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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…

DAta Mining 9.2 - DA Dying Follow-up

Journal Entry: Mon May 18, 2015, 3:11 AM
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I talked with my Dad about the time my eight-foot-tall rocket exploded.  He remarked that it was a good life story and was worth writing down, so I've shared it below.

Update on the shrinking userbase on DA.

Story

The following is a recount of the events surrounding the biggest rocket launch I have ever been a part of.



The trip to the launch pad

This all happened a few years ago.  I was a member of the rocket club and our big launch for the year happened to be the evening after my last final exam.  Between a late exam time and dinner, I didn't get any sleep before the planned midnight meet up.  I was one of a half-dozen drivers carpooling people to launch site.

We were meeting at midnight because we were launching big rockets.  Big rockets go high in the air.  Going high in the air means you need special launch permission, the kind you can only get out in the middle of nowhere.  The middle of nowhere was an eight hour drive away, one way.

I set out with my four passengers at midnight.  The club did require the passenger remain awake to prevent the driver from dozing off, so I had company, but everyone in the backseat was out cold nearly the whole way there.

This was an eight hour drive in remote areas of Texas.  We had long runs of 70+ mph straightaways punctuated with stretches meandering around curvy hills.  The main concern was over-driving your own headlights and hitting a dear crossing the road.

The club planned out a few essentials.  We met up a Walmart that happened to be open at 3am.  We picked up sandwich makings and drinks for the long day ahead and hopped back on the road.

There was no light pollution out in the boonies.  The sparse clouds cleared a bit before dawn and we got some stunning views of the stars and milky way.  Clouds hung low over the rest stop we stopped at, so I didn't get any pictures.

We rode straight into the dawn sun which made it hard to see in spots.  We finally got off the freeway.  Our route would take us deep into crop land, so we topped off the tank at the last station we would pass on our outbound journey.

As soon as we got out of the gas station we were on un-maintained one-lane asphalt.  Cell phone service was known to be flaky, so we had our maps printed out in advance.  Barbed wire fences and unnamed roads sped past us, punctuating the barren fields.  We got a reprise when we came across railroad tracks.  A slow moving coal train gave us a good twenty minutes to get out of the car and stretch before resuming our journey.  We had at least one failed attempt to locate the obscure dirt turn off heading off the back road to our launch site.

The dirt beneath our tires was hard packed from all the heavy farming machinery that came before us.  However, the dirt everywhere else was dry and loosely packed, so your feet would easily sink in ankle deep.

Launch day

We had a slow start that morning.  We unpacked several tool chests of equipment: from glue and carbon fiber to screw drivers and hack saws.  We also weren't the only ones with tools though.  The whole launch event (paperwork) was actually organized by a separate organization, and they had their own rockets to launch.  While our horde outnumbered the rest of the rocketeers and spectators, we were merely guests.

I was a member of the team with the largest rocket.  My hobby has always been electronics, so I designed and programmed the payload.  The rest of the team fabricated the body, fins, skin and nose cone from scratch using freeware software and the tools available in the machine shop.

Prior to our trip out I had the distinct honor of listening to the nation's top upcoming rocket scientists discuss the most effective ways to ensure their rocket would perform more poorly.  This was my first high-powered rocket launch, but it was a long standing tradition in the club.  The previous year the organization hosting the launch had gotten approval for an extra half-mile maximum launch height above the already impressive five mile standard limit.  However, this year, we were informed that the extra launch height had not been approved.  The rocket had already been fabricated and assembled to perfectly hit that max apogee according to the software simulations, overachievers that we were.  In order to launch we had to provide simulation results predicting we would not exceed the limit.  It would be a waste to have assembled the whole rocket for naught, so the team put their thinking caps on.  The engine was a part we bought as a unit and couldn't modify.  Between the engine, payload and parachute there wasn't room in the body.  It came down to making the fins a half-foot thick or putting five pounds of ballast in the nose cone.  We went with a combination of the two.

One of the few safety precautions we abided by was keeping the rocket fuel isolated during transport.  On launch day we unwrapped six cylinders of solid green rocket propellant for the first time, each the size of a liter of milk.  They had a hole down the center to allow the flame to escape.  The plan was to shove these circular bricks into the rocket enclosure - a solid metal cylinder that was three or four feet tall.  Even though the enclosure and rocket propellant were manufactured by the same company, we quickly found the bricks were slightly too large.  So we grabbed some sand paper and started rubbing away the outer layer around each brick.  Each brick had a thin layer of cardboard around its perimeter, so while combustion did not appear to be an immediate threat, I thought of nothing else that hour.  Even after sanding, the bricks were a tight fit.  Running out of patience, we shoved the last brick into the engine as far as it would go, stood the rocket engine upside down on the ground and placed a plank over it.  A half dozen of us sat on the plank to shove the final brick into the engine enclosure.

I was reminded how slow these launch events could be sometimes.  I initially envisioned a rocket launch like a fire works display - one fired after the other.  In actuality a batch of up to four rockets would take off every ten or twenty minutes.  We were limited by the number of launch stands.  Each stand required a dedicated set of wires to travel the few hundred feet from the rocket pad to the lock-and-key control box.

The site operators rigged up a PA system.  They would boom out commands to stand back then start a count down.  Even if they didn't announce the count down, you could always hear the loud alarm every time they put the "armed" keys in the launch box.

Each rocket had a unique flame, ranging from bright blues to deep reds.  One rocket would take off - some simply vanished straight into the air, others took a few seconds to get their fuel up to temperature.  Either way they quickly transformed into a plume of exhaust extending straight up.  Fingers pointed skyward as everyone in the crowd tried to keep a close eye on the speck.  Those with eyes better than mine would shout "chute" when they saw the parachute fabric come out of the nose cone.  We kept an eye on the descending figure until it reached the ground, noting the direction to head to collect the remains.  The site operators routinely reminded us to wait until all rockets on the pad had launched before heading out to find our own.  While searching out your own rocket there was a risk, however unlikely, you could be distracted and get hit by another rocket as it descended, perhaps not so slowly as your own.

Of the ones that made it into the air, only half descended safely to the ground.  Many became "lawn darts", descending straight into the ground at tremendous speed without a chute to slow them down.

The rocket launch

And then there was ours.  Two team members hauled the eight foot behemoth out to the pad and we all had a hand in getting it hooked up to the launch equipment.  We spent over an hour out there.  I'll spare the intricate details, but we had two payloads inside, an off-the-shelf solution and mine.  They had trouble getting the COTS equipment to work correctly on launch day.  Due to that issue, mine ran out of juice before launch, causing further delays in order to replace the battery.

But at last everything was setup and checked out.  A few wise cracks chortled out of the PA system as we trudged back to the safe zone - light-hearted jokes at our expense for holding up the launch schedule for so long.

Snickering aside, our opportunity came quickly.  Camera in hand and countdown begun, I captured a square shot of the rocket on the pad.  Zero, and the breeze picked a few wisps of smoke out of the bottom of our stationary rocket.  There are all kinds of things that can go wrong in launching one of these contraptions, the most common one being that the engine simply does not ignite or gets snuffed out before starting a chain reaction.  That concern zipped through my mind, but immediately vanished into the air along with our rocket.  A loud crackling roar christened a successful, powerful, launch.  My camera caught little more than the contrail but you can hear my emphatic yell of "Woah!" quite clearly in the video.

I kept my eyes peeled for a chute, but knew I wouldn't see it.  I listened to the commentary from those around me.  One said they saw a chute, but it was far too soon.  Several others said it had broken apart.  Others swore they heard the boom of the vessel going super sonic.  The PA commanded everyone to look up and be aware of falling debris.

One kid dove under a car.  I watched him in odd befuddlement.  The wind was calm that morning as we headed towards midday.  Our rocket took off pretty close to vertical.  I wasn't sure what to believe.  I've seen rockets crash land before and it's common to have no salvageable parts. The rest of the team wanted to see their homemade rocket land successfully.  They would graduate that year and would not have another launch opportunity.  I wanted the data from the payload.  This was my second payload and I opted to keep it simple - a small battery to power only the data logger and no transmitting ability.

I was shocked and then my mind filled with questions as my payload landed a few dozen feet from me.  Heavily mangled, I did spot the distinctive blue of the Arduino processor.  Clearly the rocket had failed.  Several light flakes of rocket skin had started fluttering down around us.  My payload was originally in the center of the rocket body - in order for it to have separated the rest of the rocket must have blown to pieces.  However, a new possibility occurred to me - even if the rocket had failed, there was still the chance I could recover the data, and that data set would be far more interesting than a nominal trajectory.

I ambled over and picked up the debris to confirm my suspicions.  It was indeed my payload, or at least the important half of it.  I turned it over and released the breath I was holding as I spotted the microSD card dangling freely out of the slot.  The card holder was a simple push-to-lock-and-unlock system.  The rocket failure had dislodged it from the locked position, but it had miraculously stayed partially within the slot during the chaotic descent.  I was grateful as I pulled the card out the slot - I could have spent an eternity searching the barren fields without finding the little chip.  A voice interrupted my thoughts, reminding me to watch the sky for other falling debris.  The possibility of being hit by a much larger piece suddenly became much more plausible so I headed back.

We took shelter near a canopy, more for shade than protection.  It was like being caught In a meteor shower - we didn't know how long it would last or how many pieces were coming down - we just had to be careful.  Larger pieces fell to the ground in the distance.  The PA finally announced the all-clear.

The rest of the team jumped in a pickup and bounced into the bumpy fields.  I did an about-face and headed back to my truck.  I pulled my laptop from my bag and set about decoding the compressed data file.

Rocket data analysis

I forgot I discussed this before, so for the pictures of the rocket remains check out:
Fun with High Powered Rockets.
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Rocket
I mentioned back in February that I was part of a team designing a high-powered rocket.  We launched that rocket yesterday.
I designed the electronics payload:


If you're familiar with hobby electronics, you'll notice an Arduino in there.  We also flew a Mongoose IMU.  We were streaming about 40 sensors' to an SD card at 60Hz.  I'm rather proud of the data rate, another group from my school launched a rocket earlier this month, and their sole goal was the design of the rocket payload (whereas I'm the only person on my team working on this payload) and I was able to get 20x the data throughput that they got with the same hardware (they also saturated their sensors, meaning about half their data was completely meaningless).
Rocket went "Kaboom"
The rocket used a class L motor which is a decent sized motor, it probably weighed close to 40 pounds.  The rocket had a fiber gla


I didn't code for efficiency, and the hour-and-a-half of data from sitting on the pad took nearly an hour to decompress and analyze.  In the mean time the team managed to collect the major support structures that connected the whole rocket together.  Of the three aluminum beams, two were snapped in half and the final one bent at an obtuse angle.  The more interesting aspect was that each beam was also heavily twisted about the fins.  Each fin was a couple inches thick and attached to the end of a support beam.  The large motor enclosure meant it was impossible to add any cross-bracing between the beams where the fins were attached.  Evidently the design team assumed the skin would suffice in distributing the mechanical loads to the surrounding structure.

With the data processed I was able to immediately see two things.  The battery had come disconnected at the time of failure, so I had data only up to a point.  Also, the rocket began spinning quite quickly, over 5 Hz, before the data set ended.  I had a single barometer measurement at the end that matched the expected atmospheric pressure.

So the fins had twisted under the extreme speed, causing the rocket to spin faster and faster until a rapid unplanned dis-assembly ended the journey.

The team continued to collect debris between other rockets getting launched.  The nose cone was sunk deep into the ground but we dug it out.  The team theorized the sonic boom we heard was the heavy nose cone speeding up on reentry.

The data showed we hit a little over 10 g's of acceleration on take off.  The simulations had predicted a little more than that, so I had bought high dynamic range accelerometers to handle that case.

Anyone who has worked with hobby-level accelerometers and gyroscopes knows they are very noisy.  They can't be reliably used to predict position on their own. Barometers are also hard to work with if there is no solid reference point (refer to the design of Petot tubes). But ignoring those facts and running the math anyway: we purportedly hit mach one at a mile into the air when the data stopped.

We took stock in the fact we weren't the only failure that day.  The club's president had designed his own rocket, launched it, and had the chute fail to deploy.  He designed it to go far and fast.  Apparently the chute tried to deploy when the rocket still had heavy force on the nose cone.  He was disheartened - he too graduated that year.

As the sun neared the horizon we packed up our gear.  Our caravan pulled into that gas station as a single unit.  Not only did we fuel up, but we also took full advantage of the window cleaner to wash off the dirt accumulated on our windows.

We stopped halfway back at a diner as it was about to close.  I tried to fuel up my tank, but my card was declined (flagged for unusual spending behavior) so I paid in cash.

The only sleep I had had in the last two days was a half-hour nap after processing the rocket data.  We had snacks leftover to much on, so the rest of the passengers were more alert than on the drive out.  Near the end of the journey, as we crested a hill, they swore I straddled a full dear lying dead in the middle of the road.  I did not see it (even when looking in my rear-view mirror a moment later) but it reminded me of the risk I was taking on.  In retrospect I should have had someone else do at least half the driving, but I didn't consider that as thoroughly as I should have.  We got back around midnight, a full 24 hours after starting, without any further incident.

I don't remember passing out, but when I awoke around 2pm, I recall wondering who washed my car.  We only cleaned the windows, not the gunk off the rest of the body.  Only upon inspecting the ground around me did I realize it had rained, cleaning my car in the process.  I'm from California and I'll never get used to water simply falling from the sky like it does down in Texas.

DAta Mining

As promised earlier this year I have now collected the rest of the deviation data.  It seems that the rate that deviations get posted lies somewhere between the rate of comment and new account creation rates (when compared to the maximum rates back in 2011 and 2012).



All-in-all, the deviation data appears just as noisy as new accounts.  The clearer statistic are comments which continue the downward trend, but perhaps not quite as quickly as before.  Some users postulated the trend in comments may be due to increased mobile phone usage and not increased competition as I had assumed.  DA released an app in December last year and has since garnered nearly a million downloads on Android alone.  From the numbers I've seen, Android hangs around 40% of the mobile usage on DA whereas iOS is around 50%.  So you likely have another million users on iOS with the app.

If the downward trend is indeed caused by a cultural shift to the mobile platform, then it seems DA's app has had little impact in the first six months since launch, despite enjoying a non-negligible amount of popularity.  For comparison, recall that there are 30-some million accounts on DA, roughly 1.5 million of which are active within any given month.  There are a couple orders of magnitude more lurkers who visit the site without ever creating accounts.  There are vast numbers of people not captured in these statistics, so take any concrete numbers with a grain of salt.

On a side note, it's always interesting to observe the movements of the staff.  It seems that a few have taken an interest in my journals.  When I noted that group folders were visible through the developer tools, that information was promptly removed.  When I posted my last journal pointing out large-scale comment trends, three staff members watched me but did nothing more.  These beings that wield immense power but never say a word strike me like members of the Illuminati.  It makes me wonder what they're thinking, but I doubt I'll ever know :plotting:

:) 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 comment rates





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:iconlexi247:
Lexi247 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Just stopping by to say hello :hug: Have a wonderful day!
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:iconparallellogic:
parallellogic Featured By Owner 5 days ago
:highfive: You too :)
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:iconjemgirl:
jemgirl Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hello, I was pointed in your direction. :)

I was asking around if anyone knew or had a script that would display who gave you a llama and how much you had gotten at that point, that I can add to my profile page.

You, like I said, was recommended for your mad skills. :) If you didn't have one perhaps you know where I could find one.
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parallellogic Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
If you want something publicly accessible, it needs to be a feature of the DA site itself.  An extension can alter how you see the site, but not everyone sees it, since an extension is local to your computer.  There is no official DA widget for that, but I think you should hold on to that idea and suggest it if the staff ever do a call for ideas.

:blush: Thanks.  Toss a comment here:
Llama Stats by parallellogic
if you have not already and I'll give you a summary of your trading activity when I run the script.
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:iconjemgirl:
jemgirl Featured By Owner Edited May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, just left the comment. 

I'll remember for when they ask.  

And you're welcome.

I'm looking for code to put on my profile so everyone can see, not an extension for just me. I don't care that much about getting llamas, but it seems most of the people giving them to me do, or something like that, so it's being posted for them. 
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parallellogic Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
What you're looking for is a "profile page widget", and there isn't one for llama badges currently.

The only way I could realistically see doing this would be to set up a separate server to periodically query your llama activity (cron job) and calculate how many you had given, returned, etc.

You would then need to have the server generate an image showing your stats.  You could then hot link to that image from your profile page.  It wouldn't be real-time, and it'd be a lot of effort, but it would technically do what you're describing.
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Diako-intrests Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Hi dear !
I really want to become popular on deviantart !!! what should i do ???
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:iconparallellogic:
Well, this is an art site, so I'd say practice your art a lot and then after a few years you'll be popular.  I'm not quite sure what you're asking.

FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?
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TOMSMANGA Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Hello, I am a bit curious about Premium membership.
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Sotkettu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe you should write a journal about Runaway Llamas badge - because all people who have collected 100,000 Llamas have a Golden Llama but they got the 100,000th Llama badge many years ago... So it is maybe now possible that if you collect 100,000 Llamas now or in the future, the 100,000th badge will be Runaway Llamas badge. Or not. There is no people in deviantART who has that badge so it is maybe only a joke.
Llamas on the Run
twitter.com/DeviantArt/status/…
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Maybe they're starting their April Fool's joke early this year...
st.deviantart.net/badges/llama…
Yeah, I'll write up a journal
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InfN555 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow, how did you get such a quick score on the 10th birthday puzzle?
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:iconparallellogic:
parallellogic Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
From the custom box on my profile page:

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.
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InfN555 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I see. Sorry for not reading >_>
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
No worries, I'm just saying I wrote that years ago
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
I left a comment on your journal.
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DRSDavidSoft Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the comment - I think I should add more purposes to the project, not just llamas and other stuff.
Do you have any ideas that you would like to use on dA if I program it?
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Sure thing.  Idk, I'll have to think about it - I normally just program stuff when it's needed, assuming I have time.  Currently I'm working on cataloging the watcher stats for some of the site's most popular users, though it takes a while because of the rate limits :shrug:.  For me it's not so much about making tools as it is about answering questions.  I suppose one project I never pursued (or even fully formed) was to do some sort of image analysis - trying to figure out if there's some specific attribute that makes certain artworks more popular than others (trying to make a formula for success).  Though I don't really have experience dealing with image processing, so I haven't really pursued it yet, but it's something you're welcome to look at.
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Sotkettu Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like people can't give badges to themselves anymore because the 'Give' dropdown menu has disappeared from the badges area. So because of that we need to change the text of the User Badges box of Badges-of-DeviantART because it says that people can give Llamas and Cake badges to themselves.

Looks like it is possible to give a cake badge to yourself if you click the cake badge that you already have - then you will see the 'Give Cake' button. But I don't know is it possible to give a Llama or the first cake badge to yourself anymore...

I would edit the texts of the User Badges box by myself but I don't know how to write this complicated thing in English (not my native language). You can write much better English than me so I hope that you can edit the texts of that box. 8-)

Happy new year!
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
I don't see any reference to "yourself" in the llama or cake areas, did you already update the widget?  What is currently listed looks good to me.

Happy new year 8-)
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Sotkettu Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I already updated those texts and I forgot to write a message about it to you. Sorry!
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