Profile Setup, Posting, and Other Site Tips

If you're new to the site, this is a great forum to review before you post. Setting up your member profile and posting to the site are handled pretty thoroughly in our Site FAQ, here. But you'll find plenty of other startup questions (like how to change email notifications, how to credit sources, etc.) answered here as well.

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Say Congrats to Contributor Leoni Eckart, aka Laegwen!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! As I'm sure most of our site veterans are well aware, @Laegwen, known in real life as Leoni Eckart, has been an official Cookie Connection contributor for just over a year! She made her inaugural blog post on May 12, 2016, and has been posting her inspired cookie tutorials under the Get Inspired with Laegwen section of our blog ever since. Lucky us! Words really can't express how appreciative I am of Leoni's consistently high quality work and commitment to...Read More...
Last Reply By Laegwen · First Unread Post

Say Hello to Our May Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
Yes, you saw that right! We've got not just one, but TWO cookie artists who will be sharing our banner and backdrop in the month of May. You might call it a delicious double feature! As you'll soon see, both artists' site submissions* are bolder than bold, with super-saturated colors that will knock your socks off. Yet, their color palettes and themes are completely different. (Though, even with these differences, one could argue that they're a match made in heaven - after all, who wouldn't...Read More...
Last Reply By Magadiuz · First Unread Post

How to Edit or Delete Your Own Content

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, I've been receiving an unusually large number of questions about how members can edit or delete their own content. It's super important for you to know how to do this, as I typically do not edit posts for people, unless I happen to see a misclassified image or other typo. It can also take me several hours to days to respond to site inquiries like this, as I work several other jobs. That being said, your surest bet for getting a quick answer is to familiarize yourself with our site...Read More...

Important Reminder about Copying and Posting Characters without Permission

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, regrettably, I've recently had to delete some images from challenges and other areas of the site due to lack of compliance with Rule #8 of our posting guidelines, which states that artwork (including characters, from Disney, Hasbro, etc.) cannot be copied and posted here without permission from the creator : http://cookieconnection.juliau...READ-BEFORE-YOU-POST In response to those deletions, some members have asked me why so many licensed character cookies exist on the site,...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Adjusting Your Email Notifications

Julia M. Usher
We all have different email-reading tastes, so  Cookie Connection has been designed to allow for everyone's individual differences!    The site's default email notifications are set to show you most of the site info that you could get...Read More...

Posting Images - Please Read Before You Post!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Before posting images or videos to the Clips area, please review the site's Terms of Use , as well as all of the following posting rules. They are designed to give your images more visibility on the site, to make sure artists are given proper credit for design inspiration and/or source artwork, and to avoid copyright violations. I'll start with the easy cataloging stuff first . . . 1. Be sure to edit the main photo title so it's descriptive of the cookie . Many people are uploading...Read More...
Last Reply By Lupita Cárdenas · First Unread Post

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Posting to the Cookie Connection Forums

Julia M. Usher
Hi! The Cookie Connection forums are a great spot to get speedy advice from other members, or to post your news. But before you post there, please read and heed the following rules: 1. Make sure your question (or topic) has not already been addressed , as we try to avoid duplicate topics. To do this, use the Advanced Search function under the "magnifying glass" icon (in the upper right of the site in standard laptop viewing mode) or under the yellow "Search" tab (to the left on mobile...Read More...

Logging into the Site, Two Ways!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! I've been getting an unusually large number of questions lately about how to log into the site and change member profiles. I suspect these questions may stem from some confusion about how the main navigation looks on different devices and in different viewing modes. Ever since our responsive redesign late last year , the site automatically adapts to view optimally on whatever device you are using. What this means is that the site's main navigation line appears in different...Read More...
Last Reply By Debbie R · First Unread Post

Site FAQ and Photo Posting Guidelines - Updated!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Over the past few weeks, there have been several questions about photo posting guidelines - particularly the rules about copying or drawing inspiration from others' work and posting duplicate images. There have also been a larger than usual number of queries about how to log into the site and find various content on Cookie Connection . That all said, I have just revised the Site FAQ to address the login and "where to find content" issues. I have also revised the photo posting...Read More...

LinkedIn Can Now Be Integrated into Your Member Profile

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! As I mentioned in this week's post about our latest site upgrade , y ou are now able to integrate your LinkedIn account (if you have one) into your Cookie Connection member profile. Once you've gone through some very simple integration steps, you will (1) be able to log into this site from LinkedIn and (2) a LinkedIn icon/quick link will appear at the top of your profile, allowing members to easily jump on over to LinkedIn and also follow you there. However, due to limitations on...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Did You Know? Pinterest Can Pretty Up Your Profile!

Julia M. Usher
Did you know that your Pinterest account (if you have one) can now be integrated into your Cookie Connection member profile? (Okay, so this is a trick question, because there's no way you could have known this juicy tidbit until this announcement! ) About a month ago, the tech guys at Hoop.la did another site upgrade to allow for this functionality, and it took me until now to get it working properly . . . But here's what it's all about: Once you integrate your Pinterest account, you can do...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Did You Know? Our Challenge Rules are Posted Everywhere!

Julia M. Usher
Okay, so they're not literally posted everywhere, but pretty darn close! Some of you have mentioned that the rules for the current Practice Bakes Perfect challenge are hard to find, so I rearranged things to make them (hopefully) easier to locate. (This means you all have to read the rules now before entering our challenges! ) Here's where you can now find quick links (buttons) to them, and on what devices: On all devices : In the right hand column on all Clips and Blog pages. Just click on...Read More...

Did You Know? Cookie Connection Can Help You Sell Cookies!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! It's time for another installment of Did You Know ?! So . . . did you know that Cookie Connection can help you sell your cookies? I get email inquiries at least a few times each week asking if certain cookies on the site are available for sale. In fact, I got three such inquiries just today! My immediate response is to direct the inquirer back to the photo s/he saw and to click on the creator's name at the top of the photo to get the creator's contact information. But, I also direct...Read More...
Last Reply By swissophie · First Unread Post
Hi, again! As you probably know, we have an ongoing series of cookie challenges, called Practice Bake Perfect , that are aimed at helping people hone their cookie decorating skills. Right now, we're running one related to piping classic-style roses, which I hope you will consider entering! You can check out all the deets here . Each challenge has its own set of rules in order for entries to qualify. So it's important to read those rules before you enter images into the challenge's Practice...Read More...
Last Reply By Bakerloo Station · First Unread Post
Did you know that all members, not just official Cookie Connection contributors, can submit blog tutorials for possible posting on this site?! Well, they can, and we have a prime example of one such (excellent) post in Laegwen's recently submitted origami spring cookie tut, here ! (Below, is a sneak peek of what she describes in detail in that post.) Posting to the Cookie Connection blog can be a great way to test your tutorial-writing mettle, as well as to bring you and your cookie work...Read More...
Last Reply By Adriana Lora (Antali Cookies) · First Unread Post

Did You Know? You Can Create Your Own Chats, 24/7!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! It's time for another installment of "Did You Know?"! This one was spurred by one of our contributors, who would like to see more impromptu connections made on this site! I'm all for making more connections, as I'm sure many of you are, so I wanted to point out a key (yet currently very underutilized) tool on this site that makes spontaneous connecting very easy. It's called our "Casual Cookie Chat in Real Time!" chat room, and it's open 24/7 to allow people to ask questions,...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Did You Know? You Can Now Search Members by Geography!

Julia M. Usher
Yes, it's true! Our software update on Wednesday brought some great new functionality to the site. You can now search for members within a certain distance of a postal code! J ust think of the possibilities! Now it's easier than ever to organize mini-meetups, to find cookiers to take on orders you can't handle, to send out invitations to classes you're conducting . . . the list goes on! What's more, you can now also search members by any field in the member profile. To learn more about...Read More...
Last Reply By Cookies From Home · First Unread Post
Hi, all, I've recently gotten a few requests asking me to post in-person cookie decorating classes to the site. First, an important reminder: I do not post in-person classes and events for other people , as that would be a full-time job!*   This site is called a "community", because it is designed to grow and prosper through contributions posted by the community, not by any single person or host. That being said, anyone can post a class of his/her own to the site's...Read More...

Did You Know? You Can Be More Social!

Julia M. Usher
Hey, it's about time for another "Did You Know?" tip to help you make the most of our new site. Did you know that you can now be more social on our new site?    Well, you can - it's easier than ever to connect  all major social media platforms with your Cookie Connection member profile ! And why is this a big deal? Well, for one, it's a great way to create interest in and drive traffic to your other platforms. What exactly do I mean by "connect all major...Read More...
Last Reply By donaharrisburg · First Unread Post

Did You Know? Loading Video Is Easier Than Ever!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, from time to time, I'll be posting lesser known gems about the new site in "Did You Know?"-type updates, with the goal of getting us all better acquainted with its full (and expanded) functionality. Here's the first! Did you know that uploading video to our new site is easier and better than ever? In the past, you could only upload videos that were 100MB or less, which resulted in lots of lost resolution, especially for large videos. Videos were also automatically given a...Read More...

Best Practices for Crediting Sources

Julia M. Usher
In light of recent reports of uncredited photos, I decided to pull together a few crediting best practices to give you all a clearer idea of how to best give credit where it's due. There are MANY people on this site who are setting standards for...Read More...
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