This journal is here to highlight, debug and bust some myths for you all of stuff that goes on ALL the time, and is in part spurred by some recent events that leave me somewhat baffled and perplexed over some of the behavior we've been recently seeing across the DA communities, particularly Stock & Resources, and Photomanip since we work so closely together (and its apparently time I wrote a new wall of text to you all.)
Every community has them. Those constant "issues" that make people angry and frustrated. Sometimes they can be easily solved with a little effort, and other times something just snaps and causes reactions that are far and away over the top. Here are some of our top faves.
Its time for everyone to take a nice soothing deep breath, its a long one!
There will be a test at the end.
OMG WHY DID YOU SEND YOUR REPLY TO PirateLotus-Stock and CelticStrm-Stock AS WELL??
Hello, welcome to TEAM Stock and Resources!
We regularly share information between us which might affect our community, we talk via Skype on a daily basis, and we take action as part of a wider team of volunteers and staff members FOR YOU. BECAUSE OF YOU, BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT YOUR DEVIANTART EXPERIENCE. No matter what you think about our ulterior motives (there is no free cake or holidays in Hawaii, just sayin.)
We know there are tons of things you want to see improved and fixed and changed, we want to see them too! To that end, we copy each other in on note replies or comments a lot, don't take it personally. We do it because we can't always notice/talk to/look at every single thing on the site that might affect the community and the individual artists that community is comprised of - there is just a few of us and a whole great big ton of you lot.
SOLUTION: Don't be offended by us copying other people into a reply or a comment, its for your or their benefit to see the information, and saves us time having to repeat stuff.
You can be in our team too, theres just one rule, you can't talk about it. You never talk about.. no wait thats the other one.
You CAN talk about our team, you can talk to us about our team too! Don't be afraid of the team. We give hugs. The most important thing about our team is communication. We rely on it. We can't fix things that make you pissed off and angry or happy and excited if you don't tell us why you are pissed off and angry or happy and excited. ALL OF THE FEELS!
THATS IT I QUIT!!!!!!!!!!
To everyone who has ever done this - Rage quitting is only punishing yourself - and thats the only thing you are going to achieve by doing this, so why do it? If your purpose in rage quitting is to make somebody else feel guilty about something you did, or to get sympathy and attention - then I encourage you to think seriously about your actions and your reasons for doing them.
With the legitimate stock issue, the simple fact is that you really aren't unique. The majority of stock providers and photomanipulators will tell ANYBODY who does this to remove the infringing images from their work if they use our stock or they recognize the copyrighted content. We shouldn't have to, but we do. We try our best to support and encourage artists to work with legitimate stock that protects them, and their artwork. Which in turn promotes a level of integrity and quality which everyone benefits from and appreciates.
SOLUTION: Use legit stock from the get go, make good artwork, be proud of your work, don't ever EVER rely on anybody else to give you recognition or validation or pats on the back for being so clever and talented and yes for heavens sake tripple flippin check things if you are not sure or just don't use it!
Don't rage quit, be responsible for yourself, and don't guilt trip others for things you do to yourself.
PRO TIP: Only YOU decide what images you use from what sources in your artwork. Its your responsibility to make sure they are legit, not mine or any one elses.
I HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH I CAN SAY WHATEVER I WANT AND YOU CAN'T STOP ME!
Welp, congratulations for copy pasting all that stuff in that wall of text to me which does nothing but waste your time trying to look cleverer than I am.
Its the worst kept secret of the internet age. You are welcome to say whatever you want, however you want to say it, its very true. Of course that is the brilliance of free speech and anonymity - who cares if the person you are bitching about behind their backs might see your PUBLIC posts, you don't have to look them in the eye, or take responsibility right?
The only problem is whilst you are exercising your right to free speech you are forgetting about your right to listen and understand and empathize with the people you are "free speaking" at. You don't have to concern yourself for how they will feel afterwards, or how they will still have to put a brave face on it and talk to you and in the case of somebody volunteering their time freely for you, to support you, pretending they didn't see the pretty hurtful and thoughtless things you wrote - and thats never going to be ok in my book.
SOLUTION: Walk a mile in their shoes. If you have a problem - be that with a community, or an individual or a group of people ALWAYS talk to them directly. Resolve the matter WITH them like an adult, make the problem you had become a solution for EVERYONE.
And if you absolutely must must must tell your mates about how terrible "so and so" was to you, or how they dared to call you out for acting like an asshat in public, or them not doing a good enough "job" in your opinion - do yourself a favor don't do it in a public location.
Responsibility for public comments and their effects starts with each and every one of us. EVERYONE has things they are dealing with that you and your free speech don't even know about. Be responsible for your words and actions - be mindful of their effects.
PRO TIP: They lied to us when they said words will never hurt.
WELL THEY DID IT SO I CAN AS WELL AND YOU CAN'T STOP ME!
I am a long standing fan of a very simple response to this one.
If you saw them jumping off a bridge because nobody has caught them yet, would you do it too?
Copying somebody elses actions when you know full well that what they are doing is wrong, doesn't make what you do right by default. Theres just no excuse in this bracket that will ever work.
SOLUTION: Learn from those who set a good example. BE a good example for others.
HOW DARE THEY GET AWAY WITH THAT - SEND FOR THE PITCHFORKS!
No. If somebody doesn't understand the rules, or they don't understand copyright or how the community works SHOW THEM. Explain, how the system works, show them where they can get information from to learn.
Solution: BE a good example for others. HELP people who don't understand - to understand, to become PART of this community. Those kids that post anime renders and celeb images - they are just sharing the things they are passionate about. It might be in the wrong place, and ignoring some very basic copyright rules, but they are doing the same thing you do, something they clearly love to do, just like you do.
Don't punish them for that passion and enthusiasm, they grow up and learn and mature just like you did to become artists who post original creative work, backed by the support of thousands of artists who came before them and learnt the same way.
HERE COMES THE TEST!
I lied, no test.
Ultimately much of this should go without saying. Its all common sense and maturity and dealing with things in an adult manner. How you act will far often outweigh what your artwork looks like or how people look up to you or how many watchers you have.
If like me sometimes you slip up and make mistakes but try your best no matter how difficult the situation is then I salute you, because it takes guts to get up and carry on and be mature about some situations that crop up - some days the test is really bloody hard - but its worth it.
SOLUTION: Be respectful to each other and be responsible for your own self, because nobody else can do that for you.