PE: Defining Community Projects

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Defining Community Projects

Today we are going to take a look at what exactly a Community Project is and hopefully dispell some misconceptions about them.  Our group CRCommunityProjects has a great blurb explaining what Community Projects are that I'd like to quote here:

A community project is a project or contest that is designed by community members to promote a positive, supportive environment here on deviantART. Community projects build community spirit and help all of us to grow as artists and as individuals. They have specific goals and serve to bring people together. These projects are supportive of artists and of artistic growth and provide a stepping-stone to help people achieve their goals.

Community projects can be large or small. They may span multiple galleries and media, or they may be focused on just one. They could even be focused on forums or chats!

I think the blurb above gives a great general overview of what a community project is and does.  But for the sake of being thorough I'll take a moment to go a bit more in depth.

At the Core
At the core, community projects will bring community members together with a unified goal/idea/concept which make a positive impact on the community as a whole.  

Contests Vs Community Projects

There has been some debate on whether or not Contests are Community Projects and I believe there are some important things to consider when looking at this.  

Does your Contest bring the community together and move it towards a positive goal for the community?
Certainly most contests are community oriented, I certainly can't recall seeing a contest that was not community oriented.  But just because your Contest is community oriented doesn't automatically make it a Community Project.  Does your contest make a positive impact on the community?  Does it move it forward in a positive way?  If you answered yes to either of those questions, your Contest may also be considered a Community Project.

Is your Contest for the entire Community, or just a sub group?
If your contest is open to the entire community and everyone is welcome to join it may be considered a community Project.  However if you are only allowing members of a specific group to enter we'd generally not consider it a Community Project.

Either way, if you are ever unsure if your contest meets the standards for a Community Project you are always more than welcome to send us a note at CRCommunityProjects or note your friendly Community Projects Volunteer for further clarification.  

Examples of Community Projects

<da:thumb id="398200468"/> Project AWW Journal 2013 -09/ 14updated 04.10.2014
Please don't forget to fave this journal, so more people will see all the wonderful Angels :hug: Thanks a lot :D
Angels will be awarded every 1st  Weekend of a month.

It was 1st and 3rd weekend till March, but, we want to pay tribute to the fact, that many of us have gardening season coming up and as well like to spend more time outside than in front of a pc :)

Here you will find a compilation about Project Angels without wings short AWW.
AWW is a project I started back in 2008 and it was running with good success
until I went off dA for quite a long time. But, as I love this project I had
to revive it sooner or later.
About how to suggest Angels, and to whom, who are the Gangstas of Love,
who kindly  feature the awarded Angels every fortnight, the icons of all
already awarded Angels and what else you might want to know :D (Big Grin)

For al
Make wishes - fulfil wishes:squee: Today my dear friend FTSArts invited me to her new group:
  :la: :iconSantaDoesExist: :la:
Its a group for people who like to help others, not just via :points: but with the granting of real wishes, like:
:bulletgreen:-free commissions
:bulletgreen:-art- and crafting material
 You are a beginner and have to draw on lined paper? Wish for a sketchbook!
 You always wanted to try sculpting? Wish for polymerclay!:la:
:bulletgreen:-money-wishes (for example you want an item from ebay, you can wish for it, and maybe a crazy Santa will get it for you and ask for your adress:woohoo:)
:bulletgreen:-help in form of real money donations (PayPal/Visa/...)
[Bullet; Green]-DA Premium Content (PMs,Points)
[Bullet; Green]-of course [Points]
Infos: - for wishers:
        -for wish-granters:
Art for Trees - project:iconspringtree-1plz::iconspringtree-2plz::iconspringtree-3plz::iconspringtree-4plz::iconspringtree-4pl5:
"When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today."
- Chinese proverb
2014: This is the 3rd year of the project. There are many people supporting it, featuring it in their journal and offering art. BUT... There have been NO trees planted for it in the last year (I don't count mine). So, instead of talking about it, how about getting up and actually planting a tree, if you are able to? There is a lot of wonderful art waiting for you as a reward!
Trees are important, valuable and necessary to our very existence. It's not too hard to believe that, without trees we humans would not exist on this beautiful planet. Trees are the largest and longest living organisms on earth. To grow tall the tree has become a miracle of engineering and a complex chemical factory. It is able to take water and
Praising Life ProjectWelcome to the Praising Life Project

It's really hard for anyone to stay positive all the time. I definitely agree with that.
However, when things go wrong, it's so easy to forget how much you've been blessed. It's amazing that we have the internet, people who care, and hope...
Although there is a lot of bad in this world, there is also beautiful joy and countless things to appreciate. :love:
And that makes me praise life.
The memories, the laughter, the joy, the hugs through hard times.
In this life, we only have one chance! I think one of our life purposes is to spread love throughout this world and leave it in better shape than before we were here. 

It would be much appreciated if you help spread the word! (:+fav: & Comment!) 
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HIMYM! Oh shit I forgot to see if it was back on :B