Community Operations Newsletter - June 2014In this, the first of a new, regular newsletter, I'd like to take a moment to give you an overview of the Community Operations department.Community Operations Newsletter - June 20146 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
DeviantART's Community Operations Department encompasses the Help Desk and the Copyright and Etiquette Administration (CEA) teams. These teams are dedicated to providing a high level of support within the community via our help desk portal as well as what we call the "Moderation Desk", which is where all of the deviations that have been reported as being unsuitable or in violation of our policies, await review from a member of staff.
Community Operations Staff are spread out across the globe on a mix of many time zones. Some work from a physical office in deviantART HQ in Los Angeles, some work from their homes in America, Canada, Bahamas, Germany and the UK. This may not sound like a real job, but like any employment, there are clearly laid out roles and responsibilities as well as continuous supervision to ensure that people are meeting expectati
Community Relations Celebrates !We're celebrating our 13th birthday with a vast array of exciting events and contests! Join us as we welcome in deviantART's 'teenage' yearsCommunity Relations Celebrates !1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
First take a trip down memory lane with the Timeline of deviantART
Then get involved in one of the many events and contests listed below!
Contests & Challenges
deviantART's 13th Birthday Contest
When: August 5th - August 14th
Learn more about the event here.
dA 13th Birthday Photomanip Challenge
When: August 7th - August 10th 1PM Pacific Time
Learn more about the event here.
Photomanip Mini-Contest: It's a reBirthday
Announcing Rolled Fine Art Paper Prints!Prints ShopAnnouncing Rolled Fine Art Paper Prints!2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Fine Art Prints
Starting immediately, deviantART is upgrading our rolled Fine Art Paper Prints to a more professional grade print process. The new and improved product will now ship with an additional 1.5" (3.81 cm) bright-white border ready to be hung or framed! This change will not affect the way in which we currently provide Photo Prints, Canvas, or Frame Art Prints.
Bright-white, ultrasmooth, 100% cotton rag paper
Acid- and lignin-free archival process
Advanced digital drying process in order to guarantee vibrance
Plans Gone Wrong Contest TweetPlans Gone Wrong Contest3 years ago in Official deviantART Contests More Like This
Chaos Panda by $chix0r
We're throwing one panda, one light, one pie up against the incredibly successful Fotolia One Cat, One Fruit, and One Clock Contest. Let's see if our new completely crazed random selection can pull in more than the 10,000 entries we received last time.
Here's the big twist: This time, we're challenging you to use the theme of "plans gone wrong" in
You must use one each of the specific pandas, lights, and pies provided in the asset pack and create an image showing "plans gone wrong." Your entry can originate in any medium! These are stock pictures. You can trace them, draw them, photomanipu
New Journal Category TreeIn our continuous quest to improve the deviantART experience, we have made some changes to the Journal categories that have resulted in a much more condensed and simplified group of selections. The simplification of categories will make the Journal submission process even easier, and make it easier to browse and find Journals you love.New Journal Category Tree1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The old category tree was trying to be too specific, which in turn made it tough to find the right category to submit to. The new categories are meant to be clearer, broader, and more inclusive. Starting today, all existing Journals will be migrated to the new category tree.
by techgnotic founder of depthRADIUS
What lead to this decision, you may ask? Like the torrid fate of many categories, in trying to be all-inclusive and find an appropriate lid for every pot, all that’s really been achieved is a scattering of too much really great stuff
Seven Deadly Sins devMEET TweetSeven Deadly Sins devMEET3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The grand-winner entry in our "Seven Deadly Sins Contest" has been made into a billboard in San Francisco, CA! To celebrate, we're flying the winner, ~Anarki3000, from Romania, all the way to San Francisco to check it out - and YOU'RE invited!
Join us! Come see the billboard, take pictures, meet ~Anarki3000, and congratulate them, talk with deviantART staff members, and interact with other deviants! Remember to bring a camera or camera phone. We're excited to document this special event that brings deviantART to the physical world, and we want to see all of you having fun!
Lust for life by *CassiopeiaArt
The Timeline of deviantARTThe Timeline of deviantARTThe Timeline of deviantART1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
As of today, it's been 14 years since deviantART was founded. I've taken this opportunity to gather up some historical information with the help of Moonbeam13 and some members of the Community Relations team.
I hope you enjoy taking a step back in time!
Please note: it is extremely difficult to track down some events in deviantART's history (in particular, the first few years) and that some dates are only approximate.
August: tech13 becomes the first recipient of the prestigious Deviousness Award.
August 4: The first member-submitted deviation is uploaded - A Dangerusss QNX by dangeruss
August 7: deviantART.com founded by spyed, jark and matteo.
August 15: The first ever Daily D
Tomb Raider Reborn Contest WinnersTomb RaiderTomb Raider Reborn Contest Winners2 years ago in Official deviantART Contests More Like This
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Publish a Journal to Multiple Places!New! Post to multiple places!Publish a Journal to Multiple Places!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since the release of Sta.sh and Sta.sh Writer, there's been one feature in particular that we've been itching to release, and we're happy to announce that it's ready! Sta.sh Writer now allows for publication to multiple outlets, including your Gallery, Journal, or Group Journals.
How does it work?
1. Head to Sta.sh Writer and begin writing your entry.
2. Choose a skin for your Group from the right hand panel.
3. When you're ready to publish, choose any combination of your Journal, the Journal Portal (browseable by all deviants), and your Groups of which you are in an administrative class.
These options are perfect for those who may want to post the same message to their personal Journal and one or more of their Groups.
Keep in mind!
Submitters, be sure that you have the appropriate privileges to post Journals and/or deviati
Emoticon Gallery ChangesGreetings!Emoticon Gallery Changes3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
There are some changes to the Emoticon Gallery structure that I'm excited to announce. Months ago Synfull suggested this layout:
and the response from the community has been entirely in favor of this structural change!
While I have made most of the changes the category currently looks like this:
Large - up to 150x150
Medium - up to 50x50
Bring Your Type to Life - A Typography ContestIt is time for another Typography contest! The theme of this contest will be…Bring Your Type to Life - A Typography Contest2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Bring your Type to Life
This may sound abstract at first, but to keep the theme as open as possible, I choose a rather abstract title. There are many directions in which you can go. You could choose an anthropomorphic direction, where you breathe life into letters and give them human or other animate characteristics. Another route would be to create the letters out of living objects, such as plants or animals.
Which direction you choose, maybe even a third or fourth one, does not matter. What matters is that your letters are brought to life!
What kind of letters you bring to life, words, glyphs or sentences, is 100% up to you. This contest has a more visual approach, so you will not be judged on the creativity of the meaning you choose to give to the letters. However, don't rush it! Even one letter can appear completely different than another. Be wise with the letters, word
Improved DMCA Reporting SystemImproved DMCA Reporting System2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
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.
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
Site Update: Outgoing Link Page RemovalSite Update: Outgoing Link Page Removal1 month ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
In 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.
Removal of the Outgoing Page
Update, October 24: We've removed the "Now Leaving deviantART.com" page that previously displayed when clicking a link that navigated to an external site. Outgoing links will still be signified with an outgoing symbol, and, to ensure a safe and enjoyable Internet experience, we encourage you to always be aware of the URL for any link you're clicking.
Update: Fair Exposure and Popular Browse Fair Exposure and miscategorizationUpdate: Fair Exposure and Popular Browse3 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
On January 24th, 2012, we released an hq journal regarding Popular results for Browse. In this journal, we described Fair Exposure -- deviantART's algorithm for Popular browse results. Fair Exposure's goal is to showcase the most popular deviations in a variety of styles, genres, and art forms, without bias towards a particular topic.
Since the release of our Fair Exposure announcement, especially in the last handful of weeks, we've noticed a concerted, dedicated effort made by deviants, or groups of deviants, to specifically beat (or "game") the system. Deviations have been intentionally miscategorized in hopes of having them appear "higher" in Popular results. This has, rightfully so, resulted in complaints from deviants who submit to deviantART in a fair and honest manner.
Back to School:icontechgnotic:Back to School3 years ago in Personal More Like This
They are the three words that roil the senses like no others, that stir an inner emotional stew of mixed emotions that inscribes us, for both good and bad, for a lifetime. It's the inevitable arrival of late summer and the call to the classrooms that makes us tremulously anticipate the new anxieties and challenges that are about to be sprung upon us – but also the sweet rewards of ascending to new levels in pursuit of a life goal. For visual artists on their personal missions to achieving their own unique visions of success, in art and life, it is once again time to seek out the guiding wisdom of the old masters as well as the new kids with all the new tricks of the trade.
Featured Artist, Lindsay Rapp
Linday Rapp is an aspiring artist enrolled in not one, but two universities simultaneously this fall including the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Ivy League school, UPenn both in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. So I thought she might be a good candi
Scribblenauts Unmasked WinnersScribblenauts Unmasked Winners1 year ago in Official deviantART Contests More Like This
Aquaman by Anarki3000
Tomb Raider Reborn Semi-FinalistsIn the Tomb Raider Reborn contest, we challenged you to bring the new Lara Croft to life, based on the trailer and asset pack. We saw amazing renditions of this fierce survivor, showcasing Lara's inherent resourcefulness and intuition. The competition was stiff, but our judges narrowed it down to the top 25. These will now be sent to Square Enix's Senior Art Director Brian Horton to choose the final three Winners. Congratulations to the top 25 Semi-Finalists below!Tomb Raider Reborn Semi-Finalists2 years ago in Official deviantART Contests More Like This
The remaining 22 Semi-Finalists will receive:
A Tomb Raider XBOX 360 Wireless Controller
3-Month Premium Membership
2,000 deviantART Points
Read Contest ArticleRead Official Rules
New Username Symbols: Extended ThoughtsTwo weeks ago, we released two new products – deviant and art Mentions and new username symbols. Gratefully, and as we'd hoped, many deviants are embracing these changes in exactly the ways we'd anticipated, and the ways we ourselves did over the past several months of testing. While some deviants embraced the changes, it's fair to say that others have felt surprise, curiosity, and maybe even shock. These feelings are totally normal, but for the large part, there's a hope present. A positive outlook. The first steps in a new era that makes the way for our goals in the future, and, at the same time, removes clutter and confusion that new deviants often experience.New Username Symbols: Extended Thoughts1 year ago in Personal More Like This
As with any change, there are a handful of deviants that don't understand why we made the choices we did
Seniority Announcement - December 2011This 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.Seniority Announcement - December 20113 years ago in Personal More Like This
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
Celebrating Deviousness - December 2011 Deviousness AwardCelebrating Deviousness - December 20113 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Congratulations to `Pixel-Spotlight
Forest Fae II
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.
`Pixel-Spotlight's dedication to constantly improving is evident in her
gallery which contains stunning photography, behind the scenes details, and snapshots of
works in progress to help other deviants develop their own artistic skills.
Who is `Pixel-Spotlight?
`Pixel-Spotlight is a risin
Insidious Chapter 2 Semi-Finalists AnnouncementIn the Insidious Chapter 2 Contest, we challenged you to create artwork depicting seemingly everyday situations that can terrify us to our very core, a twist to "normal" daily experiences that suggests danger is always closer than you think.Insidious Chapter 2 Semi-Finalists Announcement1 year ago in Official deviantART Contests More Like This
Our judges had the terrifying task of selecting the top twenty-five artworks, which will now be sent to Insidious Chapter 2 director James Wan to select the final three winners. Congratulations to the 25 Semi-Finalists below!
The remaining 22 Semi-Finalists will receive:
Three-Month Premium Membership
2,000 deviantART points
Read Contest ArticleRead Official Rules
Celebrating Deviousness - February 2012 Deviousness AwardCelebrating Deviousness - February 20123 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Congratulations to `MelGama
Don't Give Up II
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.
A new month, a new Deviousness Award! Join us in congratulating `MelGama as the recipient for February 2012. Mel's dedication to the community is outstanding. We're inspired by her selfless efforts at bringing positivity and raising awareness of other artists.
When we are dreaming
A star for you
Who is `MelGama?
Celebrating Deviousness - April 2013Celebrating Deviousness - April 20132 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Congratulations to `
DeviantART'S 12th Birthday Gameshow: Starting soonDeviantART Birthday Gameshow is starting in just FIFTEEN MINUTES!DeviantART'S 12th Birthday Gameshow: Starting soon2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
We're looking for game players to come and join in our deviantART Birthday Event! In just a short while 3wyl and myself are hosting an interpretation of a British game show called Pointless. The idea of the game is that you have to guess the least popular answer to a multiple answers question. You will be awarded points accordingly, those with the most points will win - but you will have used pointless answers to get there!
We'll have pre-judged the least popular and most popular answers by asking a panel of CVs beforehand for their responses. Want an example?
Name a Film Starring Tom Cruise
Okay so Mission Impossible is a really high answer and if you said that one, you'd get lots of points. Which isn't good! If you said Rain Man - you'd possibly be getting less points. But if you said something like Endless Love or Taps, then you'd be hitting on an answer tha