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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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Donut-Vampire Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a shame.. It's very annoying : <
Miss-It-Girl Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
You can turn off the notifications though so you will no longer be alerted to when someone gives you a llama :nod:
FAQ #897: Can I turn off the ability to receive badges?
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StevenRoy Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How much of the information in your March 2012 journal entry "How And Where To Report Deviations" is still accurate?

I'm wondering about this because I watch multiple users who have had a lot of their art "infringed", and I want to know if they have quicker and/or "saner" alternatives to simply filling out the DMCA form again and again for each and every "infringing" deviation.

(In case you're curious, here is the discussion that inspired this question. You're welcome to join in and offer any insights and/or help that you can, if you'd like.)
realitysquared Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The journal entry is out of date as our systems have changed since it was written. I've also responded to the discussion which you've had with your friend.
UndeadHunter60 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015   Artist
Please deal with this cyber bully

He reported me for no reason
he also reported :icondjjacob1954: for "ignoring" him
Djjacob1954 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Yeah, the dude only said that I ignored him because I had to go to sleep.
Usuario2 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
I attached the file. I believed I'm already attached the work with my report. Sorry.
TurkeyQueen12 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daniel this girl named JennissyCooper keeps writing journal about me and I'm ver sick of it can you plz tell her to stop? I already reported her. All I really wanted to do is make friends and draw that's all but she's been running me out of DA for the longest.Cry emote 

I can't take this anymore, yes I admit that I was a troll but I just wanted people to like me. I'm sorry for being a bother all I'm asking is for a second chance.
AppleThePirate Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist
Thank you for helping with all my reports! :)
RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015   Writer
Don't know who re-coded help, but kudos to them, and I hope it does alleviate some of the reports for issues that are answered in FAQs! :heart:

(I still have spammer lists to send you, though. :( )

So, when y'all're around the table (be it virtual or physical) pass someone an e-cookie cookie love  for that job-well-done, for me please? Heart Love 
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