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Two 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.

As with any change, there are a handful of deviants that don't understand why we made the choices we did – how we came to the conclusion to change.  They're confused by the newness, scared that they don't recognize the site they love, and they urge us to "change it back."  We understand those worries and share the nostalgia for things past, but this decision was not made lightly.  

From Text to Graphics

The change from text-based symbols to graphical symbols was personally challenging for me for entirely sentimental reasons.  As it was for spyed, who reinstated his $ symbol, back from a temporary + symbol, a week before launch so he could enjoy it just a little longer.  That might sound a bit silly, but those were real feelings, and we completely sympathize with deviants who have had a hard time adjusting to the change.

Let's reminisce.  

In the early days, deviantART's community was obviously much smaller – so much so, that there became a need for the handful of paid staff to differentiate themselves from the active volunteers, who often went above and beyond for the good of the community.  This was for two reasons: one, the sheer level of dedication from the volunteers was so great we wanted to give them a distinction all their own, and two, for better or worse, confusion would abound in the community on the rare occasion a volunteer said something a paid member of staff would not have said.

We eventually implemented the $ symbol to indicate paid staff vs. those generally helping out, and the * and = symbols to denote those with Premium Memberships.  Lastly, the ~ symbol was used to indicate all deviants. The big irony here was we considered having no symbol at all for deviants that didn't fall into the other categories, not thinking too much about it.

There soon grew a need for even more distinctions.  Back in those days, the symbol for a Prints staff member was a % (which we thought was hilarious because resembled a paper rolling through a printer).  Gallery Moderators were given a ^ symbol because their role was to elevate conversation.  Chats, and later the Groups system, were denoted with the # symbol which referred to a "topic" back in the old Internet Relay Chat (IRC) days, and we wanted that to roll over to deviantART, where chats and groups also brought people together under a particular topic. Along those same lines, deviants with an @ symbol were our Chat admins, which also had roots in IRC, where the symbol meant the same thing.  As time progressed, it became necessary to acknowledge deviants who had been around for a long time in meaningful ways, so we began awarding Seniors with the ` symbol to applaud them for their significant contributions to deviantART.

In 2005, and again a few years later, we actually considered making the change from text-based symbols to graphical, but we just couldn't let it go. It was too much a part of our roots, and we weren't ready. But now, eight years later, it was overdue.

Keeping the Lights On

It's a fact that we very much need to thank our Premium Members for their contributions to deviantART.  It's not subjective; we are genuinely in a debt of gratitude to these deviants, and we're honored that we're able to give them extra features and recognitions in exchange for their gift of support.  We've said this before, but it bears repeating and there's no exaggeration.  Premium Memberships on deviantART keep the lights on for all of us. 

Some people might ask, "Well, what about the Prints Program? What about advertising?  DeviantART makes money there too."  The Prints Program is a tool that can be utilized by art appreciators all over the world that gives back to artists in a meaningful way, offering them exposure and high-quality craftsmanship you won't find at other websites.  We thank every person who takes part in it, and we're honored to help each of the artists the program supports.  And advertising does help contribute to keeping our lights on, our staff employed, and our servers running, but when the dot-com bubble burst or when the stock market tanked, there was no ad revenue.  In those times, the reason deviantART survived and so many other sites didn't (because their venture capital imploded) was that deviantART continued to have its vision supported by our deviants.

So, yes, we wanted to thank – and want to continue to thank – the deviants who made all that possible.  If you have a star symbol next to your username, you should be proud, because you're helping keep deviantART on track into the future.  Premium Memberships offer the single purest line of support we have to work with, and we couldn't be more grateful for the contributions of each and every Premium Member.  

(On the topic of the look of new symbols, at their base, they're really not so different from before.  zilla774, from our User Interface team, put together a fantastic journal about the project to redesign and replace username symbols.  I urge you to give it a read.)

Clarity and Gratitude

When we kicked off the process to redesign and replace our username symbols, the project only came about as a way to reduce confusion – it was brought up during examination of our onboarding process for new deviants.  As I said in the New Username Symbols launch article, a common question from new and old deviants alike was: "What do username symbols mean?" Over the years, as we’ve surveyed deviants, we’ve found that very few understand symbols.  It was a roadblock to understanding the full deviantART experience.  We don't want deviants to focus on symbols and meanings.  We want the focus to be about the art.  We aimed to reduce the clutter and static to getting new deviants up and running, adding art to the community, and inspiring others.

We were never trying to put people down with the removal of the ~ symbol for non-Premium deviants.  That's the truth.  

If you're a deviant who hasn't yet achieved the status of the other symbols, you should be proud. You're a member of the greatest art community in the world! There are tons of tools available to all deviants for free, and we have so much more we're able to offer the entire community in development as we speak. Each and every one of you – symbol or not – are to thank for making the community what it is.  

To The Future

We hope even in the short time that has passed, deviants are starting to become accustomed to these symbols, and maybe even growing to prefer them to the old system. I will say we're continuing to make small tweaks here and there (including addressing concerns about internal and external linking) and playing with minute differences in size and appearance in various places on the site. And, as always, we listen to all feedback and suggestions on Journals like this one and anything submitted to hq, so you can keep your feedback coming, and your message will be received.  (Due to sheer volume, we can’t respond to every message, but I promise and assure that everything is read.)

Thank you for continuing on this journey with us. As I mentioned, these new symbols are paving the way to even more amazing things deviantART can do in the future, and we couldn't be happier to share it with all of you.


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Fella's Dictionary: A - E

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 8:55 AM

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fella, deviantART’s mascot, brings together a dictionary of all the terms you could possibly want to know about on deviantART. From A to Z we have you covered. Click on the section you want below and search away. You can also search for terms within a given section by typing Control + F or Command + F (for Mac users) and searching for the term.

Are we missing anything? Let us know by shooting us a note at fella and we will keep adding terms. The last update was April, 2014.

AdCast /ad-kast/. noun;
  • deviantART’s art advertising platform.

Related: None

Add Media /ad mee-dee-uh/. noun;
  • available when creating journals, blogs and comments, this button allows a deviant to easily add official and community emoticons or thumbnails from the conversation, the community or a deviant’s own

Related: Premium Member, Comment

Admin Area /ad-min e-ree-uh/. noun;
  • The location where administrators (or contributors) of a group can manage members and have private discussions.
    Located at:

Related: Group, Contributor

Alpha Tester /al-fuh tes-ter/. noun;
  • a deviant selected to test alpha-stage features of the site and report bugs of those features.

Related: Beta Tester

Avatar /ah-vah-tar/. noun;
  • an icon that is next to a username which is 50x50 pixels in size.
  • an icon for a group that is 50 x 100 in size.

Related: Group, Deviant

Badge /baj/. noun;
  • a small icon that is displayed on a deviant’s profile in the upper-right hand corner.
  • icons that are given during special events, contests, and for fun on deviantART.

Related: Llama Badge, Contest, Profile

Ban /ban/. noun;
  • issued in the event that a deviant breaks the terms of service or other policies on deviantART.

Related: Deactivation, Username, Terms of Service, COPPA

Beta Tester /bey-tuh tes-ter/. noun;
  • The Official deviantART Beta Tester program is a team whose membership is available to Premium Members. OBT is a group of people who have chosen to beta test new features before they have been released to the general public and help deviantART track down any problems that exist with the pre-released content.

Related: Alpha Tester

Block /blawk/. noun;
  • a function, accessed through the settings page, that allows deviants to keep specific users from contacting them or watching them, usually to prevent abuse.
  • a function, accessed through "Manage Members" in the group admin area, that allows groups to keep abusive deviants from interacting with the group.

Related: Hide

Blog /blawg/. noun;
  • a literary submission created by a group that is used to inform members and watchers.

Related: Journal

Bolt Award /bolt uh-wawrd/. noun;
  • an award given to deviantART paid staff who go above and beyond the norm of quality service and community excellence.

Related: None

Channel /chan-l/. noun;
  • similar to television channels, they provide a deviant with the different categories of deviantART and are viewable at the bottom of the front page. The default setting is to view the Daily Deviations.

Related: Daily Deviation

Club /cluhb/. noun;
  • a deviantART account that was used to host collaborative events and show appreciation for something before the groups platform was introduced.

Related: Group

Comment /kah-ment/ noun;
  • a public statement, observation, or idea left on deviantART such as on a deviant’s profile, gallery, or artwork.
  • verb; to leave a statement, observation, or idea on deviantART.

Related: Profile, Add Media

Commissions /kuh-mish-uhn/. verb;
  • a system that allows every artist to offer their artistic services for hire by publishing a Commission listing within the community. Using the Points currency system, deviantART members can request Commission work directly from the artist. Artists who accept the Commission communicate directly with the purchaser to finalize the work and send the Commission once complete.

Related: Commissions Portal, Commission Widget

Commissions Portal [i.e. Commissions Shop] /kuh-mish-uhns por-tuhl/. noun;
  • current Commissions listings are advertised and sold within the dedicated Commissions shop on deviantART. The shop helps to increase exposure of the artists’ offerings while simultaneously providing a variety of filters to help clients find the perfect artist for their project.

Related: Commissions, Commission Widget

Commission Widget /kuh-mish-uhn wi-jit/. noun;
  • located on a deviant’s profile, this widget allows one to sell commissions on deviantART.

Related: Commissions, Commissions Portal, Profile

Community Relations /kuh-myoo-ni-tee ri-ley-shuhns/. noun;
  • a department that exists to encourage, facilitate and develop the relationship with the deviantART community. Members of the CR team nurture the community by encouraging and stimulating artists to create, collaborate, and participate in a friendly, safe, and supportive artistic environment.

Related: CV [Community Volunteer], CR [Community Relations]

Community Volunteer /kuh-myoo-ni-tee vol-uhn-teer/. noun;  
  • each of the Community Volunteers provides the community with a specific contact point in relation to galleries, chat and forums.

Related: CV

Contributor /kuhn-trib-yuh-ter/. noun;
  • a deviant that helps administrate a group. The deviant gains access to the Admin Area and has the group featured on their page.

Related: Admin Area, Group

COPPA [Children's Online Privacy Protection Act] /koh-pah/. noun, acronym;
  • prohibits any child under the age of 13 from opening, maintaining, or otherwise using a deviantART account. This restriction stands even when parental permission is granted.

Related: Ban

Copyright Policy /kop-ee-rahyt pol-uh-see/. noun;  
  • a document that works to eliminate some of the confusion and counter many of the myths surrounding copyright and to present clearly the deviantART policies and practices with regard to copyright.
  • The availability of this document should not be construed as rendering legal or other professional advice, and this document is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. If you require legal advice, you should seek the services of a qualified attorney.

Related: Etiquette Policy, Terms of Service, Privacy Policy

CR [Community Relations] /see-arr/. noun, acronym;
  • Acronym for Community Relations.

Related: CV [Community Volunteer], Gallery, Deviant, GM [Gallery Moderator]

Critique /kri-teek/. noun;
  • a detailed evaluation of another deviant’s work. verb;
  • to review or analyze another deviant’s work.

Related: Comment

CSS [Cascading Style Sheets] /see-ess-ess/. noun, acronym;
  • an addition to HTML that allows customization of a deviant’s journal or blog.

Related: Journal, Blog

CV [Community Volunteer] /see-vee/. noun, acronym;
  • Acronym for Community Volunteer.

Related: CR [Community Relations], Gallery, Deviant, GM [Gallery Moderator]

dA [deviantART] /dee-ay/. noun, acronym;
  • acronym for deviantART.

Related: deviantART

Daily Deviation /dey-lee dee-vee-ey-shuhn/. noun;
  • a feature, selected by Community Volunteers or Staff Members, from the galleries here on deviantART.

Related: Deviation, Gallery, DD

dAmn [deviantART Messaging Network] /dam/. noun, acronym;
  • deviantART’s chat network.

Related: dAmnIt, Community Volunteer

dAmnIt /dam-it/. noun;
  • a collection of quotes from the chats.

Related: dAmn

DD [Daily Deviation] /dee-dee/. noun, acronym;
  • a feature, selected by Community Volunteers or Staff Members, from the galleries here on deviantART.

Related: Community Volunteer

Deactivation /dee-ak-tuh-veyt-shun/. verb;
  • a deviant may close their account through deactivation. This action removes all items from a deviants account and is irreversible.

Related: Ban

Devart /deev-ahrt/. noun;
  • acronym for deviantART.
  • a bot-run account made by deviantART staff; known for giving badges.
  • the main deviantART chat room.

Related: deviantART, dA [deviantART]

Deviant /dee-vee-unt/. noun;
  • synonymous with a deviantART user or user account.

Related: deviantART

deviantART /dee-vee-un’nt-ahrt/. noun;
  • the world's largest online art community.

Related: The entire dictionary

deviantGEAR /dee-vee-uhnt geer/. noun;
  • although no longer sold, deviantGEAR and deviantWEAR are synonymous terms that refer to items that the deviantART Shop used to sell including t-shirts, backpacks, and other items.

Related: deviantWEAR

deviantMEET /dee-vee-un-nt-MEET/. noun;
  • a meeting organized by deviants or Staff Members to meet other deviants.

Related: Deviant

deviantWEAR /dee-vee-uhnt wair/. noun;
  • although no longer sold, deviantGEAR and deviantWEAR are synonymous terms that refer to items that the deviantART Shop used to sell including t-shirts, backpacks, and other items.

Related: deviantGEAR

Deviation /dee-vee-ey-shuhn/. noun;
  • 1. synonymous with submission. It is merely a nickname used to describe a particular piece of art that has been submitted to deviantART.

Related: DD, Gallery,

Deviousness Award /dee-vee-us-nes uh-wawrd/. noun;
  • an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.

Related: None

Emote /ee-moht/. noun;
  • an icon that expresses emotion activated either through Add Media section or through a series of keystrokes such as :)

Related: Add Media, Emoticon

Emoticon /ee-moh-ti-kon/. noun;
  • an icon that expresses emotion activated either through Add Media section or through a series of keystrokes such as :)

Related: Add Media, Emote

Etiquette Policy /et-i-ket pol-uh-see/. noun;
  • a document that explains the general rules that will be enforced evenly and without bias in every situation which is brought to the attention of the administration regardless of the membership status of the user in question.

Related: Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, Copyright Policy

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Congratulations to our first-ever Creative Grants recipients!

We're proud to announce that this round's Creative Grants recipients have been chosen! Our Creative Grants Board, comprised of Mollinda, RockstarVanity, and vayabobo, diligently reviewed the applications, and from their top choices, we have determined this round's recipients.  What better day to announce these projects than on deviantART's big 12th birthday celebration?

These talented artists are passionate about their projects, and they've already accomplished so much in their communities without outside funding. We can't wait to see how they flourish after receiving their Creative Grants!

Full Moon Art Appreciation

By dogsofeternity from Dallas, TX

Austin Craver, aka dogsofeternity, has been running an art gallery space in Texas for the past year -- completely out of the goodness of his heart. His motivation is his tremendous love of art and music.

With the help of a deviantART Creative Grant, Austin will be hosting a one-night Full Moon Art Appreciation show, featuring 10 wonderfully talented individuals, as well as 10 up-and-coming artists who have yet to formally break into the art world. This dynamic event will also celebrate arts in the music realm by inviting local bands to play sets.

Lightning Over Texas by dogsofeternity Trading In My Hours by dogsofeternity JustMe by dogsofeternity

Life-Size Skeleton Etch-A-Sketch Installation

By pikajane from Muskegon, MI

Jane Labowitch (pikajane) is a talented artist skilled in a very unique median -- Etch-A-Sketch. She plans to create two installations to be displayed in galleries. The first installation will be a life-size rendition of a skeleton, using multiple Etch-A-Sketches mounted to a wall. The second installation will be a 3-dimensional piece using a skeleton as a base for several mounted Etch-A-Sketches, which will act as a sort of "reverse x-ray."

Through her project, Jane hopes to impact people of all ages -- from children who may just be discovering the Etch-A-Sketch to adults who look back on them with nostalgia. She also thinks this is a great opportunity to bridge the gap between what many people consider to be a large separation between science and art.

Anterior Torso Etch A Sketch by pikajane Anterior Torso Etch A Sketch by pikajane Skull etch a sketch by pikajane

Creative Art Classes For Lower-Income Families

By EverIris from Jackson, NJ

Sandra Gale (EverIris) has been fostering creativity within the children of her community by offering affordable art classes. She does the best with the supplies she has, but as everyone can agree, art supplies aren't cheap. Sandra doesn't plan to make money from this venture, but wants to give kids the opportunity to express themselves through art -- an opportunity that may not have been possible without her efforts.

Not only will the children be inspired to create with greater tools than ever before, but the inspiration will spread throughout the community, from the kids, to their families, friends, and beyond. Sandra aims to increase her students' artistic abilities and imaginations by working with new media, new techniques, and new colors provided by a variety of art supplies purchased with a Creative Grant.

Coming Home by EverIris Angelina Jolie by EverIris

RecycleArt: A Make-and-Take Event

By SineMetuDesigns from Columbus, OH

Casey McCarty's studio, SineMetuDesigns, has had success with her recycled-art make-and-take demonstrations at various fairs and festivals. Here, participants learn how to use recycled materials in a variety of creative and artistic ways, which they can then take home. However, Casey has always been limited by space at these events, and she's looking to host her own recycle event where more people than ever will have the opportunity to participate.

Local artists who specialize in recycled art, who use eco-friendly business practices, or who incorporate recycled material into their work will be invited to show and sell their pieces in ways that were never before possible. Casey's goal is that the community who attends will walk away with inspiration and a new appreciation for recycled art and its artists.

 Ravens in Time Statement Collar by SineMetuDesigns 

Urban Art/Art Therapy

By Seraphylia from Jersey City, NJ

Urban art and art therapy programs are an important part of the school Jazmyne Casillas, aka Seraphylia, attends. These programs aim to beautify the community, however, it is vastly lacking in funding. Her school has plans to drop the program, but Jazmyne wants to host one more big project to show the administration how important it is to keep art in school.

Jazmyne plans to create a mural, and she has been busy sketching out how it could look. With a Creative Grant, Jazmyne will be able to purchase the supplies she needs to make this happen -- paint, airbrushes, palettes, and so much more. The success of this Creative Grant could show the school how vital it is to keep arts as a part of education.

Amazing Projects!

We couldn't be more thrilled to see how each of these brave and ambitious deviants will make their communities, their little slice of the world, a better place to live. After Creative Grants are distributed, we encourage our recipients to post a Journal with photos from their events, so everyone can see the results of these amazing projects! 

If you applied for a Creative Grant this round and didn't receive it, our rules stipulate that, should any of these recipients decline receiving a Creative Grant, decide they no longer need the Grant, or be unable to receive it, the Grant will be passed on to the next-highest-rated applicants. The Creative Grants Board has decided not to indicate the amount of funding given, however, recipients are free to disclose the amount they received. 

Apply now!

Do you have a creative project that could use a little financial kickstart? Our next round of funding is now open! Check out this article to learn how you can apply!

Please note: The Creative Grants application process is currently closed. Thank you for your interest.

We're proud to announce that this round's Creative Grants recipients have been chosen! These talented artists are passionate about their projects, and they've already accomplished so much in their communities without outside funding. We can't wait to see how they flourish after receiving their Creative Grants!
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In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.

Introducing Aeirmid


Hi everyone! I'm Jade, better known around DeviantArt as Aeirmid. I chose my username because Aermid (or Airmid) is an Irish goddess of health and healing, and I wanted to pay tribute to her because I have dedicated my life to promoting mental and physical health in others. In fact, I'm just finishing up a PhD program in public health. In March, I will celebrate 10 amazing years on DeviantArt. Although I started my journey as a photographer, I quickly became enthralled with photomanipulation and worked hard to develop some skills. I chose my original name on DA, SanguineVamp, because I loved all sorts of dark and Gothic work. I still do. Still, I had a hard time creating dark art because my attempts at blood and gore always somehow magically evolved into fairies and goddesses.

I gave myself over to the creation of fantasy work for many years. Over time, I became more and more involved with the DA community and started "clubs" for collecting fantasy and dark work and for getting feedback on your work. Our feedback club became an alpha group, one of the first groups on DA. I fell in love with the community here and haven't left. I was so lucky to be chosen to join Moonbeam13's Community Volunteer team as the photomanipulation CV, and I now oversee the Digital Art gallery. I've enjoyed playing a lead role in various activities for the community, especially around Halloween time. There's no place like DA. It's been a wonderful ride, and I look forward to the future!

January 2015

Deviousness Award Winner

The digital art communities on DeviantArt are comprised of some of the most hardworking and dedicated artists around the world, and they have one of the most committed volunteers to match. Aeirmid has served as the Community Volunteer for the photomanipulation and general Digital Art communities for nearly three years, pouring her heart into helping the community flourish. In addition to the time and energy that Jade puts toward the community, she is also a talented and hardworking artist whose skill and keen eye show through in even the smallest details of her work.

Showing Some Love

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:iconkaz-d: :icon3wyl: :icondiphylla: :icontimberclipse: :iconcinyu: :iconmrs-durden: :iconcelticstrm-stock: :iconlyricanna: :iconelandria: :iconpiratelotus-stock: :iconstelari:

Jade has been an inspiration to me from the minute I met her on DeviantART. She has an unstoppable force of energy that just encompasses you and you can't help but be taken in by her tidal wave of enthusiasm for everything she does. Her dedication and passion shines through not only in what she does within the community but also within her own work. :heart:

When there is something to be done, Jade puts everything into doing it, whether it's a group, contest, project or something else entirely. One particular example that comes to mind is Halloween-HQ, where I, and many others, had the privilege to work beside Jade. I bring up Halloween-HQ because it is probably the largest activity I've ever been involved in in my 5+ years of this site, which says a lot about Jade. Jade shoots for the sky. She is so supportive of everyone, so much so that we can't help but be caught up in her boundless passion for DeviantArt, and, more importantly, the community on DeviantArt.

Jade is a lot more than just an incredible artist and star deviant. She has an immense gift that she shares with deviants each and every day. She is caring, funny, and wonderful to talk to. She is a leader in the community, both as a Community Volunteer and as a friend. And her artwork is stellar, without a doubt some of the best photomanipulation I know. Myself and many other deviants look up to Jade each and every day whether we are looking for guidance or just to suggest a Daily Deviation to her gallery. If you don’t know Jade, now is the time to say “Hello”. Congratulations to Jade, be proud of this award as we are certainly proud of you.

Aeirmid has been an incredible mentor to me, and quickly became an incredible friend as well. She is an amazing role model for the community, always striving to do more, and always giving her best for us all. The tremendous amount of work she does for the digital community warms me, and her constant desire to help and make a difference does not go unnoticed! It is rare to meet someone who will bring so much positivity and inspiration to your life.

Jade is one of the most kindhearted and helpful people who goes above the standard for the community. Her strong personality and dedications are infectious and make us join her.

Jade is an amazing and talented woman.She is brilliant, kind, and generous. Her tireless devotion to the Deviant Art community has been an inspiration for so many, myself included. She has been the guiding light, and  steady hand that has helped so many improve their art and Deviant Art experience. Jade is a dear friend, sister of the heart, and embodies what the Deviousness Award is all about.

Jade is an amazing deviant, volunteer and friend.  She is always thinking of new ways to bring the community together through projects, features and groups.  Her work at the HalloweenHQ group is especially admirable given the scope of the contests in 2012 and 2013. She is an endless source of warmth and inspiration and the community would be a very different place without her.

Jade is such a caring, loveable soul that it's impossible to put it into words. Caring and kind, and always interested in what's going on. She put her heart into the community, as a Volunteer, an artist, and most of all, as a wonderful person.

I first met Jade two years ago thanks to a photomanipulation group and she quickly became one of my bestfriends. I have always been able to count on her whether it be for seeing me through dark personal times or heading up community projects and groups. Over the last two years, I had the honor of witnessing firsthand her natural ability to lead as well as how she genuinely cares for others through her superb work with both the photomanipulation and mental health communities. She goes out of her way to support the growth of others whether it be artistically or personally; making her an amazing individual that I have the honor of calling my bestfriend as well as someone I look up to. I cannot think of anyone more fitting to receive recognition for her amazing contributions to our community. Congraulations, Jade!

Not only is Jade an amazing friend and artist, shes also amazingly passionate about the DeviantArt community. No matter if shes helping out individual deviants, creating support groups, events and contests or features for everyone, Jade gives 110% in everything she does. She is truly inspirational to everyone around her, and I am proud to see her immense efforts being recognized with the Deviousness Award.

When I grow up, I want to be like Aeirmid!  Jade is an inspiration to me as a deviant and as a CV. She is so devoted to the community!  Whether it's a feature, an event, or one of her fantastic mental health articles, she is always working on something. She truly cares about this place and the people here. I am proud to call her a friend, and so happy she is being recognized with Deviousness!

Congratulations to aeirmid!

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A new method to promote and discover art has been released to the community in the form of Tags! When submitting art, adding relevant tags to your deviations will help viewers discover art of interest to them and give your work more exposure.

You can add tags based on a variety of things, be it subject matter, themes, medium used, fandom, or anything else you feel is important.

Use these tips to make the most of tags and help your art to find its audience:

  • Keep it simple. The less complicated the tag, the easier your art is to discover.

  • Be specific. If you take a picture of a rose, tagging it as #flower, while correct, won’t get your art as much attention as tagging it #rose will. You can, of course, tag both.

  • Tag efficiently. If your art is based on Lord of the Rings, tag it #LordOfTheRings and/or #lotr. You don’t need to tag every combination — tag the most commonly used.

  • Tag important things. While your art may include many aspects to it, your tags should focus on only the most important parts. If your artwork has one small hill far off in the background, you don’t need to tag it #hill.

  • Tag themes, genres, and ideas. Use tags for posts about events, concepts, and common genres! For example, you might tag a painting #scifi and #spacetravel in addition to #spaceship and #aliens.

  • Tag trends. If your art is about a current event or following a trend building on the internet, then use tags to include your art in the broad conversation. Or, start your own trend with your friends!

  • Build your audience. Artists working on an original series can make a tag specifically for that series, so viewers can find any and all art related to it with just one click.

  • One word tags. Tags are limited to one word without spaces. That way you can find already existing communities, and your art stands a better chance of being seen.

  • Use mentions. If you want a friend to see your artwork, @mention them in your Artist’s Comments, not in tags. It’s a faster, more efficient way to notify them.

  • Don’t tag your username. Our search engine will find your art just fine when someone searches your username, so use that tag space for something more efficient!

  • Tag resources. When using someone’s stock or resources in your work, tags are a good way to display whose resources you used. That said, be sure to adhere to the stock provider’s guidelines, when using their resources for your art.

  • Check your spelling. Typos in your tags means your art may not be discovered the way you want it to be. Use the autocomplete menu for tags, if you're not sure about how something is spelled!

Examples of Good and Bad Tags

Enterprise by aunjuli

Good Tags: #StarTrek #Enterprise #space #scifi #spacetravel #fanart #watercolor

Bad Tags: #StarWars #red #mlp #photo

screech by zilla774

Good Tags: #owl #screechowl #birds #birdsofprey #feathers #brown

Bad Tags: #hawk #drawing #bigbrownscreechowl

Noir by kozispoon

Good Tags: #detective #pistol #noir #gaiaonline #rohrschach 

Bad Tags: #color #chibi #toothpick #stripes

To read more about tags and their release on deviantART, check out the release article.

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In 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.

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 expectations as well as receiving ongoing personal development.

The team are all deviants - every single person on the team was recruited from the community. Some were Community Volunteers before applying for full time positions, so we're very familiar with the deviantART community and how it works.

Copyright & Etiquette Administration

Within Copyright & Etiquette Administration , the Team Leader is aunjuli and consists of damphyr, y2jenn, kozispoon, godofodd and dxd. In addition, we also have realitysquared, who develops documentation, training and co-ordinates specific projects alongside assisting with tickets. If you ever contact us regarding stolen or inappropriate deviations, ban queries, harassment enquiries, or any other cases which involve the enforcement of policies, these are the people who will handle your reports.

Help Desk

Within the Help Desk , the Team Leader is ewm, and consists of Thunderstatement and Ikue. This terrific trio are responsible for the handling of all community support areas, including general help with your account, as well as investigating bug reports and submitting issues to our devious Technology department.

Now for the science part...

Here's a snapshot of some recent statistics surrounding tickets and reports.

In the Past 3 Months we have solved

  • 3,476 Bug Reports
  • 13,238 CEA Tickets
  • 6,269 General Help tickets
Over the past week we have handled:
  • 336 Bug Reports
  • 959 CEA Tickets
  • 629 General Help tickets
  • 2,620 moderation desk reports.

Community Development & Recognition

In addition to overseeing the teams, I have the honour of selecting deviants for certain recognitions within the community. One of these recognitions is the highly sought after Deviousness Award, which is given out to one outstanding deviant on the first of every month. If you haven't done so already, hop on over to dekorAdum and congratulate him on receiving the award on the 1st of June!

If you would like to suggest someone for the Deviousness Award, please feel free to send me a note. Please ensure that the suggestion is someone who has been a Deviant for quite sometime (not just a few weeks or months!), and is someone who has made outstanding effort at participating in deviantART on many levels.

In addition to the Deviousness Award, I also select individuals to receive what is known as "Seniority". These are deviants whom are being recognized as being role models within the community.

FAQ #29: How do I become a Senior Member?

I hope that this provides you with some more information about what we do and who we are!. Keep following our communityops account for regular editions of this news article, and let us know what you'd like to see included.

Stay devious! :dalove:

The first in a new regular newsletter from the Community Operations department.
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Deviousness Award

Congratulations to ^shuttermonkey

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.

It's no April Fools prank, today we are delighted to announce ^shuttermonkey as the Deviousness Award recipient for April 2012.

Who is ^shuttermonkey?

Cory's dedication to the community is astounding. Not only is he what we would call a rockstar deviant, but he is also one of our Volunteer Mentors. Always eager to help others, whether in one of our chat rooms or by posting news articles that feature amazing artwork, ^shuttermonkey is a much loved and respected deviant.

Nominated by many deviants who have been inspired by his positive attitude and infectious enthusiasm, we're absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for April 2012 to ^shuttermonkey.

Congratulations to ^shuttermonkey

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Art Under The Radar

Each day, hundreds of thousands of pieces of art are submitted to deviantART. As more and more artists join, create, and share their work, it becomes easy for high quality art to miss its chance to stand out and be seen.
Our new browse mode, Undiscovered, aims to bring new, high quality artwork to the foreground.

Finding Hidden Gems

Undiscovered focuses on recently submitted artwork that has not yet drawn attention or recognition at the levels of Popular or What's Hot browse modes. Using an algorithm that identifies patterns in community behavior when curating content, Undiscovered generates a browsing experience that draws attention to creative art and talented artists that may not receive the same level of attention from other browse modes.

Please keep in mind that the algorithm that powers Undiscovered is still new and we may make changes as it grows in use.

Discover New Art Daily

Because Undiscovered focuses on recently submitted artwork, the artwork displayed may change throughout the course of a day, frequently bringing you new art by a wide variety of artists, and giving more art and more artists the chance to be seen.

DeviantART is proud to present Undiscovered, a new Browse method designed to surface new, quality artwork that has yet to be discovered!
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Celebrating Deviousness - May 2013

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:01 AM

Deviousness Award

Congratulations to `

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 `anmari?

`anmari has been spreading her infectious positivity throughout our community for over 6 years. Throughout this time Ana has been at the core of all things devious, passionately developing an eclectic gallery, helping organise devmeets, participating in chat events and also recently completed dedicating her time as a Community Volunteer. We are absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for May 2013 to `anmari, congratulations!

Congratulations to `anmari

Celebrating the latest recipient of our Deviousness Award
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Deviousness Award

Congratulations to `

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 `SaTaNiA ?

When he's not making stunning fractal artworks, you'll find SaTaNiA in the depths of our
community, inspiring every deviant that he has contact with. Damien is involved in many
groups and projects, but is also at the core of organising the extremely popular and well
attended deviant Meets in Paris. SaTaNiA is a much loved and respected member of our community who dedicates his time and energies in a selfless way in order to make it a better place. We are absolutely honoured to bestow the Deviousness Award for September 2012 to `SaTaNiA . Congratulations!

Congratulations to `SaTaNiA

Our latest recipient of the illustrious Deviousness Award!
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