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Sorry to bother you...

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 7, 2014, 11:23 AM
Hello all,
I thought I'd take a moment today to write a journal which is probably long overdue.  I believe there is a common misconception floating around that CVs are so busy, that when you send us DD Suggestions, or other messages, you are being a bother.  


Quite regularly the DD Suggestions I receive start with something along the lines of "I am sorry to bother you..." or "I know you are busy but.." 
I'd like to assure you all that no suggestions you send, or any other type of contact made with me (or any other CV for that matter) is something to feel sorry or bad about (unless you are legitimately harassing us or something).  

I've often heard community members talk about how many notes CVs get daily (often this number appears to be near 100) and I feel the need to say that this is very far from the truth.  On average I receive maybe 5 notes a day.  On a slow day I may not get any at all and on a busy day I may get up to 10.  While I can not speak for other CVs here, I can assure you that my account has never seen 100 unread notes in a day, ever!  To my knowledge none of the other CVs receive 100's of notes per day either.  

After I've read my notes:

We are here to help support the community, it is what we signed up for after all.  There is no reason that anyone should feel any type of guilt over suggesting a DD, or asking a CV for help or support.  Really, please do reach out to us, we don't have cooties, I promise... well, photofroggy might have cooties, but the good kind, so love on him too!

Feeling guilty? Enjoy this horse!

In all seriousness though, I'd like for people to feel comfortable approaching me and if there is anything I am able to do on my end to help you be more comfortable please let me know.  

Yes, I do have a life outside of dA, and yes, I do a lot of things, but I assure you that you aren't going to take time away from me and my life that I do not have to give.  



Since so many people are taking this as a good opportunity to suggest DDs I thought I'd add these articles to this journal as well :)

Daily Deviation Week I


:bulletpurple:Community Voices: What is a Daily Deviation? - Aeirmid
:bulletpink:Daily Deviations: The Myth and the Legend - Aeirmid
:bulletpurple:Daily Deviations- So you want to suggest DDs - alexandrasalas
:bulletpink:Why did an icon get a DD? - Hardrockangel
:bulletpurple:Tolerance Towards Daily Deviations - Talty
:bulletpink:DDs: When it's not always positive - Aeirmid  Astralseed
:bulletpurple:A DD is not an award but an art feature - Hardrockangel
:bulletpink:Interview with DD suggester Minato-Kushina - Astralseed
:bulletpurple:Interview with multiple DD recipient AwsumZ - Astralseed
:bulletpink:Daily Deviations- Presentation of your work - BeccaJS
:bulletpurple:Note to Daily Deviation - Astralseed
:bulletpink:Daily Deviations: What if...? - 3wyl

Daily Deviation Week II


:bulletpink:General Photography - What we do and don't DD - Kaz-D
:bulletpurple:DD Suggestion Groups - 3wyl
:bulletpink:PE: Self Suggesting Daily Deviations - alexandrasalas & Astralseed
:bulletpurple:'Why is this a DD?' Why are you asking the artist? - neurotype
:bulletpink:Complaints about quality declines in DDs - KovoWolf
:bulletpurple:Are DDs about the art or the artist? - neurotype
:bulletpink:Why I would/wouldn't give an 8th DD or a DD to a piece with 1200 faves - Lyricanna, RockstarVanity, pullingcandy
:bulletpurple:Know what your CVs can feature - Astralseed
:bulletpink:Suggesting DDs should be about quality rather than quantity - Astralseed
:bulletpurple:Daily Deviations and descriptions - rydi1689





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:iconaryiea:
Aryiea Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Fantastic!:D
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
:)
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Operia Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Unicorn pissing rainbows
I approve
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
YES! :#1:
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CameronKobe Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconbravoplz:

Eye-opening post.  Thanks for sharing!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
No problem :)
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MissDudette Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
:clap:
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
:#1:
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Lucain24 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is a good journal, but sometimes I go by days and not even get a response back. I've gotten to a point where I just stop suggesting altogether. :c Not to you, but other CVs. 
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Only some CVs reply to the DD Suggestions they get.  You can see if the note has been read by going into your notes > sent notes and then if the note is still yellow on the side it hasn't been looked at yet, but if it's grey it has been viewed :)

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Lucain24 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I know that xD and I can tell they haven't been read yet. There's some still after almost a year are still at the yellow ;A;
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Exillior Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That has happened to me as a suggester. At that point it's more than reasonable to note the volunteer again (or note a different one if there is more than one in the team). Sometimes notes are accidentally overlooked or deleted, and since most volunteers will be serving a one-year term, it's fair to say they didn't deliberately plan to look at it in a year's time. Each time when I noted enquiring about the note, the people in question responded to say they hadn't seen the original one.

Sometimes you wait long enough and somebody else features it before you can enquire about it. :stare:

It's frustrating but at the end of the day, volunteers are humans, and there are some more active ones and less active ones, and then there are also time periods where somebody is busy - for example, I've been through six weeks of interviews interspaced with night shifts and hospital admission etc, so I've not been that quick with replying to notes of late, although I still read them. As a suggester, one also learns that there are some volunteers whose taste differ from our taste - for example somebody might like abstract art while you might like hyper-realism - whereas some volunteers may have tastes very similar to our own - so it's natural to find yourself suggesting to some suggesters but not to others, for various reasons. That shouldn't discourage you as a suggester.
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Lucain24 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have yet to even suggest someone else a DD. I suggested myself, but that's it. I've just about given up suggesting DDs.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to admit I'm confused as to how you've given up suggesting DDs when you have suggested only one. :slow: Oh well. At least you haven't wasted a lot of effort, I guess?
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:iconlucain24:
Lucain24 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well cause it was my own! ;A;
Ah screw it :( nevermind..
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I approve of this journal. :thumbsup:
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
:highfive:
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:iconsystemcat:
systemcat Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've been waiting over a month for you to make a particular mention in a journal :(. *sigh* (still hasn't happened)
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Your project was promoted in December when I posted the Community Projects bi monthly journal.  
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systemcat Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Could you give me a link to it?
Some how I missed it. Up until this blog, I kept seeing those Project Porkchop ones coming from you.
 It's clear when CVs are making other posts, and I refuse to read the beggar blogs (every blog that shows up on the front page).
(I guess no one on this site cares to join a group promoting respect & kindness to other members :(.)
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
That is good to know!  :D  Thanks for posting this.  Haha, always good to be a little less codependent I guess.  :laughing:
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah :D
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Really nice and informative journal! :clap: I also think sometimes that CVs receive so many notes! Thus I try not to suggest more than 2-3 per day and burden the CVs too much. :nod: I think this method helps them to have a reasonable and easy-to-handle amount of notes per day and it gives them the time to think about a suggestion and maybe feature it.

I feel that if I send many notes per day, some of them will not get the attention they deserve, because the CVs must run to read all of them! So maybe the pieces will not get noticed and accepted as easily as they would be if I sent them one after one. :)

I hope you understand this way of thinking! :giggle:
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
I honestly would rather have one or two really good suggestions a day over 236454 mediocre ones.  I think some people get a little caught up in suggesting that they forget to look at what they are suggesting properly.  
While I can not speak for the rest of the team.. generally I try to check all suggestions I get within 24 hours... sometimes I have to let them sit longer though because I just can't give it the attention it deserves, or the notes came in after I went through my suggestions for the day etc.. If I have more notes to look at than time or my attention allows, I simply leave them for the next day.  
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V3raD Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHERE DO YOU FIND THESE AMAZING GIFS!?!?Gift: Winter Moon la plz 
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
My boyfriend always finds them for me, he seems to know where to look lol
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Darklight-Wraith Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
lol, imgur is a wonderful site....it has all these images and more XD
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
:nod: indeed
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I only tend to apolegize when I'm not sure if I sent a suggestion to the right person. :D Though the panda reminds me very much of my last office job. XD
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
haha that sounds like it was either a very fun job or a very boring one!
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was a very awesome job and I was quite a happy panda. :D The work I had was pretty hard too, which made up for the long hours spending with fanfictions on the internet. I would go as far as to say it was the perfect mix of work, responsability and pay (had work with less responsibility and more work, which normally were just plain boring and a good reason to consider killing your boss. d: ).
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Veinrot Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's nice to know :D
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
:)
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Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for clearing up this rumor! i too was one of those people who thought cv's got tons and tons of notes... lol
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
I think some of us get more than others, but I don't think any of us get so many that they are a problem :)
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TimberClipse Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Truth is... We hate suggestions. That's why we all volunteered for a position that is centrally based around that. :lol:

:meow:
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
:giggle:
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TimberClipse Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
:squee:
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Artisticbunny6 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
exactly :D
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
:)
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014   Writer
CVs don't bite? That's a load off my mind. Embarrassed Face   Thanks for everything you all do.
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
:hug: 
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SarakuHD Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I expected 500 o.o Thats probably because a friend of mine gets atleast 1000 just as a drawer.
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I don't think any of us CVs get tht many in a day :faint:
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UltraLiThematic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what a popular drawer! :icondrawerplz:
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
:lol:
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UltraLiThematic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh. Couldn't resist. Llama Emoji-01 (Laughing) [V1] 
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SarakuHD Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I see what you did there..
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UltraLiThematic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfryplz:
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