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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
KariAnnLax
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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:iconarhcamt:
arhcamt Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
:nod: thank you!
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:iconcatluvr2:
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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:iconcrazydreamer1:
CrazyDreamer1 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Well said!
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:iconmulticulturefruit:
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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:iconmom-the-bomb:
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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:iconmaus:
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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:icontheaatherea:
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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:iconrainbow-brigade:
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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:iconnestalgica:
Nestalgica Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. :nod: Well said indeed.
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:iconvandollized:
vandollized Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
Awesome article :w00t:
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:iconshell4art:
shell4art Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
:dance:
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:iconohnojaylo:
ohnojaylo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
You made me all warm and fuzzy <strike>in the pants</strike> inside :aww:
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:iconkle0012:
kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Haha! Charming! Glad you're all warm and fuzzy. =]
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:iconohnojaylo:
ohnojaylo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
I knew I did something retarded. :|
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:iconkle0012:
kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
It's weird, that's the right code. Think something dodgy is going down with the parser. :|
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:iconlolly:
lolly Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
Thank you very much for this :love:
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:iconkle0012:
kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Richard, you are more than welcome. You do a fantastic job around here, especially since you also have to keep that certain, Mr.Gweepee under wraps.

Even if he's always going off on adventures anyway. :bucktooth:
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:iconpiccolo:
piccolo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
Isn't the real 'thank you' the fact that people are utilizing and thriving on deviantART as a carrier for the creative act, each own's artistic process?

;-)
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:iconkle0012:
kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Of course it is! But still, a nice actual thank you wouldn't go unheard, surely?
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:iconpiccolo:
piccolo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
Hmmm... Do one go and thank their town's mayor? One's local police/fire department? For just working? Does one thank the establishment of their school system, for existing, for giving them their education?

I'm not being negative, just playing devil's advocate.

It brings up the question.. What draws the line between giving someone a nice thank you for what they've done for someone... or overdoing it. This is an interesting place... since the majority of the people here do not have a relationship with the administrators, etc etc... yet they deem it necessary to constantly thank them like deviantART is a god's blessing. Should the users of facebook go and thank the creator, or the programmers that constantly add new features? I'm not sure, but I'm leaning towards the direction that its unnecessary. Hence, why I think that this biggest thank you is of the users to incorporate deviantART into their artistic practices, and utilize its resources.


Btw, does anyone know the news article that did a nice critique on deviantart itself? It was done by liquid something I think... hmm...
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Phoenix-22 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Smartest thing I've read today, thank you.

I think we can all agree that we appreciate what the staff does on this site, but let's face it, staff and members alike support the site because they enjoy it as much as anyone else, and would hate to see it go. Any kind of site we visit, any kind of restaraunt we go to, we are showing our "thanks" by merely being a customer or a user. I think if anyone sent a note to a user here and asked, are you thankful to the staff for keeping this site as good as it is, they would say yes, for the most part.

The public service analogy is a good one, we don't go up to a police officer and go into an oration of thanks, nor do we hand a letter to a maid at a hotel, describing how thankful we are for keeping that hotel clean.

I appreciate all the work they put into the site and that they continue to improve it, but facts are facts, they love this site as much as we do and took the opportunity to preserve and improve it.

An open letter describing how "we" have not thanked them and that they have been "slaving away" is, quite frankly, bullshit. They love the work they do and they should continue loving what they do, a news article doesn't need to galvanize that.
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:iconmulticulturefruit:
MultiCultureFruit Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional Photographer
You ve pointed out exactly a great failure ... perhaps its time you go thank all those people ;-)
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:iconpiccolo:
piccolo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
I don't look at it necessarily as a failure. If everyone was to thank everyone else all the time... that would become very time consuming and without progression. I still think the biggest thank you for something like deviantART is for the users to interact and incorporate dA into their artistic practices.
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MultiCultureFruit Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Professional Photographer
I do not find it a failure either ... I guess it is a mental thingy and/or choice you personally make and either ways is fine. I do like to take time to thank for things but of course as you mentioned surely I fail to thank everybody that benefits towards my life and perhaps it would be impossible to thank them all.
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:iconpiccolo:
piccolo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
haha, wise arse then. (your first comment)
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:iconmulticulturefruit:
MultiCultureFruit Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Professional Photographer
yeah I did contradict myself there didn't I :hmm: still go thank ppl :rofl:
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
:manhug:
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:iconkle0012:
kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
You're most welcome Nick, aka, fellow GTA IV obsessor. Keep up the fantastic work. =]
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Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:blowkiss:
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:iconkle0012:
kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
No worries, keep up your fantastic work, and it'll be my pleasure to write more stuff like this more often! =]
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Lyastri Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
:heart: (Insert strange, twisted and possibly a bit humorous comment here)

*was not up all night hanging on dA, honest!*
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:iconnestalgica:
Nestalgica Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a lie. :bucktooth:
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:iconkle0012:
kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Lol, I was! It was like, 3am when I posted this article, or something like that. But thanks for the comment...or lack thereof. You keep up the great work, okay? =]
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KariAnnLax Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
:aww: Although I'm a newbie to the AR team, it's nice to see this and you're right, they DO work their asses off :)

:hug: sweet of you to post.
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:iconkle0012:
kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Absolutely! You're most welcome, and I'm positive your work hasn't gone unheard in this community, there's a reason you wear the hat! =]
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sapphiretiger Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
...and lots of love to IT, like $chris and $mccann, $dionyziz, $micahgoulart and $pachunka
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:iconkle0012:
kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Updating the article with mindfuckx's help, I'll make sure everybody is there this time. =]

Yeah, those guys do a superb job here, especially since, without their work, there wouldn't even be a text form for me to send POST commands from. ;]
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janvanlysebettens Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Great article.. it really does mean a lot to us !

thank you mister.
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:iconkle0012:
kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
You're more than welcome! I'm so sorry I forgot your name on this list, please forgive me! But I promise, if there was anybody that needs thanking most, it's you, and you creative counterparts. Keep up the amazing work! =]
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Tachy-on Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
:love:
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:iconkle0012:
kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Oh dear! You can't fall in love with me now! =]
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Unluckycharm6 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
here here! :clap: well put, and thank you to all the admins!
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:iconkle0012:
kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
That's the spirit! Spread the word, it's about time we did a little back! =]]
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:iconunluckycharm6:
Unluckycharm6 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
:w00t:! give back to the community, which has give so much :)
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:iconage2003:
Age2003 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
After the crap morning and lack of sleep i've had this is certainly a highlight to my day.

Many thanks!:thanks:
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:iconkle0012:
kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
I'll do it every day if it would put a smile on your face, because you deserve it. =]
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! On behalf of myself and my team, thank you, this means a great deal to us :heart: it certainly helps to motivate us to keep it up :)

Thank you again!
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kle0012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
You, my dear, deserve an extra big pat on the back, for keeping all of these people together! Keep up your BRILLIANT work, it really shows.
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fangedfem Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
Thank you for your words =)
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