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Getting the Most out of dA: Groups

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 1:56 PM
Groups are a platform on deviantART which allow you to share your art - what it is primarily used for. Immediately, once your art is accepted into the Gallery, your art is sent to the message centres of many members of that particular group, gaining you instant and wider exposure. However, to really enhance your deviantART experience, and to get the most out of deviantART, Groups shouldn't, and aren't, simply used for that.

There are many roles you can play within a group. By taking up a role, you immediately get more out of deviantART than if you had not done so.

Let's start with being a...

          Member

Not only do you get the chance to submit your art to the group, as a Member, you also :+devwatch: the many happenings within the group too. This means you can read about the immediate happenings as soon as they are launched through the group, such as contests, projects and more in between. As a member, seizing these opportunities thrusts you into the spirit of the community. You get more out of deviantART by participating in the community, regardless of whether you win anything or not at the end of the day. Events like contests and projects have their own benefits (which will be mentioned later on in this week), but alongside those, there may be additional happenings like interviews, features, and more that you can take part in. All of these can help you if you choose to grasp it. As a member of a group, you come across members of deviantART that share the same interests as you, immediately breaking down a barrier for you to reach across and experience new things, be it friendships or art.

          Contributor

A Contributor is just like a member with additional duties to the group. They play a significant role in the running of a group from the variety of ways they can contribute to the group as part of the admin team. As stated in my article yesterday, we get what we put in. By giving our time, effort and more to the group, or just the community in general, we also receive certain rewards for that, and we get something back that isn't necessarily tangible in any shape or form. Nevertheless, we do our bit for the group as a contributor and contribute in a way that is helpful. It is an act of kindness that is sometimes rare and few in between. Everyone needs support, and groups are no different. Members support the group plenty, but contributors support the inner workings of a group from the backstage, something that is vital and should never be taken for granted. It's difficult to find members willing to become good contributors for a group. If you have free time, why not consider being a contributor yourself?

          Founder

Skipping the co-founder position (as that is very similar to a contributor), the Founder is someone that has created the group, and/or runs it. I can't possibly explain all the reasons why people decide to be founders, or even contributors, but when you are a founder of a successful group, or a founder of a group you have great faith in, it is both an incredible feeling and a truly rewarding experience too. You learn a lot about yourself, about others, and your strengths and weaknesses. The many situations you enter in can really deepen your sense of self, who and what you are, and can broaden your mind in so many different ways. There is nothing like creating something from scratch and watching it grow as not only your own creation, but others too. Every single member of your group contributes to the growth of the group, and if you really think about it, it's an amazing feat, bringing everyone together under a common interest, or purpose, and striving for a common goal together.

Not only do you come across some awesome people when you are in a group, your knowledge and your experience also increase, aiding you both online and offline when the situation rises.


          Discussion

As a short activity, lets get those thoughts whirring and opinions coming with these questions! Please don't hesitate to answer any or all of them in a reply to this article.

  • What role(s) do you play in the groups you are most active in, and why?
  • What is your favourite role and why?
  • What do you like best about your favourite groups?

...and lastly, don't forget to ask yourself, what do you get out of being part of a group?


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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Sserenita Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
  • What role(s) do you play in the groups you are most active in, and why?

  • Im the founder of my own group The-Feature-Showcase where I feature everything from art and literature to good causes and community projects. I enjoy helping the community whenever possible and I like the feeling of knowing that I made a difference for someone, even on a smal scale. I also act as co-founder and supervisor for several other groups.

  • What is your favourite role and why?

  • I love being a supervisor at dAWishingWell! I enjoy making feature blogs every week and the job keeps me busy all the time, which I love! The staff is very enthusiastic and hardworking and there is never a lull like there is in some groups. I feel the same way about working at deviantHEART. There are always things to do...blogs, features, contests...etc. 

  • What do you like best about your favourite groups?

The great people I have met is a major plus! In the community groups espescially, it is nice to know people who uphold a positive attitude and who care about improving life here at DA. It seems lately that there is a lot of negativity in the air, and it is nice to be able to be part of the solution instead of just complaining about the problems.
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Sserenita Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Not sure how those extra bullet points got inserted in there...sorry! :D
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KrisColey86 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I'm just a member of the few groups I am in, whether it is to expose my own work and get involved with the group, or just to expose myself to other artists. I would like to contribute more to a group but I have a very busy lifestyle, and cannot devote dedicated time to such at this point in my life. My priorities right now are school, and work, and if I'm lucky I get a little free time every once in awhile to put in to photography. Maybe after college and if life ever calms down a bit. But for now being a member has been really rewarding.
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Riemea Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap:

:bulletblue: I'm most active in #ProjectComment as a Project Manager ;) I just love the group, what it does and aims to achieve. :heart:

:bulletblue: Just being an admin in any group, no matter in what "position". It's great to be involved in any way I can, and help that group with my contribution :)

:bulletblue: My favourite groups are community oriented groups like #dAWishingWell or #Good-Intention. I love how active everyone there is, and how it really can make a difference to people.
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CindyAA Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm a co-founder of the group: :iconlegendsofazeroth: that my boyfriend and I created. It's pretty fun to gather so many talented artists in a unique place, we are very proud of ourselves putting great art in there. The group still has a few members and watchers, but we think it will be a great group one day ^-^
great article!
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raquelvonkaminaru Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What role(s) do you play in the groups you are most active in, and why?

I'm a Founder of one group. I always wanted to be a part of a different group, that would consider each and every single member as an individual, rather than just a person who throws images.

What is your favourite role and why?

Being a Founder is my favourite role. I get the chance to learn a lot from the others (members, contributors, moderators). In the group we have a close relation with eachothers and I am damn proud of it.

What do you like best about your favourite groups?

I don't belong to many groups... I started to think that while I do like exposure, I fit better on the other side. I like to give feedback and receive feedback. What is the best way to do that? By being active inside your own group.
Actually I am considering leaving some groups and stay only with a couple.

:)
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I belong to too many groups to give all of them the attention they deserve. My motive in joining was mainly selfish, a desire to get some of my art seen more widely. It does work if you choose groups wisely and submit the best and most appropriate art you can.
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think many can relate with you there.. it's nothing 'bad', as such. :nod:

Definitely!

The point is to find those groups, I guess. :D
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keyan3d Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Such honesty, kudos. I've also been the same way recently... :|
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NeonBlonde1138 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I pretty much just submit my stuff to groups because no one sees it otherwise.
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's understandable! The groups are a platform for that. :nod:
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am founder of my most active group, :iconpencountshuttercount: and I really want it to be huge because it's for writers and photographers of all kinds! :dummy:
I think my favorite role to play in a group is the founder (even though I'm member of almost 100 now :XD:) because as a person I generally like to have control of something I'm a part of and it makes me feel good to be able to start off a contest in a group because I want to and then play a bigger part in helping others :love:
What I like best about my favorite groups is that they're organized and very active (but not bombarding to my messages) and they show individual attention and do not neglect their members :D
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty awesome. :la:

Nice! You don't really see that together, I think? Both literature and photography, I mean?

Member of so many! :O

How do you keep up with it all?

Yes, I get what you mean. I can relate with you on the control front. :P

Do you unwatch the ones that don't follow that?
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, I know what you mean :XD: but I'm both a photographer and writer myself, so that's why I did it :D

I joined a lot of them just to submit things, and a lot of them are surprisingly inactive considering the rare journals and contests (if they even host any at all).

The ones I unwatch I'll only unwatch the deviations of because I get so many that it's ridiculous... it's a rare occassion when I'll leave a group entirely :)
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh right, that makes a lot of sense. :P

Hmm... that's a shame. =/

I wonder why that may be.. that they're inactive and all.

That's fair enough! Sounds pretty good. :nod:
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: yeah it's crazy that someone would want to make a group and then doesn't stay active with it...
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a shame, I think, but.. I can understand how difficult it is and how they may have misjudged it when they made the group themselves.
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree :D
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Just so you know, I am a nice group moderator/contributor. :noes:
I won't tear you if you submit to the wrong folder. :noes:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good to know! :D
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
:la:
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I am sick enough right now with an exam tomorrow that I am making some weird connection with this article and Beyonce's "Single Ladies". :dead:

Stupid faulty prescriptions and bloods...

I play roles. Shakespearean roles in the groups I am in. They vary.
No favourite role. Can has do whatever is appointed if I am not dead or worse not ticked off by an assignment.
They are awesome?
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, good luck with the exam! :hug:

:O

That sounds pretty good. :D
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Thanks. There's another next week and more presentations :C
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, good luck with those too! :O
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
I will need a flood of luck D:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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Dohmalore Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I actually dropped out of all of the groups I was in a little while ago. Aside from #WillowHill-Asylum, an oct I was a part of which is now over, and #Magience-Comic, a group for a webcomic I really enjoy. Magience-comic is definitely my favorite group, because I love the comic and it's a place where I can talk with my fellow fans and the creators of the comic, which is really great.

Putting my art in groups doesn't get me any more attention than not doing it. I know when I had an inbox full of shit from groups I would just delete all of it without looking through it because most of it didn't suit my tastes and there was so much I just didn't even want to bother looking for something worthwhile. And I imagine most people do the same thing, if not just unfollowing the group's deviations altogether.

Maybe it was my fault for joining the wrong groups or being a picky-ass, but I'm not going to be joining any ever again just for the sole purpose of getting my art seen. I won't join any rp groups ever again because I can't have any fun with them. I might join an oct if I can find a decent one.

I've only had experience as a member and a contributor, and being a contributor is annoying.

As a whole I don't really like groups, but I wouldn't say they're a bad feature.
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of-the-skies Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't do much with the Groups I'm in... I just submit stuff and maybe comment and fav what's submitted from time to time. ^^;

I also heard it's a lot of work to run a group/be a contributor...
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's plenty, I think! :D

I mean, if you're a Member, that's pretty good. :nod:

It can be, yes.. depends what your duties are, really. :P
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fantasylover103 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'd have to say the most active group I'm in is the one I created. Lame, I know right?

I'm actually part of a couple of very good groups, but I only submit stuff I feel put my time into, because I really honestly think that I putting just put one story about suicide and guilt is better than a whole bunch of fan fic's that I wrote for fun.

I like Co-Member the best as a role,you get to run the group a little easier with a little more responibility unlike Contributor.
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, I don't think that's lame. :D

It's good that it's the one you're most active in.. if it wasn't, that would be lame? :O

What good groups are these? :la:

That's fair enough. :nod:

Definitely! It's like the middle position. :la:
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fantasylover103 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's called All-World-Works...I'm new here so I'm not in many groups....but I really like it!! :D
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah.. that's pretty awesome! :O
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fantasylover103 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:)

Is it really? Thanks!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think so.:hug:
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PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Yet another brief, but informative journal, by ^3wyl! :salute:

Definitely a welcome addition to my DEVIOUS HINTS folder!! :thumbsup:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome stuff! :la:
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PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
:bulletred: I am a Member in every group I am in. I do not care for higher positions or being in a group's spotlight. I do sometimes help give advice to Founders to help improve their groups.

:bulletred: My favorite role is a Member. I like to be a good example/role model of what a proper Member is or can be. I may not always post art as much as other folks, but I try to be kind/courteous and comment on submitted art when possible.

:bulletred: My favorite group #TheriansONdA is a raw/emotional-feeling group where people share art and poetry from their non-human aspects and inner desires. It's friendly, open to all, and allows people to be honest with themselves and others.
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, that's fair enough! Why don't you care for higher positions?

It's cool you help Founders through advice and such. :D

It sounds as if you are a frequent commenter there. :nod:

Nice!

How did you discover it?
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
I prefer to help out from the background and/or basic Member positions. This puts me closer to regular members who feel more comfortable sharing ideas with me than if I were in higher positions. This also lets me stay far back enough to see things from a near-outsider's position, rather than lost in duties in the higher ranks.

With this I can give a co-/Founder a better view on how their group is being viewed, and what changes they could make to improve upon it. I don't try to force my opinion, and if they're not interested in improving problems/issues in the group then I tend to look for another group to move on to.

I've always done things this way, from video games (with guilds) to real life groups. I know I can help groups/organizations grow more from such gentle encouragement and examples (esp as an ideal member) than if I were to just take the spotlight or reigns.

I originally found the group by searching for 'Otherkin' via the dA search function. I filtered through all the groups and looked for the most sincere and positive one. From there I saw it had a lot of potential and decided to join.^^
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a fair point. :nod:

I do get saddened by the fact that people may not comment or reply at all because of .. status, I guess, be it in groups, on dA itself, etc.

That sounds about right, though.

It sounds as if you're a huge asset to the group. :P

And yes, some people have that touch.. to foster growth in others and whatnot.
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Yeah. I've especially seen many MMO guilds fall apart and/or go dormant because folks were afraid of the higher ranks (officers/GM) and/or didn't think they'd listen to the 'common folk'. :(

Thank you. I seem to have that touch, if only a little. It didn't used to be my 'thing', but stuff seems to go more smoothly when I help this way. Metaphorically, I finally reasoned it was silly to fight the current when one can just flow gently down the stream. :)
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah.. that sucks. =/

It is difficult to host something like that ongoing, no?

Sometimes one can! :D
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
With so many different people in MMOs, with different goals, it's challenging to organize a good and efficient guild; you need a solid and charismatic leader, dedicated/honourable officers, quality/aspiring members, and common-goals as well as guild values to stand by.

Sadly, not every guild has one or more of the above qualities, so they struggle or manage with what they have and may not get very far. Some do excel against the odds though, which is wonderful. There's even threats from other guilds competing for skilled/geared members and some can't raid consistently with good teams due to real life constraints as well (work/home/timezones).

It also depends on the MMO, age-range/target audience, and what features it has that can keep people interested - I only personally know of a handful of MMOS so I can't speak for every one of them.

As a Founder/Leader, it's always good to have a set of eyes on everything, if possible. A guild member giving out a "head's up!" can be very valuable, esp before things in start to turn south with an unnoticed situation.

If I wasn't in love with being an artist, I'm sure I would have done well as a business analyst. :giggle:

Ack, and I rambled here... :doh:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's quite a lot to ask for, I have to say. It seems like it would be the ideal team to have a charismatic leader, dedicated/honourable officers, quality/aspiring members... so yeah, a lot to ask for, but it would be worth it if it was like that.

That's understandable. :nod:

And yeah, real life takes the precedence sometimes.

It's pretty intense in that sense. :O

:hug:
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pwassonne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:bulletblue: The group I am most active in is definitely #InternationalFAQ. This group is focused on translating the dA FAQ to as many languages as we can find translators for. I joined the Group as a Contributor (French translator) and I was recently promoted to Co-Founder. ^^ As to why, well, I do it because I believe in the Group's purpose. I want people who don't understand English very well to be able to enjoy their time on dA too. ^^

:bulletblue: Since I've been recently promoted, I can't really tell which role I prefer. What I know, though, is that I enjoy both of them. ^^

:bulletblue: Well, #InternationalFAQ is useful, the team is friendly, and thanks to this Group, I can do something I like (translating) and know it's helping people. <3
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, interesting!

I've been introduced to it before. :nod:

It's a pretty cool group, in terms of the purpose. :P

It's very admirable! :D

Sounds good. :nod:
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