This activity is part of my year-long project to address complaints from the dA community. January's complaint is Daily Deviations!
"I find that the DD system needs to be expanded. Why? Sadly, it has become the only major channel on this site for artists and writers to receive exposure, and the selection choices are limited. On my journal, =Flyvapnet wrote that '[i]t smacks of a good-old-boys system, wherein Deviations are considered for recognition only if they're suggested by those who have an in-crowd relationship with someone in the award-giving hierarchy'. There are great artists out there who don't have any exposure simply because they can't get DDs, and the selections are biased: for example, they almost never include parts of novels. Offering more artists this exposure would help DA with what should be its number one mission, to promote original art and literature in all its forms. "
"I believe it's unfair that some Deviants are given multiple Daily Deviation awards whilst others, whose work is equally compelling, go without..."
Both of those quotes are taken from thorns journal, Complaint Challenge Phase 1.
What do some Community Volunteers have to say?
"One of my most frequent frustrations with people complaining about DDs is well...I never hear from them! They don't like what I feature, or what other CV's are featuring but... They're not suggesting things either! And really. We welcome suggestions. Suggestions make my life infinitely easier. I love suggestions."
Nyx-Valentine on her journal
"Suggestions? Yes please! "
Hardrockangel from comments on this article!
Clearly there's been some miscommunication. I have never come across a CV that didn't appreciate suggestions, no matter who they come from. I've been on this site since 2006 (previously as KneelingGlory) so I've seen my fair share of CVs. Trust me. They really do love those suggestions!
Which brings me to....
This month's challenge is relatively simple, and many deviants already do it. I want you to find work you feel should be awarded a Daily Deviation and suggest it to the appropriate Community Volunteer, a list of whom can be found in FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
A few tips, in case you've never suggested a DD before:
1. Send your suggestions via note. Include only one suggestion per note and title the note "DD Suggestion".
2. Only suggest deviations that you feel are worthy of a DD. Ask yourself if you would feature the piece if you were a CV.
3. Include a short paragraph explaining why you think the piece deserves a DD. Sometimes that can be the deciding factor in whether or not your suggestion is chosen.
4. If available, follow any guidelines the CV you're suggesting to has outlined. You can often find those guidelines in a box on a CV's profile or in their journal.
Once you've suggested your piece, send me a note entitled "January Challenge" with a link or thumb to the deviation you suggested. Only suggestions made in January 2012 are eligible. You may send multiple deviations in one note. All of the deviations will be featured in the results announcement for this challenge in early February.
Why Should I Do This?
Good question. I could list a lot of altruistic reasons, like giving back to the community, or helping your friends receive more exposure, or helping to disprove the myth that there's an "in-crowd" for DD suggestions. I could even mention that when your suggestion is picked it gives you more exposure.
But most people are going to do it for the points.
Prizes for Participation
Each participant's name will be put into a random drawing. There are ten prizes of 50 points each available.
Multiple entries are encouraged! Your name will be added to the drawing each time you note me with a suggested deviation.
I must receive all notes by January 31st at 11:59pm PST.
Do you have a suggestion for how Daily Deviations can be improved? Write it out or mock it up and submit it to the appropriate deviantART Related > deviantART Suggestions gallery. Send me a note with the thumb or link for two entries into the drawing. You may also consider showing your suggestion to namenotrequired, the dA Related CV. He's usually pretty awesome about leaving suggestions for how to go about getting your idea into the community.
Any deviant who participates in all 12 challenges will have his/her name put into a drawing for a 1-Year Premium Membership to be given out at the end of the project. There may be other prizes as donations/my money allows.
Questions? Leave a comment!