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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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Deviousness Award
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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emberthetechwiz Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand you probably won't get to this, but it doesn't fit any of the reporting categories. I've sent the same thing to techgnotic and posted the note on :iconhq:, but in case those don't work you seem decently active and I hope you can do something.

"I would send a normal report, but this kid is deactivating his accounts right after he insults another user and I feel it is redundant to send a report on a deactivated user. He's also gone onto a wikia related to a group the victim is in and edited her main OC's page to say she was a lesbian.

:iconthestrangelatios: and :iconstrange-jack: are the same person, and, judging from his grammar and harassment tactics, under 13. This person is insulting :iconmenacingnightmares: to the point where she's considering quitting deviantart. It's gotten to the point where someone has claimed he will make a third account and continue the harassment. It's gotten so bad I've began to resort to vigilante justice (if he comes back).

I won't demand that you immediately help. I'm not going to say this is a minor problem. It's gotten to the point where rules are being broken and it is reaching beyond deviantart. If you don't have the time, it's not a problem. If you do have time to spare, please see if you can do something about this kid (or maybe comfort :iconmenacingnightmares: if that's not too much to ask, she's a nervous wreck)
Thank you for your time."
realitysquared Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
We don't typically respond to third party reports of this nature, there is also nothing we can do about events happening on other website.

You should simply encourage the victim here to contact our customer service area if they believe they need some sort of assistance with the issue and someone can take a look at what is going on.
emberthetechwiz Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for responding, it means a lot. I'll see if I can get the victim to do so.
MajinYggdrasill Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015…

yooooooo. I know you told my friend you ignore these but this was written BY the original artist and as such you are legally obligated to take action. Or will you just add the original artist's complaints to the bottom of the ticket pile with everything else?

Seriously get off your ass and actually read the art theft complaints people report. You call yourselves administrators when you clearly have a policy of ignoring everything you can get away with just because you're that lazy?

I've seen numerous cases of art theft that were ignored even when reported by the original artist despite your claim you take action then as you said you are "legally obligated to"

Prove it. Talk to the owner of this journal and then do your job and investigate. I and many other people on DA are tired of the inaction and lack of professionalism and customer service you admins constantly perpetuate.

I rate your service at 4 out of 10 at best.

Investigate this or I will advise the original artist to take legal action
realitysquared Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You might be interested in knowing that the artist who wrote that journal has not, as of this writing, filed any legitimate claim of infringement with us. When, and if, they actually do so using the dedicated service which we have provided for this specific task at then the matter will be addressed, but if they limit themselves solely to writing journals then I'm afraid they won't get any assistance because a personal journal is not equal to a legitimate notice of infringement properly filed with our staff.
MajinYggdrasill Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
I told them to report it. If they have not done so yet it means they have not checked their inbox. Some of us have to work or go to school during the day rather than get paid to sit on our ass and hide behind obscure policies like textbook bureaucrats.
RhynWilliams Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015   Traditional Artist
kamokude Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for handling my DMCA ticket! I truly appreciate your help!
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