After news articles explaining 'The Myth and the Legend' of the Daily Deviations, how to suggest them, tolerance towards Daily Deviations, the negativity, the focus on the notes and what it actually is, this article tackle the 'What if...?' scenarios that finally come after it all when a Daily Deviation is stolen or you simply (and strongly) don't approve of a Daily Deviation.
What if......you see a Daily Deviation that is stolen?
Replying to people who have commented on the Daily Deviation, or making a comment on the piece itself stating that the piece is stolen won't lead to immediate action, it'll just cause more drama instead.
If you want immediate action, i.e you want the Daily Deviation to be taken down or the artwork to be removed, then follow these steps:
- Note the Community Volunteer with the subject 'Today's DD - Stolen', or something to that effect.
- Copy the Daily Deviation Suggestion format (which KasumiCR has already written about here for your perusal!) by copying/pasting a thumb of the artwork in question into the body of the message.
- State why and how it is stolen by providing evidence.
The Community Volunteer will then see this and take the appropriate measures to have the Daily Deviation, or the piece, removed.
Not only is this a fast and efficient way of having the situation handled, the Community Volunteer will be able to see this immediately and not have to see it hours later if they look at their chosen piece and browse the comments, emphasising the if there as they may or may not do this.
What if......a piece that has received a Daily Deviation is not to your liking and you don't approve of it?
An FAQ that answers this particular question often goes unnoticed, and yet holds some valuable advice:
So, let's break this down.
"A Daily Deviation is intended to give an artist a chance to be seen by a large portion of the community and as not everyone has the same tastes, it is obvious that you may not appreciate every piece that is selected as a daily deviation."
Probably the most important part here is that not everyone has the same tastes, and it is perfectly alright to have your own if others are allowed theirs too. We are all human beings with individual interests, and we all have different tastes, so though you may not see what a particular piece of art holds for you, others may be the opposite.
A further point to note is that artwork should be judged within the art category itself. For example, a piece from the Resources & Stock gallery will not be the same as a piece from the Photography gallery. As a result, the standard for both will be different with the former more focused upon the use of it as a resource or stock, and the latter for conceptual and executional value.
"If you have a problem with a particular Daily Deviation feature, do NOT leave your disapproval among the other comments on the piece. It is disrespectful to the artist featured, the person who chose it and/or the person that suggested it."
You may want to be disrespectful, you may not, but doing so on the deviation itself is a moot point as, most of the time, the artist themselves did not ask to get a Daily Deviation. Therefore, it is futile to rant and rage about why a particular piece does not deserve a Daily Deviation, as, most of the time, the artist did nothing to warrant this behaviour and response except upload their artwork to deviantART.
This leads to...
"If you absolutely must voice your disapproval of a selected feature, feel free to note $Moonbeam13 however, unless the image violates policy in some way, it is highly unlikely it will be removed."
To sum it up, if you do really want to express your views, you may want to re-think the following:
- Ranting and raging to the artist who has done nothing wrong but to upload their piece of artwork to deviantART.
- Writing a journal entry, thread in the forums, or taking this matter to a public level.
A more constructive way of handling this is...
- Noting the Community Volunteer, or Moonbeam13, who featured the piece, and expressing your thoughts and feelings so that they, the ones who set the Daily Deviations, know what to feature and what not to feature.
- Accepting that everyone is different, and moving on.
Thank you for reading.