Did You Know? Search Tips and DD Self Suggesting

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Searching for one artist's art

By entering the simple code by:username into the search field on the browse page, you can see all the deviations by that user. Especially with the ability to browse journals, this is a quick and easy way to find a certain journal by a user. Just enter the topic you are looking for and by:username. It is even helpful for finding your own journals again!
You can search for art in certain galleries by entering in:categoryname. You can exclude words from your search by using -keyword. And of course, you can combine them all. An example of a more advanced search would be:

dog in:photography by:fvdsloot -blanket

This is by far not all! For a complete list, check out FAQ #577: How do I use the Search?

Suggesting yourself for DD

Not only can you suggest Daily Deviations from other artists, but you can also suggest yourself! It might seem a little daunting and you may feel a little shy, but we welcome -all- suggestions of all kinds, including from yourself.

We are always looking for new talent and may never find it unless you suggest yourself! So don't be shy, choose your best work and send us a note. A great way to get a feel for whether or not your work might fit the criteria of a certain Volunteer for a Daily Deviation is to just take a look at what the Community Volunteer has already featured. You can build a great foundation for suggestions by going off what's already been featured!

We look forward to your suggestions, including yourself! To see who to suggest a deviation in a particular category to, check FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?

What would you like to know?

As we write this article series for you, the community, we would like to know: What aspects of the website do you want to learn more about? Or what can you teach other deviants about? If we decide to use your suggestion we will be sure to credit you. :) Thank you for your input in advance!

Let us know your ideas through our feedback page :eager:

Previous editions

To help you find the information you are looking for, we have composed an overview that lists all former Did You Know? articles and their topics. With every new article we release, we will update the overview, to ensure it remains up-to-date.

Have a look at our overview of all Did You Know? articles!

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C-91's avatar
Geez, the by:username thing is so useful! :la:
I'm going to try it! :la:
AnyLuck's avatar
I never even thought to wonder whether search parameters could be used on dA. :dummy: Thank you for this!
namenotrequired's avatar
WDWParksGal's avatar
I did know about finding the deviations by a certain user name but didn't know the category shortcut! Great tips!
Added to the article collection at #DevNews :iconnewsboyplz:
Fangy-From-Shadow's avatar
I have suggested sometimes pictures and self for DD. :meow:
electricjonny's avatar
I don't know if this has changed, but most volunteers (well gallery moderators, at the time) didn't allow DD suggestions of their own work.
DpressedSoul's avatar
It's stated in FAQ #18 that self-suggestions are "not only allowed, but encouraged". That is why I consider them not otherwise than suggestions from others. :)

FAQ #18: Who selects the Daily Deviation and how is it chosen?
electricjonny's avatar
Ah nice, I haven't looked at that FAQ recently. I just remember postings on old gallery moderator pages that said they don't accept suggestions from their own gallery.
pica-ae's avatar
That really depends on each CV :B But now I think most accept them and some encourage it :)
Kaz-D's avatar
I always think it's encouraged. After all, countless numbers of people enter contests and so on, that's promoting their work - I don't see why such a stigma is attached to it to suggesting it for a DD :D
electricjonny's avatar
alexandrasalas's avatar
Can't speak for all volunteers, but many of us are okay with self-suggestions. Myself included.
electricjonny's avatar
Yeah I knew a few were, but most had "rules" about that, back in the day. Personally, I think self promoting your work for a DD should be encouraged =P
alexandrasalas's avatar
Definitely! I don't know why was frowned upon back in the day, if you don't promote you work, who else will? :p
electricjonny's avatar
My only guess was to keep people from spamming their work all over the place to all the GM's in order to get a DD. That would indeed be annoying, but yes, you should be proud of your work and want to do a bit of self promotion like that.
Stygma's avatar
Thank you so much for the by:username. You just saved a lot of my future time!
namenotrequired's avatar
:w00t: that part was by ^pica-ae! I'm glad it's useful :la:
Stygma's avatar
Ok, I'm going to thank ^pica-ae :D
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