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Journal Entry: Fri Sep 12, 2014, 5:58 PM

So, over the years I've occasionally realized that I'm not terribly active in the community; the various responsibilities and tasks that I have cross my desk every day have sort of moved me into the background of the site; my commenting got fewer and farther apart and the same can be said for my journals and I've definitely become one of those "drive-by Favorites givers" where I just :+fav: and don't comment.

And I'm sure that most of you know the deal; you figure you'll make more of an effort to connect but then those sixteen things over there need your attention first and next thing you know it six months later and you still haven't taken that first step to really get out there into the community.

I imagine that among you people are those who are "here" but not really "here interacting" and I'd wager that even you guys interacting probably have a good chunk of you who have insulated yourself into your own little niche group and rarely step outside that comfort zone.

Well, a couple of weeks ago I started my determined effort and I actually got out there browsing and I managed to ignore the little voice that told me that I probably had other things to be doing long enough to look through a bunch of deviations and journals and things.

I'm certain that it probably comes as no surprise to a lot of you that there is a marked lack of any real feedback. Oh, there's certainly a lot of praise and congratulations on a job well done but you don't see much by way of actual critique; you know, that stuff where you not only say that you like something but you explain a little bit about why you like it and if you don't like it you explain why you don't like it.

No doubt everybody likes to be told that you like what they did but you can help out so much more by explaining why you like what they did; and if you don't like what they did you should tell them that and why as well.

And if you decide to tell them why you don't like their work there's no reason to be mean-spirited about it. You all have probably seen at least one of those types; they get fed up with what they consider to be too much vapid, meaningless mutual back slapping so they decide that they need to balance it with "brutally honest critique" (which tends to be code for just being a jerk).


What I decided is that I will set aside time in my day to browse new submissions and leave comments on a few every day at least five days a week. The number of deviations which get my attention won't be very large because I simply don't have that sort of free time but I will be making the effort and when I make that effort I will be leaving meaningful commentary.

If I like what I see I'll tell you what and why I like it.

If I don't like what I see I'll tell you what and why I don't like it and tell you my personal opinion of what you should try next time.

I will always end with something positive to say about the work and if I can't find something positive to say about it I will reconsider leaving any comment at all because if you can't encourage an artist in some minute fashion then all your comment will be doing is discouraging them and I think there are enough people out there who can do that job and I don't need to add to their number.

So if you've read this journal down this far I'd like to take the opportunity to challenge you to take a look at your own activity.

Are you one of those who always puts off commenting? When you comment do you find yourself sticking to your niche or your close friends? Do you find yourself typing "Good Job" and then moving on to the next? Are you afraid to give suggestions or tell someone that you don't like this thing or that?

Change your interaction; slow down and really contribute; Assume that every artist is here for actual feedback and that they want to know what you liked about their deviation, not just that you liked it and they want your suggestions or for you to say what you didn't care for about it or that you just want to talk about what they did and how they did it.

Yes, some people may ignore the time and effort you invest in your thoughtful, meaningful commentary but I think you'll find that far more people will appreciate it and who knows what sort of insightful conversations you may find yourself involved in just because you took the time to actually contribute rather than tossing a :+fav: at someone and yelling "Good Job" at them over your shoulder during your mad dash to get to that next deviation.


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I joined deviantART just about a month or so after it opened on September 22, 2000 and I immediately enjoyed the unique community atmosphere and vision which I found here. I've always attempted to put my full support behind the site, it's staff, and it's artistic vision for the future.
Because of my constant presence and supportive attitude I was invited to join the staff as a member of the Policy Violation Team in 2002, an invitation I was more than happy to accept.

The PVT was eventually reorganized as the Copyright & Etiquette Administration (or CEA) where I now find myself as a project manager. In this capacity I am responsible for overseeing the training and operation of the CEA staff, creation of training and other support documentation, maintaining the Policy section of the FAQ and directly handling several other responsibilities and tasks.

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We're pretty sure Realitysquared has earned deviousness before, but for some strange reason the award dissapeared from his deviantART page! In any case, he's one of our favorite deviants and has easily earnt the award for a second time. Realitysquared has been an avid supporter of deviantART since its inception and his excellent and unique art combined with a mature and intelligent approach to the site has resulted in the award going his way once more.

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SEIKItheDEVIANT1 Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Daniel I filled out a DMCA notice to no avail.... I need this journal removed… I do not want this person's supporters viewing anything of mine and I do not want any representation on my behalf by this person now or ever... They have no right to promote my profile or anything concerning my work here or any other place ever.. I need this gone.
realitysquared Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello :devseikthedeviant1:,

The personal journal in question does not involve copyright infringement and the DMCA does not provide any remedy for this sort of social conflict.

We would suggest that you simply contact the member in question and politely request that they remove the journal voluntarily.
SEIKItheDEVIANT1 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
My name is on their profile and that is clearly infringement when I have stated that this person has no right to leave my name there
SEIKItheDEVIANT1 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
The person was contacted several times in regards to its removal and nothing has happened... And I am not speaking to them... They have no right to bear my name or profile anywhere
SkylaeArc Featured By Owner Edited Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I had an old account called I believed I got hacked and the hacker deactivated my account. I did not know so I didn't log in for more than 3-5 months or almost a year.  I have a lot of memories with that account and comments I want to read and friends I want to talk to again. This is why I want to contact you about this issue to see if you can reactivate my account. 

Thank you!
realitysquared Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You'll need to file a customer service ticket through help.

We cannot assist you using comments left on our personal profiles.
SkylaeArc Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok got it. Thank you (I also sent a note too! If that is okay for help.)
realitysquared Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the same for both comments and notes sent to staff personal profiles; they can't be used as the basis for any official staff action or intervention. Everything must be channeled through customer service.
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Gotta come here and thank you for removing 3 troll accounts from the same individual. It had been going on with the harassment for nearly a year.
Reaper477 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much Dan for answering the real notice. The first one was an accident but the second one is real and I hope you ban Jordan-erwin since he harasses me
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