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Journal Entry: Fri Sep 12, 2014, 5:58 PM

So, over the years I've occasionally realized that I'm not terribly active in the community; the various responsibilities and tasks that I have cross my desk every day have sort of moved me into the background of the site; my commenting got fewer and farther apart and the same can be said for my journals and I've definitely become one of those "drive-by Favorites givers" where I just :+fav: and don't comment.

And I'm sure that most of you know the deal; you figure you'll make more of an effort to connect but then those sixteen things over there need your attention first and next thing you know it six months later and you still haven't taken that first step to really get out there into the community.

I imagine that among you people are those who are "here" but not really "here interacting" and I'd wager that even you guys interacting probably have a good chunk of you who have insulated yourself into your own little niche group and rarely step outside that comfort zone.

Well, a couple of weeks ago I started my determined effort and I actually got out there browsing and I managed to ignore the little voice that told me that I probably had other things to be doing long enough to look through a bunch of deviations and journals and things.

I'm certain that it probably comes as no surprise to a lot of you that there is a marked lack of any real feedback. Oh, there's certainly a lot of praise and congratulations on a job well done but you don't see much by way of actual critique; you know, that stuff where you not only say that you like something but you explain a little bit about why you like it and if you don't like it you explain why you don't like it.

No doubt everybody likes to be told that you like what they did but you can help out so much more by explaining why you like what they did; and if you don't like what they did you should tell them that and why as well.

And if you decide to tell them why you don't like their work there's no reason to be mean-spirited about it. You all have probably seen at least one of those types; they get fed up with what they consider to be too much vapid, meaningless mutual back slapping so they decide that they need to balance it with "brutally honest critique" (which tends to be code for just being a jerk).


What I decided is that I will set aside time in my day to browse new submissions and leave comments on a few every day at least five days a week. The number of deviations which get my attention won't be very large because I simply don't have that sort of free time but I will be making the effort and when I make that effort I will be leaving meaningful commentary.

If I like what I see I'll tell you what and why I like it.

If I don't like what I see I'll tell you what and why I don't like it and tell you my personal opinion of what you should try next time.

I will always end with something positive to say about the work and if I can't find something positive to say about it I will reconsider leaving any comment at all because if you can't encourage an artist in some minute fashion then all your comment will be doing is discouraging them and I think there are enough people out there who can do that job and I don't need to add to their number.

So if you've read this journal down this far I'd like to take the opportunity to challenge you to take a look at your own activity.

Are you one of those who always puts off commenting? When you comment do you find yourself sticking to your niche or your close friends? Do you find yourself typing "Good Job" and then moving on to the next? Are you afraid to give suggestions or tell someone that you don't like this thing or that?

Change your interaction; slow down and really contribute; Assume that every artist is here for actual feedback and that they want to know what you liked about their deviation, not just that you liked it and they want your suggestions or for you to say what you didn't care for about it or that you just want to talk about what they did and how they did it.

Yes, some people may ignore the time and effort you invest in your thoughtful, meaningful commentary but I think you'll find that far more people will appreciate it and who knows what sort of insightful conversations you may find yourself involved in just because you took the time to actually contribute rather than tossing a :+fav: at someone and yelling "Good Job" at them over your shoulder during your mad dash to get to that next deviation.


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I joined deviantART just about a month or so after it opened on September 22, 2000 and I immediately enjoyed the unique community atmosphere and vision which I found here. I've always attempted to put my full support behind the site, it's staff, and it's artistic vision for the future.
Because of my constant presence and supportive attitude I was invited to join the staff as a member of the Policy Violation Team in 2002, an invitation I was more than happy to accept.

The PVT was eventually reorganized as the Copyright & Etiquette Administration (or CEA) where I now find myself as a project manager. In this capacity I am responsible for overseeing the training and operation of the CEA staff, creation of training and other support documentation, maintaining the Policy section of the FAQ and directly handling several other responsibilities and tasks.

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We're pretty sure Realitysquared has earned deviousness before, but for some strange reason the award dissapeared from his deviantART page! In any case, he's one of our favorite deviants and has easily earnt the award for a second time. Realitysquared has been an avid supporter of deviantART since its inception and his excellent and unique art combined with a mature and intelligent approach to the site has resulted in the award going his way once more.

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Razor-Zyrak Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, Daniel, I've submitted a new DMCA counter notification, I hope all the information it's correct this time and also hope to get a solution soon since I don't want my content to be lost and also because there it says it can only be solved within 30 days after the first ticket is issued.

I would have replied before but I was expecting to receive a note or some kind of message when anything new happened to my ticket and nothing happened, so I didn't know and I couldn't do anything about it before  and it's been 20 days already. The dude who reported me has been stalking my page every day and he reports drawings that have nothing to do with him at all, in which I worked on from start just because he is angry and even threatened me with getting me banned from the site.

Anyway, thanks and have a good night, I appreciate it.
sharkplane77 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018
since i literally cant contact you guys officially, can you PLEASE do something about :iconsmlsmg4nascar2015: he is uploading screenshots from flight disaster documentaries as well as photos other people have taken from and will block anybody trying to call him out on it. he has been doing this actively for months now and he is getting away with it because nobody can report him anymore thanks to the new help desk DCMA setup

im tired of having to deal with this guy, please PLEASE do something, for the love of DA

realitysquared Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You should find that the instructions and links provided on our copyright policy page still function just fine for filing notices of infringement;…
sharkplane77 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018
except i cant file anything because, as a 3rd party, i dont represent the companies that produced the documentaries he's stealing from. thats what its wanting me to be when i follow that link. i just want to report him for art and IP theft, i dont want to personally sue him under DCMA. believe me i have tried so many times to get an official ticket made but i cant, all i get is an insane runaround. i couldn't even get one made for abuse or harassment (as he has also made threats to people telling him to stop, and continued spamming groups with stolen work) i have reported all the pics he's uploaded to groups i run, but he still remains active somehow because nobody can figure out how to get a ticket out on him. all i have left is to contact the administration directly, i dont have any other choice

Report: Art Theft:iconsmlsmg4nascar2015:smlsmg4nascar2015 is an art thief. None in his gallery are made by him, littered only with screenshots of Nascar, planes, and stolen artwork from dA artists to youtube thumbnails with no descriptions.
I tried to remind him of his actions by showing him the original work.

The Fastest Characters Ever: Version1 - Originally made by SharkSheathedRooster.
He blocks me, and I'm not alone. Anyone who has tried to remind him, end up having their comments hidden and get blocked.
If you had been invited to his group, :iconMarioSonicandMlp:MarioSonicandMlp, decline the invitation. If you are part of the group, you need to leave. Otherwise, you are following a demagogue. He needs to know that deviantART is not a social network like Facebook, Twitter, or tumblr. dA is an online community for artists.
Thumbnails = stolen.

this is a good example of some of the artwork he's stolen. since this journal was done 3 months ago, he deleted most of the posted material once he found out about it, but some thumbnails still remain. i cant tell what he has in his gallery anymore as he blocked me months ago, and apparently it was an IP block cuz i cant even view his page while logged out.

right now he is getting away with art and IP theft and has been for months. he is getting away scott free and nobody who he steals from, or runs the groups he tries spamming to, can do anything to stop him. i wouldn't contact you personally if i didn't exhaust every other possible alternative. please, do something

specialized666 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hi, have an awesome day  :happybounce:
rainbows2424 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there, there's this woman who keeps tracking me and spamming me with really toxic comments. Name of the user on the site is SpokenMind93. Could you please look into this and ban her?
realitysquared Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Your friend should file an abuse ticket with our customer service department located at help if they believe that our staff needs to review the behavior and possibly intervene on their behalf.
Getsysoulja92 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
ah okay tysm, its all fucked honestly as the people are getting their friends to tell her to kill herself 
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