COMMUNITY WEEK - Giving Back!

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Everyone is on deviantART for those own reasons: to share art, to view art, to get critique, to give critique, to join a group, to open a group, to make friends--the list goes on. As much fun as it is to be here, it can also be a lot of work. We all get as much or as little out of the deviantART community as we are willing to work for.

This journal, which is quite possible the last one posted for Community Week, is all about giving something back to the community. I have found a few projects designed to give back and featured them below. Also, at the end of the article, I have a request from one of my co-workers who is currently studying online communities for her PhD.

We all know someone that selflessly gives of their time and energy to support others on deviantART. I'm not here to debate about selflessness and whether or not there are ever any truly selfless acts. We all get back at least some of what we give. But as I was going through journals and searching for points fundraisers for this article, I was appalled to see what some people called a "giveaway." The majority of deviants offering to give away points were doing so in exchange for people following simple "rules," like watching them, faving their art, and other such self-serving things.

I am a firm believer in the saying, "It's the thought that counts." In those cases, however, the thought was not, "What can I do to give back to the community?" The thought clearly started with "What can I do to get more pageviews, watchers, and faves?" If you want to give back to the community, that's great! But make sure you're doing it with the right intentions in mind. It takes a lot more work and dedication than you might think to undertake a fundraiser, especially when the people you're asking to donate are often struggling artists and students with little disposable income.

It was for this reason that I started a points fundraiser called the The Literature Community Fundraiser. The purpose was (and still is) to collect points and redistribute them to group Founders who can't afford to pay $120 for a sub. Now in it's third year, it has helped many literature groups upgrade to Super Groups and in turn make the group better for their members.

There are many more deviants that are giving back. I can't possibly list all the great projects here on deviantART, so I focussed on point fundraisers. Here are some of the points giveaways taking place in 2012:

:bulletblue: jvsef is trying to collect 63,600 points by December 25, 2012 so he can give away 100 Premium Memberships to deviants who give a lot to the community.

:bulletblue: zaz14ispottermad's Member a Month project aims to collect enough points for progressively bigger premium sub giveaways for each month in 2012.

:bulletblue: ~CosmicalFox is trying to do a points and art giveaway but has been having trouble getting it off the ground.

:bulletblue: DA-points-dispatch regularly gives out points to people without premium memberships who need them.

There are many ways to give back to the community, not just through fundraisers. Consider some of these options:

:bulletblue: Join staff of a group
:bulletblue: Show your support through faves and comments
:bulletblue: Provide critique
:bulletblue: Feature another deviant's art in your journal
:bulletblue: Write helpful articles or deviantART related how-tos
:bulletblue: Start up your own unique project!

There are more options that even what I just listed, so get out there and show your support in any and every way you can. It's the least you can do to say thank you for all the deviantART and it's members have done for you!

And now, please read the message from my co-worker below:

Hi everyone, my name is Maggie Matear and I'm a PhD student at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. For my thesis, I'm studying factors that make communities successful. Your community has a lot of interesting things going on and I would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill out my survey. Your answers are anonymous. If you provide your email address you'll be entered in one of five draws for a $50 Amazon gift certificate (your email is not stored with your answers). The link to the survey is here tinyurl.com/communitystudy . Thanks very much for your help.

Thanks,

Maggie
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neurotype-on-discord's avatar
:la:

It's a bummer, but I agree...intention should come before anything else.