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When I first heard about DeviantART, 11 years ago,  the Internet was a very different place and I still had to use a dial up modem to get online. I was working in social work and staying up way too late on IRC chatting with all sorts of nerds and geeks. I had been trying to learn how to use Photoshop and someone suggested I checked out DeviantART. So I did, and I was very much hooked from the start. I was blown away by the artwork from people like AlexandraVBach, judith , zilla774  and insaneone -- so I brazenly left comments on their work asking for tips on how get better at using photoshop to create photomanipulations. Luckily for me, they were very helpful and thus the start of some very special friendships began. 
LUST by zilla774Death By Art by insaneoneDia de Muertos by AlexandraVBachno solid ground by judith

Fast forward a few years and communicating with other deviants got even easier. Our chat network (dAmn) was born and a featured chat with the legendary suzi9mm took place. I was a bit of a fangirl for her back in the day and of course I had to attend!
stars by suzi9mmexquisite II by suzi9mmgrand piano by suzi9mm

Soon after that event, I was asked to join the volunteer team, and the rest as they say, is history. A few months later, I was working full time for DeviantART, and continued to develop my coffee addiction and insomnia with the encouragement of Moonbeam13. We've been through a lot over the years and I love her to bits. I should tell her this more often! :heart:
badass by Moonbeam13

It's safe to say that my DeviantART journey has been an insanely awesome. I have gone through some major health issues, bereavements and far too much personal drama. However,  DeviantART was -- and still is -- a constant in my life that has been there every step of the way, with tears and laughter and not to mention some outright WTF moments. 



Now, 11 years on, I'm 42 years old and happier than I've ever been. I think that shows in my artwork too. I can't recall the last time I opened up Photoshop with a view to actually making a photomanipulation. These days I am far happier behind the camera, but I still look back upon my idols from way back when I need inspiration. People like superkev, foureyes and cweeks, for example.

arrested love... by cweeksLow Tide Morning by superkeva boat with a red sail by foureyes

I could keep writing here, but suffice to day DeviantART has truly touched me in profound ways. People always tell me that I am so lucky to work for DeviantART, and yes, I know that is true and I very much agree. But you know, I think we are all lucky to be part of such an amazing community. A community that is filled with people who will always be there for each other, no matter what. People like you.

Happy birthday! :cake::dalove:
Seniorityheader 2 by fourteenthstar
This article marks the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 1000 deviants holding the highly saught after Senior Member accolade -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.



So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community.

Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endeavors, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be recognised in the crowd.

Today, we present to you the following deviants who have all been awarded Seniority as part of our 14th birthday celebrations.They have all been nominated for their efforts in the community by deviants, Staff and Volunteers.


iDJPanda 
Icesis
griffsnuff 
Felizias
Istebrak 
Cuddlepug 
quila111 
JenFruzz 
Yuuza 
Yamio 
Artsy50 
MARX77 
Dkalban
Stygma 



Congratulations everyone, and Happy Birthday :cake:!
:dalove:

Celebrating Deviousness August 2014

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 12:53 AM



Deviousness Award




 

Congratulations to
Endorell-Taelos






What is this Awesome Achievement?


The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.










Endorell-Taelos is very well known within the community for her selfless giving and gracious community spirit. Since joining DeviantART over seven years ago, Alicia has continued to make a positive impact on many deviants. Her helpful and thoughtful approach was one of her finest attributes when serving as a Community Volunteer, and this has continued throughout the many contests which Alicia provides on a regular basis. As we approach our Birthday celebrations, we can't think of a better way to kick-start the party than by awarding the Deviousness Award for August 2014 to a deviant who is a role model to us all. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Endorell-Taelos






Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Operations Newsletter. Following on from June's Newsletter, I'm going to provide you with further insight in to the Community Operations Department ., and the people who work there.

Some Statistics


You asked for more statistics!  As you can see, at times there may be more tickets solved than were reported, and vice versa. This can be due to a high number of tickets concerning a high priority, which may have resulted in a small backlog developing in a lesser priority area. I think it's also fair to mention that during this reporting period a number of Comm Ops staff have been out on vacation, and we have also assisted the Retail Department in day to day tasks.

In the Past Month we have received ;

  • 928 Bug Report Tickets
  • 2,065 General Help Tickets
  • 4,394 CEA Tickets

In the Past Month we have resolved

  • 900 Bug Reports
  • 1,852 General Help Tickets
  • 4,564 CEA Tickets

In the Past week we have received

  • 238 Bug Reports
  • 530 General Help Tickets
  • 938 CEA Tickets

In the Past week we have resolved

  • 239 Bug Reports
  • 423 General Help Tickets
  • 1,189 CEA Tickets

Current Satisfaction ratings

  • Bug Reports 85%
  • General Help 79%
  • CEA 76%

Overall ratings for the Past Month for all of Community Ops

  • 77% of resolved tickets never received a rating
  • 17.7% gave a positive rating
  • 4.8% gave a negative rating

Let's not forget the moderation desk - which is where all your reports of inappropriate deviations, copyright claims and other policy related issues pertaining to an individual deviation are queued.

CEA Moderation DeskStats:
  • Opened Last Week: 2,227
  • Closed Last Week: 3,036

All non CEA related tickets should have an approximate response time of 4 days or less. CEA related tickets may take longer due to the the investigative process involved in many of the reports.

Impressed yet? I know I am! As a team we are constantly striving to improve, so I look forward to sharing additional snippets in future reports.

Our Favourite Deviations



I asked the team to share some deviations that they think are worthy of featuring in our newsletter. As you can imagine, the team come across lots of amazing art during their day to day roles. Here's a few from July.

Protector by Ironshod 30 Days of Exploration - Pikmin by GoshaDoleThe Earthling by Dannysucks
captain america x rockwell by m7781Estari Comic Teaser by aunjuli+Tarot Geek+ The Tower by Nephyla
The Hobbit - Fan Art by lermsRoyal Purple Water Lily #10 by Tazzy-Prac. 2014.07.10 01 by karolina-g

TAKE 5

In a new section of our newsletter, I decided to ask a member of the team to take 5 minutes out of their day to answer some questions. First up is Ikue who has worked with Community Operations now since January 2010. Previous to this, Ikue was part of the Community Relations Volunteer team.


Using 5 words, describe your job at DeviantART?
Keeping up with the Community.

Turn to page 5 of the nearest book to you, what's the first 5 words on page 5?
"demonstrating the procedures on a…”  Stiff: The curious lives of human cadavers - Mary Roach

5 deviants that should be on everyone's friends list?
Moonbeam13 - Site information and Contests! She’s always got her thumb on the pulse of the community.
fourteenthstar - Same as Moony! Follow for all things deviantART.
LimKis - Extraordinary vector artist. Not exceptionally active anymore but when she does post you won’t be sorry!
ginkgografix - Outstanding artist. Follow her especially if you like all things CSS related.
CrisVector - Rounding this list off with another fantastic vector artist.

 5 things that you can't live without.
  • Can I say Candy 5 times? No? Okay then just Sour Candy.
  • My iPhone. Though it’s in need of an upgrade.
  • Photoshop/Illustrator. Design work/play!
  • deviantART. Corny I know, but it’s so full of inspiration!
  • My S.O. Another cheesy answer but it’s the truth! Together 15 years this fall. :aww:

5 deviations that you think the community need to see?
FVTVRAMA by glitchritualYakuza Mario by eduardovieiraSpring by alegas
The beauty in darkness by zv3zdaScribble by OwaikeO

Phew!

As you can see from the above, July was quite a busy month for us. Not only have we been hard at work assisting deviants in need, but we've also had some team members attend Comic-Con. Head on over to aunjuli & damphyr to find out more, and turn green with envy.

July is almost over, and we're already putting in place preparations for our birthday celebrations, including announcing a special round of Seniority Announcements, and of course a brand spanking new Deviousness Award.

I hope you have enjoyed our latest newsletter. Please feel free to ask any questions or leave suggestions for future content in the comments below.

Thank you - stay devious! :dalove:

Following on from last week's poll, it seems you all want to see features of my favourite artists. That's going to be quite the task as there's so many! So, I figured I would make a selection everyday. First up, I'm going to feature some of my favourite digital artists from the first few years of my DeviantART journey. Enjoy!

Dia de Muertos by AlexandraVBach Evenfall by zilla774 Gleaming Eyes by insaneone Modern Day Golgotha by King-Mob
vinyl remixXXV by zeruch no solid ground by judith The Sky Falls by wroth -shredded- by fangedfem
Lilly Pixie by lilpixie Spectral Aurochs by abe123 Narcissus Enchained by azhrarn On Saturdays by enayla
Dragon Oracle by rhi Fae Born Again by furiouskitten NEREIDA by slaine E 300 by endosage
Immortal - by asunder Dreaming Of CheckMate by caddman Reach for the Stars by ketchup-suicide Vouivre by Eireen
Bear Bull - Blackfoot by wendelin Teatro de Pena - Virgin birth by OktoberChill Nightfall by kReEsTaL Collab - Artificial - The Hub by alyn
Fancy Hunting Some Quail? by keiross Emensity by h16 Zaccharia "DIVORCE" by Never-effects Guardian of the Earth by cosmosue
Chixxy by shutdown Darkness Falls by nighty Winter Grace by Aeires FAITHLESS by ekud
Fly on the windscreen by kubicki Set Them Free by kuschelirmel
Seniorityheader 2 by fourteenthstar
This article marks the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 1000 deviants holding the highly saught after Senior Member accolade -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.


So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community. 

Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be recognised in the crowd.

Today, we present to you the following deviants who have all been awarded Seniority in our current round of community recognitions. They have all been nominated for their efforts in the community by deviants, Staff and Volunteers.

Just a quickie...

Mon Jul 7, 2014, 2:57 AM
2 things to say;

1. Thank you for all your kind birthday wishes!

2. I'll be announcing the new Seniors later today...

:D

Happy birthday, Jenn!

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 2:30 AM
Today is y2jenn's birthday. Join me in wishing her a very happy birthday filled with all the things she loves....

Beards!
Beard Buddies by SeizureDemon

Dinosaurs!
Dinosaur Princess by jubilri 

Bearded dinosaurs!
Dinosaur Facts - Facial Hair by DeathByStraws 

:cake::heart::cake:

Celebrating Deviousness July 2014

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:48 AM



Deviousness Award




 

Congratulations to
Astralseed






What is this Awesome Achievement?


The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.










Astralseed has firmly routed herself at the heart of our community. In particular, Katy's efforts with groups such as Traditionalists,  Digitalists, Unique-Equines and CRCommunityProjects to name a few are evident of her outstanding commitment and dedication. In addition, Astralseed can always be found on our chat network and throughout our forum. Katy has been promoting unseen artists via her ProjectPorkchop articles and group. We think her contributions to the site are long overdue recognition, so it's with great pride that we bestow the Deviousness Award for July 2014 to Astralseed.

Congratulations to Astralseed






Journal Takeover - Endorell-Taelos

Fri Jun 27, 2014, 6:29 AM

Hello all! I am Endorell-Taelos :wave:  I would love to thank fourteenthstar for letting me take over her journal for today. It was totally unexpected but an awesome opportunity. I would love to talk about my recent community project and group.  :eager:

:iconseniorselections:

SeniorSelections is a group with focus on art collection and showcasing. We here at SS strive to feature premier artwork and bring more exposure to outstanding artists and their artwork. In order to bring this goal to life, we are opening our doors for Senior Members to come aboard our Feature Team and help realize our goal.

Each member of our Feature Team is responsible for managing his/her own gallery folder/sub-folder in our artwork gallery. He/she will be expected to stay on top of our feature schedule and be attentive when organizing his/her folder accordingly.

Feature Team members will also be active in the group's Staff Area regularly posting their selections to feature as well as offering ideas for future projects and introducing new ideas/methods into our idea pool. Think deviously!

If you are a Senior Member and interested in joining our Feature Team, please refer to our Seeking Admins Journal.  But if you are not a Senior Member and still would love to participate there are other ways that you can do so, firstly by suggesting a feature by note to one of our Feature Team members  to feature in our weekly articles!  You can see who is on the feature team and what they accept feature wise from our About Us Page, and from time to time in the future we may host contests or challenges that will be open for everyone not just Seniors!

Previous Feature Articles
Senior Selections #1  | Senior Selections #2  | Senior Selections #3  |  Senior Selections #4

Group FAQ
About UsAdmins Information and Guidelines | FAQ #29: How do I become a Senior Member? 

Some Senior Selections!
(Left to Right)
Inevitability ClauseYour sister tells me
we do it for the medication—
as if I don't look at
the knives in the kitchen
every day like solace
& say
no, not today.
As if I enjoy every time
I've been too tinny tiny
or monstrously stretched
inside this house of cards—
brushing against one
at just the wrong angle
& my sanity falling down
in red & black stains.
As if I don't wish
to have an equilibrium
that can withstand
the images in the trees
& how when I look in the mirror
there is a little girl
staring back at me—
waiting for her turn
to be special
in the hot air balloon
of my left iris
as I wait for my turn
to bury these corpses of fate
in the yard.
Your sister doesn't know
how it feels to be trapped
under a beam of inevitability
as the room burns down
with your mind playing arsonist—
that no matter how hard
you try for that wondrous normalcy
it always skips out of reach
like a stone set on sinking.
I try to hide my indignant face—
the overwhelming pleasure
that would come fr
 Wonder Winds by SaraRichard The Sinner II by xetobyte Path by Uriy1966  PearlsThe words were bare and unashamed
before the world's first poet
traded them for favours in a secret cave;
newborn words that seared the air,
words that writhed and soared and leapt,
he slipped between a maiden's thighs
and buried there. Time does not record
the poet's name, who wrought this wrong,
whose tongue became a leash,
whose bucking lovesong tamed her hips.
The adjectives he whispered, clothed her with their hide
as they died upon his lips.


Selected by LiliWrites, elicoronel16, Endorell-Taelos, justMANGO, thetaoofchaos

Order and Chaos by RationalParadox Circles by jackiewilliams19 Feed The Gods by frankieperez24  emptying recurrenceEven with the support beams giving out,
windowpanes like wine bottles in a bonfire,
I couldn’t help but peek over my shoulder once or twice.
Only the important things. Only
the important things…
Everything within arm’s reach clutched to my chest,
I almost went blind barefoot in the wreckage. The chemical aurora
bloomed with molten grace embracing me within the galaxy’s
most delectable chokehold.
Opiates.
Eyelids like anchors, I saw Eden spill into
Sodom like Atlantis into the surf.  
The crashing refrain pulled me under until
I woke seeping out
through the warm bite of a velvet hearttrap..    
June clouds now stalk the moon a couple miles
out of withdrawal and I’m still imagining the
peeling paint that wrapped the shit bathrooms, trembling hands
and sweet paranoia..
The difference
between deoxyribonucleic lace and chains,
intimacy and espionage, is a karmic aftertaste; broken
and flung some thousand times against
the unplugged core. Tobacco


Selected by MiloticScale, BloodshotInk, coolmarvin, Nichrysalis 


Journal Takeover - DiegoTripodi

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 3:31 AM
Hi Everyone. My name is Diego Tripodi, I draw and I sometimes make comics. I've been using deviantArt for 8 years already, and I want to use this space (thank you, Fiona!) to tell you about a graphic novel, which in my opinion is not just a gem among all the comics that we can find on deviantArt, but also one of my favourite comics that I have read.

I have to admit that I don't really have either the patience or the focus necessary to read for too long in front of a computer screen. However, browsing deviantArt one night, I stumbled upon the following pages...

Look Straight Ahead page 1 by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead page 2 by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead page 3 by dlmx-13

...and I thought "wow, that looks great! but what is that guy doing out in the snow like that? Hmmm, let's see what this is about...", and couldn't stop reading page after page until I reached the end of the story (100+ comic pages). It was a long night, and I ended up thinking I had just read one of the finest comics I've come across in a long, long time, and it is available to read in this very website.

The comic is Look Straight Ahead, which is written and drawn by Elaine Will, dlmx-13 here at deviantArt.

The synopsis:
Jeremy Knowles is a 17-year-old outcast who dreams of being a great artist. But when he suffers a severe mental breakdown brought on by bullying and other pressures at school, his future is called into question - as is his very existence! Can he survive the experience through the healing power of art? And just what does it mean to be "crazy," anyway?


Look Straight Ahead cover by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead no.2 cover by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead no.3 cover by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead no.4 cover by dlmx-13 LSA issue 5 cover by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead issue 6 cover by dlmx-13 Look Straight Ahead issue 7 cover by dlmx-13

I'm a bit tempted to tell you about some of the scenes from the comic, and filling this journal entry with a lot of the awesome comic pages that make the story, but being someone who would many times skip the introductions and jump right into the story, I'll try keeping it short, so I'll just say:

-Despite being the story of a young kid dealing with mental illness, it is not a depressing story.

-Mental illness seems to me like a very hard subject to tell a story about, but the author has this great talent to portray Jeremy's struggles in such a honest way, that while I'm not an expert on the subject, I couldn't help but getting the impression that dlmx-13 made a fantastic job of introducing its subject matter to those, as myself, without special knowledge.

-While I believe this is dlmx-13's first graphic novel, it doesn't seem to me like someone's early work, but the work of someone who masters the medium she has choosen to tell the story. Whenever handling a scene such as a conversation, or something more on the surreal side of things (such as Jeremy's hallucinations), each page is unique, and displays awesome storytelling.

-The synopsis mentions the healing power of art, and this is actually my favourite thing about this comic, but I think it'll be much better if you find out for yourself, by reading the story...


This is a work that took years to complete, and I can't help but thinking what a monumental task the author set for herself (and not just by the length of the book), but she eventually achieved her goal, and the result is a wonderful book which does not only shed light on a complicated subject, but more importantly, it's a very entertaining read.

Look Straight Ahead has been collected in a print edition, which you might be able to find at your local comic-book shop (here's a list with the stores where the book is available), or it can be ordered online as well. And if you cannot purchase a copy at the moment but are interested in reading it, no worries, it can be read online at Elaine's website, or at her deviantArt gallery.

Thanks for reading! :)
DiegoTripodi

Journal Takeover - GrimFace242

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 12:45 AM



What is BeACritic ?


The simplest explanation is BeACritic strives to feature any artists on dA that are seeking feedback. It's both a feature and a contest. A feature to the deviant seeking feedback and a contest to those giving the feedback.


Not Just for Literature Anymore!


In very recent news, BeACritic has put the wheels in motion to start accepting visual art in addition to the literature we already acept for features.  There's no official announcement just yet, but it won't be long!

Some Frequently Asked Questions


How does it work?


Once a deviant decides that they want to be featured by BeACritic, they send a note to the group with thumbcodes for three of their deviations. We then put them into the schedule in the next available slot. After the blog goes up, deviants have two weeks to read/review the three deviations and leave their feedback. Once the two weeks are up, the contest is closed and the next feature starts. Deviants may enter up to three times per feature.


What are the prizes?


Every feature gives away two prizes. The first is a critique by BeACritic and the second is 50 :points:. The critique winner is selected at random using a a number generator. The points winner is selected by the deviant that is featured.


Why should I follow the group?


Aside from Special Promotions, following the group ensures that you're receiving the most recent blogs as well as the critiqueable submissions in your Message Centre.


What are the Special Promotions?


Special Promotions are the reason you need to be watching BeACritic! Every once and awhile a journal will be posted ONLY through the group blog and will have a very short window of opportunity. During that time, BeACritic will give out additional prizes to deviants that participate in the Special Promotion. These prizes are ON TOP of the regular feature prizes and vary from points to additional critiques to commissions.


GrimFace242

Journal takeover - Sserenita

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 7:49 AM
deviantHEART is pleased to announce that we will be holding our 2nd Annual Kindness Quilt Contest!

:star: What is a Kindness Quilt?
Kindness Quilts are photo collages that are made up of custom Quilt Squares. They are positive and often tell a story of some kind. The templates come in two sizes, 3x3 and 4x4.
Here is a sample quilt for reference
A Love Story Kindness Quilt: ARK Project by iLantiis

:star: The Theme
"My Inspiration" In the spirit of kindness and community togetherness, we decided to pick a theme that will let participants be creative and will also benefit others! For this theme, you will create a kindness quilt as a tribute to a fellow deviant who has helped and inspired you throughout your DA experience!

:star: The Contest Specifics
Start date: June 22nd
End date: August 30th
Gallery: Kindness Quilt Contest 2014 (submit entries here)
Category: Community Projects / Projects & Clubs / The Kindness Quilt
Voting begins: September 1st
Voting ends: September 15th
Winners announced: by September 20th
Resources: Quilt Pack and Quilt Square
Submission Requirements: Must be in the form of a quilt! Quilts accepted in sizes 3x3 and 4x4 (3x3 demo quilt - if you are adventurous enough to do a 5x5, we will accept those too). Quilts must be positive, must not use anything against dA rules, must credit all resources properly and may not be a group collaboration. Any visual medium can be used to create the quilt squares (photography, digital, craft, traditional, manipulations, etc). Fanart IS accepted. Bases ARE NOT accepted unless you can link to the original base showing it is not against dA rules (many traced bases are - judges will be picky when it comes to use of resources). Since this is a project that benefits others, you may submit as many quilts as you like for as many deviants as you like, but ONLY ONE WILL BE CHOSEN.
Participants need not be a member of deviantHEART!

:heart: Judges and Judging
:bulletpurple: Judges
:iconsserenita: :iconilantiis: :iconamour-raven: :iconriemea: :iconicesis: :iconshadowriverlark: :iconthegalleryofeve: :icongrimface242:

:bulletpurple: Judging Parameters
Judges will be judging on creativity, establishment of mood and artistic improvement of the chosen visual medium. While entries must display some artistic knowledge, artistic style and ability will not be pitted against other artists. Instead, for the purposes of artistic improvement, each participants art will be judged against the most recent art in their gallery that is the same type as their quilt. So if an artist uses photographs to create their quilt, judges will look at the most recently submitted photographs in their gallery to see if they tried to improve upon their technique for this contest.


:star: Prizes
:winner: Winner will receive the following:
♥  An in-depth interview and special feature with deviantHEART and The-Feature-Showcase
♥ Features from Sserenita, rainylake, Riemea, TheGalleryOfEve GrimFace242  SimplySilent
♥ 200 points from Sserenita                                                  
♥ 200 points from Riemea                                                  
♥ 1 Year PM from TheGalleryOfEve

Note: the more prize donations we receive the more winners we will have, so there will be more than one!

If you would like to donate prizes or if you would like to be a guest judge please send a note to deviantHEART and we will add you to the list!


:heart: :heart: :heart:

In other news, we are very excited to announce that deviantHEART will be adding a brand new feature to our group beginning July 1st! It will be called Heart to Heart an interview series with our Featured Heartists! So if you have ever been featured by our group, expect to be contacted by our admin jenifferlee!

Journal Takeover - rainylake

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 9:48 AM
Hi all! rainylake here. Firstly, I want to thank the amazing fourteenthstar for letting me take over her journal for a day. The following entry will have information about one of my groups, and I hope you all will be interested enough to get involved :eager:
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:iconrecommendafriend:

Welcome to the Recommend A Friend Project information journal v2. This journal's purpose will be to describe this little project, and to tell you information about signing up. Please be sure to read all the following information carefully in order for things to run smoothly. If you'd like to spread word about this project or even just favorite this journal so it reaches a larger audience, it would be most appreciated!

THE IDEA


Originally, this started as a weekly feature on a custom box on my (rainylake) profile page, but things grew, and I decided to create an entire group for it. Basically the idea is, you 
send a note to RecommendAFriend that includes deviants that deserve some exposure (look below for more details). I will then create a journal featuring your friend, that will be up for a full week! The journal will feature five recommended deviants. It will also include a tidbit about the recommended friend, including why you should check them out. Once a month, all of the suggesters will be featured in an epic roundup journal.

HOW TO SUGGEST


Please send the group RecommendAFriend, a note Note  titled "Recommend A Friend". In the note, please recommend a deviant with the following form filled out. Notes without this form will be ignored :nod:

  • :dev: code of the deviant's name
  • Link to deviants gallery
  • Why is your friend awesome/why should we check out his/her gallery? (be sure to write a few sentences!)
  • If you'd like, feel free to add a few links or thumbs of your friend's artwork
  • Do YOU want to be featured? Yes/No
EXAMPLE NOTE:
Note Title: Recommend A Friend
My friend is awesome because XYZ. You should check out ABC! Here are a few links/thumbs to their gallery.
Jelly by rainylakeTwig by rainylakei want to sail away from here by rainylake
No, I don't want to be featured in the roundup journal


Be sure to include this information, and not just send me a name Giggle.  Please only send ONE deviant/recommendation per note.  Please do not comment below with your recommendations. Be sure to send it to RecommendAFriend

IMPORTANT INFORMATION, PLEASE READ THIS!


Please understand that it may take some time to get your recommended friend and yourself featured due to the fact that these features are a week long each, and I'm uncertain as to how many people will participate. I cannot guarantee that you will be featured by a certain time, day, etc. I will however, guarantee that you will be featured eventually. I plan to continue doing this indefinitely. Heart

This is based on a first come, first serve basis. Please only send your note once, and be patient with me. However, if you send multiple recommendations, they may be spaced out over a few different weeks, in order to have some variety.

I've said this already, but I'll say it again. Please only ONE deviant/recommendation per note. Yes, you may send multiple notes. Do not comment below with recommendations.

Please be sure the deviant you are recommending is active, and has at least FIVE deviations in their gallery. You should be active too Bucktooth

Everyone and anyone can participate! The more people that get involved, the better. Spread the word if you can, affiliate with us, and be sure to join us!

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  • Next article featuring recommended friends is scheduled for June 30th , 2014 
  • Next article featuring suggesters is scheduled for June 30th, 2014
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Thank you for reading!

-Kathy (rainylake) :heart:


I'm offering up my journal to 5 deviants. Each day next week, I will hand over this space to an individual to fill it with content. You can use it to promote a project, a group, a service that you offer within the community.  Perhaps you want to highlight the work of other deviants - it's up to you. 

All you have to do is reply to this journal and let me know what you would do if you could take over my journal for the day. 

I will select the 5 winners by Sunday evening and you'll be asked to get the content over to me in time for your selected day. 

Ready? Go! :dalove:

It's Friday 13th - usually a day that people believe to be filled with bad luck. In true devious style, let's turn this around and make it a lucky day for some deviants. 

I'll be giving away Premium Memberships and wishlist items to some lucky deviants. All you have to do is suggest someone from  our community who you think deserves a little luck in their life today.  I'll select a few and reward gifts on your behalf.

Leave your suggestions as a reply to this journal, and feel free to spread the word! I'll keep this journal up over the weekend to make sure everyone gets a chance :)

Be lucky!

Lucky by PatiMakowska Lucky Pants by pixielovesyou Lucky by kamillyonsiya
Lucky by LuizaLazar lucky stars by HisNameIsIrene :: lucky love :: by hellfirediva

In this, the first of a new, regular newsletter, I'd like to take a moment to give you an overview of the Community Operations department.

DeviantART's Community Operations Department encompasses the Help Desk and the Copyright and Etiquette Administration (CEA) teams. These teams are dedicated to providing a high level of support within the community via our help desk portal as well as what we call the "Moderation Desk", which is where all of the deviations that have been reported as being unsuitable or in violation of our policies, await review from a member of staff.


Community Operations Staff are spread out across the globe on a mix of many time zones. Some work from a physical office in deviantART HQ in Los Angeles, some work from their homes in America, Canada, Bahamas, Germany and the UK. This may not sound like a real job, but like any employment, there are clearly laid out roles and responsibilities as well as continuous supervision to ensure that people are meeting expectations as well as receiving ongoing personal development.

The team are all deviants - every single person on the team was recruited from the community. Some were Community Volunteers before applying for full time positions, so we're very familiar with the deviantART community and how it works.

Copyright & Etiquette Administration



Within Copyright & Etiquette Administration , the Team Leader is aunjuli and consists of damphyr, y2jenn, kozispoon, godofodd and dxd. In addition, we also have realitysquared, who develops documentation, training and co-ordinates specific projects alongside assisting with tickets. If you ever contact us regarding stolen or inappropriate deviations, ban queries, harassment enquiries, or any other cases which involve the enforcement of policies, these are the people who will handle your reports.

Help Desk



Within the Help Desk , the Team Leader is ewm, and consists of Thunderstatement and Ikue. This terrific trio are responsible for the handling of all community support areas, including general help with your account, as well as investigating bug reports and submitting issues to our devious Technology department.


Now for the science part...

Here's a snapshot of some recent statistics surrounding tickets and reports.

In the Past 3 Months we have solved

  • 3,476 Bug Reports
  • 13,238 CEA Tickets
  • 6,269 General Help tickets
Over the past week we have handled:
  • 336 Bug Reports
  • 959 CEA Tickets
  • 629 General Help tickets
  • 2,620 moderation desk reports.

Community Development & Recognition


In addition to overseeing the teams, I have the honour of selecting deviants for certain recognitions within the community. One of these recognitions is the highly sought after Deviousness Award, which is given out to one outstanding deviant on the first of every month. If you haven't done so already, hop on over to dekorAdum and congratulate him on receiving the award on the 1st of June!


If you would like to suggest someone for the Deviousness Award, please feel free to send me a note. Please ensure that the suggestion is someone who has been a Deviant for quite sometime (not just a few weeks or months!), and is someone who has made outstanding effort at participating in deviantART on many levels.

In addition to the Deviousness Award, I also select individuals to receive what is known as "Seniority". These are deviants whom are being recognized as being role models within the community.

FAQ #29: How do I become a Senior Member?

I hope that this provides you with some more information about what we do and who we are!. Keep following our communityops account for regular editions of this news article, and let us know what you'd like to see included.

Stay devious! :dalove:



:star: This is a fantastic idea - read all about it! 
pinkymccoversong.deviantart.co…

:star: y2jenn makes a great point here
y2jenn.deviantart.com/journal/…


That's 2 lame puns for today. You are welcome!

I can't believe it's June already. Have some June related artwork :)

June by escume June Calendar by ArtMagix June. by edaemirdag

June by LuizaLazar Birdflowers: Rose - June by windfalcon June by sinan

my name is June by LuizaLazar June by estygia June in Hamilton by IgorLaptev

Celebrating Deviousness June 2014

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 1:41 AM



Deviousness Award




 

Congratulations to
dekorAdum






What is this Awesome Achievement?


The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.










dekorAdum always shows admirable dedication to our community. When he's not updating his gallery with eclectic artwork, you'll find him participating in many groups. Most notably, InternationalFAQ has benefitted greatly from Adam's dedication and commitment to making deviantART a truly inclusive community. We are delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for June 2014 to dekorAdum

Congratulations to dekorAdum






Read all about it

Tue May 20, 2014, 2:37 AM
I'm currently working on a plan to revive and relaunch a regular Community Operations newsletter. My intention is to include information about what goes in within the team, e.g. talking about actual specific roles, staff interviews and relevant talking points within the community. Would this be useful to you guys? What other sort of information would you like to see included? How important are statistics to you? Can I ask any more questions in a paragraph? :D

We're also going to be on dAmn at some point over the coming weeks (date to be confirmed) to take some questions from the community. Not "boxers or briefs?" type questions. (100 points to the first person who can relay the story behind that reference.)

Meantime, if you're eager to know more about how we work, make sure you stop by kozispoon's gallery and check out the many hilarious comics that are inspired by our day to day shenanigans in Comm Ops.