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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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le-redhead-merchant Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say, you give the best Internet advice I've seen by far.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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le-redhead-merchant Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  New member 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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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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