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Thu Aug 27, 2015, 7:03 PM by KatasiHK:iconkatasihk:

Adventure by SyarPage

We all have our way of using DeviantArt to engage and build relationships with other Deviants around art. We submit deviations and the community kicks into gear with comments, favs, shares and new watchers. But there are times when engagement is not as high, or it doesn't happen as quickly as normal.

Where thinking of a place dedicated to kindred activities (engagement prompts) that you could do for the Deviants in your community.

You might ask — How is that any different from how I comment, favourite and share right now?


  1. The deviations and Deviants you engage with will be aligned with the Kindred spirit of the DeviantArt community. In other words, they will be surfaced here because they may not have received the love and consideration they deserve.

    Getting a fave or a comment on a work-in-progress could be more valuable than waiting for feedback on the finished piece.
  2. Your participation in this place could potentially earn you a NEW badge!

    New Badge by KatasiHK

    We are not sure what this would look like yet, but we know what it’s for.
  3. Our goal is for this to be a more fun and direct way to engage with your community!

So far, our working title for this place is called: Support. We referred to it recently in a journal about profile page ideas.


How Support Works by KatasiHK
What you put into it is what you get out of it.


We could add a ‘Support’ tab to your Watch (so you can support your community), and a similar tab to your Profile (so people can support you). The colored boxes represent the different Kindred activities that you could do for the Deviants in Your Community. Note: These prompts would only appear under the 'Support' tab and nowhere else on the site.
Support by KatasiHK

What is Core Membership?

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 5:26 AM by Heidi:iconheidi:

World Heart by minayuyu
Earlier today, DeviantArt released an announcement explaining what "Core Membership Is..."  To complement that announcement, I've penned a few of my own thoughts about what Core Membership means to me.

DeviantArt owes its existence to its community. The inspiring, pulsating life force that began 15 years ago with a small group of artists and art appreciators has grown more than anyone could have ever imagined. A true force of motivation and support on the Web, our community is one-of-a-kind in its service to the artistic greater good. And it always has been.

Whether you take the extra moment to answer a Note from a student of art hoping to learn from you, leave a thought-provoking comment on a moving piece of art, or simply watch a deviant, you are invested in your fellow artistic man, and that has all happened naturally from day one. The fact that you're here, browsing, collecting, supporting, and creating, just because you feel that pull to change the world through your artistic contributions is an inspiration to all that there is hope for humanity, via the arts.

To use DeviantArt, you need no more than your artistic ambition and an Internet connection. Membership has always been  and will always be  free to use for all across the world. But there are instances when deviants strive to give more, as thanks for providing the framework that brought us all together. In these instances, in exchange for monetary support, we're able to focus on exciting new features, more tools to inspire, and more opportunities to let art shine. 

Just like a donation of your time or funds to a local museum makes it possible for all to reap the benefits of your generosity, so does the support to DeviantArt  it benefits all deviants.

Core Membership is a proclamation from deviants around the globe stating a material commitment to the future of DeviantArt. Core is the fuel that sustains the momentum and leads us forward to building a stable, strong future with the innovations necessary for the community to survive and thrive.  

Core Membership comes with special privileges in return for that commitment, but perhaps the greatest privilege is the knowledge that the entire community can continue to prosper and grow thanks to such generous contributions. 

Why didn’t you formally announce Core before today?
We should have.  It was a mistake to not have properly explained our belief in Core and what it means for DeviantArt.

Why did you change the name of Premium Membership to Core Membership?
While the Premium Membership was largely about special features and add-ons, the Core Membership is about supporting the community for the sake of the community itself.  Core Members will continue to receive special features and add-ons, but Core is first and foremost about helping DeviantArt sustain a stable, strong future.  We call it Core Membership because those are the deviants who sustain us at our very core, allowing benefits to radiate outward in all directions.

Does DeviantArt only care about Core Deviants?
All deviants are important and valued.  The DeviantArt community represents a cross-section of the world at large and it's thanks to our many deviant artists  both free and paid  that DeviantArt exists as it does today.

Why did you increase prices?
We believe Core Membership is worth $5.00 per month.  A three-month Core Membership is $15.00 and a twelve-month Core Membership is available at a discounted rate of $50.00.

Core Membership is too expensive.
While we don't have current plans to further discount the price of Core Membership, it is possible that we will have promotional opportunities in the future.

What if I previously had a Premium Membership?
All Premium Memberships have been converted into Core Memberships.  If you selected re-billing as a Premium Member, you will continue to be re-billed at the previous rates you enjoyed.  If you weren't enrolled in re-billing, you will not automatically be charged for a Core Membership.  Core Members enjoy the same privileges as the former Premium Members – no features or add-ons have been removed.

Why is the Core Membership symbol an orange star?
When creating the identity for Core, DeviantArt's Studio team explored a number of options relating to symbols and colors.

The Future is Now

Three months ago we launched the DeviantArt Timeline to provide the community better insight into DeviantArt's future.  The following is a condensed roadmap of what's already in the works:
  • Sept. 1st: the DeviantArt Mobile App will be updated to include Notes and notifications.
  • Sept. 2nd: the first phase of our new thumbnail grid launches.
  • Oct. 2nd: the first phase of our new Watch launches.
  • Oct. 8th: the DeviantArt Mobile App will be available for Windows phones and tablets.
  • Oct. 15th: Notes search launches.
But there's still so much more to be done.   We could translate the site into additional languages (skyrocketing traffic for artists), build advanced tools for commissions, create an art registry to establish clear proof of authorship and ownership, and so much more.  With your help, through supporting Core Membership, DeviantArt could one day enhance the lives of artists in ways we can currently only dream about.

Some deviants help the community simply by using the site – donating their time and energy to supporting their fellow artists.  And their contributions are invaluable.  But for those who have the desire and ability to support the DeviantArt community, through the Core Membership, we're able to push forward, improve, grow, and advance the art and the artists of DeviantArt.


Rick and Morty Contest - Last Call!

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 4:17 PM
880x440-v2 by madizzlee

InterdimensionallyDysfunctional Contest

Eligibility: 18+, U.S.

New Season • Sundays • adult swim

Enter Now

Alter the laws of the universe with the Rick and Morty Interdimensionally Dysfunctional Contest!

Create an illustration of Rick, Morty, and/or the rest of the Smith family in a crazy interdimensional situation. Make it original and weird. Blow our minds. Rick and Morty co-creator, Justin Roiland, will pick the best submissions. These winners will each receive a custom Adult Swim gift bag, DeviantArt Points, and cash prizes!

Rick and Morty isn't for the weak of heart. The hilarious adventures of genius scientist (Rick Sanchez) and his fretful grandson (Morty Smith) typically veer out-of-control, as they unravel the very fabric of time and space. To celebrate Season 2 of the hit television show, Adult Swim and DeviantArt challenge you to pervert the laws of the space time continuum and take Rick and Morty on a bizarre adventure!

How to enter Rick and Morty Interdimensionally Dysfunctional Contest

Step 1

Watch the Rick and Morty Season 2 trailer and review “The About the Show” section for inspiration for your entry and to better understand the themes and personalities used on the show.

Step 2

Choose at least one member of the Sanchez/Smith family to portray on an adventure in an original different dimension! You may also feature other characters from the show, but you must feature at least one member of the family in your twisted new dimension.

Step 3

Submit your entry to the contest category using the Submit Entry button below.

Read Official RulesEnter Now

Meet The Members of The Smith and Sanchez Family

Rick Sanchez

Scientist, inventor, alcoholic. Also Morty’s grandfather and inter-dimensional traveler.

Morty Smith

Rick’s reluctant but willing grandson/inter-dimensional travel partner and budding sex-bot enthusiast.

Beth Smith

Rick’s daughter, mother of Summer and Morty. Doctor. OK, horse doctor. But still a doctor. Jerry’s wife. Is that wine?

Jerry Smith

Father of Morty and Summer. Object of Rick’s disdain. Titanic enthusiast. Bad golfer.

Summer Smith

Morty’s older sister. Occasional third wheel and voice of reason. Do you know where she left her smart phone?

Prizing for Winning Entries

First Place
  • $3,500 USD
  • 8,000 DeviantArt Points
  • Adult Swim Gift Bag
Second Place
  • $2,500 USD
  • 4,000 DeviantArt Points
  • Adult Swim Gift Bag
Third Place
  • $1,000 USD
  • 4,000 DeviantArt Points
  • Adult Swim Gift Bag
5 Semi-Finalists
  • 2,000 DeviantArt Points
  • Adult Swim Gift Bag
Justin Roiland, co-creator of Rick and Morty, will select the winners.


  • Entrant must be at least 18 years old as of August 10, 2015;
  • Entrant must must be a resident of the United States, its territories, or its possessions. Individuals located on United States military bases wherever located may also enter;
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PST) on August 30, 2015 and must be submitted through the contest gallery on DeviantArt;
  • Membership to is required to enter the Contest. Membership to is free;
  • The work may originate in any visual medium excluding cosplay, photographs, or moving images. Photographs of an entry made in another medium are acceptable. Licensed brushes and textures are permitted as are visual elements from the animated series, Rick and Morty. Read the Official Rules for more details;
  • Your entry must be in the form of a single JPG or PNG file at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length;
  • Your entry must include at least one family member from the animated series “Rick and Morty” as the family member arrives in a different, original, dysfunctional dimension;
  • Do not include the “Rick and Morty” name in entry;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, so please read the Official Rules carefully.

The five semi-finalists and the three winners will be selected by Justin Roiland, co-creator of Rick and Morty. Justin Roiland will pick from a pool of 30 entries chosen by full time staff at DeviantArt. The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Incorporation of the Rick and Morty theme and characters
  • Overall Impact of the Work
  • Originality of the dimension
  • Artistic Skill

Please read the Official Rules for more details about judging.

Read Official RulesEnter Now

Celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday!

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 12:01 AM
Untitled-1 by marioluevanosAs DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your home for art. After all, it's the community's 15th birthday, too, and in the past few months, we've been making it our top priority to share with you our plans for the future, celebrate the successes of our past, and look to you for guidance on how best we can serve each of you while entering this new phase of DeviantArt's existence.

As DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your home for art. After all, it's the community's 15th birthday, too, and in the past few months, we've been making it our top priority to share with you our plans for the future, celebrate the successes of our past, and look to you for guidance on how best we can serve each of you while entering this new phase of DeviantArt's existence.

With the launch of the DeviantArt Timeline, greater transparency into features to come, and a handful of fixes and updates the community has been hoping for, we couldn't be more excited for our new direction. And it wouldn't have been possible without your passionate interactions, comments, and feedback. We can't wait to make your vision for the future a reality! So help yourself to an extra slice of cake this year. You deserve it!

Before many staple websites you visit today, there was DeviantArt — the home of artistic camaraderie and a haven for inspiration. Though our community was comparatively small way back when, we had heart to fuel our passions, and that heart continues to pump blood through the veins of every artist in our now-huge colony of artistic individuals. It’s been a wild ride during our 15-year growth, and we wanted to share some hard numbers with the community to show just how far we've come.

We’ve created a DeviantArtist Questionnaire. Answer the questions below in a journal and submit it to the Deviant Events category. When done, search for the title and get to know your fellow deviants better by reading their answers. You may be surprised by how much you learn!

  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?

  2. What does your username mean?

  3. Describe yourself in three words.

  4. Are you left or right handed?

  5. What was your first deviation?

  6. What is your favourite type of art to create?

  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

  8. What was your first favourite?

  9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art?

  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

  1. Visit the "Write a Journal Entry" page, found in the Submit button.

  2. Copy and paste the above questions into the text area of the journal.

  3. If you’d like to include a deviation in any of your answers, use the "Add Media" button and select "DeviantArt" to search for deviations to include.

  4. You can add deviations by clicking on them!

  5. Title your Journal “DeviantArtist Questionnaire” and post it to the Deviant Events category.  Tag it with #DeviantArtistQuestionnaire.

Comment on this journal with a link to your DeviantArtist Questionnaire to earn the 15th Birthday Badge!

Sapporo CANvas Contest

Thu Jul 30, 2015, 2:39 PM
880x440-last-chance by madizzleeCombine the past and present to reimagine the essence of Sapporo! Sapporo and DeviantArt challenge you to create an original piece of art using or featuring the Sapporo can that combines elements of both classic and modern Japan. Three winners will receive $1,500 USD and various prizes! With Sapporo’s strong ties to both the art world and their Japanese roots, your artistic options are endless!

Mexico/US 21+

Canada 19+

Enter Now

Combine the past and present to reimagine the essence of Sapporo!

The iconic Sapporo can is a study in minimalism: sleek, clean, and unadorned. Sapporo and DeviantArt challenge you to create an original piece of art using or featuring the Sapporo can that combines elements of both classic and modern Japan. Using the Sapporo can in your entry, combine elements of Japan's past and present to create a new concept piece of art.

With Sapporo’s strong ties to both the art world and their Japanese roots, your artistic options are endless—the only limit is your imagination.

How to enter the Sapporo CANvas Contest

  1. Watch the official Sapporo video below for inspiration and to help you understand the brand. Then, download these reference photos to help you create your work of art! Using these photos is not a requirement.Download References
  2. Include the Sapporo can or elements of the can in your artwork to create your entry. You may use any visual medium as long as your entry is submitted as a single JPEG or PNG. Be sure to read the Official Rules for more information.Read Official Rules
  3. Submit your entry using the button below.Enter Now

Contest open to Mexico/US 21+ or Canada 19+ residents.

Abstract sculpture

Digital Art

Digital Illustration

Get inspired by watching the video

Entrants in Mexico, click here.

Grand Prize Winners

3 Winners will receive these prizes

  • $1,500.00 USD
  • Sapporo x Vitaly Collaboration piece: KAMPAI Necklace (ARV $60)
  • 2 Sapporo can-glasses (ARV $30)

*Entries may be featured in a Sapporo social media advertising campaign promoting the contest.


The Sapporo CANvas Contest Begins at 12:00AM Time (PDT) on July 29, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (PDT) on September 02, 2015.

  • Contest is open only to current residents of: (1) the United States, the District of Columbia, its territories, and U.S. military installations, (2) Mexico, or (3) Canada.
  • Entrant must be at least 19 years or older as of July 29, 2015 for Canadian residents or 21 years or older as of July 29, 2015 for Mexican and United States residents.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PDT) on September 02, 2015 and must be submitted through the contest gallery on DeviantArt.
  • Membership to is required to enter the Contest. Membership to is free.
  • The work may originate in any visual medium excluding cosplay, photographs, or moving images. Photographs of an entry made in another medium is acceptable. Licensed brushes and textiles are permitted. Read Official Rules for more details.
  • Your entry must be in the form of a single .JPG or .PNG file at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length.
  • Must be the Entrant's original work made for the Contest and may not use stock materials from others, renders, trademarks, or characters other than those provided as downloadable references to this contest.


The three winners will be selected by a representative of the Sapporo brand. The judge will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judge believes appropriate:

  • Use of the Sapporo can or its elements in the Work
  • Overall Impact of the Work
  • Originality and Artistic Skill
  • The combination of modern and ancient Japanese styles

Please read the Official Rules for more details about judging.

Enter NowRead Official Rules

Since 1876

Sapporo is the original Japanese beer. From the first batch of our lager brewed in 1876 to the tall steel can in your hand today — Sapporo beer has always celebrated originality.

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WhiteLionsOrchard Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2015  Student General Artist
okay so is it just me or is it amazingly underhanded to have changed a lot of systems including the addition of automatic billings without so much as a peep from HQ or explanatory notifications on the matter. you cant run a community site without communicating with your users that's like half the point. we've been telling you for years about theft and cons, now you near double prices overnight. i have a feeling you think this site is filled with professionals instead of mostly students, hobbyists, and people who haven't been able to make a living on art (yet). this place has been crumbling for a long time to be honest but maybe you've finally finished its coffin.
rosaarvensis Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It amazes me that there is no any official journal, any "site update" about this core thing and that you've made such a big change without any information in the Timeline. I feel you must be truly ashamed of it, that's why you're so silent :D
PureSunsetRose Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dear DA, 

I thought the Art theft was bad, you pretty much said your going to do little to NOTHING to punish art thieves.  When I saw that, I thought "I pray this is as low as they get".  And guessed what? You just proved me wrong ONCE AGAIN.

Not only is the CORE membership ripping YOUR USERS WHO YOU DEPEND ON off and not even warning us about it bad, but this? I can't believe you'd do this TO YOUR OWN STAFF.  I likely speak for A LOT of users in saying KEEP IT UP AND YOU'LL LOSE MORE TO YOUR COMPETITION SITES!

So please..... PLEASE stop digging your own grave, your already shoulder length deep.
Chiciramirez Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Dear DA,

I raise my voice and please hear me!

First of all, What's with the sudden change of CORE which make the team didn't inform anything to us? This is a wrong act which lead as you can see...Misinformation, misunderstood, many people complaining.

Second, If Core would be permanent at least put up new features and benefits of being Core member. I didn't see much different than being Premium member...

Third, The Core price is outrageous. Rather than spent 50$ for 1 year subscription, we could spent those money with something useful/meaningful. saying this doesn't mean i can't afford one. I'm just saying that it make's sense right?

I'm sorry to hear that many staff being harmly bashful by lots of negative comments especially spyed . The real issue here is that we DESERVE to know what's really going on!

Saying this doesn't mean i starting hating DA. I'm just dissapointed with the current now because i've been member for 4 years and this is not the same DA i used to enjoy before.

That's all from me
PrimalInstincts Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dear DA team,

As a member of almost 10 years I just wanted to leave a little message for the team.
I'm sure you guys are overwhelmed with messages about how much Core is hated and while, I am in no way a fan, I do not wish to bring animosity to this post. Rather, I would like to offer some suggestions to help ease tensions as well as as some questions which you may or may not chose to answer.

For starters, I think the biggest reason so many are outraged over Core is, obviously, the lack of notice.
Some of us have been with you guys since the start and it's been a major severance of trust that you decided to drop these rather major changes onto the community.  Yes, I know when you break the numbers down that it doesn't seem like much of an increase in price but to so many of us who use this site as an escape, as a place of free expression and relaxation that is a very heavy price.
I also understand the position you, as a business, are in as well.
This 'adjusting for inflation' excuse I have been seeing all around the site just doesn't sit well with me for one GLARING reason: We are still in a major recession.
How can you justify inflation when this is a plain and simply fact?

This being said I also understand the costs and wear of running a MAJOR website like this one that reaches countries all around the globe. It does get expensive very quickly. However, rather that spring this trap on us may I suggest this?
Allow members to renew or pick up a 'core' aka premium account at the old price FOR ONE WEEK ONLY.
Make it a special, a final blow out kind of deal. Do you realize the amount of cash you would make from this? I, personally, would renew for another 2 years which, by old price standards, would be more than one year through core.

I like talking in numbers because it's simple and there is no arguing with them. Allow people time to adjust and KNOW that, yes, memberships will be going up as the site grows. Blindly throwing this at us simply bad etiquette and only soiling the relationship you have made with thousands of people.

Additionally it would be nice to at least get a sneak peek at whatever else this 'core' is going to bring us. Perhaps if we weren't all blind to what on earth is going on then people would be a bit more understanding and supportive. (God if you throw in icon/logo customization watch what happens. I swear xD)
Again, being a member of nearly ten years, I at this time do NOT plan on renewing my premi account. There are just too many other things $50 can be used for in my life that, as much as I would love to give to support this site, would benefit me more.
Even better, take up QueenHalloween 's idea and separate Core and Premium members. Core can be the exclusive, pro members that it sounds like it should be and more focused towards those artists who use the site to make a living. Core members could get the discounts on prints and include things like the commission widgets and even more things to aid them in selling their art. Premium members could be for those who just like the social media aspect of things like journal CSS, gallery organization and polls. Premium members wouldn't have access to things like the commission widget and not get discounts through the DA stores.

These, again, are just my ideas.
I'm just one person I know but I'm trying to see this from both sides of the table and bring this community back together. I hate seeing it fracture so violently like this when I know, to a point, you guys are just doing what you need to survive.

Please, if you have the chance, consider my words.

We're not mad Deviantart....just Disappointed.
IllyDragonfly Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015   General Artist
Aaah, I'm agree with you. :clap: Plus I like the idea of more advantages if you buy the core membership and for a 'goodbye Premium' event. :nod: Many would buy for themselves or for friends one and they'd get a lot of money all at once. 
mortifyed Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
the core membership is stupid

unforgivable-dildo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
hi da staff
have some lulz of gags bye
how about THIS? by unforgivable-dildo  how about THIS? by unforgivable-dildo  how about THIS? by unforgivable-dildo  how about THIS? by unforgivable-dildo  how about THIS? by unforgivable-dildo  
rretrievers Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
unforgivable-dildo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
cri me a rive r
rretrievers Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
that picture u made, made me laugh so hard i was crying
DasGhul Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015   General Artist
PS: Do you read your notes, btw?
I said that this "core" thing, as meaningless as it is, actually COULD be great, if it was meant to honour veteran members instead.
Like, for example, my humble self.
For they are the ones keeping this place alive, you know? :idea:
DasGhul Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015   General Artist
Dear staff,
sometimes I really think you just don't WANT this site to become as great as it could get.

Sometimes I really do think, that you are in secret league with fuckin' :iconfuckbookplz: fakebook.

You might want to ask yourself WHY I am sometimes thinking this... :salute:
QueenHalloween Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Personally, at the moment, I'm thinking premium membership and CORE should of been kept separate.
I don't think CORE is an appropriate name, due to aforementioned listed reasons. (SenshiStock puts it well.)
But that aside... with the two seperated, CORE could be more pricey, with more features/benefits to make it worth the larger price tag.
Although this woulda met protest, you could of even taken features from PM such as polls and make them available only to CORE members.
Like I love polls, I use them way more than journals to not only just ask questions, but also announce things. Features like that would make CORE more desirable.
And Premium Membership probably could of been raised a BIT without much issue, especially if explained why. I think the community would be more supportive if kept involved.
In fact, if you had announced that PM prices were gonna go up by X date, then you probably would of had HELLA PM sells since everyone would wanna stock up while they could at the low price.
I'm sure there is other ways to raise funds in addition, if ya'll need it... I just feel like CORE would of been more positively received if kept separate, perhaps even just initially.
Or at least if it had been announced beforehand. It was shocking yesterday to refresh and then BAM. This is a pretty major change and needless to say a lot of the community is upset.
Like at this time, this petition has 9,500 signatures, 23 hours after its creation, to bring back the old prices and PM. Anyways, I dunno. Just my opinion on how it should of gone... ^^; :)
IllyDragonfly Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015   General Artist
Ehm... hi. Sorry to bother you, I'm sure you are all very busy, but... I wonder about a thing.
If dA needs money that much and has having a hard period one of could write a journal about it. Maybe for dA birthday you could organize something to get some money!
If you need funds you could make a fundrising, I'm sure many would be eager to give their contribute (me included). I'm jobless and with not much money, but I really really wish to help this site I adore so much.
Just a little suggestion of course. :blush:
Have a nice day, and have a big hug. I suspect you need one, folks. :hug:
Rigiroony Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CreatetheColours Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know many people are giving the admins Hell already but I'm caring less and less each second. Thanks to DA's new policy and this "Core membership" crap, I'm no longer proud to call this site a second home.
I was really looking forward to celebrating my 1st year on DA, too.
PantherPL Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
CreatetheColours Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:2 rvmp 
slayingallhumans Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How can you say that people buying this new "CORE" membership will be the core of the site. You would have been earning a shit load more money from the other prices, because they were reasonable, they were achievable and they weren't downright ridiculous. 

You wouldn't even have a site as big as you do if it wasn't for us members here. The people themselves MAKE the core of your community, not those with more money than sense. 

I for one am not hanging around to see your next fuck up. You have lost a 7 year member here, and I hope to god you lose more because this site has been spiraling down rapidly over the last year and this is the least you deserve.
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Since there was no official announcement about CORE and everyone else is sharing their thoughts on CORE here, I suppose I will, too.

Considering how much these changes impact the subscribers of this site, I am surprised by the lack of advance notice of these changes. Or, at the very least, a news event in my inbox the day of the change to help me understand what is actually going on. Without an official announcement, the community is left confused and forced to speculate. This undoubtedly leads to misinformation and overreaction.

Regarding price increases: prices go up and that's understandable. It would be cool if DA rolled out some new features to make people who are paying more feel like they are getting more. It sounds like you have some things on the horizon for profile customization and some other stuff, but it would probably have been better to roll out new features with the price change announcement in order to diffuse some of the aggravation. Or at least announce that there are new features coming soon.

This actually makes me wonder if this is why we can't access extensions to our memberships at this point. I wonder if DA is waiting until all the new features are available before allowing people to extend their current membership? I hope the block on extensions is temporary. People don't always have the disposable income available at the exact moment their membership runs out and being able to add to it at any time allows flexible budgeting.

As someone who has been graciously recognised by the community as a contributor to the site and made a Senior Member via the Deviousness Award, I feel it is important to also voice my opinion on the name of this change and this discomfort it gives me.  As many others have stated here, the name "CORE" implies that the people subscribing to the site are the foundation of the site. I can understand this point of view because they are financially helping the site to run. However, for a site that's been so heavy on their professed love of community, it really rubs a lot of people the wrong way.

I have been on DA on one account or another for over ten years and I do believe in the community. I have thrived as an artist and a stock provider through this site and I've made a lot of friends, too. I have seen DA do some good things for community and I know a lot of community leaders who have worked hard to build up their sections of DA so people feel welcome and encouraged in those spaces.

"Premium Memberships" were what they were. It was a pay to play system that allowed you 'premium' access to some handy features and ad-free browsing. It was transparent, easy to understand, and for many it was desirable.

"CORE" memberships are a re-branding that creates a system where we minimize the important of members who are too young to pay or do not have the disposable income to afford the new prices. Instead of a pay to play system that is clearly set up to access special features for a price, we are now implying that people who pay to use the site are somehow the center of the community. The truth is that a community is not built on people who can afford to get memberships - it's built on dedicated deviants who come here often and support each other. While I'm sure it's likely that the most active members of DA are also subscribers, I can't deny that the re-branding sets off an elitist taste in my mouth that is neither pleasant not desirable.

My biggest point here is that people who previously desired a paid membership to access special features might now be put off by the 'attitude' of the new branding. I am not sure if this was considered, or if the team hoped the elite sounding name would be more desirable, but at least for me, it's pretty disappointing.

I hope for more information soon that will clarify many of the questions that people have. I usually roll my eyes at people who complain about small changes to the site, but in this instance I think the knee-jerk reaction is justified. Tell us when big changes are coming - communication is also fundamental to the 'core' of community.
QueenHalloween Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Thank you for speaking out! :) I agree.
IllyDragonfly Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015   General Artist
I'm agree with any single word you said. I expected that such a big change like that would have included the alfa or the beta testers at least. :( I feel so useless.
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah yeah, sometimes I forget I'm beta on one of the other accounts I have and I see changes there that I don't realize are beta. I actually thought this must be beta because there was no announcement
MamaMadi Featured By Owner Edited Aug 4, 2015  Student General Artist
I've gone through a lot of senior members trying to find one that isn't ignoring the issue or is siding with the staff (which are usually the ones that make a lot of money and don't need to worry about the $50/$70 fee) and I want to thank you because no influential people on this website have spoken against the staff.

Well not really against the staff, but I agree, I think a lot less people would be pissed if the staff had warned us.
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