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New favorite icon

I have a new favorite icon, snagged from a contest run in a community I just discovered: giles_stills. This icon is by silversonnet.

I hope I'm observing LJ icon etiquette correctly. I credit them in the comments, visible on my userpics page. Except for the three icons I snagged from I've-forgotten-where before I learned this crediting rule. Argh. There is so much LJ etiquette I'm ignorant of. Like how the friends thing works. Is it just like subbing to somebody's RSS/atom feed? Just go ahead and monitor? Or is it some kind of mutual they-have-to-know-you thing?
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Is it just like subbing to somebody's RSS/atom feed? Just go ahead and monitor? Or is it some kind of mutual they-have-to-know-you thing?

Generally, it's 'go ahead and monitor' as far as I can tell. There are apparently isolated incidents of people hitting the roof when a strangers makes so bold as to "friend" them, but that's the exception rather than the rule. If you make a comment saying "hi, I friended you because I love your posts on X" you should be quite safe from accusations of impropriety. :)