Mainly we just try to do what each artists wants. Each artist is different and can do whatever fits their style, and we don't try to make them fit into a common mold.
Basically, if an artist ever told us "This is what I want", and they're still using the site (which, by the way, isn't information we can expose — that's the artist's personal information), then I tend to go with that. And in this case, that's what the artist asked for, and they're still active enough on the site that if they'd like something else they can ask.
At the least, in this case, since their artist tag matches their profile name, I wouldn't change it without asking them first.
Also, just because someone changes their name doesn't mean they want their MLP work to move with them. As artists move to new fandoms, sometimes they create a new profile and identity. Basically, rebranding themselves. And I don't want to presume they want their old art to follow them into the new rebranding.
In fact, sometimes that causes takedowns. If artists find their old stuff following them, and they didn't want that, then they have to "clean out the garbage" that they don't want associated with their new brand.
So sometimes it's best to leave sleeping dogs lie. It's why you see me and others sometimes being very slow to make changes in response to reports — we want to make sure that the artist is ok with people moving their stuff around before we start bringing in the forklifts, so to speak …
Now that I think on it, a LOT of the stuff I do for the site is artists rebranding themselves — separating their new stuff from the old stuff, so in a case like this where the artist actually said; "This is what I want", and it matches their entire look-and-feel here on this site, I prefer to stick to that branding.
That said, it would be a good idea to update their User Links, so I'll go do that.
For Nips, they're a frequent user of the site, so if they wanted that stuff changed then I would definitely send them a PM first. Sometimes "who people are here" is intentionally kept "not who I am over there", so I like to be very slow and deliberate about those kinds of changes, and try to do it with the artist's OK if I can.
On the other hand, you might have seen that if someone isn't a user on this site I'll go through their tags with a weed whacker. If an artist doesn't have a profile here, then using the latest and greatest information of who they are on other sites is ALWAYS preferable.
That make sense?
sourcedA links twitter and tumblr. Adding twitter pre-emptively. Currently looking into the signature origin.
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