This is David Marine, the developer of Daily Paintworks.
It has been wonderful to be able to read the observations, questions, and concerns about DPW in this thread. It makes me happy to read that overall we are providing a good value to many artists.
I also see there are things we can improve. I am always grateful for feedback as many of my best ideas come from our members and buyers!
I am happy to have the chance to reply to some of the questions and observations about DPW in this thread:
Is there a mechanism in place to keep a member from posting a painting more than once.
We do try to make it clear that a member should only post a painting once so as to keep the front page ever changing to help bring buyers back every day. There is also a mechanism in place that keeps a painting in DPW from being published to the front page more than once in 6 months or 3 times overall. Unfortunately, this does not catch when a member simply deletes and uploads the painting again since we don't go as far as try to programatically compare and match images. As with most things, we hope for good enough, and so far our members have been very well behaved over all.
Can Comments be edited or deleted?
Currently no they cannot, and there is no good reason not to be able to, other than limited resources for development - me. It is a very good idea and a clearly necessary feature and so I will put it on my short To Do list.
Here is a trick that might be useful: If you would like a painting to only show in a challenge, say in The Critique Challenge for example, the way to do this is to post it to the challenge and then immediately hide it in your Art Tracking grid. This allows it to remain in the challenge while not being visible elsewhere on the site, such as in your DPW Gallery.
Is there a way to see what auction fees you will owe in the next billing cycle?
Again, this is a very useful feature that is not yet available simply because of my limited time. I will however put this one, as well, on my short list. We currently though, are quietly not charging any relisting fees for our Auctions.
Are we soon to or will we someday become a juried site?
No! In not being a juried site, we are bucking the trend among daily painting sites. In fact, in the beginning we were warned by well-meaning people that DPW would fail under the weight of a lot of bad art if we didn't jury. Regardless, we decided we didn't want to be anyone's judge, but instead wanted to be open and inclusive. It seems we made the right decision - we are honored to see how much beautiful art our members have uploaded. It has been truly humbling to be able to provide a platform for so much talent.
I do love feedback, so please feel free to ask me any other questions at email@example.com