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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).

Anyway..

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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Daniel
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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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TraceParlight Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would like to thank you with your "shut up and deal with it" response to my ticket. It is funny how I can make a simple critique to a picture on top of their threats and hate comments about the contents of my profile and said person reports me, and I am receiving threats to get banned from the site for harassment. 

You need a serious reevaluation on your standards because where I come from that would be considered a "performance issue" in the costumer care department.

that is a good way to create a hostile environment for people who use your site.
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realitysquared Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You filed a report about one mildly sarcastic comment left on your profile page. As I instructed, your blocking and comment hiding tools were provided in order to deal with exactly this sort of issue while administrative intervention is reserved just for the more serious and severe problems. Our staff has limited time and resources to attempt to moderate the social difficulties which you may experience so we encourage you to make use of the tools which you have at your disposal for your "average" internet rudeness.
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TraceParlight Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right, I made what you defined as "mild" or not even, yet you threatened to ban me off the site. So why don't you fix that.
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realitysquared Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I made no such "threat" to ban you; I simply explained that you needed to use the self-moderation tools which were already available to you and that the situation did not require staff attention.
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Tails19950 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I'm just going to send this to you, but it also counts towards the other members who have helped me.

Thankyou so much to help me get rid of the uploads where people have just stolen or drawn over my images. It happens to me so often and you're all often so good in sorting it all.

Wish there was a way it could be avoided

But yeah, thankyou so much!!! :la::la::la:
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DannyDJ666 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Student Photographer
I have to say that I'm somewhat disappointed in that ticket you responded to. I'm not going to lie. If I didn't make a report, at least 30 other deviants would have.

Such a shame...
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to here that you didn't like the answer that you received, however the "Blocked Users" listing in your account settings was created precisely to handle arguments and other similar situations; administrative action is, and has always been, reserved for only the more extreme situations.
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DannyDJ666 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Student Photographer
I had reported her when she blocked me because I knew I would still get the advice of 'just block her even though there's a risk of them block evading', but she has still been harassing and being mean to other users when it isn't even her business.
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just because there is a chance that an obsessive person will try to bypass your block against them on another account is not a valid reason not to use the block tool in the first place. Block them as instructed and if your assumption actually comes to pass then you report it to customer service and someone will review to see what administrative action may be necessary and appropriate.
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C-91 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconyourockplz:!
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