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July 28, 2011


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deviantPOINTS: An update

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 28, 2011, 1:24 PM
Over the past few months we’ve been keeping a watchful eye on the way that members in our community have been offering points as payment for certain types of services within deviantART. We’ve seen all sorts of creative uses, from offering to critique your work for a few points, journal features for a few more points and my personal fav -- avatars, journal skins and any other sort of art commission for points.  It’s been great to see deviants use their experience and skills to fund their super group upgrades, prints purchases and even treating their friends and families to their very first item of deviantWEAR.

As time rolled on, we noticed a new trend creeping in. People were not just offering a small number of points for a task that they’d normally do as part of their daily deviating -- people were offering thousands of page views for hundreds of points, and there seemed to be no limit to the amount that could be purchased, or offered. It didn’t feel right, but we wanted to make sure that you guys agreed with us - and of course you did. So we’ve made some changes to reflect how we all feel about this matter of people essentially exploiting the system -- and ultimately exploiting you, the community.

FAQ #895: Can I offer an automated service on deviantART in exchange for deviantPOINTS?

You may not use or offer any script, bot or any other automated 3rd party service in exchange for deviantPOINTS. If you are looking to increase your exposure within the community, you may wish to consider our AdCast service as an alternative option.

Deviants offering excessive and automated services in exchange for points will have their submissions detailing the offer removed, and your account may also face additional suspension should you attempt to bypass our policies.

This policy covers any “POINTS-for” scheme involving a machine-driven attempt to show false results in a member’s statistical or performance-based metrics on deviantART. You may never use POINTS to solicit a vote from a member of deviantART in any participatory voting process conducted by deviantART.

In addition, you’ll now find an amendment to the deviantART Points Terms & Conditions, which reflects these changes. We’ve highlighted the changes below, however you can view the full agreement here.

We’ve also amended our Etiquette Policy to reflect the update. We’ve highlighted the changes for you below, however you can view the whole of the policy here.

We hope that this clarifies our stance on the matter, however if you have any questions please ask! We’re happy to help. :dalove:

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Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   General Artist

LittleKirara Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

If this is true then you need to have $realitysquared change his journal. You can not get mad at users for doing something several staff members have openly stated that is okay to do.
raysheaf Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Here a discussion of DA user who is asking and receiving pageviews from bots. [link]
bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally I really don't want someone to offer so many faves or pageviews in exchange for points. I only want someone to fave my work of they really like it. I enjoy giving points just for the pleasure of helping someone get a premium membership or buying something they like or collecting them to give out to others. I do not have any favors tied to my points. They are totally free. :twocents:
Itti Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know I'm late to comment here (I've been away) but this seems like a very odd way of putting it. Surely using bots or scripts to increase pageviews (or whatever) is bad in itself? You make it sound like it's only forbidden in exchange for points. So if someone was doing it for free, or doing it for cash, that would be permitted - which seems a bit strange, but that's what the FAQ and Etiquette Policy seem to imply.
Fenori Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I thought something wasn't right about it.. why would you want to make fake pageviews, I don't get it :I
Dirgenesis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student General Artist
I whole-heatedly stand behind this decision. Nice to see some action being taken against these miscreants, looking to break the system. Thanks guys, and keep up the great work :D
xXxMiZuMiXmIkOxXx Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i know i'm late, but THANK YOU.
GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured: [link]
Sladin5Ever Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
So are you going to ban users with usernames similar to "Pageviewsforpoints" and those that continue to advertise for them? Or are they safe until they have too many strikes against them?
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