I’m f-locking this, because I don’t really want to hurt someone’s feelings.
I have some very talented icon makers on my f-list, and occassionally, the make me icons as gifts. LIke the one I’m using as a default right now, which was made by azarsuerte for me, as a birthday gift. It matches the layout she, angelsgracie and medie conspired to give me as a surprise for my birthday.
Today, someone answered a post I made a couple of days ago, in which I said I wanted an icon of Cam (SG-1) with a specific text on it. This someone, I have never seen on my LJ before, so it’s a new someone, but they made me the icon I wanted. Then they replied to their own comment saying they were “so snagging the kissmeImIrish one for seasonal use next March.”
Now… this is the second time azarsuerte has made me a specific icon as a gift and someone has wanted to snag it. The first time it happened, the person told me they were snagging it while using the icon in question as their comment-icon. This time, it wasn’t so much asking as telling me they intended to take it.
Which means, of course, that azarsuerte should get her own icon-journal and start handing them out freely.
But me? I’m torn between saying “okay use it” (because they did give me the Cam icon) and “OMG! WTF?”
Instead, I decided to go a different route and told the person straight up that this icon was a birthday present and that I wouldn’t feel right letting someone take it without azarsuerte’s blessing, because she made it for me. As a gift.
I am, however, extremely bothered by the idea that people think it’s okay to just browse your icons and take what they like. Their your icons. Unless you have them in a post saying “feel free to use these” they shouldn’t be taking them.
Mirrored from a bee from the meadow.