How to not get 'trolled'This is basically what passed through my mind when I saw a journal about the same subject in the journal portal lately. I thought it was a joke but sadly not. This is not a guide but a hit-me-in-the-face-common-sense statement.
This is based on my *insert how many years the internet has been around for* years experience in different online communities.
Doing nothing 'bad' won't change anything
You will avoid making forum threads when you're new?
You will avoid starting arguments?
You will keep your political agenda and religion to yourself?
What next? How about not uploading anything in case a big meanie troll comes? How about not commenting anywhere in case the big meanie troll sees it?
Whatever you do, wherever you do it, face it-this is the internet. You'll see a few trolls here and there. How about ignoring them or...
THE BLOCK FEATURE-LEARN HOW TO USE IT
Someone's annoying you? D
Asking for PointsEvery now and then, someone I don't know posts a comment on my profile page asking me to give them Points. Very occasionally, the request is of an I'm collecting for a Premium Membership/print/whatever and was wondering if you wouldn't mind donating a few Points to help me reach my goal nature but more often than not, it's just Will you give me Points? or something to that effect. I've actually had one comment saying simply POINTS PLEASE.Asking for Points2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
To be honest, when it's the first type of request and it isn't just a copy-pasta to a hundred people, I'll consider it. I like to help people have a better dA experience and not everyone can afford to buy a Premium Membership, so if someone asks really nicely for a bit of assistance, I'm usually happy to help if I can. But when it's the second kind of request, it's just rude. Asking strangers to give you things isn't polite, and it's even worse when you can't be bothered to explain why you're asking someone to give you something t
About hackers on DA and what you can do"Hacker alerts" are pretty common around DA and it has been for a long time. Journals warning you that there is a hacker loose at DA and it will hack your account if you don't copy the journal and re-post it.About hackers on DA and what you can do2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Some variations can be: "There is a hacker that will block all your friends, leave nasty comments on other's profiles, will deactivate your account, will get you in trouble with the staff, etc." another could be "Don't watch *insert deviant's name here* because they will give you a virus if you do" there are a lot more variations, but you get the idea. These journals always end with something like "If you read this warning, spread the word and share it with your friends so they won't be the hacker's next victim!"
I know, reading something like this can feel terrifying and you might feel compelled to spread the word, you don't want you friends to be a victim of this terrible hacker!
I know that people re-post these journals with good intentions, trying to warn others about this sup
Project Educate: Permission to Photograph People Permission to Photograph PeopleProject Educate: Permission to Photograph People2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It's a tough topic and one that most of us like to shy away from rather than embrace, but the honest truth is that the shots of people that you get - the best kind - are the ones that are candid, journalistic or spontaneous. That usually means asking permission afterwards, or not asking permission at all - which can appear quite odd, to some. One of my biggest concerns and anxieties is having my camera out in public. I recently went to a beach, of all places, and was shooting the coastline when a horrible feeling crept over me and I realised that there were lots of people around and that I was invading, a little bit, on their privacy. These guidelines are useful for shooting on the street, at public gatherings and events and at more formal occasions such as weddings.
If the person is going to be the main subject of your photo - then it's kind to ask permission, get perm
People + Portraits: TroubleshootingBack at the beginning of this week we opened up a photography troubleshooting blog and had lots of queries to answer and work through. Some of them require lengthy replies so keep an eye on communityrelations this coming week for fuller articles. However the basic ones and some hints and tips that were shared along the way have been compiled into this blog. Feel free to contribute - and of course, ask more questions!People + Portraits: Troubleshooting2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Questions and Answers...
"People often ask me where they can see their photo, after I've taken it - sort of on the street or something. What do I tell them?"
"I tend to take business cards with me when I go out. I slip a few into my camera bag and then if anybody ever asks or wants to know where shots will be, I can say that in the near future they should be on my website. Equally people can contact you if they don't see it, and/or ask for copies.! ~ Kaz-D "
"I did a big series of engagement phot
Getting the Most out of dA: CommentingUsually, when you read something involving 'Commenting', you think of deviations and the commenting platform that allows other members of the community to voice their thoughts and opinions on the art shown. However, what is pretty evident, and something that most of us may forget, is that deviantART runs on the ability to give and get comments, be it on pieces of artwork, our profile pages, forums, and everywhere else in between.Getting the Most out of dA: Commenting2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
In a sense, without the ability to give and get comments, deviantART wouldn't be much of a website, much less #1 of online art communities around. Comments are not solely the cause of what makes deviantART what it is, but it has a huge impact on a lot of things. By giving and getting comments, not only do we interact with other members to really make this a community, we also have the ability to get our voices heard.
It's quite an odd concept with us all facing screens, typing out our thoughts and opinions, but one thing we shouldn't forget is that commen
PE Prose Basics: Revise and EditProse Basics Week is winding down now and hopefully you've learned a lot from the brilliant past articles. But, there's more to writing than just getting that first draft done, isn't there? That's where the next big crucial step comes in: revision.PE Prose Basics: Revise and Edit11 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
The Art of Revising:
Revision is such a huge topic to cover, especially since there are many ways to go about it. You can do self-edits, which always are a good first step, or you can get outside revisions from peers. Both are good ideas to really get your work to be top notch. But, the big thing to remember is that there's more to just editing your work than cleaning up a few spelling and grammar mistakes. Revising also includes corrections to sentence flow, scenes, and sometimes overall plot. So, before we jump into some ways to edit, here are a few different terms of methods of editing that may be handy to know-- especially if you're asking a peer to help you with revisions.
What's Going On??This article series aims to answer that question for you. Here's some going ons from the deviantART community! Contests to participate in, causes to support, art and art features to enjoy!What's Going On??2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Remember, you can always note me if you want help running your own Community Project, and/or if you'd like me to feature your project, or the winners
Challenge yourself to improve as an artist with Project: Improvement for the Better
Aeirmid wants to do the best job she possibly can as a volunteer - check the many ways in you can help her.
The online art & literature magazine
MovemberAbout MovemberMovember2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the broken relationships between men and their razors. Donning their mustaches, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men's health - specifically prostate cancer.
Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health cause across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between.
No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to ed
PE Daily Deviations- Presentation of your workHello all!PE Daily Deviations- Presentation of your work2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Well we’ve had a fascinating week so far; a week which hopefully has provided some insight not only to the process of DD selection but helped you understand what we look for in DDs as CVs. As we draw to the end of this week, I bring you an article which will whet your Saturday with thoughts that don’t just apply to the DD feature, but something which should be a consideration to everything you submit to dA. I am talking about deviation presentation.
Why is Presentation important?
Art isn’t always about just being “creative”. There are techniques and skills which develop over time which contribute to the quality of the work you produce and alongside this comes a developed understanding of good presentation.
Good presentation could be anything from cropping a photograph, to spell checking your literature. These are common sense things that in the rush of wanting to show off your creativity can sometimes be
PE Feedback: Welcome and FEEDBACK FRENZY!Welcome to Feedback Week here at Project Educate!PE Feedback: Welcome and FEEDBACK FRENZY!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Welcome to Feedback Week! This week is being brought to you by a team of very devious deviants over at FeedbackFrenzy.
In January of this year, the marvelous Beccalicious led a Critique Week in which we learned about many of the critique groups here on deviantART and also the essentials of giving and receiving critique for various media. In case you missed it, here are a few of the fantastic articles that were shared that week:
Do you really want critique? The basics of giving critique Finding critique on dA The community and critique
So, for our week, we wanted to take Critique Week a step further and put the skills we learned to use! We have developed some
Site Update: Film, Sta.sh Writer, deviantART muroIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: Film, Sta.sh Writer, deviantART muro2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Film Improvements (Beta Testers Only)
We've made two major changes to film on deviantART! First, film is now fully compatible with Sta.sh and the Sta.sh submission process, allowing you to store and post film deviations directly from your Sta.sh. Secondly, the film player has been overhauled, and the film deviation page has been updated and rebuilt to match the same layout other deviations have, for consistency, ease of use, and better overall appearance.
Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?At this point, you've all had awesomesauce articles on word choice, varying sentences, dialect, and dialogue. Which is great, because it cuts my job down to five minutes of nattering on about how you bring all these elements together to create that elusive thing people always go on about: VOICE.Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?11 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Voice is the personality of the book.
You know that thing about avoiding cliché except every single plotline ever has been done and has the TVTropes article to prove it and OH GODS WHY?!?!
Voice solves 97% of that. It lends originality to your story by tossing a filter over the whole thing. 'The Shining' needed that kid-voice so readers could stare in horror over his shoulder, understanding things like the dark cloud of suicide in his father's head without having his reaction ruin half a page of ominous build. 'Dir
Self Harm Awareness day 1st March 2012Self Harm Awareness day 1st March 20123 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Today marks an awareness day over a subject that can mean many things to many people. Self Harm (or Self Injury) is the act of physical damage to oneself, usually as a coping strategy for expressing deep distress or coping in difficult situations. Self harm commonly is associated with cutting, but can also refer to any physical damage to the self including burning, hitting, taking overdoses, swallowing chemicals, bleaching, hair pulling ( trichotilliomania), scratching and so forth.
You may know what it is, but it is often the reasons why that people are not familiar with. There is still this belief and stereotype surrounding the type of person likely to harming them-self, but the truth is, it could be anyone no matter what gender, culture or age. The reasons behind self harm can be such a huge variety- different people cope in different ways with different distresses. Such issues that may trigger self harm might be bullying, t
PE: Tolerance Towards Daily DeviationsIf you're like me, one of the first things you do every morning is turn on the computer to check the DDs for the day, if you make this a habit sooner or later you'll see something featured that you won't like at all, making you spill your morning coffee all over the screen.PE: Tolerance Towards Daily Deviations2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Oh the crime! That poor coffee going to waste.
Before you hit the Caps Lock button and begin an essay about the drop of quality of DDs, stop. Take a deep breath, maybe walk around for a bit to cool down, and think about what you're going to do. To begin with, complaining about the DD leaving a comment is extremely disrespectful for the artist because most of the time, they didn't even ask to be featured. Instead, take a moment to consider why was it picked, DDs are chosen for far more than just being visually attractive, as the article Daily Deviations - The Myth and the Legend explained; we often look f
Spirit Day 2012"Ultimately, I want Spirit Day to make just one person feel little bit better about his or herself, to feel safe enough in their own skin and to be proud of who they are" - Brittany McMillanSpirit Day 20122 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
In memory of the young LGBT people who lost their lives to suicide, Brittany encouraged her friends to wear purple on a day in October -- a day that came to be known as Spirit Day. Since then, GLAAD has helped turn Spirit Day into a global event that inspires millions of individuals, celebrities, TV personalities, media outlets, companies and schools to wear purple in a stand against bullying.
While Spirit Day does focus on the LGBT community, I believe that it's anti-bullying message is relevant to every community. It only get's better, if we take the pledge to make it so.
Practice compassion and understanding, and treat others how you would like to be treated and we can make a difference.
Show your support for this anti-bullying me
DeviantART's 12th Birthday Hat Contest! About The ContestDeviantART's 12th Birthday Hat Contest!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Ended! hosted by KovoWolf
Thank You Everyone!
The contest is currently being judged!! Thank you everyone who participated! They all where amazing and creative!!
In preparation for the Birthday Shinanigans about to unfold here at DeviantART, we want to ask you, the community to get your crafty scissors, gear up your imagination, and all the materials you can for this contest in preparation for celebrating DeviantART's 12th birthday! What we're asking of you is to make your OWN birthday hat to wear for DeviantART's birthday!
Here are some ideas for you to get started on a birthday hat!
:iconastralseed: :icon3wyl: :iconlyricanna: :iconSanguineVamp:
Below you will find the rules for the Hat contest!
Please do not submit something you have already created
Chat Events Calendar farand's Fun and ThumbShare - Movember Event in :#communityrelations:Chat Events Calendar3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Time: 2 - 3pm PST Meet 'N Greet Chat With the Lit CVs in :#crliterature: Sunday, June 8th at 12:01 PM (PDT)
Sketchmatch in :#communityrelations:
Wednesday, Nov. 13th - 7:00 PM PDT (click to see your local time)
Want to see a particular event run? Want to help out? Note communityrelations with your thoughts and ideas!
STAMPS TO SUIT EVERYONE, Issue 18Well yet again, its been a while since I have done an article like this, real life always seems to get in the way, deaths and college this time.STAMPS TO SUIT EVERYONE, Issue 183 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Anyway here we go again.
Good Boys and Bad Boys Stamp by Humble-Novice STAMP: Not a trend. by CosmicQueenie Mountains stamp. by livinladolcevita Love poison stamp. by livinladolcevita No Brony Love or Tolerance by World-Hero21 Love needs gender by I-Take-It-Back :thumb283680673: Level 99 Player Stamp by Humble-Novice Smile by Marzarret Whitney Houston by PigsTail Stop Being Offended For Me by genkistamps Stamp: Bubble Tea Love by TheSaltyMonster Whitney Houston by HopesForFun777 I love Sparkle and Glitter by Snow-Body Meat lover by prosaix The End of The World by Haters-Gonna-Hate-Me Laughing Stamp by SparklyDest Inspirational Quote CE: Born This Way by lightpurge Inspired by a kid by impersonalinfo Needed to Be Stamp by Mirz123 Canon X OC Pairings by Sparkleee-Sprinkle Cover matters by I-Take-It-Back My dog is fine with it by I-Take-It-Back Change username by prosaix +Stamp+ Do not call it Love by TenshiNoFuu Community Projects Stamp by ClefairyKid Arichy Support Stamp by renekotte christblock by Dametora I Have Silent Watchers Stamp by Torotix +Stamp+ MarySue so what by TenshiNoFuu :thumb278939695: Merry Christmas Stamp by fear-the-brilliance I Love Bad Fanfiction by genkistamps Lorum Ipsum! by NorthboundFox Coziness-compliant Literature by CassidyPeterson Child pageantry should be illegal... by BlackJill Crazy ones stamp by dazza1008 FGM Awareness by savagebinn :thumb28267267
Sharks are more important than you thinkThe Earth is an ocean planet. 99% of all living space on it is water, and 80% of all species live in the ocean. We know from decades of careful research that the oceans have shaped this world - whenever something happened to them, whenever life in the oceans changed, life on Earth changed as a whole. We humans are a wave of extinction, a new event that is suddenly rippling across the tree of life. And as we interfere so strongly with this complex system of interdependence that has taken its shape in millions of years, we change the only world, the only home, our species has ever known.Sharks are more important than you think3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Sharks have lived in the oceans for over 400 million years, since before the dinosaurs evolved. As apex predators, they are critically important to the food chain in the ocean and have significantly shaped the world through time. Sharks are intelligent, have long and short term memory and the ability to learn. And they are afraid of us. Most sharks won't come near us if we are not perfectly calm, because
Operation TYP [Contest Event!]Grim Face (GrimFace242) and I decided running our own separate contests in January weren’t enough. We put together a joint event contest too.Operation TYP [Contest Event!]3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What is Operation TYP?
It’s 24 hours of fun, and a dash of mischief, for the literature community. At the start date you will be given a simple task that can be done in as little as 2 minutes. It will be up to you to make it fun and creative though.
What is this task? It’s so super secret we can’t tell you until the start date!
What we can tell you is this: It will be quick and easy. It will be fun. You will have 24 hours to complete the task. You can participate multiple times. There will be prizes for random participants and a little something extra for three creative deviants!
Date: Saturday, February 4th, 2012
Time: 12:00 AM EST*
Check back at that time for your Operation TYP task
Happy Birthday Moonbeam13!Hello allHappy Birthday Moonbeam13!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today marks a very special day for someone, and since this someone is our wonderful team leader, $Moonbeam13, we wanted to write a journal to say...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANIE!
Now a lot of you know Danie as the big chief of the Community Relations team, but I doubt half of you truly know how much of a hard worker Danie is. Not only does she have to look after us lively lot (and by “lot” have you seen how big the CV team is?!), but she works on copious behind the scenes projects on deviantART, making this place just a little bit more devious and better for all us Artists out there in the big dA community. Not only this, but she has to have a life at the same time!
Now we have decided to use Danie’s birthday for three things:
1. To wish her a very happy birthday (of course)
It's All About Presentation (Mostly)As more and more people start taking pictures of their nether regions on their iphones or posing myspace style in front of their HTC's - the competitive world of getting a Daily Deviation gets just that much harder... I kid. But... daily, I am bombarded with awesome suggestions (which I love) and I'm not complaining about. But there has to be a criteria of sorts, that sets an image above the rest. Here are a few things I look for that you might not have noticed before... The first thing I look at when I stumble across an image or view a suggestion from somebody, is how the artist has presented their work to the deviantART Community.It's All About Presentation (Mostly)2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Your image isn't everything. Not anymore. In the past I have given Daily Deviations to pieces with titles that are a combination of random letters and numbers, or that are very obviously still the source file title - or that tends to be just a keyboard mash-up. Everyday CVs are sent many many notes suggesting pieces o
Pimps and Whoas - October 26, 2012PimpsPimps and Whoas - October 26, 20122 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
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