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The New Way to Write Journals

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 4:46 PM


Writing a Journal is easier than ever with the new Write a Journal Entry page. Add formatting, artwork, files, Journal Skins, and emoticons to your Journal for a more dynamic journal creation experience!

What's New

  • Rich-text formatting is supported! You can use familiar keyboard shortcuts or Sta.sh Writer's rich-text toolbar for a simple, straightforward experience when formatting your text.
    • For deviants who prefer to use HTML, you can still type your HTML as usual, or you can turn off the rich-text by switching to HTML Mode from the Edit menu!
  • Make your Journal more engaging without having to work harder! Use Sta.sh Writer's sidebar to easily add deviations and files from your Sta.sh into your Journal!
    • Premium Members can also improve their Journal by adding a custom Journal Skin using the Style section of the sidebar.
  • Use the Emoticons tab of the sidebar to explore and add a combination of official and community-created emoticons to your Journal!
  • Save an unfinished draft of your Journal to your Sta.sh or open an unfinished Journal draft from the File menu in the toolbar!
  • Create, customize, and submit your Journal, all from one page, all in one step.

Try it out! Visit the Write a Journal Entry page!


Writing a Journal is easier than ever with the new Write a Journal Entry page. Add formatting, artwork, files, Journal Skins, and emoticons to your Journal for a more dynamic journal creation experience!
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Celebrating Deviousness - July 2013

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:01 AM



Deviousness Award




 

Congratulations to `
Synfull






What is this Awesome Achievement?


The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.









Who is `Synfull?


`Synfull has firmly rooted herself at the heart of the emoticon gallery and made it her mission to bring pixel passion to every part of deviantART. With a personal gallery that's filled to the brim with extremely detailed emoticons and informative tutorials, Karen has developed a reputation with many deviants for being somewhat of a legendary emoticon artist. We very much agree that Karen's dedication and inspiring efforts deserve recognition, therefore it's without any hesitation that we bestow the Deviousness Award for July 2013 to `Synfull.

Congratulations to `Synfull






Celebrating our latest recipient of the Deviousness Award
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Improved DMCA Reporting System

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 1:31 PM


Hai by damphyr

Hello, deviants! In an effort to keep the community informed and to provide the best possible experience for our members, we wanted to inform you of changes to our reporting system.

DeviantART is dedicated to protecting our artists, and in an effort to be able to more quickly handle complaints by deviants who have had their rights infringed on, we have changed the way we receive complaints from the artist or the copyright holder.

In the past, we took reports by the copyright holder in two different ways: An informal report via the Report Violation tool and a formal complaint via contacting the Help Desk. While both of these methods were effective, they presented many setbacks.

OldDMCA by damphyr

The informal report did not gather all the necessary information for a formal copyright complaint and was prone to misuse by well-meaning deviants who would attempt to report images they did not own the copyright to on behalf of artists they admire. Unfortunately, filing unauthorized reports added to the backlog, and while our response time was still good for artists reporting infringement of their own work, the unauthorized reports created an unnecessary delay.

This system also fell short when the copyright holder attempted to report an infringement where the original file was not hosted on deviantART.com itself. Also, many deviants found the specific legal requirements of an official take down notice difficult to understand or downright overwhelming.

We spent a good deal of time re-evaluating our system and ultimately decided that we needed to streamline the system to better guide our artists through the DMCA takedown process. We have launched a new reporting method for copyright holders and their legal representatives when they believe a work is infringed.


This new system is an improvement for our artists because it provides...
  • A clear indication of what needs to be provided
  • An easier breakdown of the form
  • A templated format so it is easier for artists to follow the rules with and for staff to review the notice
  • Helps promote a faster response time


newDMCA by damphyr

Why are we using this system? The DMCA is a formal notice and takedown system for copyright owners. It is not an arbitrary set of rules created by deviantART; it is a legal process which is respected the world over. You can find more information on the DMCA, how it works and what it does here.

Our new system can be found here, and can also be accessed by clicking the Report Violation button.


How does it work?
Attempting to report through the Report Violation link and selecting the “My Intellectual Property” option will redirect you to this page where you can provide information about the property which you believe to have been infringed. With this new system, artists who are attempting to report infringement where their original image is not hosted on deviantART will encounter no friction when reporting infringement of their work. This will also provide staff with a uniform presentation of the complaint, allowing for an easier and thus faster assessment of the situation and more prompt action against the potentially infringing submission.

What isn’t changing?

Reports by third parties, or those who do not own the copyright or legally represent the artist will not be impacted at all. These reports can still be filed by clicking the Report Violation link and selecting “Permission Issues.” As reports from the copyright holders themselves are given top priority, please keep in mind that third party reports will not receive the same response. Reports of potential infringement that happens off of deviantART.com will not change either, as staff cannot take action on behavior off of the site. In those cases, please contact the administration of the site where the potential infringement is occurring.


As a reminder, we take these reports very seriously. Those who continually and deliberately misrepresent content as their own or infringe on our artists will find their accounts facing administrative action including removal of the infringing material and various lengths of account suspension. A first time offense may not result in an administrative action against the account, but the repetition of bad behavior in this area will not be treated as a simple breach of etiquette.

We want to encourage a creative atmosphere, and we know that it is dampened when our artists' copyrights are infringed. We are so excited to offer easier and more timely service for our artists through this new system. We have updated our Copyright Policy to match our procedures, and updated our FAQs to provide current and relevant information. Check our our newly updated FAQs:

FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?
FAQ #32: Fair Use and Your Submission
FAQ #814: Should I put a signature, watermark or copyright notice on my art before submitting it?
FAQ #572: What does deviantART consider "Fan Art" to be?
FAQ #155: How do I report a deviation which I think breaks the rules?

Thank you all for being an awesome community dedicated to creating and preserving the rights of artist. Keep creating and stay devious!
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Seniorityheader 2 by fourteenthstar
This article marks the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 1000 deviants holding the highly saught after ` -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.


So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community. 

Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be recognised in the crowd.

Today, we present to you the following deviants who have all been awarded Seniority in our current round of community recognitions. They have all been nominated for their efforts in the community by multiple deviants, Staff and Volunteers.
Announcing the newest Senior members in our community -- congratulations everyone!
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A New Way to Make Suggestions

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 4:11 PM
Hello Beta Testers! 

For some time we've been running a limited test of the Ideas Forum on our Zendesk Help Desk integration. Today, we're expanding this test to our Beta Testers. 

This forum allows for a great deal of flexibility in how we approach suggestions. 

We can mark items that are planned, completed, or not planned at this time. We can also highlight staff responses on forums, giving more weight to responses that are important in informing deviants why we can, or cannot, take a suggestion into consideration at this time. 

Deviants can vote on one anothers' posts, giving greater community control over what content is reviewed. The more votes, the higher the suggestion will appear in the forum! Unlike our current forum, threads don't expire, and when creating a new thread you'll be prompted with similar threads. 

Screen Shot 2013 06 06 At 3 35 40 Pm By Wreckl by danlev

These are only a few of the features the new forum has, but altogether our testing has shown thus far that it's good at cutting down duplicate threads, encouraging new discussion and brainstorming on ideas that have already been shared. 

So what are you waiting for? Give it a shot!

Due to the nature of this test, there is no Bug Tracker project. Please leave any feedback, including bugs in this case, on this article!


For some time we've been running a limited test of the Ideas Forum on our Zendesk Help Desk integration. Today, we're expanding this test to our Beta Testers. This offers a great deal of flexibility on suggestions and how staff respond to suggestions, greatly improving the efficiency of the idea-sharing process and giving us better tools to identify what matters most to the deviantART community.
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Update to the Deviation Page

Tue Sep 10, 2013, 1:39 PM


During the past month, we've been testing a number of changes to deviation pages. As the tests were ongoing, we monitored performance and community feedback, allowing us to make adjustments and improvements along the way. Thanks to such feedback, we've further improved the deviation page and have just released the latest updates sitewide.

What's New

  • More From This Artist has been made more prominent! Thumbnails in the More From This Artist section have been made larger and are now based on an advanced algorithm that will surface work that is more relevant to the art currently being viewed, helping to bring more attention to you and your art.
  • More from deviantART results (formerly titled More Like This) appear beneath More From This Artist. 
  • The right sidebar of the deviation page has been visually uplifted, with each section of the sidebar being given a clearer heading and given a cleaner overall appearance. In addition, the background color of the sidebar has been changed to help distinguish between the main section of the page and the sidebar.
  • The Edit and Delete buttons have been moved near the top of the sidebar, appearing just beneath the Share Buttons for easy access when modifying your deviations.
  • All buttons in the sidebar have been given an updated styling, making them easier to find than before.


Moving Forward



We are going to continue evaluating the performance of the deviation page, with the long term goal of increasing traffic to you and your art. This change was made to launch the aspects of the new deviation page that performed well, but it is one step in a much larger process toward creating a better performing deviation page.

While we continue to monitor how these changes perform, we will also further think through the areas of the deviation page design that were tested and performed poorly, with the intent of better implementing changes to benefit your work. In the meanwhile, your continued usage and feedback will help us to create a better deviantART.

During the past month, we've been testing a number of changes to deviation pages. Thanks to your feedback, we've further improved the deviation page and have just released the latest updates sitewide.
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This article marks the latest announcements detailing the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 800 deviants holding the highly saught after ` -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.


So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community. 

Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be recognised in the crowd.

Today, we present to you the following deviants who have all been awarded Seniority as part of our quarterly community recognitions. They have all been nominated for their efforts in the community by multiple deviants, Staff and Volunteers. 

Unbearable-Lightness
dy-dx


Congratulations everyone! :clap:
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Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :

Table of Contents


1. Miscellaneous vs Other
2. Attacking the Artist
3. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
4. Community Projects
5. Official Contests
6  Project Educate 2011/2012
7. Art History Project
8. News from the Chats and Forums
9. News from the Galleries



1. Miscellaneous vs Other


Over the past few months, we've been diligently working on cleaning up the category tree of old and unused categories.  While most of this will go unnoticed by the community, what you will notice is the change from "Miscellaneous" galleries to "Other".  The reason for this change is simple.  The concept of Miscellaneous leads one to believe that it's a junk drawer category for everything under the sun when the intention was to be an "Other" category for deviations that don't fit well in other sub-categories of the tree.  We're also working on updating the categories with better and more concise descriptions.

2. Attacking the Artist


I seem to go over this particular point in various ways many times over and it's very likely the people needing to be reading this response, aren't the ones reading this newsletter regularly. However, let it not be said that I don't respond.  Daily deviation selections are done by a group of people I have selected. Some are volunteers and some are paid staff and they were selected by me because I trust their opinions and value their eye and I regard them as community leaders. However, they are human and sometimes mistakes are made. We routinely use image comparison tools to avoid copyright issues but even that isn't fool proof and when a stolen image is discovered it's dealt with almost immediately. The truth of the matter is, you will not love every Daily Deviation selected. However, instantly flaming the artist or the selector has got to be one of the most confusing and frustrating practices I'm witness to on deviantART.

A similar situation seems to occur with contest & challenge semi-finalist and winners announcements. A grave misconception is that all contests are judged by the same people.  Allow me to clear up that myth.  Each contest is assigned a panel of judges whose expertise fit with the nature of the contest or challenge.

While, I appreciate your passion in communicating your disagreement with anything to do with the site, flaming an artist on their deviation is both rude and misplaced anger. In both situations, the artist has no control over their image being selected and it's demoralizing to have your piece ripped to shreds because a third-party decided to put you in the spotlight. Receiving a Daily Deviation or winning a contest can be both a blessing and a curse for the artist and that's unfortunate.

Should you feel the need to share your discontent in regards to DD selections or Contest/Challenge winners, please feel free to communicate it with me.  On occasion, the community has alerted me to non-qualifying selections and we've rectified the situation and I've also had great conversations with people.  I am not inviting you to swear profusely in my general direction, however, if you're choosing to spew venom at the artist or at me, please email it to me moonbeam13@deviantart.com and leave the artist alone.

I love the community at deviantART and I've been a part of it for many years. I've felt the outpouring of support and encouragement over those years and I don't believe that the "bullies" speak for the majority.  Unfortunately, they do mar the general awesomeness that is our community and it's time to really sit and think about how we communicate and interact with each other in our virtual world.  It's very easy to forget there are people at the end of the screen and it's super easy to unleash the beast within, without immediately feeling or seeing the ramifications of hurt feelings or anger you've incited in someone else, as a result.

Last Friday we celebrated Spirit Day and we dressed up in purple and roared against bullying but now we have to put that into practice and it starts with every single one of us.  Bullying starts and ends with us.  So, let's try and treat people kinder, let's take a minute before responding with vile words and attacks because our feelings are hurt and try to break this cycle.  If you are a victim of bullying at deviantART or see someone who seems to be bullying someone else, feel free to note or email me about it. I'm happy to help you use the tools available to stop the cycle and enjoy deviantART the way it should be enjoyed.

Pass it along.

3. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations


If you're interested in learning more about being a volunteer on deviantART please read FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on deviantART?

To see current openings on the Community Relations volunteer team please check this journal. If there isn't a spot open please consider helping out from within the community.  Read How to be a guiding light and shining example by RockstarVanity and So you Want to be a CV by Thiefoworld

4. Community Projects


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:omg: Want to show your devious pride and get involved in ongoing Community Projects? Check out some of these!


5. Official Contests



All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relations run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.

The ":flagus:" icon marks US Only contests

:bulletpink: Upgrade Your Space Contest - Deadline October 25, 2012
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge - Wrong Potion - Deadline October 31, 2012
:bulletpink: Merrell Diorama Contest - Deadline October 31, 2012
:bulletpink: devID Spooky Make-up Contest - Deadline October 31, 2012
:bulletpink: Capture Your Pumpkin Contest - Deadline November 5, 2012
:bulletpink: Creatures of the Night Stock and Resources Contest - Deadline November 6, 2012
:bulletpink: Seasonal Portraiture - Deadline November 30, 2012

:wizardhat: Halloween Contests :wizardhat:

:pumpkin: Anthro Challenge - Wrong Potion
:pumpkin: Capture YOUR Pumpkin
:pumpkin: Creatures of the Night Stock & Resources Contest
:pumpkin: Halloween Contests: Find One Here!
:pumpkin: devID Spooky Make-up Contest
:pumpkin: Halloweenie Contest
:pumpkin: Dante's Inferno
:pumpkin: Photomanip Tutorial Challenge
:pumpkin: dAMonsters

6. Project Educate 2011/2012


Current: Photomanipulation Workshop Month (ends October 29th)
Next Week Horror and Macabre Photography

The Project Educate Schedule.

7. Art History Project


:bulletpurple: Art History - Digital Art Features
:bulletpurple: Digital Art - Why It's so important
:bulletpurple: Digital Art Critique Night Events
:bulletpurple: Digital Art vs Traditional Art




8. News from the Chats and Forums


:bulletgreen: Forum Events Calendar
:bulletgreen: Chat Events Calendar
:bulletgreen: September's Forum Feature : Difference
:bulletgreen: October's Forum Feature : Contrast - Submit your piece now!
:bulletgreen: Muro Challenge #4 - Winner!
:bulletgreen: Chat Tutorial #5 - Joining Chatrooms
:bulletgreen: Chat Tutorial #6 - All the small commands
:bulletgreen: Chat Tutorial #7 - Tabbing - What is that and how?
:bulletgreen: Forum Tutorial #1 - Posting a thread
:bulletgreen: Forum Tutorial #2 - Promoting your Chatroom!
:bulletgreen: Monthly Photography Critique Forum



9.  News from the Galleries


:bulletblue: Anthro

:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts

:bulletblue: Body Art & Modification

:bulletblue: Comics & Cartoons

:bulletblue: Community Projects

:bulletblue: Customization
:bulletgreen: Digital Dolls
:bulletgreen: Emoticons

:bulletblue: Designs & Interfaces
:bulletgreen: Game Development Art

:bulletblue: deviantART Related

:bulletblue: Digital Art
:bulletgreen: 3-Dimensional
:bulletgreen: Fractal
:bulletgreen: Photomanipulation
:bulletgreen: Pixel Art
:bulletgreen: Vector
:bulletgreen: Vexel- September DDs

:bulletblue: Fan Art

:bulletblue: Literature

:bulletblue: Photography
:bulletgreen: Abstract & Surreal
:bulletgreen: Conceptual
:bulletgreen: Animals, Plants & Nature
:bulletgreen: Artistic Nude
:bulletgreen: Darkroom
:bulletgreen: Fashion Photography
:bulletgreen: Fetish Photography
:bulletgreen: Horror & Macabre
:bulletgreen: Photojournalism
:bulletgreen: Pin-Up & Glamour
:bulletgreen: People & Portraits
:bulletgreen: Still Life Photography
:bulletgreen: Street Photography

:bulletblue: Resources & Stock Images

:bulletblue: Street Art & Graffiti

:bulletblue: Text Art & Typography

:bulletblue: Traditional Art




The Community Relations department exists to encourage, facilitate and develop the relationship with our deviantART community.  Our goal is to nurture our community by encouraging, stimulating artists to create, collaborate, and participate in a friendly, safe, and supportive artistic environment.  Watch communityrelations for up to date news and to learn how you can get involved in projects and events!

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Bi-Monthly Newsletter from the Community Relations team.
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Daily Deviations, or DDs . . . for some deviants, receiving one is the epitome of awesomesauce in the deviantART world. For others, they are a nice way to show off the work of lesser-known artists. Still others treat them as a special way to bring attention to great art that exemplifies works being done by a particular gallery or community.

Perhaps because there are so many different ways of conceptualizing DDs, there are also many myths and misconceptions. I would like to address some of those myths by responding to the ones most frequently heard. Please note that these opinions are mine and reflect my experiences with the photomanipulation community, but perhaps they will be informative nevertheless.


Myth 1: DDs should always be perfect.



To many of us, the ideal Daily Deviation goes to an artist with amazing talent whose work draws you in and makes you think, "Wow, everyone needs to see this!" A DD should move you, inspire you, and provoke you to think, but there are many ways to do that. Something doesn't need to be technically perfect to be interesting and provocative. There are many different standards of what constitutes good art, and sometimes our opinions will differ. For example, sometimes, I want to show the world what is new and fresh in the photomanipulation community from talented, up-and-coming artists. These pieces may or may not meet your standard of "flawlessness," but they are creative, demonstrative of very solid technical skill, and worthy of attention. If you ever have a question about why a CV has featured something, feel free to note us, and we'll be pleased to tell you what attracted us to that particular deviation. But, please do not harass the artist. More about this topic later this week.


Myth 2: Getting a DD is about who you know.



Yes and no. Being a friend of a CV or staff member (yes, we do have friends!) does not make you a favorite for a DD. In fact, we are very careful when giving DDs to our friends because we know that people will cry favoritism if we are not! So, being our friends, or even simply being on our watch lists, may bring your art to our attention, but it does not increase your chances of receiving a DD.

People often wonder whether they need to be a CV's friend in order to suggest a DD, too. It's not the case. There is no such thing as having "the right person" suggest your deviation for a DD. To be honest, we don't even give any weight to who the suggester is, what their user symbol is, etc. Speaking for myself, I've even declined suggestions from other CVs before, and I've had mine declined.

Anyone can suggest a DD; in fact, you can suggest your own work as a DD! We even encourage self-suggestions! It is neither arrogant nor in poor taste to suggest yourself, and no one has to know. When you suggest yourself, we do not list you as the suggester, so you will not look like you are egotistical. :D

We very much enjoy and even prefer to give DDs to unknown artists. The truth is, it is PARTIALLY about who you know simply with respect to the fact that if we never see your work, we cannot DD it. Speaking for myself, I watch more than 200 groups and 900 individuals, and I plow through our galleries at least twice a day. But, it is impossible for any of us to see everything. Please, if you feel your work is worthy of a Daily Deviation, suggest yourself, or have someone you know and trust (ONE PERSON, not your entire watch list) suggest it for you.


Myth 3: If I complain loudly enough about not having a DD, I'll get one.



NO. We do not condone trying to pressure or guilt us into giving you a DD. If you want to know why you do not have a DD, ask us for a critique. We will be happy to point out where your strengths are and where you can improve. Who knows, maybe we'll see something in your gallery that we feel deserves a DD! Don't write a journal or a poll to cause drama over something that easily can be resolved without it. Doing so spreads negativity and does no one any good. Moreover, making a fuss about not having or getting a DD may make us less likely to give you one, assuming your work deserves it. If all anyone had to do to get a DD was write an upset journal about not having one, and if we gave in to those who did so, then dA would be full of negative journals. And we'd like to keep the place warm and cozy and conducive to artistic growth. Stick to the art; think llama, not drama! :XD:


Myth 4: I'm afraid to suggest. CVs are scary people.



Pssh. We're cuddly and loving and warm. Give us a chance.  We were regular members, too, and we will be regular members again very soon. We are not here to police you, judge you, or harass you. We are your cheerleaders and supporters. We want to promote you, and our main role is to serve as liaisons between you and the $taff of dA. Have YOU talked to a CV today?


Myth 5: CVs just ignore my notes.


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We're not ignoring. Promise! If you don't get a response, it's for one of a few reasons: (1) We have 20+ pages of notes, and we just haven't had a chance to reply to yours yet. (2) We don't have time to reply. Would you rather us spend time replying to your suggestion note or doing something positive for the community? (3) A lot of times, when we reply, people expect us to give them an answer about whether the suggestion will be featured. Sometimes we aren't ready to do that just yet, or we want to keep it a surprise. So, we don't answer. :D


Myth 6: Some things (e.g. stock, icons, pixel art, nudity) are not "art" and should not get DDs.



Seriously? Who are we to say what is and is not art? Moreover, have you looked at the the galleries you are criticizing lately and taken the time to explore the work that goes into creating those deviations? Do you know the details, the intricacies . . . the techniques? We will have a series of articles on this issue very soon, so I won't belabor it now. Suffice it to say that it's wonderful to live in a world in which we all have differing opinions, tastes, and preferences and to have an art site that embraces our diversity.


Myth 7: If I get all my friends to suggest my latest deviation for a DD, or if I send suggestion notes to more than 1 CV, my chances of getting a DD will improve.



That's just not true. Also, intentional multiple suggestions will likely frustrate us and decrease your chances of getting a DD. Really. One is enough, and we DO look at every suggestion we get. If we aren't going to feature it on the first suggestion, we are definitely not going to feature it on the fifty-first. :D


Myth 8: The 6-month rule [i.e. one DD per six months] doesn't apply to me.



Uh, yes it does. ;)


Myth 9: Those who suggest lots of DDs get their names known among the CVs and get more DDs themselves.



This is kind-of true. Sort-of. Speaking for myself personally, I frequently visit the galleries of people who suggest DDs to me. That's because I am a "give-and-take" kind of person; if you are willing to give someone else a shot at a DD, I'm willing to consider your work as well. But, I think what it boils down to is that, if you are "putting yourself out there" and being a part of the community, you are more likely to be seen and recognized. That doesn't mean that you can't be unknown and still get a DD. It just goes back to what I said above: If we don't see your work, we can't give you a DD. And even though we search and watch and wait and check our messages, looking for unknown artists, there are some things that slip by us. Visibility is important, though it is certainly not everything. Oh, and I will also say that we prefer quality over quantity in DD suggestions. We prefer 1 good suggestion over 10 mediocre suggestions any day, so please don't start tossing every deviation our way just to try to gain visibility; you might end up frustrating us.


Myth 10: DDs are just a popularity contest.



See the point, above, about it not mattering how many people suggest your deviations, or who suggests it, or whether you are friends with a given CV. It doesn't matter how many page views or watchers you have. What matters is the art. I can name 5 people off the top of my head who get less than 100 faves on most of their deviations but have multiple DDs to their name. You don't have to be known, but you DO have to be VISIBLE. Again, we search and search, but no one can find everything. So, I would recommend you post in groups, make some friends by supporting their art, and of course suggest your own work if you really feel that you don't have enough "popularity" to receive a DD. Oh, and I should also note that getting a DD does not make you popular. In fact, it can have the opposite effect.


Myth 11: You have to have a DD before you can be a CV.



Nope, not true. There are several of us on the team who have never had a DD. And furthermore, we don't have to all be immaculate artists, either. We just have to care, have some time to share with dA, be motivated and knowledgeable, and love this community.


Myth 12: DDs are a prize you need to "win."



Wrong. It is a one-day feature designed to expose your work to a wider audience.


Myth 13: DDs are a great way to get feedback on your work.



Oh goodness no! No, no, no! We try to DD things that are clearly finished, not works in progress. Why? Because receiving a DD unfortunately makes you a magnet for people who just want to criticize your work. You WILL receive feedback--wanted or unwanted. But, we've seen people get torn apart for receiving DDs as well as people get praised and boosted in popularity. Feedback is important to helping you improve, but this may not be the type of feedback you are looking for, nor is it the purpose of the DD.


Myth 14: Only people who have a ton of views get DDs.



This goes back to what we were saying above. It has nothing whatsoever to do with their popularity. It has to do with their exposure. So, get involved in dA! Join groups! Come to a critique event! Talk to your CVs and your fellow deviants! Join contests, and participate in critique groups! If nothing else, write journals and display others' work, and make sure to tell them about it! Do something, anything, to get involved. When you are involved and have exposure, people start to take more notice of your art. Regardless, please note that "unseen" artists with very few faves and DDs get featured as well. In fact, we enjoy featuring them.


Myth 15: Suggesting DDs helps improve your chances of getting senior status.



I'm not equipped to talk about seniority with any sense of authority, except to refer you to the FAQs about it: FAQ #29: How do I become a Senior Member?




Many thanks to the deviants who brought these myths to my attention!

We hope this clears up at least the major misconceptions about Daily Deviations. Above all, we hope it will help you feel more confident in suggesting yourself or others! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any of the other CVs: FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?

Thanks, and enjoy DD Week! :D




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What's New


Introducing the New Gallery Framed Print


We are proud to announce the Gallery Frame, our newest addition to an already stellar line of Prints Shop products.

DeviantART's new Gallery Frames are an alluring yet durable option for collectors looking to preserve the art they love. In addition to its elegant design and protective qualities, Gallery Frames are also our least expensive framing option, ranging from about $25 to $75! 



Writing Descriptions with Sta.sh Writer (Beta Testers)


As part of our initiative to make formatting and conversation easier and more dynamic, you can now use the Add Media tool to add content and formatting to deviation descriptions, Sta.sh item descriptions, and Sta.sh stack descriptions!




Change Log


  • Mentions did not appear in the proper order in the "All Messages" section of the Message Center. Fixed by randomduck
  • Navigation on the recurring payment confirmation page for PayPal was confusing. Fixed by yury-n
  • A small number of users had a blank stack of Reply messages in their Message Centers which they could not remove. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • Searching did not work in the "Design Challenges" category. Fixed by helloandre
  • It was impossible to remove the first thumbnail when editing one's Commissions widget. Fixed by inazar
  • Some links and buttons throughout the site still displayed the old username symbols. Fixed by fartprincess
  • Hover bubbles were sticking on the new username symbols. Fixed by yury-n
  • Long group names would wrap on deviation pages. Fixed by fartprincess
  • There were some grammatical issues with the Critique box on the deviation page. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • The "Buy This Print" button on deviation pages was colored slightly differently than the rest of the buttons on the page. Fixed by iconocrash
  • Group icons were not clickable in the "Featured In…" section of the sidebar on deviation pages. Fixed by fartprincess
  • Internal links would appear bold in all Journal Skins, regardless of the skin's coding. Fixed by fartprincess
  • There were labeling inconsistencies between the hover text, help modal and Profile Page displays of the new username symbols. Fixed by yury-n
  • Pagination was briefly broken for the Friends, Watchers and Groups Widgets. Fixed by szlosek
  • There were various alignment and sizing issues with the new username symbols. Fixed by fartprincess
  • The Welcome Tour page would erroneously link to nonexistent pages. Fixed by iconocrash
  • Adding Points to one's cart did not work for a short period. Fixed by yury-n
  • Under very rare circumstances, unusual HTML markup in a Journal could cause one's Profile Page to not display. Fixed by DEVlANT kemayo and kojik1010
  • .GIF images would not display properly in apps using the oEmbed API. Fixed by szlosek
  • The "Resend verification email" option was missing from the verification page. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • Under certain conditions, options on the Manage Friends page could default to being unchecked, even after manually being changed. Fixed by DEVlANT

Sta.sh / Submit
  • When sharing a stack on Facebook, there wouldn't be a thumbnail displayed. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When sharing a stack url after editing a stack, the URL would redirect to the wrong location when viewed by someone else. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Uploading wouldn't work properly in the main Sta.sh area. Fixed by kouiskas

Sta.sh Writer
  • Image resizing buttons were not appearing on short thumbnails, even if there was enough space for them to display. Fixed by inazar
  • For some Windows users, Sta.sh Writer would lack a scrollbar if the document was too tall. Fixed by inazar
  • Clicking on a section title in Sta.sh Writer's sidebar would not reload that section. Fixed by inazar
  • The align attribute was mistakenly allowed in comments. Fixed by inazar
  • Outgoing link icons were causing problems with images in some skins, and will now only appear if there's text content inside the link. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • Feedback regarding the new username symbols was mixed. Common feedback was in regard to the symbol size or placement, and the lack of symbols for regular deviants.
  • Deviants were positive about the launch of Mentions.
  • Some deviants said that they dislike the icons displayed next to outgoing links.
  • In response to the Discuss topic, deviants mentioned that they generally prefer browsing Newest or Undiscovered rather than browsing What's Hot. A few deviants mentioned not being sure of the difference between What's Hot and Popular.

Discuss!


Mentions


Deviant and Art Mentions were launched to all deviants last week, and we've since seen deviants being pulled into new and inspiring conversations like never before. Have you mentioned a deviant's art, or has your artwork been mentioned? How frequently do you find yourself mentioning others, or being mentioned by others?


Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment here!
Lightbulb Check out a list of common suggestions!
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:bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk! (Be as detailed as possible!)

This week's Site Update includes the launch of the new Gallery Frame for Prints products, the addition of the Add Media tool in descriptions for Beta Testers, and more!
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