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© 2005 - 2019 jark
Draw your own conclusion based on the fact presented.

All information depicted is freely available at the Wikipedia website as well as by making use of the ARIN WHOIS database. Should you choose to believe that this information was manipulated in any way whatsoever then I urge you to corroborate the facts as they are listed.

Wikipedia: [link]
Geektools: [link]

... and to think that this was done on the eve of °matteo day is quite sad, to say the least.

Originally uploaded to Flickr: [link]

UPDATE 10/20/2005: The administration decided to relocate the deviation to scraps. I have removed it from scraps as it is NOT A SCRAP. It has been placed back in the category it belongs: Designs -> Miscellaneous.

UPDATE 10/22/2005: The administration yet again relocated the deviation to scraps and has not been forthcoming with a reason. No notes were sent explaining the reasoning behind the relocation. Since this is NOT A SCRAP I have moved it back out of scraps. When will these people get the idea?
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hellomorgana's avatar
hellomorgana|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey Jark. I know this is an old post and this is the first time I see this post because I join dA since 2014. It slowly open my eyes about the history of deviantart, If it is true, I would 100% believe that Angelo is really bad and sneaky:-\
I feel dissapointed with Angelo:'(

sorry for my bad english:-(
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razzberry's avatar
razzberry|Hobbyist Digital Artist
O_o......
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rebluh66's avatar
NOOOOO!
now i'll never know deviantart history
or the fella backstory ( if he had one)
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dango21192's avatar
lol they had a contest to see what would be the official mascot of DeviantArt, it came down to three and they held a poll to vote [link] fella [link] created by `switched and posted on april 29th 2001 won by 132 points to the second place "the Deviant" [link] by ~professor
there was also a "seizure" version made by `switched and posted the same day [link]
im researhing the history of D.A. and lol i guess i better not use wickepedia!
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Tehlivingpencil's avatar
Who would turn dA history around like that?
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Mycothropist's avatar
God that sucks man. Must say, this is the first time I've ever read about the dA history. Nice to know I get to see the truth with the lies. My sympathies to both you and Matteo.
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ThatOneNiko|Hobbyist General Artist
:slow: what?
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Bluekity's avatar
aliens did it
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Raian603's avatar
I saw this! Now it says spyed was a co-founder! damn, man, that sucks...
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JamJams's avatar
JamJams|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The admins just don't want the truth to be told by one of the Founders of the site.

Tsk Tsk deviantART.
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webcruiser|Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Scott!
Maybe you like to know that the German Wikipedia-article states until today that you and Matt founded deviantART.

This is a todays copy of the article:
deviantART
aus Wikipedia, der freien Enzyklopädie

deviantART ist eine kommerzielle Online-Community, die registrierten Benutzern die Möglichkeit bietet, ihre Werke aus dem Bereich Kunst und Fotografie zu veröffentlichen. Die Registrierung ist kostenfrei, es fallen lediglich für zusätzliche Angebote Kosten an. Zahlreiche Werke kann man im deviantART Shop als Poster, Kunstdruck, Postkarte etc. bestellen.
Das Unternehmen wurde am 7. August 2000 von Scott Jarkoff und Matt Stephens gegründet.
Im Moment umfasst deviantART über 8 Mio. registrierte Benutzer mit über 62 Mio. Veröffentlichungen (August 2008). Der Geschäftsführer von deviantART ist Angelo Sotira.


Thank you for all the work!
:wave:
Guenter
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and this is the todays copy of the article:

deviantART ist eine kommerzielle Online-Community, die registrierten Benutzern die Möglichkeit bietet, ihre Werke aus dem Bereich Kunst und Fotografie zu veröffentlichen. Die Registrierung ist kostenfrei, es fallen lediglich für zusätzliche Angebote Kosten an. Zahlreiche Werke kann man im deviantART Shop als Poster, Kunstdruck, Postkarte etc. bestellen. Das Unternehmen wurde am 7. August 2000 von Scott Jarkoff und Matt Stephens gegründet. Im Moment umfasst deviantART über 8 Mio. registrierte Benutzer mit über 62 Mio. Veröffentlichungen (August 2008). Der Geschäftsführer von deviantART ist Angelo Sotira.

its still the same, isnt it?
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matrixie's avatar
If this is true its disgusting, makes me not want to be part of a stolen community but i like DevArt too much to leave. Thanks for this informative piece
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masked-racoon's avatar
note: i wasn't attempting to troll
i seem to have accidently sent several comments by mistake
please feel free to hide all but one of them (including this one if you like)

thank you
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masked-racoon's avatar
OK, i stand by spyed for two reasons
1) He seems to actually do things
2) he doesn't whine
i stand against you for three reasons
1) i've never actually see you don anything not related to..
2)Whining, you love it.
3) *cough*court case*cough cough*
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masked-racoon's avatar
OK, i stand by spyed for two reasons
1) He seems to actually do things
2) he doesn't whine
i stand against you for three reasons
1) i've never actually see you don anything not related to..
2)Whining, you love it.
3) *cough*court case*cough cough*
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meadow-rue|Professional Digital Artist
Umm... he actually FOUNDED DA. How's that for 'doing something'? -_-;; I think he has every right to 'whine' as you put it. I think you'd be equally angry if you were in his position.
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ok heres the thing
this $spyed fellow ALSO founded DA.
but i haven't heard him lord it over anyone
i haven't hear him use it as an excuse either

Also, no i wouldn't be angry in jark's position
because he seems to have brought it upon himself
he SEEMS to be one of those people that won't give up things to make others happy

Also, if he's so great then what did he do with all that money for the court trial?

I don't hate him or anything. or worship $spyed
i just find it kinda pathetic that he'd stoop this low :shrug:

Anywho, have a nice day :aww:
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meadow-rue|Professional Digital Artist
Actually he didn't. Jark and Matteo were the initial founders of this website, although there's no denying that Spyed has had an extremely large part to play in DA's history.
But no one that begins such a successful project should be shunted out by other members. It's corporate backstabbing at it's worst and unfortunately it happens all the time.
I know I would certainly be just as bitter as Jark, if not more so, if in his position. If I founded DA, I certain would NOT be willing to just let my baby go in order for my fellow staff members 'to be happy'.
Jark's removal and Matteo's subsequent resignation has been the worst thing that ever happened to this website. In Spyed hands DA has very quickly become an over commercial, over censored community that doesn't listen to it's members for anything but superfluous issues. It's very clear that the DA staff's top priority is now money and sponsors. I for one miss the days when Jark and Matteo were still here, those were DA's glory days.

And how is this stooping low? To highlight someone tampering with the DA Wiki page?
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OK, i stand by spyed for two reasons
1) He seems to actually do things
2) he doesn't whine
i stand against you for three reasons
1) i've never actually see you don anything not related to..
2)Whining, you love it.
3) *cough*court case*cough cough*
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