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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 Copyright & Ettiquete 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.

Community Development



Major Changes Imminent



So, August 7th is fast approaching! With this comes the 6th Birthday of deviantART as well as the launch of version 5. This means many many things for you, a new look, new browsing methods, smoother interaction and more customizing than before.

This also means you should keep an eye out on the news for info about these changes as well because we will be keeping you as informed and updated as humanly possible. Inhumanly if that is what it takes.

In addition, if you encounter any new changes before the launch, don’t be alarmed. Such as the Category Restructuring</b>.
We are in the phase of house moving so to speak right now so things may get shuffled around a bit. So just be a little patient and await the full launch and all will be made clear!

And be absolutely sure to be here on August 7th for some more Birthday Festivities!


Copyright & Etiquette Administration (C&E)




Restructure II



Since the beginning of the year CEA has suffered from an extensive backlog of cases leading to long delays in proper response times.

Over the last couple of weeks the backlog of Helpdesk cases has been eliminated and response times are down to an acceptable 24-48 hours or less. The reports dealing with deviation remains badly backlogged with several thousand reports still awaiting attention. These backlogs and other factors have lead to some administrative discussions behind the scenes over the last several weeks and we have come to a decision to once again restructure the department.

Rather than expand the department with more volunteers devoting spare time we have decided to adopt a format similar to that which keeps the Helpdesk running as a well-oiled machine.
To that end CEA will be staffed by two full time administrators who will be free of any other outside distractions and who will focus solely on keeping the department up to date and responsive.
These changes were initiated on August 1^st and in that time we are already making strides towards eliminating the violation report backlog while maintaining swift response times to Helpdesk escalations.

I would like to express my gratitude to all of the CEA volunteers who have invested so much effort in their staff positions. Due to their efforts deviantART has benefited greatly as a community.



Community Help Desk (HD)



Help Desk Delays -

There will be be some minor delays in the desk Thursday and Sunday night when the HD reopens from the weekend closure, as myself hexentanz will be away for my Birthday those days.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.



Message Network @dministration (MN@)



Who's the daddy!



Ghouldaddy is! I'm sure you'd all like to join me in welcoming Frank as he transfers to MN@ from CEA. With a wealth of experience behind him on dAmn as an operator and helper, he positively oozes with confidence, and he's definitely a monster  asset.

Featured Channels

We are delighted to announce that the following channels have been chosen to be Featured Channels for the month of August. We've specifically chosen channels which are some of our more long standing on dAmn and would like to thank them for all their hard work over the past year.

:bulletblue: #dAPensioners
:bulletblue: #ClownTown
:bulletblue: #hell
:bulletblue: #photographers
:bulletblue: #caffeinelounge

dAmn Birthday Bonanza



With only a few days to go now until the 6th Birthday of deviantART, we hope that you too are getting excited. If you've never been on dAmn before then Monday would be the perfect opportunity for you to do so, as you may find that you win yourself some dA goodies! The MN@ Team will be running various contests and spot prize giveaways during the celebrations, but we are delighted to see that many of our unofficial channels are also holding a variety of events. Keep your eyes peeled for a news article with times and places very soon!

If you haven't already, then go check out Caption-Contest where you can find some of the  lovely admins have put themselves at your mercy! Comments are turned off until August the 7th, when we'll be giving you the opportunity to win some prizes if you can come up with one of the best captions.



Thanks for reading this week's report. We look forward to reading your feedback and to answering your comments and suggestions in our next report.

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<table><tr class="odd"><td>CD:</td><td>for Community Development</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>C&E:</td><td>for Copyright & Etiquette</td></tr><tr class="odd"><td>HD:</td><td>for Help Desk</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>MN@: </td><td>for Message Net
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:iconkatem1:
katem1 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
good
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:iconfire-ball333:
fire-ball333 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006
Very interesting.
keep it up.
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:iconfire-ball333:
fire-ball333 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006
That was a very interesting hot topic.
keep up the awsome work. :) :)
:#1:
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:iconcreativekalps:
creativekalps Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006   Interface Designer
cake is too tasty to sue
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:iconellisbigay:
EllisBigay Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Professional General Artist
so, what's with the buttersoup? (if there is one...) ^^
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:iconuchihamiharu:
UchihaMiharu Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006
^_________^
random
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:iconsavannamayer:
savannamayer Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006
whats with the butter soup ??????!!!!!!!!
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:iconsirielle:
Sirielle Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006   Digital Artist
This is a bit OT, but why there was no Weekly Community Development recently? No news? That's the last notification on it I got.
Oh yes, I don't check the news system, no time for everything. I thought you'll keep the official development info with the most important news.
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:iconxx-crystal-xx:
xx-crystal-xx Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
yeah ok go to my site [link]
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:iconmatux00:
matux00 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006   Interface Designer
Ty For the info...c ya =)
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:iconxuglyontheinside:
xUglyOnTheInside Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006
atleast now i can submit a deviation, there was a bug that didnt let me for a while :(
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:iconkeefong:
keefong Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006
carry on to progress, deviantArt!
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:iconfire-ball333:
fire-ball333 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
Very interesting. :) ): ): :)

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it.
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:iconredsonic84115:
redsonic84115 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006   Filmographer
I like it !
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:icongeneedwin999:
geneedwin999 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
I think you should make it so that you can't right-click on this website, to prevent people from saving your pictures on thier computer without your permission.
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:iconprincefleaswallow:
PrinceFleaswallow Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
freedom.
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:iconebony951:
Ebony951 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
I like butter
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:iconmethmonztaz:
methmonztaz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
K, got it. Thanks for the info. :party: :bye:
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:iconoranjuice:
oranjuice Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006
mmmmmmmmmm..
pie
i like pie.
:pie:
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:icontiddlywinks2:
tiddlywinks2 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006
i really dont care
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:iconvariousartists:
variousartists Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006
AHHHHHHHHH :( I don't think this new version of deviantART is meant for the poor noobs taht have 800x600 screen resolution. Everything looks all screwed up. :( :(
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:iconlessskillfull:
lessskillfull Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006
isn't it just dolls with few lop?
:blahblah:
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:iconkasih:
kAsih Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006
\(^,^)/...yay
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:iconyaqubcan:
Yaqubcan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
Thank you very much!
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:icondbfrequency:
dbfrequency Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
upsss...
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:icondaxserv:
Daxserv Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
...must congratulate you all on version 5, not seen many compliments, but I'm well HAPPY, the enhancement of al is fabulous :handshake:
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:iconandrewpigfur90:
andrewpigfur90 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006
nice
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:icongrafficjam:
grafficjam Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006
uhm is anyone aware of all the porn ads that've been coming up on dA? I thought there was a strict policy agaisnt that???
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:iconboldylocks:
Boldylocks Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2006
Can anyone tell me what's up with the skin downloads?

I've been offline for a long while, and finally getting back in here I can't seem to find any Deviant art Skins-- only print artwork.

The artwork is always something Worthwhile for me to browse through -- I just miss the skins section people create and upload for all the skinnable computer programs.

thanks
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:iconemoforever15:
EmoForever15 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006
um......
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:iconblackcatsonya:
blackcatsonya Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006  Student General Artist
Hey, i'm new over here :D
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:iconmysteri0us:
mysteri0us Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006
l0l
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:iconfragclone118:
fragclone118 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
um... oook?
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:iconfantasystock:
FantasyStock Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
$lolly, I've got to hand it to you...

Just after I got someone to make a really awesome avatar for me, facing INWARD toward the DA action, you guys had to go and make my dragon face off screen. :giggle: That's just my luck!

Anyway, the site is looking fantastic. I love that your journal is keeping track of the bug fixes. (Thank you!)

As for the new v5 features, I really enjoy the new mood thingies, though I'm not entirely sure why we have them. Cute, sweet, but utterly useless in terms of practicality. But they ARE fun! :D I think I've dA Loved just about everyone I've encountered since meeting that new mood emote. :aww:

I love the new gallery searches that we can use in each deviant's maze of images. That category drop box is brilliant too!

Overall, the DA team needs a big pat on the back for all the hard work! :petting: Well done!! You people do one helluva job! Thanks!
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:icondarknessinthewind:
darknessinthewind Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
what is up with butter and soup thats just wrong!!!!
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:icondrawerx:
drawerx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
i use Mozilla Firefox since... well since ever, i think its the better browser, not just to see the dA page. But it looks sooo nice... Great work with the developement. A really soft version.
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:icon57classic:
57Classic Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
Why can't I view the Wallpapers fullview? It's depressing. Sorry..not trying to be a whiner. But it's one of the reasons DA is so cool.
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:iconicarus-ica:
icarus-ica Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
:blahblah:
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:iconitanshi:
itanshi Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2006   Writer
this looks bad on both 800x600 and 1024x768 resolutions and so i reccomend fixing the font sizes for one. i'm glad things are changed, but they are not all for the better.

and DA ought not become compliant with IE since IE is not compliant with webstandards. In order to comply with IE you have to use CSS Hacks to force it to look right. Its a shame on all fronts really.
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:iconbelbe:
belbe Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006
I'd just like to propose somethin: the font size is way too big in most headings and stuff, it's really unpleasant to the eye. other than that I'm cool
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:iconakuinnen:
Akuinnen Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006
...Don't really like the new look. Simple?...Would it not be simple to stick to square and rectangle compared to rounding edges? (i.e. the top part of da)...

The new look also HATES IE v7 BETA

Also hate the BIG font ~_~;...for gods sake i ain't blind
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:iconredred:
redred Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006
I don't mind the similarity - what's important is that DA loads faster than it used to because of the better codes behind the layout I suppose. I DO love the current colors better than the old one. The latter was too pale, the contrast wasn't making too much effect.

Overall, I'm glad DA looked better, loads faster, and a lot cleaner too.

As a free member, thank you. Now I might get interested in upping some stuff again. :)
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:iconmanawolf:
ManaWolf Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006
I don't like the new look. It's a rip off od sheezyart, and I hate sheezy's cheezy design, it's too chaotic. But what's worse to me, is that everything looks fuzzy, the text in particular. Not to mention, if you try to post a picture in jpg format, you can't match the background color of the DA page, forcing you to do a kruddy gif image. That makes me very unhappy. I wonder if anyone will even respond to this ><;; In addition, since non subscribers have the same stuff as subscribers now, what will you offer to subscribers? ><;;
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:iconpink-liquid:
Pink-Liquid Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006
toing toing....wow i duno wat to say :jarklarge:
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006
yeah
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:iconrastery:
rastery Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
gracias por permitirme ser parte de esta gran familia de artistas,y que dios nos vendiga a todos.
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:iconstrawberry07:
strawberry07 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
Hey! thanks for the letter i was so happy you write them all so thanks.
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:iconla-fairy:
LA-Fairy Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so i can view galleries now..awesome..
but i still haven't figured out why some watchers have...dots behind them and some don't..
annd...why does each deviation has an thumb thing underneath it...i don't understand that...nor can i find info on it..*blonde moment*
but i am totally getting used to the new look..still looking empty though..
and maybe the view gallery and view fav. on the general page could maybe get some fancy new buttons as well..?
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:iconaxice:
axice Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
...
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:iconingelore:
Ingelore Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
Help me, please! The new version killed all the userpages! What happened? I can see galleries, favourites... but not a single userpage!
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