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As the Director of Community Development I am the person who represents your voice to the rest of the deviantART administration. I'm ultimately in charge of the Help Desk, the Policy Violations Team and our Chat network. Every Wednesday I will be releasing a report; updating you on the internal progress of the team and the projects that interest you most.

Before I go on, please allow me to introduce myself...

I first discovered deviantART in the middle of 2001, around July, but didn’t join up till Dec 18, 2001, 10:24 PM. At that time I mainly went around looking at work and reading the forums for a good long while. Due to a bizarre obsession of mine, I kept swapping names and moving accounts for a long time before settling into this one.

The thing that struck me first off was all the art. At this point I had just begun dabbling in the digital field and was initially pulled here by that. And to me it was like discovering buried treasure, or finding the golden ticket.

But after the initial shock of all the art, what I got truly and completely hooked on was the community. The forums. The commenting. Journals. News posts. The Shoutbox. It was endless. It was literally impossible to get bored here.

And there were crazy events, like distramutarkal  the DA Serial Killer game. The Angry Key Deviants, and other fun activities like those. Really involved forum games, the Devvies, silly contests and just life. That is what it really was. Just seething swirling life in all forms. That to me is what defines…

Community…


A community is a living breathing interdependent thing. A grouping of people with similar interests. Creating bonds of friendship. Building little communities within the community. Evolution. You get the picture.

The Plan…


“So why this guy?” you might be thinking. First off, more than most people, I love a good party. One with tons of people. One filled with great atmosphere and excitement and as many possible things to keep everyone entertained. Like a circus that has a party raging inside it with art plastered all over the walls. The kind of party you never want to leave, and the only time you do leave is when you are simply too tired to stay awake one more minute; even then you muster up the energy to stick it out another hour.

This is exactly what I see in this community. This is the precise direction I am planning on steering this community. The virtual equivalent of walking up the street and being able to hear the beat booming from blocks away. A party in a huge warehouse with tons of rooms and something for every single person to do. The biggest rave you have ever heard of. One million plus people.

Or maybe you think there are too many people and there is no way that could ever be tied together. Well, let’s look at what we have here. We have dAmn. We have the Forums. We have user pages with journal and polls. You comment on someone’s art and they come by your page and say “hi”, you go back, you see someone else that looks interesting and you start talking to them and that leads to four more people. Next thing you know in one day you have met 2 dozen new people.

But it’s all kind of disconnected right? We add a new system to Chat so that each room has it’s own associated “Group page” – They’ll look much like user pages; only for channels. The founders and operators have control over the features of the web page (Who’s favorites show up? Whose submissions show up? Who can post news?) just like they have control over who can stay and chat. And the result is; we can all connect and collectively share art in a brave new way!

How about we toss something like that into the mix?  Also, how about a really great events system, unlike the one we have now; so that we can organize deviantMEETS and art events in our local areas more easily?

How about a print program that ANYBODY can use with no sign-up fee? And a more advanced NEWS system so that ANYONE can easily publish news and browsing community news is easier and more fun?

The sky is the limit here, and if you guys want to have fun, I got the stamina. And as of now, you can find me all over DA. In the forums, writing news, hanging in dAmn. Check out #ClownTown, you can catch me in there if you want to shoot the breeze, tell me your ideas, or just chill out and enjoy the ride!

:heart: :community:

:lolly:
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photobox Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2005
- bwhahaha...
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photobox Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2005
- bwhahaha...
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LilMinkurs Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2005  Student General Artist
Dude..Clowns are scary....But if you want to fix the message board thats fine with me.
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northernwing Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2005
i dont understand! well ok, back to the salmon...
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JaidedHeart Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
Right . . . . Benji, not me, says blah . . . . Can't figure out how to get an avatar. . . . .
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:iconanjilize:
anjilize Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2005   Writer
ummn...i think i'll chill *_* heh
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jacmaktsi Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005
Communtiy is the best thing to happen in the vurtuale world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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JamesRushforth Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2005  Professional Photographer
As usual a welcome thread turns into a political debate. Good luck in your position Lolly :thumbsup:
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KirbyKat Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2005
why do i keep seeing these jark things!!!!! I might as well die!!!!
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DrummrNH937 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2005
Losing the love of my life..... that's my darkest fear. Living for no damn reason at all... being crazy....
fear is nothing, you can't fear because fear is a feeling you get when everything bad happens around you... no one has really anything to fear but themselves.... and their sanity.


i don't even know what i am doing even talking in the first place
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mutantdream Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2005
k ill finish readin this l8r k
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deirdre-a Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2005
:nod: i agree with everything you've said here :)
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fire2flame Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Student General Artist
kol :headbang:
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lisaisthebest01 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2005
nice:love:
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make-love-not-war Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2005   Photographer
i'm deathly afraid of clowns too, but follow your heart...i guess.
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puno Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2005
if you need a kiwi. i got one in the fridge. PARTY TIME!
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:iconvilethequeenofbeauty:
awsome, ide love to be part of the comunity, im still some what new to deviant art...and if any one would like to help me out......message me on aim zackinwonderland xoxo the vile queen of beauty
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wicked101 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2005
that was awsome!!!
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orphanshadow Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005
so this is my chance to get advertise? :lonely:
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suicitepyro Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
a parties a party mate, and i agree with mr , im a arelatively new flash animator, and converting things to gif is kinda confusing and tiresome for me, it would be really nice if we could just submit flash avatars
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sean723 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
thats cool, sounds good. sounds like you're really diggin the community buzz, which is why i also, am addicted to DA:D

keep it up man, i look forward to new & interesting directions for this mothership of a site.. :ahoy:
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sumpe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
I kill you I kill you all if you dont bow down to zoldo just look at the front page leave comments and tell people about it. :spyed2: :chainsaw: :pacman:
DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:skull:
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Lil2Saturn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome awesome! :applaud:
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Tabris-The-17th Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Welcome and good luck with the new position! I hope you're treated well amongst this hooplah that's going on.
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mohaveman Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Its great!!! if you dont have to work and pay bills.... when does anybody find the time to stay online for hours to chat, muse or play???? my son for one>>and I support him for the summer,BUT what about all you other people?? I just dont figure it out! how the Hey do you all keep up on all the web and keep a job or pay the bills??? WHAT AM I DOING WRONG... OR NOT DOING THAT ALL THE OTHER DEVIANTS ARE DOING???? Must be too busy earning an income. hummmm.
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Mateo-El-Grande Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Great intro. I loved it.
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FadingAbyss Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005   Writer
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FadingAbyss Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005   Writer
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seksignome Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd like to know if there's an easier way to reply to someone in chat other than typing out their whole name :faint: Is there some way you can just select them? ^^; If not, there definitely dhould be! :D ...just tossing that idea out there for you all to toss around :hmm:
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sydneyrome Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Hmmmmmm.. this all sounds great in THEORY but... what if you've always had a deep-seeded fear and loathing of CLOWNS from a very young age?
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doiseemalrightoyou Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
blessed are the forgetful
for they get the better
even of their blunders

^^nietzche^^

-c
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TraumaUnit Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
Ooooooooo K !
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BFG9000 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
Nice to meet you!
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Omorose Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
awesome!!
Goodluck!
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redcatsarz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
:clap: love your style! good luck ^^
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Mopeless Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005   Digital Artist
It would be nice if you guys fixed the message center and the flash display stuff, cause whenever I look at flash animations, it's like there's always a white bar...

Congrats on the posistion. :D
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VentusAerus Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005  Student General Artist
You, sir, sound like a kick-ass person to know. Maybe I will drop in and get to know ya'. :]
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xeumill Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
blups :D
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LunaStorm Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
the avatar with Mario and Peach is really sick. not to be rude or anything.
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LunaStorm Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
who's jark?
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KutenLao Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
clowns scare me but I wish best of luck nonetheless and may the force be with you :wave:
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whisper1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
i suport you even though jark is gone. im a jark supporter but i feel since you have no involvment you shouldent have support aswell. you have big shoes to fill. and your avatar makes me laugh for some reason not sure why since clows scare me o_o
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lucy19 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
Good idea.I like it

Letīs go deviants!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Meteorsha Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I like ur ideea :D
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rapidograph Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005  Professional Filmographer
:salute:

... BTW, the keg's empty again...
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:iconlolly:
lolly Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
Not for long man! Not for long! :lolly: :beer: :beer:
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Albel-is-MINE Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...okaaaaay........
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miadoodle Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
NAY THOU!
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Master2 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005  Professional Writer
Wll i suggest more flexibility for flash developers. Maybe a PHP database or XML integration will be cool. Making games is easy but this realy gets a lot of time. Maybe you can show a flash animation instead of very semi-unused webcam space.


I like gifs but what about to create flash avatars. Maybe will bve coll for intro for a page o server-side effect.


Maybe some more ideas. Pleasy reply this message. Thanks :D


PD: I like DA (Some people dont post here beause cant read english)


Greetings!! :wave:
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lolly Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
I will definitely look into it. Our flash community has asked for things like this in the past, so I shall see what I can see. :)
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