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Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13:

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1. Volunteering
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5. News from the Chats and Forums
6. News from the Galleries

1. Volunteering


Once upon a time, I was a volunteer, and speaking from experience, it can be a both blessing and a curse.

I believe that many current and former volunteers will agree with that sentiment and I feel it's important to explain a bit about why I believe this to be true.

Maybe you're not aware of the variety of ways people join the volunteer team.  As per FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on deviantART? many people send in an application to express their interest in joining the team and I go through those applications and select people I feel would benefit not only the team and the community but also, benefit from the experience.  However, aside from those applications, I also have a habit of hand-picking people based on personalities or traits I've gleaned that I believe would be beneficial to everyone involved and see if they are interested. 

I have brought people onto the team after turning them down multiple times because I didn't feel they were ready and gave them advice in regards to areas they needed to improve, because frankly, I was worried about their ability to handle some of the stress that comes with being in the public eye.  If you're one of those people that keeps being passed over and keeps trying anyways - talk to me.  Reach out instead of screaming about the unfairness of my decisions. I'm happy to talk about it and give you pointers but you need to want to have that conversation and you need to be willing to take the advice I provide.

One of the hardest things to deal with as a new volunteer, is the ghost of the volunteer that came before.  Following in someone's footsteps can be intimidating and downright scary.  Every volunteer has brought something to this team and this community regardless of whether they were a 'super' volunteer and did everything under the sun.  The challenge before all of us, is to view everyone as an individual and drop the assumption that every volunteer should be the same and be held to the same crazy standards.

Every volunteer is different. They come to the team with their own strengths, visions, gifts and talents.  They also come with their own view of how best to contribute their time while they are a volunteer and if you take time to read through FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on deviantART? you can read examples of how volunteers may choose to spend their time.  By no means are these requirements, they are suggestions and guidelines. Some volunteers will choose to do some of them, some may do all of them and some, may do none of them, but may choose to do other things.  Sometimes involvement is based on their availability and sometimes it's based on strengths, but each person that has joined this team, past and present, has made an effort.

As a community, we can help these volunteers by being supportive instead of judgmental.  Instead of screaming at the new person that they aren't as good as the past person.. how about reaching out, introducing yourself and saying 'so glad you're here! I just wanted to let you know that the community really enjoyed this past activity the previous volunteer used to do and if you could continue it that would be awesome! If you need any help with it, I'd love to help you pull it off!"

Don't attack - assist.  

We are a community, and we don't succeed without each other.  We don't grow without nurturing each other.  This works both ways and is outlined in the Core Values upheld by the members of the volunteer team FAQ #84: What are the Core Values of the Community Relations and Operations Departments?.

I write this because I truly believe that we, as a community, need to walk this road together.  So let's ensure the lines of communication are open.  If you want to suggest things, please reach out to your Community Volunteers.  I implore you to get involved in the conversation and always know I'm available to talk to via note or email
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2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations



:star: We are actively recruiting new volunteers!!! :star:

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  and So you want to be a CV by Thiefoworld

:note: There are a lot of applications that come in and as such, I only contact those being considered :)  Your understanding is appreciated.



3. 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



4. Official Contests


:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge 100 - Pumpkin, Potion, Candy - Deadline October 31, 2013
:bulletpink: Trick or Treat Contest - Deadline November 1, 2013
:bulletpink: Fiendish Fan Fiction Contest - Deadline November 1, 2013
:bulletpink: Design a Halloween Character Contest

:pumpkin: A comprehensive list of Community Relations Halloween Contests & Events


:note: All contests end on the deadline stated at 11:59:59 PM PT



5. News from the Chats and Forums


The chat and forum have been busy for both the Community Volunteer team and the deviantART community these past few months! If you are interested in either the chat or forum, be sure to read the Chat & Forum Newsletter: September, October! :D



6. News from the Galleries



:bulletblue: Anime/Manga

:bulletblue: Anthro

:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts

:bulletblue: Comics & Cartoons

:bulletblue: Community Projects

:bulletblue: Customization
:bulletgreen: Digital Dolls
:bulletgreen: Emoticons
:bulletgreen: Icons & Handhelds
:bulletgreen: Skins & Themes

:bulletblue: deviantART related

:bulletgreen: Game Development Art

:bulletblue: Digital Art
:bulletgreen: 3-Dimensional
:bulletgreen: Photomanipulation
:bulletgreen: Pixel Art
:bulletgreen: Text Art & Typography


:bulletblue: Fan Art
:bulletgreen: Fan Fiction

:bulletblue: Film & Animation

:bulletblue: Flash & Animation

:bulletblue: Literature

:bulletblue: Photography
:bulletgreen: Abstract & Surreal
:bulletgreen: Animals, Plants & Nature Photography
:bulletgreen: Artistic Nude
:bulletgreen: Fashion Photography
:bulletgreen: Fetish Photography
:bulletgreen: Horror & Macabre
News from the Community Relations team.
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent advice. :clap:
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I really love this, it makes me feel happy.:heart:
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Krissi001 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
:hug:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   Writer
I am generally thankful for the work of dA volunteers.  I hope that any expressions of hostility towards them is a rarity.  
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miontre Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I've never been a part of the volunteer team but I fullheartedly agree with your words :heart:
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Hmmm...
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
yes???
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Pondering the situation introduced and wondering.
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is wonderful, Danie! Informative to ALL of us as a community. I hope everyone takes the time to read this word for word. Thank you for writing this! :heart:
Love the Halloween avatar!!
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The lovely `elicoronel16 made it :D
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