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Just some basic tips and tricks for flawless interaction on DeviantArt Nod 


Watching

Do
:bulletyellow: Watch people when you honestly find them interesting.
:bulletyellow: Watch your friends, even if they don't have amazing art. It helps you stay updated with their progress.
:bulletyellow: Watch groups. They'll offer you a fine selection of art you're interested in, and will help you discover new (interesting) artists.
:bulletyellow: Check the faves of people you watch. As you like their work, you might have similar tastes in art. Checking their faves might help you find cool art.
:bulletyellow: Recommend art from people that you watch for a Daily Deviation (if good art, of course).

Don't
:bulletyellow: Uncheck all boxes when watching. There's nothing more disappointing than an empty watch.
:bulletyellow: Just watch people for points. It's lame.
:bulletyellow: Watch people for a watch-back. Many people don't do those. You'll only end up disappointed.


Commenting on profiles

Do
:bulletorange: Thank people for watching/faving you. It's not obliged, but it helps you to meet new people and stay in touch with your fans.
:bulletorange: Comment on the page of someone you watch. People love to hear what you like about their work.
:bulletorange: Post a few kind words on the page of a random stranger whose work you like. You might make a new friend.
:bulletorange: Comment either in English or the user's native language (if he displays his location). There's a big chance he doesn't know other languages.
:bulletorange: Spell check your messages before sending them. A readable message is one that people are more likely to reply to.

Don't
:bulletorange: Ask people to watch you. It's annoying. Many people don't do this anyway.
:bulletorange: Ask people for points. It's the DA equivalent of being a beggar. You don't want to be one. 
:bulletorange: Spam people with your contest/group/facebook page or whatever. If you have something to promote, do it in your signature. 
:bulletorange: Send messages that include "send this to a x-number of your friends". It's annoying.


Commenting on artwork

Do
:bulletred: Read the description underneath the artwork. So you can understand what the artist meant with this work
:bulletred: Encourage the artist
:bulletred: Tell them what you like about the artwork
:bulletred: Balance your critiques. Even if you don't like a work, make sure to highlight the positive aspects as well as the negative ones.
:bulletred: Shut up if you haven't got anything nice to say. 

Don't 
:bulletred: Tell people "this reminds me of character-X from show-Y". It comes across as if the artist stole the idea from a certain show. Not very nice.
:bulletred: Tell people "this looks like character-X" and insist on it. Character designs have only so much variation. It's possible that characters with similar haircolor/haircuts look alike. That doesn't mean the artist stole the idea.
:bulletred: Tell people "you've copied this from artist-X". It's an accusation. It's impolite. Especially when you have no solid proof (as in; the original work or an exact photoshop overlay)
:bulletred: Post a comment that's all negative. It feels like you attack the artist. 


Private messages

Do
:bulletpink: Send a private message if your message is either too long or too personal to post on someone's profile

Don't
:bulletpink: Randomly spam strangers with your artwork/group/whatever via private message. It's spam and it's annoying
:bulletpink: Gossip about other people


Journals

Do
:bulletpurple: Post encouraging words towards fellow artists
:bulletpurple: Share art tutorials / art books / art related websites
:bulletpurple: Feature work you like
:bulletpurple: Feature work from friends that need more exposure

Don't
:bulletpurple: Post things that are too personal. DeviantArt is an open website. Everyone can read your journals, including your boss or your parents.
:bulletpurple: Complain about another DeviantArt user. Other people have nothing to do with your problems.
:bulletpurple: Be too strong in your opinions. Stating you 'hate' a certain fandom is never a wise idea, unless you want angry mobs harassing your comment section.
:bulletpurple: Be a chronic complainer. People hate them.


Forum

Do
:bulletblue: Ask questions. Be elaborate. The better you describe the problem, the better the answers will be.
:bulletblue: Use the search function to check if there's already a topic about your problem/question.

Don't 
:bulletblue: Complain outside the complaints-forum. People will mock you.
:bulletblue: Post links in the thumbshare forum. It's for THUMBNAILS. Not for links.
:bulletblue: Spam your work everywhere. There's a thumbshare forum where you can show your work.
:bulletblue: Feed the trolls. Some people's only purpose is to get other people angry. Don't let them get you.


Artwork

Do
:bulletgreen: Add a description. People want to know what it's about.
:bulletgreen: Add the material used/time spend in the descriptions. This will prevent people from asking.
:bulletgreen: Credit the people whose stock material you used (stock rules differ per person. Make sure to read the stock artist's policy)
:bulletgreen: Submit your works to groups. It'll lead to more exposure.
:bulletgreen: If you make art for someone, tag this person. By doing so this person will automatically receive your artwork in his inbox.
:bulletgreen: Add a mature content tag if it includes strong violence or nudity

Don't
:bulletgreen: Post every random doodle. Quality over quantity will make your watchers stay.
:bulletgreen: Make hate art. If you hate a person/fandom, just let it be.


Replying to people

Do
:bulletblack: Reply if someone took the effort to write you a message (unless it's a simple "Thank you" -- those are impossible to reply to)
:bulletblack: Block people and report them to the staff if they're repeatedly mean to you. It's better than fighting back.

Don't
:bulletblack: Fuss about grammar. Not everybody has English as a native language here. It takes some of us a whole lot of effort to write a message in it.
:bulletblack: Gossip about other people. People will be notified when you tag them. They will read it. Public comments will be spread fast. There's nothing as fast as the internet.
:bulletblack: Be an ass
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:iconcmjcutiepie:
cmjcutiepie Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
thank this does help
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rodneyavo Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Photographer
It's amazing how uncommon common sense is. People should know this without being told. It's unfortunate that people lack basic social intelligence. You'd be amazed how often these simple rules of engagement are broken. Hopefully this article will help reinforce good behavior on here. 

Great entry. You have a very gentle writing style. I like it.
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:iconle-redhead-merchant:
le-redhead-merchant Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say, you give the best Internet advice I've seen by far.
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconle-redhead-merchant:
le-redhead-merchant Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^^ I always enjoy reading your journals :)
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liquidinsect Featured By Owner Edited Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Seems like everything in this list should be common sense... at least to a veteran user of DA of perhaps six months or more. However, maybe not everyone thinks about all of this when emotions and reactions can happen quick and forgotten about until things go haywire and out of hand?

That's one thing I think I might suggest adding to this list:

Do
Take a moment of time away from reading negative responses, comments, or other similar messages to gather your thoughts.

Don't
Respond to negative responses, comments, or other similar messages before you have had enough time away from the situation to allow your emotions to not dictate what your response may end up (if at all responding).

...maybe I could have said that in an easier way but this is the general idea. Thank you Damai Mikaz for another significant article. I do wonder how you come up with these articles so quickly and post them just as I am thinking about them at the same time?
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BluishShimmer Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nicely done. :) I've been here for years but never really 'active' outside of occasionally faving work and the odd comment until recently so this helps get an inside perspective. ^^ 
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bluefoxycat Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
New deviants/artists should read this. It's a basic guideline for replying, comments, art, making friends....and er....stuff. This will help a lot.
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bluefoxycat Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also, I tend to be a complete fusspot over spelling. :iconragefaceplz:
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One question. I recently got into some kind of trouble with another user because I "commented on other comments in their journal". It was a journal that had opposing sides and the creator agreed on one end, though with poor evidence and a lot of the others disagreed. I was reading and agreeing with other people's comments. I even left a comment of my own eventually but even that still didn't satisfy them and they found an excuse to "block" me.:shrug: What, was I detracting from their "fan base" for agreeing with people when I should have been disagreeing? Am I not supposed to comment on other people's opinions on another person's journal even if I am respectful about it? I don't understand. I comment on a lot of people's journals' commenters and we engage in worthwhile conversation without problems from the original poster. Is it just them? :no:
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's just them.
I personally don't mind people commenting on other people within my journals. The only things that I do block people for is spamming (promoting their own website, stuff, etc, totally unrelated to the article or anything) or totally unacceptable behavior towards other people (harassing people, flaming, foul language, whatsoever). Because since the article is under my moderation, I think it's my right to filter that kind of really bad stuff out.
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serel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A very good article with so many valid points. Most of them should be self-evidently if you ask me, but I know from personal experience that that's not the case. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.
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Maiden-In-Black Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reading this made me think. I've been wanting to do some journals to feature artworks I like, but then I remember that I haven't that many watchers to do that...

I'll try it one of these days, if you mean well it's what counts.
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:iconlittleredtoyota:
LittleRedToyota Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Yes! This should be sent to every deviant when they join this page! :nod:
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ShadeWolfBuizel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love this. There are seriously a lot of people who need to read this.
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Vvlad-vVolfen Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I finally got around to reading this, great stuff, I dont think you missed anything. Though Mature content could use a line or two. So many people dont apply the tag when the rules state they ought to.
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They soon get fished out by DA's staff, though XD
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:iconvvlad-vvolfen:
Vvlad-vVolfen Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, I guess failure to meet the rules are not necessary to apply to this list, or it would get a lot longer.
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ronin-gh0st Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
And here I am late on a comment! =P 

This is an unwritten law... not necessarily a law but more or less a 'courtesy'. Thanks for taking the time to write this out. Hopefully it creates a trend! 
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J0W3x Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for this list. Even if they're all good points, my favorite is the one about english not being the main language of everyone. It took me ages to finally be able to write something readable and not being shy to use this language to communicate with other people. 
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here :)
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:iconj0w3x:
J0W3x Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Non-English Speakers united ! :P haha
Your english is very good by the way! :P
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ReginaMuse93 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for posting these! As a new member and still getting used to the site, this is very helpful!
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:iconmarcotonio-desu:
Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
I for one consider thanking for faves/watches as spam. Many people will go as far as shamelessly posting "Thank you for faving my [deviation link]!" or building up some plz mosaics with a logo and whatnot. That's just self-promotion.

A better practice (which I follow) would be to always leave a comment along with watching or faving, because this way the person won't have to spam your inbox with a generic message to thank you, but rather do it on their own page, collecting appreciation about her work in a single page: you can even start a conversation by saying stuff about the work and why you faved it.

Some people ignore my comment and still go spamming my front page with a thank you. I then proceed to deleting it and removing the watch/fave.
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:iconj0w3x:
J0W3x Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I sometimes thanks people for faving/watching my work and I honestly didn't know it was spam.
Never built up a mosaic but I've did a reference with my artwork. Just so it's easier to find it, not as a self-promotion stuff. 
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:iconmarcotonio-desu:
Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Filmographer
Yeah, this thing goes both ways.

Sometimes people are really grateful, sometimes they are just copying the thanking process because others do it and they infer it is the polite thing to do.

By leaving a comment on a person's deviation, though, I avoid the need for the person to "spam" me (be it intentional or out of politeness), so he can still thank me if he finds it necessary. Since most people fave-and-run, such thing is not possible, and they are kind of asking to be thanked on the front page. :P
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:iconj0w3x:
J0W3x Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand now. 
Hahaha, I'm a sort of Fave & Run... let's say uhm... 80% of the time. 
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DesertStormVet Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The list is just the trick.  ty
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LazyTengu27 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Great advice hope more people will read this.
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gueros84 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Wow, these are definitely some useful hints for the communication on dA, and even if lot of things seem self-understanding, nevertheless you did a well job summing up the basics! Thanks a lot and wish you the best :iconcheekrubplz: 
greets from Berlin 
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Audessy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Cool happenstance. Seriously I was trying to thank someone for faving a pic I recently did, saw your avatar, took a look at your gallery, and wow. You had me with your art and hooked me with your journal entry :D Great advice for the entire masses and your artwork is fabulous to boot.

Okay I'm done with gushing lol
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Audessy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
No problem and thank you for such a well thought out entry Clap 
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:iconivy-orihara:
Ivy-Orihara Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
May I copy and paste this into my Journal please? And I feel like an idiot with the comment thing, because on youtube I'm just a big ass at anything that offends me DX
AND IM GONNA MAKE THIS MY WAY OF LIVING BECAUSE MY LIFE IS THE INTERNET... 
 
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As long as you link back to the original it's fine with me :)
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Ivy-Orihara Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks!
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:iconhearsegurl:
HearseGurl Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014   Photographer
Great stuff! I swear you need to run the site! :giggle:
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, it would be better if I don't XD
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HearseGurl Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014   Photographer
XD
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iminlovewithanime001 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks it helps a lot and you're amazing 
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NezNezz Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Aah this is so great, thank you for making this! ; v ; such good advise.

you may want to add something about groups, though, just about reading group rules, submitting to the right folder, and not just submitting blindly into every group you see.
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Masalovicka Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
awesome journal :D
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vaneko13 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
oh gawsh :( after reading this i feel bad now… i didn't know i was being a horrible person Taiga Aisaka (Melt) [V1] 

I'm going to keep this on a window, bookmark the page, fave this journal, then make this guide into a real bookmark ; - ; i really hope i'll become a better person after this
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This guide wasn't meant to be an absolute truth.
More like a "this would be nice" 
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vaneko13 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
i think it's very true tho! even if it's not the absolute truth, it still contains proper behaviour and etiquette which should still be followed
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:iconcalycia:
Calycia Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good advice! I shall keep these in mind always :)
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:iconhollowheartlessizsak:
hollowheartlessIzsak Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is great advice! :) 
I hope it's alright that I feature it in the next journal I write? Just a link back to this journal of course! 
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's totally fine :)
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BackOfficeFragments Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
great information!
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Diamonds-Dont-Shine Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Dont be an ass xD
Haha daar kan ik me wel in vinden.
Goed geschreven, en leuk idee!
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