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February 28, 2013
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Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :

Table of Contents

1. New Submission Process and Thumbnail Examples
2. New Galleries and Gallery Additions or Change Requests
3. Why Wasn't I Chosen?
4. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
5. Community Projects
6. Official Contests
7. Project Educate 2013
8. Art History Project
9. News from the Chats and Forums
10. News from the Galleries
11. Vacation Notice

1. New Submission Process and Thumbnail Examples

In my opinion, one of the greatest advantages to the New Submission Process, are the thumbnail examples and descriptions that appear when you're selecting a category.  It's no secret that we have misplaced deviations throughout the galleries and it's probably the most complained about topic I deal with on a daily basis. My team and I have been working hard to improve the descriptions and thumbnail examples for all of the galleries, and I'm happy to report that, we will have completed this project by the end of this week.  It was no small accomplishment and I want to extend a huge wave of gratitude to those volunteers that helped out and also to those community members that helped to point out issues they spotted while submitting.  It was very much a team effort! That being said, with thousands of galleries, it's possible something got missed, so if you notice anything that looks awkward or concerning, please reach out to me and let me know.  

2. New Galleries and Gallery Additions or Change Requests

While I've been working on the gallery descriptions and thumbnails, a variety of clean-up actions have occurred as well and I've been merging and removing old and unused categories.  I have also been taking care of some needed additions, which you can read about below.  Going forward, please request any changes or additions in this new forum thread which will be monitored regularly :) 

There are hundreds of people that express interest every time there is an opening and I'm often asked why people don't get replies to their requests or why someone was chosen over someone else. It saddens me when someone notes me asking me why they aren't good enough.

This is really the wrong way to look at things. These decisions are not easy for me to make and I weigh them based on many factors, including (but not restricted to) time on deviantART, activity in the community, suitability to the team, understanding of the gallery of choice, fit with the current team members etc. 

Not being chosen doesn't mean you're lacking, it just wasn't meant to be at this time. There are many ways to get involved with the community that don't require a symbol and I suggest that if you're serious about volunteering, you start by getting acquainted with the current volunteer team and getting involved with the community. The community, staff and volunteers are all responsible for making deviantART the powerhouse of awesome that it is :heart:

4. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations

If you're interested in learning more about being a volunteer on deviantART please read FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on deviantART? 

To see current openings on the Community Relations volunteer team please go to this journal

If there isn't a spot open please consider helping out from within the community. Read How to be a guiding light and shining example by the awesome RockstarVanity :love:

Please note that there are a lot of inquiries that come in and I may not be able to respond to each and everyone. Your understanding is appreciated :)

5. Community Projects

:omg: Want to show your devious pride and get involved in ongoing Community Projects? Check out one of these

6. Official Contests


:bulletpink: #Fella's Love Letter Contest - Deadline February 28, 2013
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 92: Share Of Hearts -Deadline February 28, 2013
:bulletpink: Texture Your World Contest - Deadline March 11, 2013
:bulletpink: Tomb Raider Reborn Contest - Deadline March 14, 2013
:bulletpink: The G.A.M.E - Deadline March 21, 2013
:bulletpink: Photomanipulation Contest: Rebirth and Renewal - Deadline April 1, 2013

Please note that all contests end on the deadline stated at 11:59:59 PM PST

7. Project Educate 2013

February 25 - March 3 - Daily Deviations
March 4 - 10 - Poetry Forms

11. Vacation Notice

I will be traveling to China from March 13-27th, 2013.  During this time I will have no access to the internet so anything related to Community Relations will be handled by my awesome team of volunteers with the help of  :iconcolorfulsparklesplz: fourteenthstar and dxd :iconcolorfulsparklesplz:  

The Community Relations department exists to encourage, facilitate and develop the relationship with our deviantART community. Our goal is to nurture our community by encouraging, stimulating artists to create, collaborate, and participate in a friendly, safe, and supportive artistic environment. Watch communityrelations for up to date news and to learn how you can get involved in projects and events!

Bi-monthly newsletter from the Community Relations team.
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eldru Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Have fun in China! :la:
Arichy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
be careful! :heart:
IridescentStardust Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcblushplz: I didn't think my snappy little rant counted as news XD Thank you for including it though.
Talty Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Have a safe trip :love:
BlackfyreValyrian Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Have fun in China /o/
BlackfyreValyrian Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
*that was a little dancing emote in case someone doesn't know what that meant xD
Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I also think the exmple thumbnails in the process for submitting a deviation are a great idea. :heart:
English is not my native tongue, and although the majority of my deviations might still be in English, choosing the right category for a literature deviation was the point where I got a little confused sometimes. So this really helps a lot.
Anoya Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013   Photographer
Enjoy your travel to China! :excited: I want pics when you come back! :B
mimose-stock Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I wish you a great time in china :hug:
Alisbet Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Alrighty then. Just applied for street photography and I am hoping this one will count.
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