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One night, I decided to write a journal
. It wasn't a very seriously thought-out journal, but I was rambling on when I hatched an idea. It quickly flew in and out of my brain, I passed it off, and then I revisited it.
The dA staff do so much to make deviantART a comprehensive, friendly, top-of-the-line community for us
-- I think it's time we give back
We should hold a deviantART Staff Appreciation Week!
Think about it!
The deviantART Staff are very proactive. Whether it's being a pimp, posting various design tips and helpful journals, or answering our help-desk inquiries, there is always a staff member lurking. Unlike other popular websites now, which treat the staff like obscure beings whom you need to email to possibly contact, deviantART staff are readily available (if you don't know, they have either a $ or a + in front of their username).
Sure, you could argue that they only do it because deviantART is a business
, but do
the staff need to be involved in the community if this is JUST for business? No, of course not! They could isolate themselves from us and intervene where necessary...
...but they don't.
So, come on! Give back! deviantART is a wonderful tool for networking with new people who have similar interests, and it is truly getting improved, modified, and nurtured every month, if not every week!
What Would This Look Like?
I truly don't know. I asked my watchers for their opinions, and many of them provided some awesome ideas! Some of the popular ideas for this event are quoted here: `Krissi001
We can spam the staff with muro-heart-drawings on their page ^SparklyDest
For the Staff Appreciation Week, there could be fan art of some sort. Drawings, stamps, muro doodles....just a thought. *keyanadrake
What about random staff ... um.. hugs or prizes or something. Like, choose random staff members, or staff that have personally helped or done craploads of stuff, and do something nice for them. We could collect together stuff... to give them?
How about a sort of secret santa, people enter the competition, are given the name of a staff member who deserves appreciation and that person is responsible for doing something nice for that staff member.
Some of my personal ideas are:
Interviews with staff to see what exactly they do.
Putting the "spotlight" on staff members throughout the week.
Perhaps a scuzzle?
I am really trying to just plan this special week now, so input is welcome!
What Can You Do?
Obviously this idea would take a lot of planning. Not only would we need to decide on dates, times, and activities, but we would need to network with the admins and get more deviants interested in participating!
To be honest, everyone can help
. I can't possibly organize this by myself, so volunteers are invited to note me
and offer your services. Some things I could use help with are:
Networking with communities.
Prizes for contests or events.
General pimpage and interest generation.
Ideas for contests or activities.
Setting a group of dates for this to occur.
Other things that I haven't thought of!
Don't be afraid to contact me! I assure you that you can be helpful, and I know that there are some innovative, brilliant deviants out there. I would love to be able to let the staff know how much we appreciate their time, work, and effort, and I feel that this is a perfect way to do so.
I hope you do too.
So, please, feel free to contact me or comment on this news article. Join into the fun, since I know that the community can come together to make this idea a reality.