There's something bothering me lately and I didn't want to talk about it, because I felt like I was too picky about it. But now the moment has come.
If you follow me you may know I hardly open regular commissions (still doing it though) and often prefer to go with special/limited commissions. In any case, however, I open not more than three/four slots per time. I do it in order to make commissioners wait no more than two weeks for their drawing, and to make my work easier for me.
That's the same reason why I'm going often with special commissions: because I choose a faster and easier style for them and I'm able to do them very quickly.
During last months I had many experiences with people booking one slot and then disappearing.
This is not only cause of missed work for me and missed slots for others ('cause I usually wait untile one week before deleting a booked slot), but it's also extremely unkind and unrespectful.
I know that "3 SLOTS OPEN" may mean those slots will be taken in a couple of hours, so someone may be tempted by booking it, but then rethink that. But as I always say, I won't stop opening special and regular commissions: I open few slots per time only because I want to organize my work and don't wanna make commissioners wait too much.
So, I'm sorry if I'll sound rude, but this just makes me waste time and also feel bad - 'cause I actually feel a bit fooled.
I prefer to read "Sorry, but I don't want/need the slot anymore" than not reading anything at all when I send a note or an email.
This happened too many times last months, so I'll consider to use a different method for next commission batches - like, max 3 days to send infos, and then the slot is free again for someonelse. I really feel bad about it and I don't want to penalize who has always been kind and correct to me, but I can't stand this situation anymore - I feel even worse if I consider that I'm taking commissions since 2014 and this is the first time I have so many unresponded messages at the same time.
I hope you'll understand.
Sorry for my rant, but I really needed to express my discomfort about it.