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Usually, when you read something involving 'Commenting', you think of deviations and the commenting platform that allows other members of the community to voice their thoughts and opinions on the art shown. However, what is pretty evident, and something that most of us may forget, is that deviantART runs on the ability to give and get comments, be it on pieces of artwork, our profile pages, forums, and everywhere else in between.

In a sense, without the ability to give and get comments, deviantART wouldn't be much of a website, much less #1 of online art communities around. Comments are not solely the cause of what makes deviantART what it is, but it has a huge impact on a lot of things. By giving and getting comments, not only do we interact with other members to really make this a community, we also have the ability to get our voices heard.

It's quite an odd concept with us all facing screens, typing out our thoughts and opinions, but one thing we shouldn't forget is that comments are our clearest form of communication on this website, something we shouldn't take lightly. We get out what we put in, and this is something that applies to deviantART. Whenever we put in the time to give a comment to someone, whether that is on a deviation, as a reply, or something else entirely, we often get something from that. Perhaps we get more knowledge, a conversation, or even friendship that may lead to something more.

By commenting, we make a difference.

I don't want to limit the use of commenting to deviations only, though they certainly deserve some recognition. Often, there is the case of the 'fave-and-run' where people just :+fav: your art without commenting (for all sorts of reasons). Other times, people leave short comments of 'Cool!' or 'Nice stuff!', which, as I'm sure you'll all agree, is nice and all, but isn't that useful. So deviations themselves deserve to receive more constructive comments. It doesn't matter how polished the artwork is, or how unfinished it is, we all deserve and need comments to help us progress, as many more minds are better than one.

Comments shouldn't be limited to just deviations. We should also make the effort to reach out using different platforms, different settings, on deviantART. This can be our Journals, Polls, forum, and countless more. By constantly putting ourselves out through our comments, we begin to get the most out of what deviantART has to offer us. We utilise the many features deviantART has, and we build upon it to make it our own.

To illustrate this with an example, if you uploaded deviations and didn't reach out to others through comments, didn't comment on other pieces of artwork, or comment anywhere else, it's likely that you'll be sitting in your corner for a very long time before someone passes by and sees you're alive. Maybe you'll get lucky with the other features available on dA, like Groups, but, at the end of the day, without communicating with others, you wouldn't receive much attention. It's likely you wouldn't make friends here, and you probably wouldn't even stay long on this site.

Friendships are built on top of the foundation of first comments. Other advantages can also include improvement on one's art, getting your opinions heard and generally being seen by the community, getting attention and exposure as a person and an artist. However, for all of that to happen, we have to make the first step first to lay down the platform for others to join us.

Some helpful articles:
...and a challenge! :la:

For all those that complete it, you'll get your art featured in a news article at the end of this week. :D

Give one constructive comment on a deviation by someone you do not know!

The challenge is simple enough! Really spend time and effort on it, using the tips from the articles above if needs be. After you have done so, give us the link here in a reply to this blog.


Thank you all for reading!

3wyl, posting on behalf of the "Getting the most out of dA" PE Team; 3wyl | Astralseed | namenotrequired

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:iconthe-golden-knight:
The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Wow, I'll be sure to do this and come back to you! In the meantime, I feel it very saddening that I hardly get any comments at all from people! OK, so I do talk to a few on a social basis, but that's not like people gawking about my work.
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:

Yeah, I guess the artwork has to bring the gawkers there. =/

I hope this helps. The main thing is to keep at it. :nod:
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AwesomeTrinket Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
3wyl, how many comments do I have to post before I can become a volnunteer?
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You mean a volunteer on deviantART, or #ProjectComment?
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:iconawesometrinket:
AwesomeTrinket Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
deviantART.
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In terms of deviantART, it's not about comments, really. :hmm:

It's more overall community spirit, etc.
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:iconawesometrinket:
AwesomeTrinket Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Which means?
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It could mean anything. Basically, it just means getting involved with the community. :nod:
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:iconawesometrinket:
AwesomeTrinket Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
:D
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ItsCursorBby Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just something I wanted to point out about "fave-and-run"...I myself do that a lot only because I'm in a lot of groups and don't like deleting the deviation stacks in my messages without going through them and looking at the pictures. I'll see a picture I like and drag it into the relevant collection(s), but I don't always have time to go to each individual one and leave a comment.
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's understandable. A lot of the time it's a matter of time. :nod:
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KrisColey86 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Great article! I really don't actually know anyone here so this was a really good read for me. I have been a member for awhile but am still pretty new to how this community operates. I vow to not just fave and run! lol, I want to comment more often and here is where I start : [link]
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

Ah.. I recommend joining in some groups and getting stuck in! :D
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Grasschamp Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will have to try to follow some of these! I do try to give as much help as possible, but sometimes I fall short of giving great tips.
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, it's alright! We can't treat it like you'll be on top of it all of the time, even if you wanted it to be like that. Life is full of ups and downs, and this is the same. :nod:
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Grasschamp Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True. I just want to try to help out as much as I can.
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty admirable. :nod:
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
This was the best article I've read today. Not that I wouldn't already know all of these, but the layout of the ideas and the short/simple but great content is effective. Thanks for sharing!:heart:
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
:hug:
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HanOneSail Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Had this bookmarked then finally read it today.
Great post brings light of many issues people need to see.
Although personally the fave and run I am guilty off some what.
However I will drop at least one comment on the artist's work as best as I can.
Otherwise the additional work usually I just fave a few and then end up watching them.
Sadly I end up watching too many artists and don't have time to see all of their feeds :(.
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's not bad at all. :la:

Aww.. :hug:

I guess you've got to be selective with watches... but then I can understand how there are so many awesome ones out there that you've got to watch them. :P
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HanOneSail Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
yea, but you know what they say... POKEMON!
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They do? :O
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:iconhanonesail:
HanOneSail Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well it might just be me, but...
Gotta watch em' all!
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol:

That's fitting, certainly! :D
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happytopaz Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did it as well. [link]
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic stuff, thank you!
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:iconptolemie:
Ptolemie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is such an inspiring article! :D

I've tried to give constructive criticism for this piece [link]
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad!

That's awesome, thank you!
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:iconbzrroind:
BZRROind Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
hmmmmmmmmmm
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:B
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CottonConfection Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful article!
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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misayuu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Heh, i participated! I also agree that constructive comments or whatever you call comments are really good and people should be doing them more. I don't have many (wish i could) but yea.
[link]
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww.. :hug:

Have you joined any comment +Groups?
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TheFrenchSpyro34 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a friend who does that,i couldn't tell him/her that it's not much.
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you mean?
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:iconthefrenchspyro34:
TheFrenchSpyro34 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Short comments like "great" or "nice" :/
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. That makes sense, I guess. :O
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Hixateez Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He he, just taking the part in the challenge like I said I would:)
[link]

Keep up the good work;)
Your articles are always a pleasure to read, ^3wyl!
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thanks a lot! :hug:
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:iconhixateez:
Hixateez Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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Dvpunk Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Yabba Yabba Yabba . . . .
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:O_o:
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QueenGwenevere Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Hey look, it's a comment! :dummy:

Ha. Yeah. But anyway, yeah, the commenting system is probably one of the best parts of DA. I've gotten to know a whole bunch of cool people mostly via comment exchanges. I really wish certain other art sites had something like it (Tumblr, I'm lookin' at you... Yeah, you and your infuriating "reply" system that doesn't let you reply...) :|

That said, I should really roam around and comment more, I've made some friends that way in the past. But I never have much time these days... ^^;
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:

I wouldn't know about tumblr, but that's quite interesting. :D

I guess that's what makes each site different.. all the different features and whatnot.

Aww.. :hug:

I guess that's understandable.. You shouldn't push yourself to do those things if you don't have enough time. :hmm:
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DeBegotten Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i was looking at my satistics.
i give about 30 comments a day. my comments are always more than 6 words. for 120 comments i get 10....
and 9 out of 10 are "thanks" :XD:

HOORAY
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's not bad! :lol:
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:icondebegotten:
DeBegotten Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.............
................
........i guess :XD: *headshot*
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