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I realize this is easy to overlook, as I am generally polite and kind in most of my comments, journal entries, and deviation descriptions. However:
:bulletblue: I am a blunt person. This often translates as mean. I am not trying to be cruel, I just refuse to constantly sugarcoat my comments.
:bulletblue: I am not your mother, sister, or your close friend. As such, your personal happiness is not my priority.
:bulletblue: I am an adult who must handle responsibilities requiring attention on a daily basis while also maintaining a full time job (which I highly enjoy working in).
:bulletblue: Art is my hobby (def.). I do it, by definition, for fun and relaxation when I have free time. Not on demand.
:bulletblue: I find reporting art thieves to be a rewarding secondary hobby. I've mostly broken my habit of trying to warn or talk to them; now, I just report.
:bulletblue: I have a low tolerance for idiocy and jerks. While I will happily forgive misunderstandings, know these three things: (1) I am not judging you based on your appearance, race, nationality, IQ, art, physical or mental ability, disease, etc. I am judging you based on your behavior. If I see that you are performing art theft, behaving rudely, or other similar activities, I will treat you accordingly. (2) "^^;" and its variations are not an apology or admission of wrong-doing. It is an emoticon, and thus is not an acceptable patch for a mistake. (3) Apologizing and then repeating the same activity a week later is also not acceptable. You get the permanent "idiot/jerk" stamp for that. Once is a matter of not knowing better; the second time, now that you are aware of it, proves that you just don't care enough to behave.
:bulletblue: DeviantART, much as I love it, is not my life. It cannot and will not be a number 1 priority in my life.

Seriously people. That last fact is true for every artist on deviantART. And almost every artist here has at least some part of one of the above bullet points in common with me. Please keep that in mind when you comment or note.

Now, with that said, I want to touch on a few sensitive deviantART subjects.


ART   STYLES   AND   SUBJECTS

The Versus Wars
Ah yes, one of the deviantART community's favorite blood sports. You'll see a few variations on this, but some of the biggest include: "Fan Art vs. Original Art", "Anime Style vs. Realistic/Cartoon/Original/etc", "Pornographic/Fetish/Erotic vs. PG", and "Hetero vs. Homo".

I honestly don't understand the need to stir up dust over this. If you don't like it don't look at it. Don't go around insulting people just because you disagree with them. Just move along.

You're throwing up dust because of what? Popularity? Daily Deviations? Is that why you draw? Is that why you create? I do it because I enjoy it, whether I get a single comment or not. So cry me a river.

Shipping Wars
This is pretty much limited to the fan art areas of the deviantART community. A "Ship" (often referred to as an "OTP", or "One True Pairing") is when a person or group of people support a romantic pairing within a book, manga, TV show, movie, or etc. The term comes from the phrase, "to worship a relationship" which became "to ship a ship" and now is the general fandom term, "shipping". People become very passionate about their ships.

However, one should not discuss their opinion of a depicted ship that s/he does not agree with or like within someone’s deviation. Whether the ship is officially in the story or completely fan created, harassing the artist about how you disagree is completely pointless and off topic. If you don't like the ship, the artist does not understand why you are looking at the piece in the first place, and complaining at them is unlikely to change their opinion of anything, other than you.

There are entire forums dedicated to arguing shipping wars, please take it there, not on someone's personal page.

When Wars Take the Battle to Your Gallery
In both of the above cases, why people cannot simply "agree to disagree" on something so subjective is beyond my comprehension. Arguing back is pointless, but difficult to restrain yourself from.

When these "Wars" make their way to your personal gallery, arguing will generally only turn into a pointless flame war that is not about to alter either side's opinion on the subject.

On deviantART, generally the best solution is to "Hide" any offending comments, and block users from your pages that can't behave after an initial warning. That will end most problems. Of course, deviantART does have a 100 user block limit, but hopefully it will not escalate that far. [FAQ #96: Can I block people from interacting with me?]


COMMENTING

Read The Descriptions
I cannot stress this enough. I get more stupid questions and comments that could've been resolved by reading the deviation description than you can shake a stick at. And it's beyond irritating to take the time out to write a detailed description explaining something only to have 5 people turn around and immediately ask a question that is already answered in the description. Show a little intelligence people.

Pay Attention to the Comments Setting
There are multiple levels at which the artist can accept comments on deviantART. [:faq300:]
:bulletred: "Advanced Critique Encouraged"
:bulletred: "Critique Discouraged"
:bulletred: "Critiques Welcome" (default value/also: No Preference Specified)
:bulletred: "Comments Disabled"
Please make your comment with consideration to this setting. It seems like I never get proper critiques except on images that I have set to "Critique Discouraged", because I already know it has major errors. Most artists love to get critiques, except in cases where they already know the piece has issues, and thusly have marked it with "Critique Discouraged".

Things People Commonly Comment with that are NOT Compliments
(that they seem to think are)

:bulletred: "Hey! That looks just like <insert-character-here>."
This is particularly an issue with original characters. I cannot count the number of times an artist has drawn an OC with short bright red or orange hair only to immediately have the character assumed to be a Weasley (Harry Potter) or a copy-cat of Ichigo (Bleach). I promise J.K. Rowling and Tite Kubo did not invent red heads. Some artists do not mind the occasional "Haha, the way you drew Sweeney Todd kinda reminds me of Wolverine", especially when they can also see the resemblance.
However, unless it is fan art for that character, we usually do not want to hear how our work resembles some character we may or may not have heard of before. In the case of completely original characters, saying something like this is quite rude. It's an insult to the artist's creativity.

:bulletred: "Hey! Your character looks exactly like my friend/brother/sister/cousin <insert-name>."
No. No it doesn't. GO AWAY.

:bulletred: "Hey! Your character reminds me of my character for <insert-god-knows-what>! TeeHee"
So... am I to assume that you're implying that I've "stolen' your character or am I to take this as if you're planning to steal/edit my art and claim it as your own? How am I supposed to take that?

:bulletred: "I really like that! I'm going to use it for <insert-commenter's-personal-project>."
Not "may I", but "I'm going to"? Rude, inconsiderate, and oh yes... Where's that report art theft button?

:bulletred: "I really like this picture, but I hate the way you draw <insert-name> character."
Particularly when the mentioned character is the focus of the drawing. Huh? Ummm... I'm sorry you don't like my style applied to <insert-name> character, but that's just how I draw them? If you are attempting to critique the art, please provide more detail as to what you dislike about how the character is drawn, and be certain that you are not saying this on a deviation with "Critique Discouraged".


Grammar & Spelling
We all make typos. It happens to the best of us. But consistent use of the caps lock, texting acronyms, l33t speak, and etc isn't cute; it's annoying. Not to mention a pain to translate. Not everyone on deviantART is a 14-year-old super-texting l33t speak Jedi master, and to those of us who aren't, you look like a fool.

Also, a quick reference:
:bulletred: "your" is a possessive form of "you".
:bulletred: "you're" is "you are".
:bulletred: "u" is a letter, not a word. Same goes for "y".
:bulletred: "ur" is also not a word.
:bulletred: "2" is a number denoting two things. It is not "to" or "too".
:bulletred: "their" is a possessive form of they.
:bulletred: "there" is a noun indicating a location.
:bulletred: "they're" is "they are".
:bulletred: "its" is a possessive, meaning this belongs to it. Think of "its" as saying "his" or "hers".
:bulletred: "it's" is a contraction, meaning "it is" or "it has".
(And the list goes on.)

This isn't cruelty on my part, but to demonstrate that I cannot understand you otherwise! There's a very fun and thoughtful grammar book in the world titled "Eats, Shoots & Leaves". eatsshootsandleaves.com/ It has a panda on the cover. Pandas eat bamboo shoots and leaves. Either that, or the panda eats, then shoots and leaves. That is the course indicated by official punctuation of the title. See? Something as tiny as a single comma makes the difference between life and death.

Spelling can also make a difference. I've had cases where I was expected somehow understand "blobber" meant "blooper". Trust me, the sentence made no sense. We're not psychics here. When someone replies to your comment with "Huh?" Something you wrote doesn't make sense, re-read it. Don't reply as though we're insane.

The Language Barrier
People on deviantART come from all over the globe and speak many languages. Diversity is good. And you can usually get a rough idea about the content of a deviation description in a foreign language by popping it into Babel Fish ©. babelfish.altavista.com/ It's fine to comment on such a deviation, but realize that it's entirely possible that the artist will have no clue what you said.

This brings me to slipping other languages into your regular one. The most common I see is random Japanese and Spanish in an otherwise completely English language comment. Being an anime geek myself, I know the Japanese phrases in use, but I don't know a lick of Spanish. I just respond with: Huh? "<insert-foreign-word-here>"?

While I understand the Japanese most anime fans spout at random, I don't really appreciate the assumption. Not every artist out there does, and I know unintelligible comments annoy me. You should never assume an artist knows whatever foreign language you're about to throw at them. Writing "Kawaii!" doesn't make a comment any more meaningful than saying "Cute!".

Images in a Series and FAQs
This is really kind of a part of "Read The Descriptions", but I think it needs to be addressed separately. Many artists that do image series, be it a long-term comic or something along the lines of AlisaChristopher's Avatar Dress-Up series (DressUp-Avatar). There is often an FAQ linked from the deviation description. Before you ask something, make sure it isn't already covered. The question is really-really old by the 10th time we have to answer it.

Commenting on an Art Style You Don't Like
Can I start this with a "Why God, Why!?"; yes, I believe I shall. When your comment is something to the effect of "X art-style sucks, you should draw this way.", what are you expecting to accomplish? Other than inciting a flame war. No artist is going to appreciate that. It's one thing to give a critique on it, but if all you have to say is that you dislike a style, all that the artist can do is wonder at why you're looking at the image to begin with.

When You Do One of the Above
Don't get all hurt and offended in response when the artist says something about it. Oh please.


ART   THEFT

The first thing to realize about art theft is there are two basic kinds of art thieves out there: those who simply don't know better, and those who simply don't care. These can be further broken down into variations like, those who know about art theft but didn't realize this particular activity counted as art theft, and those who intentionally steal because they thrive on the attention and troll-ish banter.

So education on the subject is important. So is not giving them the flames and banter they might desire. Besides, deviantART enacts the policy prohibiting hate, inflammatory speech, and harassment as a way to stop deviantART mobs. All screaming at a troll-type art thief is going to accomplish is giving the thief the attention they want and potentially getting yourself banned right along with the thief. For all of the frustration it causes you, it's not worth it, right?

What qualifies as art theft?
Now, this is something that people naturally get a little defensive about here on deviantART, so let's put it out there, straight from the FAQ and deviantART TOS (Terms of Service).
Keep in mind, Art Theft isn't just for original art pieces and literature; it applies to fan art, photos, desktops, fan fiction... everything you see on deviantART.

:bulletred: Art theft can be anything you did not produce 100% yourself. [FAQ #8: What are violations of the DeviantArt copyright policy?]
:bulletred: Screen shots (both the altered and not) count as art theft. (This includes re-colored screen shots and scans of other images.) [FAQ #572: What does DeviantArt consider "Fan Art" to be?]
:bulletred: Tracing (by hand or vector lines) of an official art piece or screen shot from an anime/tv show/manga/art book/movie/etc or of another artist's work (original or fan art) can be considered art theft. [FAQ #304: Do you remove copies and trace-over art?]
:bulletred: Reposting someone else's art without explicit permission from the original artist is art theft.
:bulletred: Using someone else's art for your avatar, icon, forum signature, website layout (both on deviantART and elsewhere) without explicit permission can be considered art theft.

Wait, so can I use things created by other people in my submissions at all?
Actually you can, but only in certain cases. [FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?]

First off: Credit. Credit. Credit. Like your life depends on it. There is no one who will be angry at you for giving credit where it's due.
BUT! Crediting is NOT enough! [FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?]

Collaborations
Collaborations like the cases of coloring someone else's line art must be done with explicit permission of the original artist. And you must also credit. Do not assume. Do not ask afterwards. Ask FIRST.
There are deviantART clubs like color-me-club where artists submit line art with the automatic agreement that others can color and re-post it on deviantART (with credit to the original).

Stock Images & Creative Commons
You are allowed to use any valid stock resources providing that you obey the terms and conditions set by the stock provider. You may also use materials governed by a Creative Commons license providing that you obey the terms of the licensing. Failure to obey all of the required Terms and Conditions or License requirements attached to the stock may result in the removal of your submission. [FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?]

Never assume something is a stock image! The lack of obvious copyright information does not imply that the imagery is free for use. Always assume that everything you see is copyright protected by default.
This includes the results of a Google image search.

When in doubt, assume someone owns it, and you need permission before you can use it. [FAQ #193: How do I prove that I had permission to use someone's work?]

How do I report Art Theft?
Deviant Art, and every other USA-based website, is required to abide by the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). This means, as soon as the original copyright owner reports the image theft, they are required by law to take it down. If they do not remove it in a timely manner, or are making a profit off of the theft, they can be prosecuted under the DMCA. The primary thing to do if you see someone elses art posted by a third party, inform the original artist. The original artist should be the one to send the take down notice.

deviantART's system has a method of reporting art theft (regardless of if you are the original author or not) in the form of the "Report Policy Violation" link next to the description of every deviation. This takes you to a form you can fill out and submit. The full details of how to prove the image is stolen are available at FAQ #192. [:faq192:]

When Accused of Theft
Flaming someone back will not help matters.

If you are innocent, contact the deviantART support team. If you've been reported falsely, they are the people who can aid you, not your mob of devWatchers. If the accuser is blowing smoke and hasn't reported you, you can report them for harassment. [FAQ #221: I was banned, is there anything I can do? | FAQ #238: How do I report people for abuse, harassment, or another issue I think is a problem?]

If you are guilty of art theft, the best course of action is to apologize and remove the deviation. If someone warned you before reporting you, they are probably taking the polite route and trying not to get you in trouble with the deviantART Admin. They are most likely not doing it out of cruelty. Removing the violating image and replacing it with something offensive only means you'll be getting reported for harassment or hate speech. (Sadly, I have personal experience with this to back it up. It is frustrating to try to take the polite route only to recieve hate and and insults in response.)



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Alyara-Doomrararasa Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I enjoyed reading through this. Thank you.
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LyhliTheLuminescent Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said.
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varulf Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I realy don't understand people who said something like "i don't like this style blahblahblah" or "this ship is ridiculous" whitout any other words which can help do something better or are compliment for some part of art (like shading, composition, perspective). Where is the piont? If some art don't interesting me in anyway I just close down a page and looking for others... some people are realy strange.
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KirasDarkLight Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, thank you SO much.
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Tallon-1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
yupp even though ...
:bulletred:"u" is a letter, not a word. Same goes for "y".
:bulletred: "ur" is also not a word.
... can be debateable, since they are often used for that purpose especially on the internet and as you read them out loud, they sound like their respective  counterparts but spelled correctly
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MonsterMyrr Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They might sound like that to a person who is native English speaker, but someone who isn't, it doesn't sound anything like that. I'm Finnish myself, and it literally sounds like 'uuuu' and 'uuuurr' to me. I'll give another example. People often use m8 to mean 'mate'. I'm sure it sounds okay to a native English speaker, but for me it sounds like 'ämkahdeksan'. That is how m and 8 are pronounced in Finnish and I can imagine they sound or look even more hilarious to for example person who speaks Greek. There is a bunch of other languages than English. 

That kind of internet language is okay when playing games etc (I use them myself to write faster) but the point it: there you are with people who understand that sort of shortening of words. It is part of the language culture in gaming situation. It doesn't apply to the whole internet. If you comment on DA or any other site, it seriously does kinda make a person look a like dork. It takes about a second to write the entire word and it can make a huge difference to the person who is reading the comment despite for you it might not mean so much. 
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Tallon-1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
it takes about a second to write the entire word...not  when Im typing at night XD

english isn´t my first language either  .... it´s german ;-; , but even I have the auto reading of  ur as  you are or y as why , because of the english pronounciation and the ususal mobile autocorrect :/  , the only thing when it is really hard to understand is , when google translating something , but for that mater you could  allways ask :)
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MonsterMyrr Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, well, I still think you' should just type the whole word. :'D Not while you play, but when you comment on people's art. 

My brain sadly keeps functioning in Finnish even though I mainly speak and communicate in English. I don't know if it because of my brain only or does it come from the fact Finnish is pronounced literally the same way it is written. 'U' is literally just 'uu', it doesn't sound anything like 'you' in Finnish. Same goes to 'y' and 'r' which people so often love to use in gaming language. They are just 'yy' and 'är'. 

Anyway, my point here was that it is not so simple that everyone automatically pronounce words correctly when they speak a language which is not their own, native one. And also, I admit that if someone comments on my art "u so l33t at art r u a wizard???!" it just makes me think of a person who is way too young to view my gallery and plays too much WoW/some other game, and mostly not in any positive way. It is extremely hard for me to take that sort of commentary seriously. Plus taken note what the person who wrote the journal said about using those shortenings, they are not words. They're just not. They are just letters pronounced like words inside one language. 

But yep, this is all I have to say about it. Only reason why I commented originally was that I run into this same kind of language usage constantly when interacting with English speaking friends. It kinda amuses and maybe also bothers me a tiny bit that people seem to forget that there seriously are huge bunch of people who don't speak English so well they'd necessarily even know how those things are pronounced. And one the other hand there are old geezers like me who are not constantly interested to talk some internet language. I like proper words. Words are kinda nice. :'3
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Tallon-1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
whoops send the last one too early >-<

 never seen so much of said language usage at all ,...maybe Im moving through  the "right" part of DA xP
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Tallon-1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
"u so l33t at art r u a wizard???!" it just makes me think of a person who is way too young to view my gallery and plays too much WoW/some other game, and mostly not in any positive way....uhhhhh 1337 ---> leet
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MonsterMyrr Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe I know what l33t means, I've spent ten years of my life with the said too young people playing Wow and other games, and nope, not in any positive way. :'D
I mostly see that language at Tumblr, not so much in DA. 
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Tallon-1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
 lol   :iconfryplz:  not sure if LOL or a happy person
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TheMoonlitPrince Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Bless You. :heart:
Thank you very much.
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namelesshero2007 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
reading your news (which is REAL long) is quite a reminder of what I've seen in DA...fan arts...art theft...spamming...flaming...war...and so on...and I agreed with you (xcept for ur talk about the grammar and spelling...forgive meh ^^;)

I just read some flame war (in term of flaming) between a freind of a friend of mine just before I read this...so, I know the truth

well...hurry hide this comment before the one I talked about see this ^^;
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The-Wall-flower Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I completely agree with all of this, especially the "Art Styles and Subjects" and "Commenting" section.
The shipping/OTP wars are just plain ridiculous. : (
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irishgal487 Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
This is amazing! Everyone MUST (not should) read this!
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blueespeon122 Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
I whole-heartily agree with what you said.
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FadyFTJ Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Student Digital Artist
You, sir, are a god. I honestly dont know what to say. Promotions were gained.
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elfgrove Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Created a Stamp to spread some Etiquette education. [link]
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salemsgirl Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Awesome job... this is all stuff that drives me nuts!
Especially the typing shorthand stuff... does it really take THAT much longer to complete a word?
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Jessewellery Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What a great article! Well done. I love Eats, Shoots and Leaves. Such a great, funny and informative book!
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Same policy on thieves. Just report. Arguing is pointless.

"I don't usually like <insert art style here> but this is cool/This is cool but I don't like <blue/anime/cute girls/pointy ears>etc etc etc"

And then people telling me my character looks like something I've never heard of....

Do I care?

And then grammar... I think if I corrected everyone they'd be offended.
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AbbyDark-Star Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
As someone new to DA, I really appreciate this article for helping me to get my bearings. Great job!
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BlauShepherd Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Wonderful article, as many other have said. It really brought together many points that I'm sure some people were having trouble with... eh, understanding. Haah, sorry, I'm not that good with thought out input.

I really did learn from this, though. I wouldn't mind seeing another article such as this one!
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elfgrove Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.

I wouldn't even know what to write a second etiquette article on.
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Lyastri Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
A nice dose of common sense goes a long way! :clap: I shall now dance for learning something new, Ships! :giggle:
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elfgrove Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It does. :nod:
Happy to educate!
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Nintendo-Nut1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
THANK YOU.
I'm just as blunt as you are when it comes to expressing my opinion, and I won't mind telling people when they tick me off. XD I'm a little more lenient when it comes to spelling and such, but you don't know how peeved I get when people make fun of the way I draw Mario and call him an 80's throwback. T_T Geez. And when I make a new pairing up on my own, eveyone's shocked. It's like no one knows what i'm capable of over here.
Oh, and DON'T get me started on my own editorial. Spell "intelligent" wrong in the title (by ONE LETTER, mind you) and people get all uppity about it and don't even comment on the aritcle itself, as if my mispelling discredits my words. -_-
Tis quite annoying.
Well, hell, I hope SOME people take something from this after reading it. I certianly will. ^^
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elfgrove Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really not that harsh on spelling myself, but the text-speech bugs the heck out of me (when not used as a form of humor). People aren't saving that much time by skipping 2 letters. Also, big spelling errors can be as difficult to work around as a language barrier. It seems silly to have them now that Firefox now spell checks text boxes in webpages for you. I'm certain IE will not be far behind.

That's part of why I asked people to review the heck out of mine before posting it. When writing this sort of thing. One spelling error in the article has the potential to discredit your entire point.

Thank you. Hopefully they will.
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CoRayBee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
A-freakin'-men. :nod:

It is blunt, it is true, it is exceptionally well-written. Thank you for taking the time to compose it, and I hope the people around here who would most benefit from reading this DO read it. At least four times, perhaps.
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elfgrove Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It would be nice if it had an effect. At least it made me feel better to write it out in a sane voice and have people actually agree with me. The article has a few "devious rejections", and that makes me curious as to what was disagreed with specifically.
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torres1287 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
I completely agree with this article. Well done! :-)
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erickghint42 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
I really have no idea how many times I've had to correct people on the proper "they're"/"their" or "your"/"you're". Grammar aside, being blunt about subjects like these is something that is needed. At least someone has the balls to do it.
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Discarn8 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent piece! Well written, albeit 'blunt' as you put it. However, I think blunt in this situation is VERY useful, allowing for points to be made that may not be available to the politically correct.
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elfgrove Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
I've been blunt, but not all that non-PC I believe. My editors helped me to remove the non-PC stuff. It's simply not sugar coated. Sometimes people are overly polite with ifs and maybes and please-if-you-don't-minds. The problem is, when you're too indirect and polite about it this sort of message gets lost in the sugar water.
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Discarn8 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*grin* Agreed. And you just cleaned up some comfy fluff I spouted by plain-speaking. Thank you for that, as well.
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WalkwithoutRhythm Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
Glad to see this turned into an article! Hopefully more people will read and share the word of common decency. : P
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edwrodrig Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
The most informative article that I read.
Well done
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komaru6 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008   General Artist
Ahhh- this was needed, I think. Countless times I've been browsing and not understand comments...

I wish people could understand this too, that theres more on deviantART then just teens with texting skills. I can't talk myself, really, because I'm 16... but I do my best with the grammar and the commenting manners!
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elfgrove Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. It is very frustrating, to receive a comment that makes no sense or is unnecessarily hostile.

There are plenty of teens on dA that behave wonderfully! The "14-year-old super-texting l33t speak Jedi master" comment is more of a reference to the standard North American stereotype than reality. (I was hoping the Jedi master quip would make that obvious.) It's not the age but the behavior that is a problem.

I think everyone appreciates the effort. I'll use text speak myself at times, but usually as an obvious bit of satire.
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komaru6 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008   General Artist
"It's not the age but the behavior that is a problem."

.. I agree! Yes, with everything you've said here, and in the report-thing... how can all this behavior be fixed- or can it?
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elfgrove Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The only realistic way to fix it is for people to modify thier behavior. That's not something one can force on anyone.
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komaru6 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008   General Artist
this is perfectly true.
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teddybearcholla Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Timely article....May I post a link to this in my journal? I have it in my favorites, but the more favorites of news you add, the rest disappear. Thank you!!
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elfgrove Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Please do. :)
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teddybearcholla Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.:)
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TanjaGrimstvedt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This article is great! Thanks a lot for it, I totally agree :wave:
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoo-hoo, congrats on your first dA article! And I must say, it's one that's long overdue. :D :salute:
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Thronzer Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
This raises a good point.
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meekadog12 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
This article is fabulous and a definite must-read for all deviants! :clap:
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