You're browsing deviantART or are simply checking your message centre and find a wonderful art piece. You want to suggest it as a Daily Deviation because you believe it truly deserves to be seen by the community as a whole. But how to properly suggest a DD? This article will explain the process.
Things to check before sending a suggestion:
The first thing you need to check is if the artist has been given a Daily Deviation in the past 6 months. Volunteers cannot feature anyone who's had a DD in that period of time with no exceptions, as this has been hard-coded into deviantART's system.
"But how do I check an artist's Daily Deviations?" you may ask. Simply go to their gallery, click browse and scroll down. If they have any DDs, you'll be able to find a link to them at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, you can add "/dds" after their profile url and click enter on your browser's address bar.
If they haven't been featured in the past 6 months (the dates are visible under the thumbnails) you may proceed to the next step. But if they do, you'll have to wait until they can be featured again to suggest their art. As a side note, keep in mind the number of DDs the artist has, some volunteers have a limit and wont feature anyone who surpasses that number.
The next step is to check the gallery your suggestion has been uploaded to. Simply take a look under the deviation you want to suggest and you'll find it:
Each Community Volunteer who features Daily Deviations oversees a specific gallery or category and can only feature deviations from that gallery/category only. A Photography CV can't feature deviations from the Fan Art Gallery and vice-versa, for example. On that same token, please make sure the image is not a miscat as volunteers cannot give DDs to misplaced deviations. IE, a digital doll uploaded to Traditional>Paintings>Miscellaneous wont be featured by any of the Traditional Art CVs. If you happen to come across a misplaced deviation, please report it via the tools given on the deviation page.
Once you have the category all you need to do is check which Community Volunteer is in charge of it. The complete list can be found in FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen? Another way of checking is this communityrelations' blog entry:
The Community Relations TeamThe Community Relations Team is made up of Community Volunteers who liaise with Director of Community Relations Moonbeam13
Community Volunteers help the community out by providing you -- the community -- with a specific contact point in relation to galleries, chat and forums. You’ll find them doing the following;
Helping run community challenges and educational projects
Supporting community events
Helping moderate forums
Being part of the #help team
Being part of the team that moderate #devart and other official chatrooms
Liaising with Moonbeam13 and fourteenthstar on community matters
Bringing rockstar deviants to your attention via features, articles and Daily DeviationsPlease read :faq85: before applying for a Community Volunteer positionNote that you must be 18 years of age or older to qualifyPlease do NOT send notes
More often than not, you'll come across galleries that have more than one volunteer in charge. In this case, send your suggestion to only one of them. Suggesting a deviation to multiple CVs will never increase its chances of being featured and may cause confusion among volunteers.
Now that you know who to send your suggestion to, go to their profile and look for their Daily Deviation Suggestion Guidelines. Some volunteers have said guidelines written in a journal entry and others have them as a widget on their profile page. All Community Volunteers have their unique set of rules you need to be aware of before suggesting a deviation. Getting to know these guidelines will save you time because you'll know if the piece you want to suggest wont be declined straight away or if you'd be better suggesting to another volunteer who features from the same gallery, provided it suits their guidelines.
It is also a good idea to check the Daily Deviations given by the volunteer in the past. This usually gives you a good idea of the quality of art they feature. You'll usually find a collection of their Daily Deviations displayed on their profile as a widget or on their Favourites page.
Once you've made sure the deviation and artist meet the requirements to be suggested, all you need to do is send a note to the Community Volunteer. Remember, always send your suggestions via note as comments or replies might not be seen and for volunteers is easier to keep track of suggestions in notes.
Sending your suggestion note:
Since you're already on the volunteer's profile, the easiest way to send your suggestion is to click on the "Send a note" button located at the top right of your screen.
By doing so, a window will pop up. This is where you'll write your DD suggestion note:
The first thing to do when writing your note is to copy and paste the suggested deviation's thumbcode. Most volunteers prefer to see a thumbnail instead of a link. The thumbnail code will work in notes, even if you don't have a Premium Membership. You'll find it to the right on the deviation page in two places. The first one pops up by clicking on the arrow icon on the Share section, but some deviants have this option disabled. If that is the case the second option is to scroll down a bit and select the thumbcode under Details:
Copy the code and paste it to your note.
Some volunteers prefer when suggesters include a short summary describing why they think the deviation deserves to be on the DD page, but it isn't always required. This is why, like I mentioned before, it's very important to check the volunteer's guidelines before sending a note. That way you'll now if you need to include it or not.
When writing your reasons, relate them exclusively to the art itself. Daily Deviations aren't supposed to be gifts, awards or given because a deviant is a nice person or a good friend. They're an art feature and should be given for artistic reasons only. Be as short and concise as possible, you don't need to write an essay to make your point.
Finished doing your writing? Now's the time to hit the send button. Voilá! You've sent a DD suggestion!
Note: If you're already familiar with a Community Volunteer's guidelines, you may skip going to their profile and instead suggest the deviation by clicking the note icon on the Share section to the right, writing their username on the recipient field, then adding your reasons if needed and hitting send.
After sending your note:
Now the waiting begins. While some volunteers will reply to your note, this isn't always the case. This doesn't mean they haven't read your suggestion or that they don't care. Most of them are quite busy and get many notes a day so it's practically impossible to reply to every single one they receive.
Be patient and wait for your suggestion to appear on the DD page. If this doesn't happen, don't feel discouraged. Keep suggesting more art! By keeping track of the volunteers' DDs and guidelines, you'll increase the chances of sending a suggestion that will be accepted.
Other things to keep in mind:
- Sometimes you'll come across art that was submitted years ago. Why not check the artist's gallery to see if they have something newer that is much better? The idea of a Daily Deviation is to display the best of an artist's gallery and you never now how much progress someone has made until you check their work as a whole.
- Maybe you sent a suggestion to one volunteer, but you find out that the deviation has been featured by them but suggested by someone else. As mentioned above, volunteers receive many notes daily with suggestions. Someone might have the same suggestion before you or in some cases, the volunteer might have found the deviation by themselves. Complaining about something like this in public (and/or privately to the volunteer in question) will only make you come across as someone who suggests DDs for personal gaining. Suggesting someone else's art is not about you getting your name on the DD page: it's about making another artist happy because they work is so good it deserves to be there.
- Suggesting your own art is ok! We as artists need to promote ourselves and get our art out there. Don't be afraid and suggest your own work!
- In some cases like Photomanipulation, citing references and resources is a must in the description. If an artist hasn't cited their sources, the deviation will not be featured.
Useful links and references to keep at hand:
- - a helpful tutorial on how to suggest Daily Deviations. By Thiefoworld.
- - thumbZOOM is a browser extension that adds a DD tab to people's profiles and displays a DD icon (when the deviation has a DD) and thumbcode under thumbnails. By Xeviousss. Thanks to JamminJo for the heads-up!
- - Another browser script that will help your DD suggesting needs! By MixedMilkChOcOlate. Thanks Anoya for the tip!
- FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
- FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
- FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?
- FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?