A featured artist, previously referred to as alpha users, are artist who have received the most nominations, comments and likes on a comic, and views to their works. Those that get featured will have their profiles on the front page of Strip Generator for a week. Users that do get featured can not get re-featured for a period of time.
The Time of AlphasEdit
Prior to the version 1.5 update, each month, five users with the top profile hits for that month would get a special title of alpha, which applied for that month. Users that were alpha got special privileges and, at that time, the highly coveted blue square: prior to version 1.5 only alpha users had access to the blue square or those that had a friend who had shared the blue square to their library while an alpha.
A New Age of FeaturedEdit
With the release of version 1.5, the age of alphas were gone and was changed to featured artists. Several things were changed between the two.
- Unlike with alphas, the featured artist block only featured one artist.
- The featured artist block only lasts for a week: alpha lasted a month.
- Featured artists are more prominently visible on the home page, as compared to alphas, who weren't.
- Alpha users had a special mark on their avatar to show they were alpha: featured artists don't.
- Alpha users got special privileges and were the only ones who could use the color blue: featured artist get no such thing, outside of possibly winning an honour badge.
- Featured artists were originally chosen based upon how many people voted for them to be featured: alphas were chosen based upon views to their profile and strips. Currently featured artists are determined by a mixture of people voting a user for featured, views upon a user's comics and profile, the likes they receive on comics, the amount of comments they receive, and how active they are.