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Correlation between
{
look at who has faved a work
look at who watches the original artist
find proportion that don't watch artist but fav work
is this correlated with the number of users who watch an artist?
is it correlated with the number of deviations that have been posted to a particular category?
**loyalty correlation
}
Analysis of comment structure - length, sentence length, punctuation, capitalization, numbers, words in dictionary
Analysis of Suggestions Forum:
{
suggestion URL
time suggestion is on Suggestions page
number of staff comments
number of suggestions per day
top commenters in suggestions forum
number of closed suggestions per day
top suggesters
most popular topics
most common words used
number of necro'd threads (3 months)
plot how long a thread will last based on time of day posted and day of week posted
}
Gallery revision mock up comments.deviantart.com/14/178…
Track new users to see percentage that go inactive
comments.deviantart.com/5/3816…

Things that are generally popular:
--large # of emotes
--things that glow
--things that move
--tutorials
--cute/chibi things
--stamps
--things that are colorful
--tilt shift
--females
--fandoms
--scenery
--memes
--time-intensive works
--visually uncluttered
--things that look like dA (color scheme, apps)

Suggestions:
forum.deviantart.com/devart/su…

Quotes:
dA seems to see what people ask for, then do something completely different to please them. comments.deviantart.com/18/147…

You know. I really do appreciate all the heartfelt kindness that I'm getting from this article. Trust the dA administration to mock the community when beneath all the bitching there are real problems that they refuse to admit to.
DeviantART Loves you!
comments.deviantart.com/2/1178…

add new features yes, disable the old choices - no comments.deviantart.com/5/3097…

I love that you think you know what goes on :) I also love that you think that this has anything remotely to do with you lol - comments.deviantart.com/14/114…

I love how a non-staffer tells someone incorrect information on a journal that's trying to break down a lot of misinformation flying around ;P comments.deviantart.com/5/3311…

I'm in love with .. well love :D moonbeam13.deviantart.com/jour…

DeviantART is known for visual art, and including music would confuse people liquisoft.deviantart.com/journ…

So much for intuition when using the site. comments.deviantart.com/1/1496…

Will I leave? Probably not. Will I rant and rave about it? Yes. Will DA fix anything I rant and rave about? No.
comments.deviantart.com/2/1178…

History proves that despite not liking change, we learn to adapt and embrace it.
More like resign to it.
comments.deviantart.com/2/1178…

By removing [the search bar], you emphasize the beautiful logo. news.deviantart.com/article/11…

it sounds like dA's left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing comments.deviantart.com/5/3029…

[Hosting a chat session] for a community with all sorts of users around the globe, instead of doing it through a forum where time is not a factor, is amazingly poor planning comments.deviantart.com/2/1186…

It makes me laugh that this site has gone through so many upgrades & "upgrades" that they still haven't worked out how to do it properly! Some of the reactions, if you're lucky enough to get them, have been along the lines of "put up with it or leave", or "we have been working so hard, how dare you say anything negative!" comments.deviantart.com/2/1186…

there is a reason for every change i make, it's sometimes better to think about why i've done it rather than simply complaining about it comments.deviantart.com/18/146…

World-altering revolutions start with simply complaining. comments.deviantart.com/2/1260…

A few extra clicks, a little extra digging, not that big a deal, right? ... We literally handle hundreds of reports a day, thousands a week, and that little extra time over and over again turns into a very big chunk of time communityops.deviantart.com/bl…

I have some great ideas. hq.deviantart.com/blog/3302539…

Change for the sake of change is not a rule to live by. comments.deviantart.com/5/3327…

why induce mass hysteria?
hope you guys live up to the hype you're creating.
for your own sake. comments.deviantart.com/2/1226…

He equated it to DA turning in to Chuck E Cheese Pizza, with tokens for games kkart.deviantart.com/journal/3…

Desire for a Mature Content Filter that discriminates between Sexually Mature and Violence comments.deviantart.com/14/136…

Help Desk:
Report a problem with the text that appears by clicking on the SitBack widget - it is illegibly small because the widget is placed in the side bar of the Layout B in a group and the entire widget is scaled down in size -- Report is marked as invalid, claims the feature I have described is not a bug, states it is my fault for putting the widget in the side bar and insinuates I should know better, even though this is not a group I control.
I have to ask myself, why bother going to the trouble of properly reporting a legitimate bug if it is going to be dismissed before a developer even sees it? Why should a user care more about a site than the administrators?

If this sort of thing already happens, what is done about it? Nothing? comments.deviantart.com/18/149…

[dA Muro] will be the most epic abused thing ever in existence on DA, mark my words. comments.deviantart.com/5/3404…

Unify the staff communications into something more useful than the lie that is the Zendesk. comments.deviantart.com/5/3404…

I have a goal of bringing this successful marriage of Art & Work to as many of our artists as possible. news.deviantart.com/article/12… news.deviantart.com/article/12… news.deviantart.com/article/12… news.deviantart.com/article/12…

I am not going to criticize the Administration, but it's Ok at best. sparklum.deviantart.com/journa…

Whats wrong with just enjoying the site like everyone else? comments.deviantart.com/5/2816… my.deviantart.com/notes/#1_370…

deviantART is a massive social network with visitor and page view totals that place it in the top 100 of all trafficked websites on the Internet. deviantart.theresumator.com/ap…

Every time there's a criticism of this site, especially in news articles, I see admins responding to these concerns with condescension, anger, and dismissal comments.deviantart.com/2/1260…

I'm past the no-return point concerning my feelings for dA. I no longer believe in change. comments.deviantart.com/39/206…

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Margaret…

I question why it should be limited because some will abuse it, that to me is like saying, as a random example, everyone can't walk over a bridge because some will jump off it. comments.deviantart.com/18/149…

Sadly, I don't expect any change, I've come to expect nothing less than closed minds when dealing with the beast that is the dA Admins (individually they're fine from what I know, but as a group...) comments.deviantart.com/18/149…

I can think of several artists who keep off-site profiles, and some display art not hosted on dA. I think artists should have a right to post a link to their own site since the entire purpose of dA is to provide greater exposure for artists. However, if even even a portion of an off-site page contains a mature section, dA will suspend the user for linking to it. I think there should be a section in the devInfo widget for artists to link to their own site, but only allow users to access that link if they have the mature filter enabled.
Those people who got suspended for doing so deserve it. comments.deviantart.com/18/150…

Chance favors the connected mind www.wimp.com/goodideas/

It's a seeeecreeeeettttttt. comments.deviantart.com/1/1825…

Mandatory Optimism

Thanks for spending many nights running on nothing but coffee and presumably some sort of amphetamines [to work on dA Muro]
No problem at all. Seeing the internet flooded with poorly drawn penises makes it all worth it. :-) comments.deviantart.com/47/707…

At time of writing, my name appears at the top of the Top Scores for both the Get Puzzled and the Snowball Fight lists: www.deviantart.com/puzzle/10th… & www.deviantart.com/puzzle/snow… . Yes, a program was used to accomplish those times, though I would like to point out that I wrote every line of code of the program myself, rather than using something off-the-shelf (so to speak) that others used (to slow the clock of their computer). My point in doing so, if there should be a point, is showing that dA has recognized a problem but failed to fix it, and even continues to build on the same flawed system. When the Puzzled Flash app first came out, people were exploiting it in very much the same manner as they do now. The response of the staff was to clear the High Scores a total of two times (within a few days of the launch of the app). With this most recent release of the Snow Flash app, no changes were made and the same problem still exists. I feel it should be very clear that either the scores should be regularly cleared (or by default only show the highest scores for the week/month or something like that so that faked scores are not a permanent blight on the site), or not have any Top Scores at all (or even better would be to compare your scores with your friends, limiting the exposure and removing the ability to cheat in a public manner). Anyone with access to the proper tools can fake scores in the app, and relying on no one to ever do so is ridiculous - the app therefore was not designed correctly for its intended purpose and should be fixed accordingly. But like so many other things, from forum posts being permanently lost after three days (the forums have not been searchable for the past two years) to News not being available for groups the--last--hope.deviantart.com… or after a certain point for personal accounts aro-chan.deviantart.com/art/Su… - if it wasn't fixed in the original design cycle, it's destined to remain broken for all users to contend with.

Suggestions Forum Revamp forum.deviantart.com/devart/su…

Being a GM is a double-edged sword. The good outweighs the bad and I have more friends than detractors. my.deviantart.com/notes/#1_0/2…

It's very saddening to see such an important, core feature of the site removed diamondie.deviantart.com/journ…

I can't draw, so I compensate by proofreading comments.deviantart.com/4/1603…

<spyed> I hate trolls.
#Auditorium Featured Chat 3/14/11 news.deviantart.com/article/14…

We always aim for these features to be great, but sometimes we miss the mark and have to revisit their implementation. hq.deviantart.com/blog/3964248…

Why can't we simply up the number [of search results] and be done with it? IT'S HARD!
heidi.deviantart.com/journal/3…

Reaching Mars is hard
spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/sp…

Could and should we have pre-announced the change, explaining when it was coming and why it was needed? Yes, absolutely.
heidi.deviantart.com/journal/3…

One of the main issues we're currently working on is the network architecture of how "official" deviantART information is distributed.
hq.deviantart.com/blog/3964248…

We will be releasing some public facing API's this year.
news.deviantart.com/article/14… www.deviantart.com/developers/…

In v.8 you will have that possibility [to fav journals] comments.deviantart.com/5/3979…

I am quite against FAVE TEH JOURNALS, because that would be another race of popularity comments.deviantart.com/5/3979…

How can one moderator put [my work] up as a DD and another see it as explicit porn? saphirenishi.deviantart.com/jo…

But, if we find a way to get around [comments made by a banned user being attributed to a new user with the same name], [reclaiming of banned accounts] could totally happen
comments.deviantart.com/5/3999…

:plotting: Ok, correct me if I'm missing the obvious, but what if comments made by a banned user were hidden, much like spam messages are now, so instead of "Hidden by Owner" or "Flagged as Spam", there's a new tag "User has been Banned" - there is no longer a record other than the fact a comment was made, and there's no longer a tie to the account that was banned. So once old comments are hidden, and the account name removed from the other users following the banned user, the banned account name could be treated as a fresh entity with no prior history. I figure this system wouldn't be too different from the current setup since banned accounts cannot respond to comments at present, the only major loss I foresee would be that comments made by banned users would not be able to be referenced anymore, but given that a banned user may have commented inappropriately elsewhere on the site and the comments have not been hidden, this may be a benefit to sanitizing the content displayed on dA once a user is banned. The new user could also face a small problem if the original account spammed a lot to the point they are on many users' block lists, meaning the new user would still be blocked by many users. I presume this setup would be desirable over removing the new account from all blocked lists on the off chance the new account is claimed by the same user who got their account banned in the first place. However, I'd envision a waiting period between when an account is banned and when it can be reclaimed to discourage the same user from picking up the account immediately after they're banned using proxies or some other technique to get around the current roadblocks that are in place to keep users from ban evading.
Would this be a viable solution to the problem you pose? comments.deviantart.com/5/3999…

3.) So... what's with the gender transformation of Caramel?
3a.) Different people working on different scenes, without telling each other about a random colour swap they did on a BG pony? ... But I prefer the Fanon.
www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04…

I see people claim they are bored with deviantART, or that they don't like how things are here, so they sign up for other communities and networks chix0r.deviantart.com/journal/…

9. 1,131,831 #teentitans July 2005
The most interesting? #teentitans receives 6,500 hits per day on average, and they're a club with a listed hierarchy in the most recent journal that appears to always be there. spyed.deviantart.com/journal/C…

MLP-FiM 145K total pgvs, 4K pgvs/day
EqD 20Million Pageviews, 200K pgvs/day

MLP-FiM 15K watchers
/r/mylittlepony 20K followers

Maybe one day [us regular users] will all be cool enough to get badges too.
comments.deviantart.com/5/4300…

Why can subscribed users not incorporate YouTube videos into Journals?
Because it was not coded in to the journal system when it was first developed. support.deviantart.com/request…

dA may not be going down the toilet, but I really don't see it going up hill. comments.deviantart.com/1/7003…

I'm not sure dA is the place for me anymore ... if you feel like keeping up with what I'm doing you can find me on Facebook and Google+ chilipalmer.deviantart.com/jou…

A lot of artists are not business people
comments.deviantart.com/5/4163…

Yes, you read that right I've decided to leave dA. I won't be reactivating my account, so you won't see me back here, ever. It's been a great 8+ years but I just don't think dA is the place for me anymore. My activity on the site has pretty much dropped to zero. This account will be closed on September 1st. If you feel like keeping up with what I'm doing you can find me on Facebook and Google+
So long and thanks for all the fish... chilipalmer.deviantart.com/jou… Tue Aug 30, 2011, 6:34 PM

i am rarely using Deviantart nowadays and will stop using it from now on completely
so from now on i´ll post News and new Paintings on my Website only and will Link them on Facebook only raybender.deviantart.com/journ…

What irks me is the way this website is managed. For every thing that is being improved two are being terribly messed up. akreon.deviantart.com/art/devi…

I've decided to delete more of my works here in DA and only leave the most recognized ones ... I think it's time to move to different stage ... Hope you can follow me ... My work from now on will be posted on my blog and forum in Concept art and sometimes via Facebook reiq.deviantart.com/journal/St…

He's not shilling links to a website and none of the activity on the account warrants administrative action, bot or not
marikbentusi.deviantart.com/jo…

I find you one of more intellectual and understanding deviants
comments.deviantart.com/5/4370…

"Solutions are not the answer." - Richard Nixon

if we do not make changes then we are killed by change itself
spyed.deviantart.com/journal/A…

2+2+2+2+2+2+2+2+2+2+2+2+2+2-2+2*0
= 0
griffsnuff.deviantart.com/jour…

I am indifferent, I am on the fence, I am the 50%

If you are not an artist, you are to play [a] role of encouragement spyed.deviantart.com/journal/W…

As servants to your creativity, we mean it when we say we love you. All we ask is that you give that love back to your fellow artists and strive to be true deviants.
spyed.deviantart.com/journal/W…

We still need the best and brightest, but we need them to have somehow learned humility along the way. www.nytimes.com/2011/11/06/opi…

Since no other outcome to this process seems possible, we demand that the [body in charge] immediately assign a [subordinate] to compose a tame and vapid response to this petition, and never attempt to take any meaningful action on this or any other issue. We would also like a cookie
wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#…

dA corporate circles the wagons, closing themselves off from criticism comments.deviantart.com/1/2711…

you guys never get tired asking for more settings, then complain about UI looking like control panel of the nuclear power plant :) comments.deviantart.com/46/156…

Customer perception is everything, and the minute your company is perceived as not-giving-a-damn... that's it. Game over. comments.deviantart.com/1/2711…

I want to leave DeviantArt, but I don't know where else to go vsri.deviantart.com/journal/I-…

Instead they post about how we will all love it, with plenty of :la: emotes
comments.deviantart.com/1/2716…

it's like they went into a classroom and picked the kids who kiss the teachers ass the most. comments.deviantart.com/1/2716…

They don't notice the unhappy people around here at all. Look how many former former volunteers are saying things comments.deviantart.com/1/2716…

It seems like every former volunteer I know is very VERY bitter about DA now comments.deviantart.com/1/2716…

But why do you want to leave, Bill? comments.deviantart.com/1/2730…

You cannot get more high profile than having your work featured as a DD. The amount of care put into the description should be equal to that level of prestige lolly.deviantart.com/journal/N…

People are frankly tired of just being told dA is fucking great and huge and massive and the best shit out there since Tommy Lee discovered cocaine enemas lolly.deviantart.com/journal/N…

Personally, I've lost all interest here on DA and I think it's time I leave for good blueshinewolf.deviantart.com/j…

FOR OUR NAME IS BRONIES! AND WE ARE MANY! www.equestriadaily.com/2011/12…

Then, I had it very bluntly pointed out to me that hot topics have a dollar value due to the exposure, and the importance of keeping them to a minimum so the dollar value could be increased so they could be sold to sponsors for stupid soda contests comments.deviantart.com/1/2744…

"DeviantArt loves you" ... it feels like it's lip service. comments.deviantart.com/1/2740…

Some have asked why I'm leaving. When it boils down to it, I have lost trust and faith in deviantArt's staff. Behind that loss is a mountain of issues: vsri.deviantart.com/journal/Th…

This year (2011), the company nearly doubled in size citizenaim.deviantart.com/jour…

I've never been able to get into DeviantArt, personally, but I do think Pixiv is pretty frickin’ awesome, and I think some of you will love it too www.tofugu.com/2011/12/15/japa…

I really don't see the point of continuing with this website. I lost interest and it's becoming dull nowadays. I feel kinda left out so I decided it's time to pack and go. f4814n.deviantart.com/journal/…

art or not, they cannot deny that it IS a deviation. the--last--hope.deviantart.com…

heidi.deviantart.com/journal/d…

Nice to see another dA dev who doesn't have a Bachelors in CS :P
Actually a lot of us, if not the majority, don't! comments.deviantart.com/1/2753…

Google response to gmail outage
gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/09…

there is a dangerous crusade underway to deprive workers of rights, and this crusade masquerades as tort reform
www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/com…

I love to study the history of technology development. The common thread is that most people don't believe it til they see it. But the ones who reap great rewards are the ones who see what it can be before it's there.
www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments…

[I wish we could see] comments based on deviations, page, or journals
comments.deviantart.com/1/2770…

[I wish we could] filter messages so anything from your friends gets put to the front
comments.deviantart.com/1/2770…

I'm a software engineer [on dA and] I might skim over critical journals and upset comments, but I'm not the one handling them or responsible for the matters at stake, so I don't engage kouiskas.deviantart.com/journa…
I have recently tried to be a lot more active on the site, to watch tons more people comments.deviantart.com/1/2786…

I was a 22-year-old whippersnapper, and I remember firing off this e-mail that disagreed with the entire executive staff. I didn't get fired -- I got a pat on the back www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-m-…

Citing two longtime liberal champions of the First Amendment, Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, Mr. Dodd fumed, “No one can seriously believe Pat Leahy and John Conyers can be backing legislation to block free speech or break the Internet.” www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/tec…

The Iraq War—the issue that made Obama the nominee—has been ended on time and, vitally, with no troops left behind www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek…

Focus on the good and change the bad, that's all you can do. www.reddit.com/r/Frugal/commen…

What does the ISS smell like?
"It smells clean, like a tidy laboratory, with a hint of machine." www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments…

Engineers use the world's combined scientific and mathematical knowledge to tackle problems and offer the best solution www.reddit.com/r/EngineeringSt…

To date we have 1,751,058,461 Favourites ... What if all of you Watchers of mine got a notification when I +Favourited something? liquisoft.deviantart.com/journ…

Don't believe everything you read, always test stuff, always www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZg5IV…

We're one of the 100 most visited websites worldwide www.deviantart.com/developers/… www.alexa.com/siteinfo/deviant…

Basically Republicans are being eaten alive by their own propaganda machine
www.reddit.com/r/politics/comm…

Finally, it's just you and your sanity standing naked, trying to get up the last stretch of the mountains. With a sparkle in your eye and a maniacal laugh you throw your sanity into the fire. www.reddit.com/r/EngineeringSt…

May I inquire as to the whyness of that? www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/com…

The world is a stage and the play is badly cast

He said it does not make sense to try and lower costs by canceling the programs that were specifically established to find ways to save money www.spacenews.com/military/120…

it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Sag…

Only an engineer can build a bridge that's just on the edge of falling down www.reddit.com/r/AskEngineers/…

Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you options www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/com…

The barrier of entry to pet ownership is often too low and allows people to recklessly purchase a pet without considering long-term costs. www.reddit.com/r/aww/comments/…

Satellite Career Appeal: The technology is very sexy www.sspi.org/resource/resmgr/F…

Whenever I'm thinking about nothing at all I get a boner.
It's like natures screensaver. www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/com…

You should be evaluating what I say based on the factual merit of the content, not on some quality of me as a person. That's true in every aspect of life. www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments…

Fair Exposure sanguisgelidus.deviantart.com/… heidi.deviantart.com/journal/U…

Welcome to DeviantART, I love you www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8zNsU…

[Science is] self-correcting. Religion is not forum.deviantart.com/community…

I can update tumblr randomly all day, you know? DA not so easily...
slugbox.deviantart.com/journal…

Many would rely on infrastructure that will be refactored (e.g., Message Center) or that is in the process of being refactored (e.g., Search). zombiecoder.deviantart.com/jou…
Or more simply: the message center will be re-coded in the foreseeable future (probably within the next year 2012-2013 or so), as will the site search

We discourage any kind of scripting, automation, or extension that performs dA actions outside of the dA interface. comments.deviantart.com/1/3237…

As for username history, I dont believe we'd be making that API - this kind of history is semi-private and a reason for feature to exist comments.deviantart.com/1/3237…

So I got both a DD and a Facebook feature for my LA piece yesterday, and it finally just hit me how amazing this place is. All the love and support I've gotten here is mind-boggling to me. I would even go as far as to say that it's made my career. This is where I found my "audience", my first industry connections, fellow artist friends etc.
Deviantart, you're F****NG AWESOME andreewallin.deviantart.com/jo…


A lot of people have also complained about how groups are not user-friendly. Trust us... we know
deviantsgallery.deviantart.com…

You're playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers
Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Suits, Season 2 Episode 9

There is also a Suggestions Forum where you can make a thread or post in an existing one with your ideas. This forum is useful not only for getting your suggestion seen by dA, but also for getting feedback on it from other members. They will often respond with their opinion and with possible disadvantages of your idea.
Feedback from members, not staff. Opinions and disadvantages can be counted upon, do not expect praise or positive reinforcement
communityrelations.deviantart.…

idea - take in image, make invisible watermark that says text (like who the original was given to)

[Our technology team] is very responsive [to the community] for things that they ask for
www.thisweekinphoto.com/2012/t… 14:05

Idea: Where else you can find me widget: youtube, pinterest, reddit, etc

He did break down and tell his family. "I remember at the dinner table with great excitement explaining to my wife Susan and my daughter Bethany what it was we were doing," says Zare. And then he experienced something many parents can relate to when talking to their kids.
"Bethany looked at me and said, 'pass the ketchup.' So, not everybody was as excited as I was," he says.
Zare says in a way, scientists are like artists. Sharing what they do is a big part of why they get out of bed in the morning.
"How many composers would actually compose music if they were told no one else could listen to their compositions? How many painters would make a painting if they were told no one else could see them?" says Zare. It's the same for scientists. "The great joy of science is to be able to share it. And so you want to say, isn't this interesting? Isn't that cool?"
www.npr.org/2012/11/20/1655130…

And NO, I don't accept points, just like my landlord, insurance companies and supermarkets don't accept points. Can't pay real life bills with those.
dolphydolphiana.deviantart.com…

Cannot purchase your own work with an alternate account through premium content platform
comments.deviantart.com/1/3136…

Cannot cash out your own points through commissions with an alternate account
comments.deviantart.com/1/3477…

I still wish I could just upload them to DA hassle-free like how imgur works. I'm really, really not a fan of DA's interface, and the constant "Buy our premium service!" stickers are annoying.
www.reddit.com/user/AnObviousD… An-Obvious-Decoy

It's ironic that the very thing that shattered this image [of positivity] was the release of the film [BronyDoc]. www.reddit.com/r/mylittlepony/…

No worries, I like how the deviantART team always asks about things before/after they do them. It makes the site that much more fun and interactive to be on
comments.deviantart.com/1/3538…

[University Professors] look upon their body as a form of transport for their heads. It's a way of getting their heads to meetings
www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson…

I told my team earlier today, sometimes my role really effing sucks
spyed.deviantart.com/journal/T…

Gentrification on the internet
comments.deviantart.com/1/3580…

So before you slam a developer and tell them they should be fired or that they have no idea how to make a game etc. Think about the impact that actually has on the person at the other end who invested years of their life into this game, not just 60 bucks.
www.reddit.com/r/SimCity/comme…

I gave artists very simple instructions like, "This is awesome! I want one! Just make it Ninja-styled like my Avatar!!" my.deviantart.com/art/New-Comm…
deviantART CEO, Angelo Sotira

The right way to structure any sort of representation of creative people is on a % basis. It is the only way to create alignment so that the interests of the creative and the interests of (in this case) a platform are the same. comments.deviantart.com/1/3594…

idea:
Claim Kiriian button - button for users to press to verify through dA they caught it rather than replying on screen caps

I've added/removed the Commission widget. One editing my page, I see "Misc (12)" and 13 widgets listed

I would consider it a great thing except dA takes 20% of the commission money/points paid to the artist. Plus, I'm a jewelry artist and my prices vary, often exceeding the permitted price limit here on dA. Instead I now go outside the commission system you have set up. There's no way I'm allowing anyone to take 20% of what I earn for the work I do. Etsy charges only $0.20 per listing, regardless of it being a custom item, and paypal/credit/debit cards take only a 4% fee, sometimes less, when I get paid by the buyer. When dA becomes more reasonable about how much they take from us artists I may use the dA system in the future. comments.deviantart.com/61/361…

I know the rest of users around dA have no fault if I block someone, but I think I also have the right to not promote some person I don't want to... at least in my own account.
comments.deviantart.com/1/3502…

dA has historically had an interestingly shallow interest in third party development
support.deviantart.com/entries…

It's just aggravating to pay so much for memberships and not have all someone needs in order to fully enjoy DA
comments.deviantart.com/1/3811…

Yes dA has its faults. Yes I'd love to change things about it. Yes I'm actively working to make those things better and make the changes we ALL want and the site NEEDS. But despite its failings and because of its successes I am what I am.
zilla774.deviantart.com/journa…

thank you for being one of the people that keeps this amazing site wronging
comments.deviantart.com/1/3713…

dA's [...] desire to remain autonomous and isolated is really... REALLY... one of my favorite things about this site at a business level.
comments.deviantart.com/1/3858…

highly-developed data mining/exploratory data analysis skills, as well as knowledge of experimental best practices
deviantart.theresumator.com/ap…

"More Like This" ... changes everything
www.reddit.com/r/technology/co…

As someone who has helped create the oAuth API at dA when I worked here, I know that adding new API's are taking very seriously and heavily scrutinized because once they add an API call it's hard to get rid of it (They want to keep it simple and not have different versions of the API). Everyone also has to realize that dT can't make any decisions when it comes to adding features to dA that includes the API's. When a API suggestion is brought to their attention they pass it to people who can make those decisions which include but is not limited to Randomduck, Mccann, Spyed, and Pachunka. With that said, I'm not going to defend the issues with helpdesk and the developers email issues but at the same time I know behind the scenes they do read them.

API Suggestion Section is a great idea, but I do think dA does need a more extensive API (I believe that it will come with time). I know that there are issues that needs to be resolved first ... Such as the message center revamp, Their not going to create an API for the current message center just to release a new API in the future. I can say that they do plan to add new API calls as they develop new features and redo older ones, but in my opinion they have bigger things to worry about and work on then the API (Which I can't elaborate on cause of NDA).
support.deviantart.com/entries…

good bye
Krissi001
comments.deviantart.com/1/4044…

They're engineers, they damn well better be one dimensional because when your ass is strapped to a rocket the size of a small building you want the most obtuse, OCD motherfucker combing over whether or not Bob in the cubicle over designed that one o-ring to spec
www.reddit.com/r/funny/comment…

Regarding asking "nicely", how much sugar are we supposed to coat things in? Most people I talk to state that they seldom get responses to any questions. If they do read it, that's cool. However, the lack of any describable response results in developers feeling incredibly marginalised. More than they apparently are. It's frustrating when you're essentially met with a brick wall.
support.deviantart.com/entries…

Plato (Republic, Book VI) argues that democracy is inferior to various forms of monarchy, aristocracy and even oligarchy on the grounds that democracy tends to undermine the expertise necessary to properly govern societies. In a democracy, he argues, those who are experts at winning elections, and nothing else, will eventually dominate democratic politics. Democracy tends to emphasize this expertise at the expense of the expertise that is necessary to properly govern societies. The reason for this is that most people do not have the kinds of talents that enable them to think well about the difficult issues that politics involves. But in order to win office or get a piece of legislation passed, politicians must appeal to these people's sense of what is right or not right. Hence, the state will be guided by very poorly worked out ideas that experts in manipulation and mass appeal use to help themselves win office.
plato.stanford.edu/entries/dem…

Then there is the question of whether there is a shortage of engineers in the United States. Salaries are the best indicator of shortages. In most engineering professions, salaries have not increased more than inflation over the past two decades.
articles.washingtonpost.com/20…

deviantART also lacks good mobile support
karzahnii.deviantart.com/journ…

They know when you are sleeping. They know when you're awake. They know if you've been bad or good... so encrypt for goodness sake.
www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments…

It's going on a year now that we're back on track, and you guys are about to get a load of changes to reflect that. All summer, all winter. Changes, improvements, and more changes.
spyed.deviantart.com/journal/D…

If you receive a 500 error it is reasonable for your client to retry that request for a maximum of three retires. We allow for a certain amount of failure within our cluster so retrying is expected.
www.deviantart.com/developers/…

very interesting feedback. Going to highlight this one.
comments.deviantart.com/1/4671…

Are unbiased poll results better?
comments.deviantart.com/14/467…

Welcome to deviantART, I love you
comments.deviantart.com/1/4858…

deviantART [wants] to avoid site-wide implementation of credit card protocols and their proprietary API’s which can cause systems failure when implemented
help.deviantart.com/899/

Anyone trying for a piece of that pie [facebook and twitter] finds themselves licking crumbs off the plate.
comments.deviantart.com/1/4900…

they don't read anything we say
comments.deviantart.com/1/4900…

spyed sent the same comment to at least 20% of all users on dA in 2003
comments.deviantart.com/1/4972…

There is no question that DeviantArt is green.
spyed.deviantart.com/journal/B…

regardless, the community will come to accept it, good or bad.
theryanford.deviantart.com/jou…

look at how DDS change popularity over time:
joeyjazz.deviantart.com/journa…

I'll be posting on a tablet app going forward since it's easier to use than DA
www.deviantart.com/art/Tasoli-…

the best way to avoid failure is to fail constantly
blog.codinghorror.com/working-…

Simplifying the site by simplifying the jargon. This idea is double plus good
comments.deviantart.com/1/5343…

I don't use [DeviantArt] much
blitzpony.deviantart.com/journ…

"i am anxious to see how it will be handled"
"It probably won't be handled, at best I might get an email or skype message from someone, but I'm not holding my breath."
Former staff commenting on non-responsive administration within DeviantArt comments.deviantart.com/1/5481…

I hang out on Reddit [...] feeling of a significant increase in engagement between the admins and the community, and that's down to the fact that AMAs and announcements get posted, and are open for comments from all members.
done.
comments.deviantart.com/1/5481…

Woah, what a concept
spyed.deviantart.com/journal/D…

it often feels staff [don't] reply [to comments]
comments.deviantart.com/1/5551…

[Alpha testing] was mostly replaced by A/B testing and tracking how user sets interacted with the changes. The issue was that power users don't always use features in the same way as the masses.
comments.deviantart.com/1/5580…

I hardly do anything for the community anymore because I wonder what is the point?
comments.deviantart.com/1/5481…

Goes to show getting the best program or the most powerful computer, doesn't mean much. You have to focus on your art abilities, not the program, for its just another tool. Like a pencil.
www.deviantart.com/art/Dash-Mi…

Are *contests* prohibited by DeviantArt?
Any system of awarding which involves a random factor to determine the outcome would be considered a game of chance.
i.imgur.com/omPfEWS.png

predict adcast change
comments.deviantart.com/1/5636…

I just wanted to come back and thank you a ton for this. You introduced me to writing scripts and my online experience in the last 15 months has been VASTLY improved by it. :heart:
comments.deviantart.com/1/3502…

Usually anything art that I follow is either on pinterest or tumblr
comments.deviantart.com/1/5807…

why you would use this [DeviantArt] less which lets you put high res files of your work over social media accounts.
Social media reaches a lot of people, but more importantly is easier to maintain. Sadly I don't have any time for personal art as I once did and I feel deviantart should be more focused on that, as opposed to client work.
comments.deviantart.com/1/5807…

I've abandoned this page in favor of few other sites. Over the years DA has become not the best place not only to promote art but to search art too.
don-ko.deviantart.com/journal/…

My excuse to [stay on DeviantArt] was because I moderated a group I felt was important for the community to keep up, but that group is now dead.
It's dead because there aren't enough of competent people who could help run it. Everyone sensible leaves. It's a sensible thing to do for a sensible person.
Maybe I should finally leave too.
neotheta.deviantart.com/journa…

To all the staff members that were unceremoniously laid off...
lintu47.deviantart.com/journal…

This happened last time I made a purchase with the [Commission] widget. One reason I always be certain to ask before I use [it]. [...] was told transactions could take two weeks to clear
was told transactions could take two weeks to clear
pending payment in the earnings section.?
I'll go ahead and send them again to the donation pool
blasted widget has put me in a annoying-paperwork-jargon slump [...] bad mood
Unless you're going to be transferring money to paypal, or doing ALOT of business it seems best to use the donation [widget]
Yeah, I should probably switch to using the Donate Pool
comments.deviantart.com/1/5981…
comments.deviantart.com/1/5981…

Commissions

test3
  • Commission Description must be between 10 and 10,000 characters

DAta Mining 10.1 - Dead Daily Deviations

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 25, 2015, 4:33 AM
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Summary

If/when fully autonomous driver-less cars become mainstream, will people still listen to the radio?

What was the effect of removing DD's from the footer and from the Today page?  The audience viewing DD's was reduced by 80%.

Paranatural is an awesome webcomic.  I've been reading it for the past year and I think it deserves recognition for good art mixed with clever humor.



Passing Thought

It seems much of radio advertising is targeted at commuters listening to radio in the car.  If/when fully autonomous driver-less cars become mainstream, will people still listen to the radio?  Will radios go the way of the newspaper?

DAta Mining

Below I discuss my methods for data collection, analysis and conclusions concerning "Dead Daily Deviations".

In mid-October last year DA changed the site footer to remove Daily Deviations.  There was much consternation among the userbase concerning this change, but DA remained adamant.  Since then users have adopted the term Dead Daily Deviation to describe the distinct drop in exposure DDs now bring.  Enough time has passed that we can now reliably compare the effect of DD's before and after this site change.

I used the developer tools provided by DA to collect the list of 91,000 DD's that have been given away in the 15 years since this site was founded.  I used the same tools to collect every fav ever given to these deviations.  This was a lot of data (125 million records), and DA heavily throttles access to these resources (:X), so it took over a month to collect this data.

I broke the data up by month.  Here's a plot of the number of DD's given each month.



That rate peaked around the end of 2011 and start of 2012.  Recently I've been investigating an apparent peak in DA's popularity around that time and subsequent decrease in activity of the userbase.  I wonder if the rate of DDs being given out might be linked with the change in site engagement?

Anyway, one easy way to compare the effect of DD's over time is to sum up how many favs are received 24 hours after a DD is awarded



From this you already notice a dip at the far right indicating a drop in the effectiveness of DD's.

Let's look at the data another way.  For each month, the data is added together by hour, with the time of the DD award used as the zero point.  As an example comparison, see April in 2014 and April in 2015 below.



This doesn't control for the number of DDs given (there were about 35% fewer in April 2015 than 2014).

There are a few effects when looking at this raw fav data.  There is a daily fluctuation - favs are given at the greatest rate when users are online but dwindle when the world slumbers. There is also a decaying exponential effect that occurs right after an artwork is posted (not shown in images in this article).  As you might imagine a work of art receives the most notoriety right after being published and viewed by watchers or even the site's front page.  After this burst of exposure, the number of favs given trails off to a steady trickle.  For this reason my analysis ignores any DDs awarded within 5 days of the artwork being published.

I use the favs from five days prior to the DD award to normalize the data.  From this I get a "Popularity Boost" metric.  A ratio of 1 theoretically means there is no effect, whereas a value of 10 would mean that artwork is 10x more popular than normal.



And here's the same data on a linear scale



From this we see that in April 2014, receiving a DD had an average popularity boost of 87 for the 24 hours following the DD award.  Compare this with a little over 500 a year prior.  Comparing these two data points, the exposure of artworks given DDs dropped over 80% based on the fav rate after DA changed the site layout.

Let's plot that 24-hour average boost ratio by month.



I've draw the 2-sigma boundary around the data from 2009 all the way up until DDs were removed from the footer, which I've marked in red.  This region, when normalized for external factors, shows long term stability.  I show the 2-sigma limits because statistically, the data is likely to lie within this region, due to random factors, 95% of the time.  So when you see data after October 2015 consistently lie below the lower limit, it is clear that random factors are not at play.  Removing DDs from the footer had a profound and measurable effect.

:) Questions and Comments encouraged

DAta Mining Series
dAta Mining 1 - account type breakdown
dAta Mining 2.1 - point transfers
dAta Mining 2.2 - points followup
dAta Mining 3.1 - comments per day, number of banned/closed accounts
dAta Mining 3.2 - official verification of data mining numbers
dAta Mining 4  - group watchers
dAta Mining 5  - global activity
dAta Mining 5.2 - deviousness genders
dAta Mining 6 - user demographics
dAta Mining 7.1 - art and journal posting rates
dAta Mining 7.2 - deviation title keywords
dAta Mining 7.3 - premium memberships updated
dAta Mining 8.1 - user activity
dAta Mining 8.2 - source of submissions by join date
DAta Mining 8.3 - Friend Folders
DAta Mining 9.1 - Site-wide commenting rates
DAta Mining 9.2 - Site-wide art posting rates





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Sitting-Brain Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That just confirms suspicions that the DD's lost much of their prestige and no longer help the artist the way they used to. They are more of a recognition award than popularity boost, since they are awarded to people who are mainly already popular.

I am curious where the DD public went. Which sections attracted them, since they no longer browse DDs.
Also - reading your ToDos I was intrigued by the fav-watch corellation notion. My wild guess is that this happens mostly in situations where the rest of persons gallery doesn't strike you as attractive or worth following. Watches usually follow more than one fav, at least for me.

I am really curious about this stuff and I'm going to dig through the rest of your analysis in a moment. I guess that's my computer science quirk :D 

Sorry for my incoherent rambling. Great piece of data analysis, keep up the good work, you marvelous person!
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:iconparallellogic:
parallellogic Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Hmm, I very much agree.  I feel like dismantling the publicity of DDs broke a fundamental element of what drove artists to make not just good or routine art, but the best and most unique art across the site.  Conversely, users were driven to a small set of artworks which inevitably sparked drama wherever disagreements arose - it may not seem like a desirable thing, but it gave the community character.

~I am curious where the DD public went. Which sections attracted them, since they no longer browse DDs.
I get the impression much of what attracts users now is offsite.  If users are staying on site and changing their browsing habits, I can't think f an easy-to-access set of data to analyze the trends.

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reading your ToDos I was intrigued by the fav-watch corellation notion
:roll: Jeez, that's been on there for years, I really should look into actually knocking out some of those action items at some point.

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Watches usually follow more than one fav, at least for me.
:) Interesting.  Personally I tend to either fav 1-2 artworks from an artist (if I find only their best work noteworthy) or follow them (if I truly like all their work), but not both :shrug:

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I am really curious about this stuff and I'm going to dig through the rest of your analysis in a moment.
:ahoy: Feel free to comment on any of my journals if anything strikes your interest - this stuff still intrigues me even if I haven't had the time to pursue it as vigorously as-of-late.

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I guess that's my computer science quirk :D (Big Grin)
=p Same here

~Great piece of data analysis, keep up the good work
:aww: Thank you kindly
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:iconsitting-brain:
Sitting-Brain Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope I find time to dig through your results. It looks like it's going to be an interesting read ;)
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Policy-Pup Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Student General Artist
Is there any possible way to add a clickable image to my page, but the link is not to the image, rather to somewhere else?
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:iconparallellogic:
parallellogic Featured By Owner 4 days ago
The typical method is to use hyperlink html markup tags, though I doubt they will work for non-core members unless they've changed something in the last year or two.

Try something like:
<a href="http://parallellogic.deviantart.com/"><img src="http://a.deviantart.net/avatars/p/a/parallellogic.gif?2" /></a>
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:icontomsmanga:
TOMSMANGA Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
How do you make a status?
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:iconparallellogic:
parallellogic Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
Top of the page here:
www.deviantart.com/watch/
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:iconbanderi:
Banderi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a lot of amazing info! Great job! :0
Say.. wouldn't you happen to know if there is a way to know the number of current online users by the hour (or by the minute, even)?
I was looking a bit around, but can't find nothing, even if I heard some people found a daily counter somewhere. I was interested in doing some research about day times, views and such by building a real-time graphic of the statistics, but had no luck :/
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:iconparallellogic:
That data used to be available on the old Today page, but alas the staff nixed it.  I made my opinion known on that matter at the time but it didn't go anywhere.

I did delve into the data a little prior to the change.  Refer to the last plot here:
deviantART - Data Mining I.
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I had a smidgen of free time this summer, so I dusted off some old data mining code and got to work cataloging dA's userbase – I thought I'd share my results.
The number of users on dA has grown remarkably steadily over the years, I was honestly expecting a trend with a lot more stops and starts

And you can look at that as the number of users who join each month:

There are two key regions I noticed in the data, one around the beginning of 2004 and the other around late 2006 where the number of users joining suddenly jumped, presumably due to some advertising campaign. Today you see about 9 new accounts created every minute on average.
The data before 2002 is rather spotty since there aren't quite as many users to sample from, and I'm extrapolating.
Of course what's actually more interesting is the breakdown of the types of users.  All the data I've collected is looking at dA as it appears n


You can also see a similar trend in the commenting rates
deviantART - Data Mining 6 - User Demographics.
Status
Status
Life goes on.  If anyone's curious, I'll post a more complete life update in a future journal, but suffice it to say I finished my thesis, graduated and am currently looking for a job.
Analysis
I've claimed before that a sizable portion of deviantART's userbase are kids still in school (who are interested in fan art).  I didn't really have any numbers to substantiate that claim until now.
I have a couple spiders that have been running for about a year now.  One tracks comments posted (the id number of the comment and the time stamp) circa the Today page.  The other script sits in the world page and watches how many comments are posted.  The objective is to gauge when and where comments are coming from.
I took the data set from the Today page and plotted out how many comments were posted per minute depending on the time of day.  From the plot yo
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:iconbanderi:
Banderi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I see... that's unfortunate. Well, there's always other websites to try.
Still, that's a load of useful data! Thanks a bunch for the info, keep up the amazing work :D
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:icontomsmanga:
TOMSMANGA Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
I having trouble with the submission process, can you help me with this one?
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:iconparallellogic:
parallellogic Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
What's the issue?
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:icontomsmanga:
TOMSMANGA Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
There was a glitch where we couldn't upload art that we intended to submit, but it seems to be fixed now.
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KingAsylus91 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Excuse me, but my friend :icontomsmanga: doesn't know about point commissions. Do you mind to explain to him about them?
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:icontomsmanga:
TOMSMANGA Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
I don't need the explanation, I think you need it.
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nergling Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
Dude are you still data mining these days? I ask as I am interested in dead accounts, i.e. those with no activity of any kind. Is there a reason why inactive for 10yrs+ accounts can't be returned to the community? For instance the breaking of links to that page creating more "sorry this page is unavailable" pages than dA would like (I think Google has a reduction in page rank algorithm for pages that host many broken links) etc. Thoughts?
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:iconparallellogic:
parallellogic Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
~Dude are you still data mining these days?
8-) 'Sup brah, cha' totally.

Or more specifically I've been loaded with 50% overtime at work for the past half-year and am sitting on a lot of data I simply haven't had the time to analyze. When I get a day off somewhere in here I'll do a follow-up to the Dead Daily Deviations stuff.

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Is there a reason why inactive for 10yrs+ accounts can't be returned to the community?
There's no technical reason you couldn't reuse unused usernames.  If you watch really closely you'll see the staff do actually reuse old accounts for niche purposes.  One recent example is where spyed took the abandoned angelo account and changed the user's name to angelo4.  Once the name "angelo" was no longer used, spyed claimed the account for his own use.  Normally it is impossible to claim an old username like this, even after the original user changes the username.
web.archive.org/web/2012101006…

The problem is more policy than technical.  If you have account "X" which you visit from time to time by typing the name into a search engine (ie you don't click a direct link to get to the page) then you may be surprised one day to find that the person behind the account is suddenly not who you think it is.  If one user is abusive and then gets banned, then if their username becomes immediately available, then other users might try to claim it to drum up more drama. The same user may even try to re-claim their own name.

Re-using abandoned names is tricky too because there's a question about whether or not the original user may return some day to re-use the account - I created deviantSEARCH and haven't used it in three years, so should someone be able to use it?  Do all unused usernames have to go back into the pool of "available" names or only the ones someone wants?  For example, do I keep my alternate account until someone wants it and makes a request for it?  So then the question becomes one of how long a proper grace period is between when a username is unused or gets banned before it can be re-used again.

You need to develop machinery/procedures for resolving disputes between old and new users claiming a username.  You have the drama caused by disputes.  If everyone knows when a username is going to become available, you end up with a sniper war with multiple users trying to claim it.  You could end up with a market of username-squatters like with domain-name-squatting - people could claim names just so they could sell them at a premium to users who really want the username.  I don't think re-using old usernames is straight forward and the DA staff currently seem more focused on the mobile side of the site.

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I ask as I am interested in dead accounts, i.e. those with no activity of any kind.
I do also have some un-analyzed data from a while ago where I crawled the entire site and stored basic stats for about one-third of the entire user base.  From that you could probably see how many accounts are "active" based on pageviews and number of watchers.

You can probably get a pretty good sense of inactivity from the data I've already posted though - only one-third of all accounts have been used long enough to set their avatar.  For every user you see around you, know that there exist two accounts that have likely never been used.
deviantART - Data Mining 8.1 - User Activity.
Status
Overview
Still looking for work, nothing promising yet.  Also, I hate Daylight Savings Time, it messes up my programs.
Below I track the occurrence of keywords in journal titles.  I also review the data from a truly random survey of deviantART users and attempt to identify when users go inactive.  As with the previous analysis, you can see dA's growth stagnate over the past two years.
Commission
Cenit-v has completed another rendition of my character.  I started out with a very vague notion of the pose I wanted for this piece (I had more of a "swooping" short animation in my head rather than a still image).  I think he did a great job of capturing the low-flying scene

Data Mining
Key Words in Journal Titles
As a follow up to my
dAta Mining 7.3 - Premium Memberships Update.
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Summary
The number of subscribed users (133,000) I listed in my previous dAta Mining reports were overstated by about 25%.  That's rather odd since spyed confirmed an even higher number (150,000) of PMs.  So either spyed announced an incorrect number or a third of all premium members have vanished in the past year.  I have a conspiracy theory.
Nothing to report on the home front aside from a minor cold I can't seem to shake.
dAta Mining
I mentioned previously that I am running a script on dA to collect stats on users across the site.  I have about a third of all users on dA cataloged right now, but I have yet to formally process the data.
While collecting data I noticed that roughly half of the users who had a premium membership when I first collected the data last year don't have PMs anymore.  This struck me as a rather

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:iconnergling:
nergling Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
I would say any accounts that have no activity since being created should not be able to be saved for no real reason, of all the original usernames (the one I pine after is alex) why should someone who hasn't used the site in 14yrs be able to keep it when they add nothing to the community? What we have now is every other user with some ridiculous numbers or dashes in their name rather than a proper username.

I don't know if there would be a domain squatting issue, if accounts weren't used of what real benefit is it to keep an account? If an admin simply took the unused username and re-activated it for use then it would again be a first come first served issue. I doubt the people that made hundreds of accounts when dA started were aiming to cash in on them 15yrs later? Maybe I don't know the economy of buying and selling domains but I personally wouldn't be interested in a 15yr investment to get a measly amount of money (possibly). It certainly wouldn't be an issue them logging in and making journals and submitting deviations just to keep the usernames as I suspect that would be too much of a hassle to them.

Impersonating wise if an account has never had any use like angelo4 or alex then there is no real issue with that. If a username has been banned for breaches of policy etc. then I would say that is different. Would we have people getting usernames banned simply to spite others into not having them? I don't know probably not, who has time to do something so pointless?

Like angelo says he has moved past the spyed persona, I too have moved past this persona and would love to just use my actual name. Maybe it just takes some volunteers to sit on the issue and work on it as a case by case basis?

I appreciate the mobile site needs working on but there are a lot of devs out there that want this. I did a poll recently and a solid 1/3 of them would love to change their name to a dead accounts. I suppose it's all down to man hours though isn't it, do we want to concentrate on superficial things like usernames or constructive stuff like the mobile site.

Well good chat, cheers for clearing up some stuff pal, keep on mining!
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
~(the one I pine after is alex)
:shrug: 160 watchers and 23,000 pageviews.  I just think it'd be tricky to define a specific limit for what accounts are considered "never active".  Accounts can be used on a daily basis for lurking but may have no comments/favs/etc.

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if accounts weren't used of what real benefit is it to keep an account?
How much would you pay to have the username alex if I had control of it?  Would you pay $50?

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Maybe I don't know the economy of buying and selling domains but I personally wouldn't be interested in a 15yr investment to get a measly amount of money (possibly).
I'm speaking more about the day the staff theoretically issue this account-reclaiming feature.  That day a domain squatter could swoop in and claim lots of accounts and then sell them to the highest bidder.

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If an admin simply took the unused username
The help desk staffing was recently cut in half due to budget constraints.  Using a human to moderate a non-profit activity is going to be a hard-sell.

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I doubt the people that made hundreds of accounts when dA started were aiming to cash in on them 15yrs later?
I think the staff may have taken the time to claim all the usernames that were words in the dictionary.  Even if you had a way to reclaim unused accounts, there may be some that may never be returned to active service.

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Maybe it just takes some volunteers to sit on the issue and work on it as a case by case basis?
With volunteers you need some sort of selling point to make the task interesting enough to moderate.  To me what you're describing is just bookkeeping and would be better suited for an automated routine.

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I did a poll recently and a solid 1/3 of them would love to change their name to a dead accounts.
On an unrelated I don't put a lot of stock in DA's polls; they're horrendously biased.  Response bias, confirmation bias, the fact you can't even randomize the poll options makes them a poor estimator for gauging population statistics.
Biased Poll Results.
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Biased Poll Results
As you may recall, I ran a poll a few days ago.  When I posted the poll, all the poll options were periods ".", so all options were the same (when the poll was done, the poll options were changed to numbers for easy identification).  This poll was aimed at identifying whether or not the fact that dA's decision to *not* randomize the poll options had any effect on the poll results.  If dA polls were exactly the same as polls where the poll options were randomized, then the results from dA's poll should be indistinguishable from a poll where the poll options were randomized.  Namely, when I posted this poll, all options should have gotten approximately the same number of votes, but as you can see below that clearly wasn't the case.

I'll admit I haven't brushed up on my stats in four


~Well good chat, cheers for clearing up some stuff pal, keep on mining!
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s3mp4i--4na Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Woa
I first found you because of you mentioning me in you're 'Discover Friends', and I got to admit, I love your art /)030(\
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
:) Thank you
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TOMSMANGA Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Hey what gives with D.A. just now? I was sending a link to friend here and it wouldn't let me send it because the site thinks it spam for some stupid reason.
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
I have not experienced this issue, so I don't know what the root problem is.  It's possible you're attempting to link to a site that DA has black-listed and are being prevented from doing so.
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TOMSMANGA Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
Okay, now I have quick question. How do I set one of my deviation into storage mode?
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
When you hover over the "Submit" button there's a drop down with "Manage Deviations" as an option:
www.deviantart.com/managedevia…
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