dAhub was an automated point account that served the deviantART community between 2011 and 2018. This account acted as a platform to allow users to exchange points, watchers, favs and llamas. Following the formal discontinuation of the bot I have begun writing a report to document the history of this account. Please follow dAhub for notifications and updates.
November 2nd, 2019: I've been busy with a STEM outreach project for the past couple months, but that's finally completed. During that time my laptop fan died, so I'm working on getting that replaced so I can return to working on the report.
February 29th, 2020: I've replaced my laptop and ported the report files over. I'm also dabbling around with some productivity tools, including limiting daily internet access. It does give me some solid time to return to writing this report since most of the relevant files are stored on local disk.
Just skimming through the list of records that lie ahead of me to review, it's striking how evenly distributed the timestamps are across the days. Maintaining this account really was a daily activity, not just a once-a-week or once-a-month consideration. There are a few bunches where some dArama broke and I took copious notes in a short period, but otherwise it's a pretty even stream of annotation.
For example, I have some fiery feelings on file fromfrom 2012 regarding his time as Director of Community Development. It's an interesting introspective into the inner workings/personalities of dA back then, albeit through the eyes of an unreliable narrator (recently terminated employee)
It's interesting to revisit how the Commission Widget was originally advertised when it was formally released in 2013: pay 5 artists $25 in under 3 minutes, and then only 4 artists delivered. This expedient process was accomplished using "simple instructions like, 'This is awesome! I want one! Just make it Ninja-styled like my Avatar!!' ".
It's rather befuddling to me to treat artwork like a commodity (to be bought/sold quickly with little customization) and then have the dA CEO ask why prices are so low: "Why are deviants setting prices at 10 Points [¢10] or 100 Points [$1] for Commissions like the ones above?". In my experience with commissions, art is an artisan process, requiring substantial back-and-forth communication to get a very customized result. @spyed hints at those details being exchanged in follow-up notes, but I think that glosses over the fact those details often include haggling over scope/price. In that regard, the platform isn't geared to accept the variable prices often seen with more expensive commissions. However, the elephant in the room is that PayPal charges under 3% fee to exchanging funds between users, whereas dA charges 20% without justifying the extra cost: if anything, the extra 2 weeks to clear commission funds sent from commissioner to artist significantly degrades the user experience.
The commission widget was released to Beta Testers at the end of 2012, for a more technical write-up, refer to:
I'm reviewing my records chronologically forward in time and am currently working through March 2013.
April 19th, 2020: Due to fallout from COVID-19 I'm doing a lot of overtime at work. However, @spyed did post a journal recently regarding spamming and scripts on dA. I left my thoughts in a comment and he replied saying he'd consider some of my suggestions. Given the history of dA, I'm not expecting much, if anything, to change, but at least the concept of third party programmers is on his mind. https://www.deviantart.com/spyed/journal/Being-Genuine-is-the-right-way-to-win-836784365
Such a shame the bot was shutdown. I loved it sooo much. I wish I had discovered it sooner
I will just leave a few of my recent artworks here to advertise myself a bit; any support is highly welcome! <33