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[CLOSED!] - Complain and Win a Prize!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 29, 2012, 2:10 PM
EDIT:  Come back tomorrow for the results! Phase Two begins on the 2nd!



That's right, crazy old thorny coconut is giving out prizes for complaining, and quite a few of you know this trick already. Yes, the Complaint Challenge has returned and this time GrimFace242 is going to help me run it! :happybounce: And we cannot wait to see all the gripes and Phase 2 entries after last year's awesome submissions! 

What could be more fun than winning points by complaining? Well, what happens after the complaining will be more fun, in my thorny opinion, but I'll save that until this portion is complete. Psst, next phase will have loads more prizes. :eyes:


The Complaint Challenge! - Phase 1


It's the end of the year and a perfect time to unload your gripes. Put them out in the open and prepare for a new year that will be filled with plenty more complaint worthy stuff.

I don't want just any complaints though. I want your dA complaints! Tell me what bugs you about deviantart the site or the deviantart community. I'm serious business about my prizes too and expect you to put some thought and effort into this.

We don't need super crazy rants (please don't!), and it can be issues that have been brought up before. Anything dA related is fair game including features and the community itself. Maybe you're frustrated with premium content, remembering where the period is in stash, or maybe you just hate the deviant green color scheme. Share your thoughts!

Requirements


:bulletblue: Comment on this journal with your complaint(s).

:bulletblue: Complaints must be about deviantART (site, community, etc)!

:bulletblue: Use 2-6* sentences per complaint to describe your gripe.

:bulletblue: Be courteous. 

:bulletblue: Limit it to two* complaints.

:bulletblue: Deadline: December 31st at 11:59 PM EST (USA)  

:bulletred: Fine Print :bulletred:
You will express your opinion and complaints with maturity and grace. You will NOT single out individuals, call people names, or otherwise make a fool of yourself in my journal. Any inflammatory comments will be hidden without response and you will be disqualified from this contest and any other contest I run. Ever.

*I'm not going to disqualify you if it's not exact, but please do not leave me a page long rant.


Prizes


These will be distributed at random. Anyone who meets the requirements will be entered into a drawing for prizes. 
:bulletgreen: 200 dA points
:bulletgreen: 100 dA points
:bulletgreen: 50 dA points x 4


Phase 2 - Coming January 2nd!


On January 1st, 2013 I will post the winners and everyone's complaints. Then the not so super secret next phase of The Complaint Challenge will begin!



I hope you're all having happy holidays so far!

thorns :heart:


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DragonScar13 Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think one of my biggest and moat noticeable qualms is how ignored or pushed under the rug both the community and the site treat the artforms outside of visual art. Though this is a site that promotes creativity, it often gets ignored by the more 'refined' visual art. And while the argument could and had been made that deviantart is for visual, are we only to say those are the expressions if art? And its not only the site staff, but the community that does nothing but allow such a thing to thrive.

On an extended note, I have always disdained how easy it is to ignore people because their expressions of are still need work. And to make matters worse, its almost customary to give a thumbs up or down without a critique. I am no saint in this area, since I have done this myself, but it only serves as a reminder of the disjointed unity that is the community. Which is the lifeblood of the site and what makes and cultivates the great art creators of tomorrow.

Just my two cents.
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thorns Jan 1, 2013   Writer
Thanks for your entry! Keep an eye out for the results and phase 2!
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StaryuManiac Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My biggest problem is something that is shared with a lot of users: The new submit screen! I find it very counter-intuitive, simply because the old dA submit screen was so simple and easy to follow. The new one makes it easier to find a few features, but I had to submit something quite a few times only to find it disappeared! Later, I found them all in my sta.sh.

Another thing that bothers me is that since group messages are seen by all admins, sometimes we end up replying twice. "Gee awesome group" and then a storm of "Thanks!" It gets a little out of hand.

condom ads are also uncool but I don't think that's dA's fault
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thorns Dec 31, 2012   Writer
Thank you for your deviantART gripe!

Your name is now entered into the drawing for prizes. Winners will be announced on January 1st and Phase Two will be announced on the 2nd! Keep an eye out for it. :heart:
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AeternusVotum Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What I just noticed recently is the fact that the "is online" feature by deviantART ist not reliable :grump: At least not really ...
It's completely alright to show people as idle after a while and after fifteen minutes as offline, that's normal - but not if you log out! I have checked it a few times and after logging out, you are still shown as online, then idle and after fifteen minutes offline! That's not really what I want because I can totally understand the first one but not the second one because I wish to be shown as offline when I sign out to not mislead my friends who use the Friends widget to see whether someone is online or not.

Anyway, enough complaining, it's a nice day so ... happy new year everyone :D
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thorns Dec 31, 2012   Writer
Thank you for your deviantART gripe!

Your name is now entered into the drawing for prizes. Winners will be announced on January 1st and Phase Two will be announced on the 2nd! Keep an eye out for it. :heart:
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Missing-ninSasuke Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Gifs that are "too large" to be an icon, the 15kb limit needs to be increased to allow longer animations as icons.

2. Less repeat groups do we really need bazillion of groups that all do that same things or dead groups should at least be deleted to clean up the large numbers of groups on here.
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thorns Dec 31, 2012   Writer
Thank you for your deviantART gripe!

Your name is now entered into the drawing for prizes. Winners will be announced on January 1st and Phase Two will be announced on the 2nd! Keep an eye out for it. :heart:
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dreamsinstatic Dec 31, 2012  Professional Writer
My biggest problem with deviantART is the comment spam system. When I'm posting features or thanking people for favorites I constantly have to pause because deviantART thinks my numerous comments could be spam. Other websites and systems use Captcha in order to overcome this and I'd be a lot happier if I could just enter the silly captcha code every once in a while rather than having to wait hours just to thank someone or to tell them that they've been featured. This drives me crazy!
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thorns Dec 31, 2012   Writer
Thank you for your deviantART gripe!

Your name is now entered into the drawing for prizes. Winners will be announced on January 1st and Phase Two will be announced on the 2nd! Keep an eye out for it. :heart:
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