilles shoes usually?
Posted: Monday, August 12, 2019 6:58:08 PM
WonderArt wrote:
I made a pair of these shoes on 8/8/2019 on Thursday and now it is Monday night. My product isn't under revise and I haven't got any email saying it wasn't approved yet. I did everything the rules told me to do with the shoes. How long does it take for the content management team to approve these Afridrilles shoes usually?


It hasn't been taking that long, did you check your spam box? if they are gone from review they have either been rejected or approved. If they were approved they would be in your store.
Posted: Monday, August 12, 2019 8:43:00 PM
Wonderart, check under PRODUCTS in your store.

I noticed emails seem to be a hit or miss. Sometimes I get them. Sometimes I don't.
Posted: Monday, August 12, 2019 9:27:24 PM
I already checked my email and spam. There is nothing in both of those folders. There is nothing in my products either. Also, there is nothing in the revise tab either. The shoes haven't been gone from review, they are still in that under review tab.
Posted: Monday, August 12, 2019 9:45:12 PM
Then they're still under review and you need to be patient.
Times vary.
Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 9:44:45 AM
I've read and re-read this entire thread and still not seeing an answer to my question.

I submitted 8 designs, espadrilles.
3 are in marketplace.
5 are in SAVED DESIGNS
I resubmitted 2 that were in SAVED DESIGNS. They were in UNDER REVIEW, now they are back in SAVED DESIGNS.

Can someone please tell me what this means?

Thank you!
Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:02:27 AM
Cheries_Art wrote:
I've read and re-read this entire thread and still not seeing an answer to my question.

I submitted 8 designs, espadrilles.
3 are in marketplace.
5 are in SAVED DESIGNS
I resubmitted 2 that were in SAVED DESIGNS. They were in UNDER REVIEW, now they are back in SAVED DESIGNS.

Can someone please tell me what this means?

Thank you!

That's what happened to those designs of mine that were rejected. I think the rejection emails are kind of hit-or-miss.
Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:32:59 AM
Ok! Thank you so much. No emails, so yes, must be hit-or-miss. I've checked the box for them to send me emails when I sell products, but I never receive those either. Thanks again!
Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:38:43 AM
Cheries_Art wrote:
I've read and re-read this entire thread and still not seeing an answer to my question.

I submitted 8 designs, espadrilles.
3 are in marketplace.
5 are in SAVED DESIGNS
I resubmitted 2 that were in SAVED DESIGNS. They were in UNDER REVIEW, now they are back in SAVED DESIGNS.

Can someone please tell me what this means?

Thank you!


It means your designs is either not a small enough pattern to cause issues or the abstract can be interpreted to much directional and with a discernible focal point in the eyes of reviewers.

I have so far 6 rejections for design reasons out of 236 so it isn't so hard to do. Start with pattern and work your way up to more daring designs Soon enough you have a good feeling where review might draw the line. Not all reviewers draw the line at the same degree of discernible focal point or degree of repetition.
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:45:11 AM
Excellent, thank you for your advice!
Cherie
Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019 6:09:25 PM
Ok, I Totally cannot see at what stage do we turn off Customization. I know I've seen it before, but don't see it anywhere when designing or publishing these shoes? I must be blind! lol! All mine got rejected for it, and I swear up and down I never saw anywhere to turn it off so assumed it wasn't there anyway.
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