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There's something amiss on dA. And it's been like this for a long time. Sure, we've tried to fix the problem, with a few thank-yous, a couple of pats on the back and emote spam galore. But it doesn't seem to go away. It's been a problem since this community started, and probably will be until the end.

I'm here today to try and sell you the admins and gallery directors, the message operators and prints control staff, the creative staff and volunteers that help make deviantART what it is every day. Day after day, they slave away, to help bring you what they believe you deserve: the best.

The truth is, deviantART wasn't built in a day, and either was Rome. It took hours of sweat, blood and tears (maybe not blood?) to make this place into what it is today. Around the world, millions of deviants log in every day, hoping to see what they came to see, hoping in the back of their mind, that things are working as they should.

Each one of us, including you, the very person who is reading this, probably don't really understand quite how much work it takes to make a place like this. To manage 4.5 million users is quite a task, and to try to keep everybody happy, and everything working is draining, both emotionally, physically, and mentally. We truly take for granted so much about this place. We blindly place a false hope that day after day, we'll wake up, and everything will be normal.

Thanks to an amazing group of people, this hope can go on, uninterrupted, providing us with a nurturing community of friends, and artists alike, sharing something more than amazing: spirit. It truly takes somebody amazing to do something like that, and really, we can't and don't ever thank the people who make it possible, quite enough.

So I'm here to try to get the ball rolling. All it takes is a thank you, an emote, a gift? Depends how generous you are feeling. But there are people who here, who have slaved away for years, molding and shaping this place into what it is. And we never say thanks. We never pass by and really show them how much we love them, for giving us a little or a lot of purpose in life.

Many may accuse me of being a suck up. And quite frankly, that doesn't bother me one bit, since that would imply I get something in return for saying this. But the truth is, all I get is a website, which I sit at, day after day, slaving away, trying to make a name, friends and something to die close to. And if that's all I get, something impersonal, something so silly, that seems to preposterous to sane people, then so be it. Because I know the real deviantART.

I know the people. I know the work that goes into every single one of the 38,000,000+ deviations and counting. And most importantly, I can vouch for the hard work that goes into making everything work the way it should.

We are a community, an absolutely amazing community. And, as amazing as it is, we wouldn't be here without the following people, who have slaved away to make everything just 'work':

lolly
fourteenthstar
darklylit
sapphiretiger
shutdown
Narfmaster
KylieKeene
CraigArndt
tmpst24myst
rapidograph
blackice
kamizu
Tachy-on
PukeChrist
karyaazure
madnessism
electricjonny
quickdraw
Rendarin
ananasjihad
mykel
Limetastic
secondmagpie
realitysquared
damphyr
hexentanz
ewm
cweeks
ekud
fangedfem
Thunderstatement
godofodd
achfoo
Moonbeam13
pinguino
PurpelBlur
skifi
cooley
ohnojaylo
GH-MoNGo
jeriweaver
shell4art
livius
mauricioestrella
zilla774
FallenRox
yathosho
depthskins
maxwell-heza
nighty
cosmosue
WhenPigsFry
MistressWit
lyastri
kuschelirmel
ShoneGold
lonnietaylor
Einion
animator
Age2003
StJoan
GunShyMartyr
PoeticWar
Karma021
azarath
RockGirl1582
equivoque
hellfirediva
Staged
Photosbykev
arachnid15
MissShyly
Davenit
opioid
Ghouldaddy
bleedsopretty
thespook
radioPooh
oibyrd
LawrenceDeDark
zeruch
Marker-Guru
stigmatattoo
DuncanMcNicol
truemarmalade

I salute these people, and from the depths of my heart, I thank you all, every single one of you. For each they, they come to serve. And serve they do. I hope you feel the same way, and I really hope you do drop by and say hi, get to know them, or just say thanks, either way. It'll make their day, I promise.

It's the least we can do.
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arhcamt Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
:nod: thank you!
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:O I can't believe I didn't :+favlove: this.

Well, it is now. :D
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CrazyDreamer1 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Well said!
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MultiCultureFruit Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional Photographer
I don't really care if this is sucking up or not honestly you said it well :clap:
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mom-the-bomb Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007  Professional Photographer
Everybody here has a job and you are doing yours. :w00t: :salute: Hopefully this will reach everyone and we'll take the time to be more appreciative of the staff!!
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maus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
from the title i thought this is another complain... luckily i was wrong. very well written!
i love that someone finally says what has to be said. I love dA and the staff people behind it
:love:
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TheaAtherea Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007   General Artist
Kudos to you for writing this. It's both well-written and true.

However, you lied when you said you're getting nothing out of this. In truth, you're getting something that most of us desperately crave -- recognition. The staff knows you exist now. ;)
But then, I'm a cynic. I always look for selfish motives in things like this. :)

Good job. :thumbsup: Though, I'm confused as to how you managed to leave the founders out of your first list. :giggle:

~Aimee~
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galleryum Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
Very nice -- and appropriate, without a doubt.
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rainbow-brigade Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
:salute:

(I choose to put an emote, because I suck at saying thank you.)
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Nestalgica Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. :nod: Well said indeed.
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