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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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Sarah-BK Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
That was super quick - thank you for your fantastic response to my DMCA report! I'd reply to the e-mail, but you deserve a more public thanks for your efficiency c:
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realitysquared Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.

:)
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KaylaKedziora Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi I don't need help with my issue anymore
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LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I'm having an issue with a user that is evading suspension who is harassing my by threatening to falsely report me and if I read the note correctly, has threatened to rape me. Is there anything you can do? I'm going to file a report once I get home, but can you help me with it? They also have a history of harassing other users too on their main account(which is currently suspended) and creating new accounts to talk to users who have blocked them.
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're going to have to file a support ticket at our customer service area- I can't assist you based on a personal message because all of what you have to report as well as the actions of whomever assists you needs to be properly recorded and that doesn't happen when you message us like this.
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LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Edited Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I already reported it. When I typed the comment you replied to I was on my tablet so I couldn't file a report at the time.
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scarlet-pikachu Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
There seems to be a bug or something. I used to be able to click on the "gallery and group options" when submitting something to my scraps and then unclick Submit to My Gallery box so that stuff didn't show up in my gallery and only showed up in a set group. This is not working now, and no longer can I do this, can you please fix it since this seemed to cease working after the recent updates.
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Potential bugs need to be reported to our customer service area located at help where they can be passed along to the proper people for investigation.
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soulessone12 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
hello, please don't shot the messenger but a friend of mines wrote a letter address to you and the staff of DA and I wish to show it to you and know your thoughts on it

here is the letter: comradesch.deviantart.com/jour…
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