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Published: March 1, 2018
As of March 1st 2018, I can officially say we won. Deviantart is accessible again. I've held back on posting anything until I made sure we have officially won and here it is:

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I am beyond grateful for everyone who fought with me, for every single comment, for every friend and stranger who chose to take a stand and join their voices to mine. None of this would have happened if it wasn't for you. Yes, you, you've helped make a difference in the world. That difference ensured that people who have to survive through bad situations day in and day out can still come here for a safe haven away from the grim realities outside. Politics should never restrict art, people should not be discriminated against for whatever reason. 

Our actions didn't stop at Syria, no, they also extended to help Iran, and Crimea which all had been geobanned earlier for the same claims. You've changed the world for over 100 million people. Yes, I know that not all of them are artists nor might have come here, but you too need to know that if they do, they will be welcome to join and create as much as anyone else thanks to you standing up with me. Take pride in what you did.

I have a ton of comments on the main journal. I am floored by the kindness and the support that came through almost all of them,  and I will repeat myself for all the comments that claimed I should put a sock in it and accept the geoban as it is: NO. You're allowed to think and believe as you please, but to go all the way to call me names because my opinion doesn't match yours then go mad at me because I stood up for myself is just pitiful. There are consequences for every action, if you can't handle them, don't go forth with your actions.

Words have tremendous power. Use them well.

I will say thank you, over and over again, your support made a difference for a lot of artists here, myself included. I am forever grateful for this community, because it proved time and time again that it can conjure miracles.

I'd like to take a minute to thank tatasz WAUthethird Senzune JCoolArts for helping out tremendously in so many ways, as well as ArtakaWorks Tuntalm JenLaFayette Shesvii Eaohkan neurotype Likeclockworkorange Hawkieface for their continuous support and wonderful comments, as well as many others who joined their voices to us.

Be proud, for today we have changed the world.

If you're unfamiliar with the story, please see here: The hypocrisy of deviantArt

I'd also like to share this link for those of you who want to see what Damascus looks like currently, and you can see the contrast for yourselves: www.facebook.com/LensYoungdima…

Si vis pacem, para bellum courtesy of JenLaFayette 

Julian. 







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Tnynfox's avatar
Tnynfox|Student General Artist
Wait, are commissions, adopts, and MYO slots considered "commercial" according to Heidi? Could you still engage in those with points?
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Mythiril|Hobbyist General Artist
:shrug: people can still give me points if they desire, i can still make commissions and there are other ways of payment that don't go against dA's rules. 
you really had to tag heidi for this?
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SheDares|Professional General Artist
Well done, glad your actions and the community coming together made a difference :heart:
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Mythiril|Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
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IndominusRexx|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am lost for words for what this community was able to achieve. I am so so glad we were able to unban all those who were affected by the geobanning. To all those who are in a country where things are not going well, please know that we are all standing behind you guys. This simple act proved it.
My utmost respect for you, Julian, for voicing this concern and for making us others aware of this. I wish you, and everyone else, nothing but the best.

We will always have your back. We won all together! ^^
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Mythiril|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :huggle: 
i am glad they made a difference and that this ended up in the people's favor.
Thank you for your high praise. I did what's right. It wasn't fair and the revoke proves it
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I am so happy that i almost cry in joy T-T thank you! Thank you for letting me aware of this thing and the strength you had to fight fir your rights really inspired me. You are an inspiration for me, both as Artist and Person! :hug: thank you wonderful person!
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Mythiril|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :huggle: 
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holy shit something i did actually had a positive impact on the world



yeah that rarely happens
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Mythiril|Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
and yes you did :3 
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WAUthethird|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was probably the most fun week I've had all year -- Thanks for organising this backlash!
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Mythiril|Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: well, it was an interesting week to say the least. 
we had plenty of laughs at some of the comments, that's for sure
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Doomblick|Hobbyist General Artist
YES!!! CONGRATS!!!1
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Mythiril|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you 
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Doomblick|Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome! You have done an excellent job in making this happen! 
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jennystokes|Professional General Artist
Yes I have..................good news. :wae:
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Mythiril|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you 
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TheEvilHadrosaur|Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me happy. :)
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Mythiril|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you 
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PolarAnemone|Hobbyist Writer
Great to hear the ban has been lifted! La la la la What an incredible outcome.

You have stood up for yourself, against the odds, and led so many people to fight for the noble cause of internet freedom.
You are an inspiration, Julian.
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Mythiril|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you  
aww that's sweet of you. I spoke up against what I thought to be an extremely unfair act, and I won. That's all there is to it\ 
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daftidiot1|Hobbyist Artist
tum fratrem meum (as well my brother)
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Mythiril|Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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AtomicWhiskers|Student General Artist
Congratulations!!!! :squee: This is awesome! It shows how people can make a difference if we stick together to reach a common goal! :hug:
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