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In April I wrote a post reflecting on my 15 years at DeviantArt, since the project began in April of 2000 and was launched to the public on August 7th. I went back and re-read what I wrote, and wow, speaking of audacious I'm pretty hardcore in this post. I write from my heart sometimes and then I hit post and that's that. So for our official 15th Birthday I wanted to re-share a link to that post:

All Roads Lead to DeviationIn a week it will be April 15th, 2015. Which in my memory is the day fifteen (15) years ago that we embarked on a new project we'd come to call DeviantArt. jark and I agreed for him to wind down projects on the DMusic Network and instead focus his energy on a similar platform for an emerging group of digital artists we were watching closely as fans. Soon after, he found matteo who was working on an education resource for digital artists known as WastedYouth.org and asked him for some perspective on the project. As a high functioning digital artist and photoshop master (I believe he had co-authored a book on photoshop by this time at age 18!) matteo (Matthew Stephens) made many contributions to what became DeviantArt at this critical moment, not the least of which was the NAME 'DeviantArt'! But perhaps more importantly the idea to include all artists on the platform, not just wallpapers and art made for customizing your computer. jark created the ability for us to easily create new

And then today, I wrote this reflection for you as a toast & thanks for all the llamas:  


Happy 15th Birthday DeviantArt! We are evolving, and soon we will be able to share exactly how you can be a part of our transformation, ensuring that the DeviantArt we all love grows stronger in supporting the visual & written arts for 15 more years to come! You will soon see us release many years of effort, repositioning DeviantArt from all we have learned over our 15 years of managing the worlds largest creator community.

Thank you for all of your support over the past 15 years as one of our 36 million members, or as one of our 65 million monthly unique visitors who regularly peruse our galleries.

I was 19 when we began and it is the greatest privilege of my life to serve this great community, alongside the DA Team, (both past and present) that have worked with great passion and care for our mission:

To Entertain, Inspire & Empower the Artist in all of us.

Cheers to the DeviantArt Community of kindred people, who express themselves audaciously, producing magnetic deviations that inspire. Grand parents & teenagers, adults of all ages congregate on DeviantArt to enjoy a universal exchange of culture.

The personal experience of managing DA for 15 years is deeply fulfilling, I could not be more grateful.

With love, admiration and great respect,

-- A



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Queen-Soulia Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This website reminds me of many friends I have.
You spend time and effort, even sometimes money on them.
They will betray you if one is unlucky, and sadly my friend Deviantart has.
Like when my best friend broke of our friendship of 7 years and walked away without an answer why.
I want answers, why is this happening Spyed?

Why does my friend Deviantart not talk to me?
Have we done something wrong?
We need to know.

I can tell people to be civil and mature.
Please be mature, and explain what happened.
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LizEsPencil Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A good 15th birthday present would be a site-wide announcement about Core, why it's more expensive now, why the change, etc.

This is the only time since I've been on dA something this huge has happened without a word from staff.

I feel like us, as users of deviantART, at least deserve to know why it all changed and why it costs twice as much now.
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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Student General Artist
ah deviantart is a wonderful website! i love it! thank you DA admins! :D Hug Clap 
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Fehnryr Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
So you celebrate happy 15 by making the entire site angry. Way to go.
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy 15 years! A milestone to be truly proud of :) Thank you for providing a place to meet and connect with fellow artists and life long friends and partners. I wouldn't be the artist I am today if it wasn't for the genuine community here. :heart:
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Professional Photographer
:iconsaluteplz: Thank you for your service, Sir.
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Ikue Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:DALove: 
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Penzone Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
Facebook is nothing

Instagram is nothing

This is home.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Professional Photographer
You are a rock star!
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Smohbitz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Spyed, for continuing to be an inspiration to us! 
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Thegarfieldtouch Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Student General Artist
thanks for creating this amazing site and to serving our community better and to preserve its web server strong with pride and honor throughout our online site! you done so well over the past 15 years and still kicking it real hard, keep it up!
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Sassy--Cat Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :party:

Thanks for all your efforts during the past 15 years! Keep Bleeding and Breeding Art!

I love this place!
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:iconhosagu:
hosagu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
On Board, Captain :heart:
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jules-101 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, love, admiration & respect back! I love DA, and I'm not going anywhere ;)  :heart:
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lemontea Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
:llama: brother, :llama:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015   Photographer
Hear, hear! :ahoy:
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Velverry Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you all for creating and managing this resource for us, it's truly a pleasure to use it and contribute to it.
Like many, I often wish I could understand why some things are done and why specific changes get made, but overall, I trust your reasoning, and I'm sure many others do so too.
Best wishes for the next fifteen years, I can't wait to celebrate DA's birthdays to come. May they be even better than this one.
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Stygma Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
DeviantArt is one of the few websites having a relationship with its members. And like any relationship, it has ups and downs! I hope for more years of breathing and bleeding art! 

Happy birthday DA! :party: :cake:
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DesuSheep Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
For what its worth this website has had its ups and downs.
It has made it to the 15th year mark...
Lets find out how much longer it can go.
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spoems Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015   Writer
In looking at the timeline, it's really incredible how this site has evolved. I look forward to the changes in the future that hopefully will improve my interwebz home. 
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maxnort Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015   Writer
I have noticed the evolution; the changes. Many people have. In case it has escaped you, some of them have left. Many more are considering it.

15 years is both a good milestone for change, and a good run to leave behind and explore elsewhere.

Me? I am waiting for this repositioning you speak of. If I see benefit, great. If not, well, this is all ultimately your choice, not ours. All we can do is react in our own best interests.

have a good day
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Professional Photographer
:iconsaluteplz: Thank you for your service, Sir.
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nosugarjustanger Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
Thank you for giving me this space in the Internet to connect with people all over the world! DeviantArt is definitely one of my favorite sites! I spend way too much time on it. ;p
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy 15th Birthday, :hug:with more years to come, more art and even a bigger awesome Community.:love:
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Ezekeil42 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations spyed, congratulations DA, congratulations everybody!! Hope it's been a great 15 years, and here's to 15 more!
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lunathefoxforever Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015   Traditional Artist
long live deviantart and meny more years.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Professional Photographer
It's been a varied 15 years, that's for sure.
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Farand Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
Happy birthdAy, my fellow deviants! :cake: :fella:
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations and happy 15th birthday to DA =)
I hope we will soon see more about the core membership and all the projects coming with it =)
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
CongraSUPERtulations spyed!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlawooplz::iconlainloveplz::iconlawooplz::iconflyingheartsplz:

:iconchampagneplz: To the next 15!!! 
:iconflyingheartsplz::blowkiss::iconflyingheartsplz:
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats :)
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:party:
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deano-m Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done :nod:  I think it's amazing that a site can live this long.  Both to sustain it's availability, and to stay within the same sort of "ownership" without being sold or changed somehow.

Speaking of the future and changes, I just wonder, what is the goal there?  I mean, if you could put it in a phrase, what is the idea that you're going for?  Just to update everything and make it shiny and new?  To reach a wider audience?  To change the idea of an art community into something different?

I see a lot of weird changes, and it really makes me wonder.  You're changing things left and right, but you haven't explained why this is all happening.

Thanks, and congrats :)
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TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Student General Artist
I agree with you, especially concerning the unanswered 'why'?

I've been watching the recent Core update tear apart the community. If Deviantart explained their goals fully and honestly, instead of secretly making the Core update and nearly doubling the price of membership without as much as a journal or message officially explaining it, then the community wouldn't be as divided as it is now.

I admire their efforts and attempts to make this site the great site it is, but their lack of explanation, that so many of us could really do with right now, is one of their key issues.
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes exactly.

So I was right in thinking there was no journal or whatever explaining the change in symbol and (I learn now) the price jump?  That seems rather odd, considering they usually explain any new thing that big.

But yes, an explanation there would do a lot of good in at least giving people a reference point or some perspective on things.  Granted, haters are gonna hate, but the more mature thinkers out there can put things together.
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Skateri Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
They main logo is an exact copy of a Russian site called PLATZKART. I had a fellow deviant point this out to me and they jumped the yearly membership by 50% without any word. dxd even wrote about it shortly after it happened. I agree with you. It surprised me that they did it without explaining it. I have been on here for over 8 years on my graphics art profile and I have never seen deviantART do something as huge as changing the prices of their PM without a journal explain about it before hand. Also, I am a beta tester and lately we have not been getting long to beta test anything at all or sometimes we do not even get to test it at all before it is released. I only got the PM to help dA as a beta tester, but with the current way it is going, I will not be renewing my now Core Membership and I will not allow anyone to buy me a Core Membership.

Like you and TheArtFrog, I believe is they give us an explanation it would help to smooth things over, but the longer they go without giving one the more people leave and the less likely new potentially members will want to join. For me, it is not the fact that is cost so much now, it is the fact that it jumped over night with no warning, they forced automatic paid members to pay the new prices without warning them, allowing them to op out of the new payment, and did not seem to care if they made the automatic paid members go broke, overdrawn, or if they had enough money to get by until they got their next paycheck. That along with the copy and paste message they keep giving people is driving most of the current members away. I will say this, I did try to be a little smart ass by sending in a bug report when I got a notification about deviantART's 15th birthday reporting that I received the 15th birthday notification, but did not received one about Core. Chris just sent me a reply that they will be releasing a statement about Core soon. -_- As it is, I have found another site that I have already set up membership at and if I do not get an answer soon or I am given an answer that does not settle well with me, I am gone. Again, I have been on here for over 8 years and it is hard for me to face people that know I have been on here for so long and have them ask me what is going on. I cannot give them an answer for once in my deviantART live and I cannot even point them into the direction where they can get the answers to their question now. It is driving me away because I feel like I am feeling the community that I have helped all these years by not knowing something that deviantART is keeping secret. This is why I feel like I need to leave, but at the same time I find it hard since I met my boyfriend on her along with all of my friends.
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I think the key is an explanation.  They want to rename it?  Fine.  But a well thought-out journal explaining the reasoning would do a lot of good.  And not one filled with marketing fluff either.  And I can get over the favicon/logo change.  But them trying to explain that it's still "DA" is just silly :lol:  All I see is a "Z", with a bit of a twist.



I don't know.  One thing they're changing—without any explanation—is their attitude about how staff interacts with members.  They're much more of a business site than the old community that we all once felt.  That alone is one thing that really bothers me.
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Skateri Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yes, I agree with you. I agree. I totally agree with you.  Same here. I agree!!! XD Same here. That is all I see. Someone linked me to a video where all dA played was music, showed the original logo icon and than the new one never saying a word in the video what the new logo mark was suppose to mean. They just flash a D and A side by side and than show the new logo mark in it. -_-

Yeah, I have notice that. I remember when the staff use to be like one of us normal members. This is how I became friends with a former staff member when I just over 8 years ago. They gave me a lot of helpful advice when it came to improving my graphics with just using GIMP since that was the best art program I had at the time. Now, you are lucky to get a bless you if you sneeze from the staff. ;-; Yeah, that worries me for the future of the community. I can see why because it bothers me as well.
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
dA, the community, is sort of at risk.  I really hope things can turn around.

But this all might just be an old member (like you) wishing that dA would never change.  And change is inevitable for a site like this.
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Skateri Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I agree that it is.  I really hope so to, but I have been looking for a life raft for me and others in case we have to abandon ship.

No, I do not mind change, I just do not like how this type of changed happened without warning or and explanation like the site has done in the past when it made changes including small not as noticeable changes. I know change has to happen in order everything to grow and that it is inevitable, but even in life we have warning signs that a change is about to happen if you just pay attention and listen. Heck, without change, we would not be the humans we all are today. (Sorry, it is really early in the morning for me and with the fact that I have insomnia and no work for two more days, which normally I can make myself sleep if I have to work, but I cannot sleep so I feel like I am rambling and not making any sense. I will leave you alone if you want me to.)
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TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Student General Artist
It really bugs me that, after announcing even the slightest of updates and things recently, they haven't made any in regards to this core thing. It feels as if they were trying to change it secretly, and if it wasn't for the bright red logo, it would probably have gone unnoticed for a short while. Since we're all in the dark about this, it has definitely has damaged the attitudes and opinions of most deviants towards the staff.

I couldn't have put it better than you have in your last comment though. Even a little perspective on things would be nice.
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GeorgeXVII Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Congrats spyed ! :clap:
Happy anniversary :cake: :party:
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0ZYMANDlAS Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow:
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DreamerOfExistence Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
Congrats lad.
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KunYKA Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats!
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