Due to a recent spat of seemingly confused applications into the Contributors role, I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify exactly what the Contributors of the Creative Group do and who should apply (as well as who shouldn't).
Contributors are not staff nor employees.
This is the biggest issue I see. Some applicants seem to think they're applying for a job. Let me be clear, here, so there is no confusion. The Contributors class of this group is not considered official staff in any way, nor are they paid employees. Contributors are valued group members who simply interact with the group and team, participate in discussions, and submit ideas on how to improve the site.
Who should apply?
If you're thinking of applying to become a Contributor to this group, take a second and look through your gallery. Is there work in there that was done to better deviantART? Are you a designer in any way? Are you highly active in the community? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, applying is worth your while. However, do not assume that applying equals acceptance. Our Contributors are extremely judgmental of who they'll let in, so chances are you might not be welcomed in.
I got rejected. Should I apply again?
If you were rejected once, you'll be rejected again. Applying a second time doesn't change anybody's minds.
Thanks for reading.