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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


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



6. Official Contests


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: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!

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Bi-monthly newsletter from the Community Relations team.
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:iconeldru:
eldru Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Have fun in China! :la:
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Arichy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
be careful! :heart:
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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.
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Talty Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Have a safe trip :love:
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BlackfyreValyrian Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Have fun in China /o/
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:iconblackfyrevalyrian:
BlackfyreValyrian Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
*that was a little dancing emote in case someone doesn't know what that meant xD
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:iconstory-of-a-mind:
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.
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Anoya Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013   Photographer
Enjoy your travel to China! :excited: I want pics when you come back! :B
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:iconmimose-stock:
mimose-stock Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I wish you a great time in china :hug:
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:iconalisbet:
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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:iconkrissi001:
Krissi001 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Have an awesome trip :happybounce: :hug:
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Enjoy your trip to China, we all know how much you deserve it. :hug:
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave: Have fun!
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oh have a nice trip to China :)
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Stay safe and have fun Danie!
Also post all the pictures
Get the 'hidden from the mainstream part' type souvenirs :noes: They are bound to be 'Made in China' but at least artisan. :eager:
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LET'S POST ALL THE PICTURES :iconallthethingsplz:
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
YES! :iconsuperw00tplz:
But I can't. I am doing a Jack Frost painting. :C
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:iconmiontre:
miontre Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle: Have fun in China! :nod:
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   General Artist
Have a ton of fun on your trip!
:la:

Wonderful newsletters.
You and your colleagues ,and the CVs are amazing.
:la:
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Have a fantastic time in China! :D I hope you bring back a shit load of pictures. :)
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
In regards to point 3, it'd be interesting to know (when someone is appointed to a CV role) how many applications there were for that position. Obviously not revealing any names, but I feel it would really open people's eyes to how many apply :)

Awesome article though :la:
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:iconendorell-taelos:
Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   General Artist
Best wishes and have an awesome and safe trip!
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Enjoy your trip, but I wouldn't recommend buying souvenirs! It's all made in China. :P
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconohuplz:
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, me!
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:giggle:
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:iconendorell-taelos:
Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   General Artist
:lol:
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:iconsongoflives:
SongOfLives Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Have fun
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:iconvashtastic:
Vashtastic Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Digital Artist
have a fun trip!
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:iconrtnightmare:
RTNightmare Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: Have fun in China! Thank you for the newsletter!
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:iconelectricjonny:
electricjonny Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry, but I feel compelled to inform you that your link "Anthro" under "News from the Galleries" is just plain old fucked up :lmao:

http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?<span>http://fav.me/d5rmr2v</span><span>

Gotta love writer, right ;) Or whatever fucked up way the outgoing link shit is working.
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:iconmoonbeam13:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That was my fuck up :) all fixed.
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Take care :heart:
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:iconilantiis:
iLantiis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have fun in China! Come back with lots of stories XD
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:icontouchedvenus:
TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Be safe and have fun while you're in China! :love:
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the updates and have fun in China! :glomp:
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:iconrainylake:
rainylake Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Have fun in China! Stay safe. :heart:
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Have the most wonderful time in China! Stay safe, have fun, protect yourself and don't eat dirt :heart:
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:iconmoonbeam13:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I heard the dirt was the best part :/
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Just make sure it isn't yellow. :B
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:iconmoonbeam13:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
haha
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Is that some sort of racist remark or are there actually yellow dirt? o__O
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No. It was a play on don't eat yellow snow. :B
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Uhh how are yellow snow formed? Rain isn't that polluted?
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No...it is from people peeing in it. Thus never eat yellow snow.
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
OMG. D: That's what it means? :crying:
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IridescentStardust Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
<u< When someone takes their dog on a walk on a snowy day and he does his business
White snow turns to yellow snow
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Peeee D:
I was thinking of water and air pollution and what not. :crying:
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Alright then... but be sure it's from a quality source!
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Photographer
No one has showed up for Street yet? :(
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