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Complaint Challenge Contest!

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 3, 2013, 7:38 PM

We got our complaints out in December 2012. Now, 2013 is about doing something productive with them. I am not going to sit and grumble about my pet peeves. Neither should you!

Anyone who knows me should have been suspicious from the start of Phase 1 because complaining is one of my own complaints. (And you saw this trick last year!) That's right. I complain about people complaining. Silly, yes? Well I decided to do something about it with this challenge. 

I hope everyone enjoyed sharing their gripes in Phase 1 because it is time for Phase 2! :eager: And Phase 2 is open to everyone, even if you didn't participate in Phase 1, or decided to change what complaint you'd like to address!

Complaint Challenge – Phase 2

The challenge in a nutshell: Pick one of your dA complaints and do something proactive about it. Work toward a solution or improvement in a positive way.

Now a few of you are probably thinking things like, "I can't!" "I don't have the ability to make those changes!" "It's impossible!"

Wrong, wrong, and WRONG! You can. You do. It is possible.

We are a community and a community is what the members make of it. It's not the massive changes, but the little ones all stacking up that make the community wonderful. Positivity and improvement start with you. Yes, you, the deviant reading this right now. You CAN improve the deviantART community and site.

It will take positive effort, and some complaints require more work than others, but it's worth it. You'll be happier and other community members will be happier.

It's not only about making deviantART better in 2013. It's a new year. New years are always great times to work on improving yourself and how you respond to obstacles. At some point we're all guilty of grumbling complaints instead of being proactive about the issue. This is the perfect opportunity to look at your every day grumblings and kick them in the face(Kick them in the face figuratively and in a positive way though. :paranoid:)

Challenge Details

This is an open ended challenge and so the requirements aren't going to be too specific. What I am looking for is this:

:bulletblue: Positivity - This is about addressing obstacles and taking charge, but it's a moot point if you drag it down with negativity. If you're happy and excited about your entry, I'm going to feel happy and excited about your entry. That means I'm more likely to want to make the change or support the issue. It's a good goal to aim for.

:bulletblue: Community - This site is built on the community and I'd like to see entries involve the community in some form. That means if you are trying to spread awareness, promote your entry to deviants, ask for input, or start a project others can participate in. If you're pushing for a site suggestion, ask for community input and support. 

:bulletblue: Effort - I suggest picking a topic you're passionate about because I'd really like to see deviants be persistent with entries. Don't create a two sentence dA suggestion and then leave it sitting in your gallery or journal. TRY! Make it the best you can, promote it the best you can, and then improve it, drag others with you, and promote it some more.

:bulletblue: Creativity - We're an art community. Sure a letter or news article can be effective, but wouldn't it be fun to tie it into an amusing activity? Creativity makes an impact. People will remember it. People will be inspired. Turn your entry into a game, activity, or draw witty stick figures to illustrate your point. Have FUN with it because it really is open to interpretation.

:bulletblue: Practicality - Sure, I'd love it too if deviantART delivered a cake to my door every time I logged in. Not realistic by any stretch of the imagination though. :no:

Take a serious approach and realize that broader issues (like trolling) aren't addressed overnight or completely solvable. In those cases you can help people "see the light" and spread awareness. The Complaint Challenge project is a good example of practical response. My complaint is complaining without taking a proactive role in the issue. I can't make people stop complaining, but I can trick people with prizes encourage people to be proactive.

Things to Avoid:
:bulletred: Negativity - No whining. No complaining. No insults. No negativity. Stuff all the bad mojo in your trash can where it belongs.

:bulletred: Lazy Entries - Writing a paragraph at the end of one of your meme journals just won't cut it. Obviously not everyone has the same skill set or resources, but that's no excuse to not try your best. I can tell the difference. 

:bulletred: Meanness - Be nice. (This is covered under negativity, but I think it's worth another iteration.) I mean it. Be nice.

Can we submit multiple entries?


Must my entry be new?

Yes, but you may do something new with an old or current project. Let's say you run a group that encourages critique. The group cannot be an entry because it already exists, BUT if the group runs a challenge, contest, or other activity that fits the Complaint Challenge, THAT is an acceptable entry.

So, feel free to pull out those old and current projects and add some new life to them!

Can we work in teams?

Absolutely allowed and encouraged! Work with a friend, or five, if you'd like. But, if you do work in a team of 3+ deviants I expect a serious business entry. I would expect that you're running a community project, contest, or starting a group. I'll also be asking who did what in the entry. This year I am limiting teams to 5 deviants! 

Can I ask for help from others?

Get all the help you need from friends, family, the community, etc. If you can't figure out a way to improve on your chosen issue, or maybe you're not sure how to make it fun, ask others. You can even ask me! I am happy to brainstorm with you and throw ideas your way. [Please credit those who help you!]

I'm still not sure what you want me to do, thorny coconut. :confused:

A proactive activity is the base requirement.

Think about your complaint. Consider what drives the issue, and what would inspire a positive change. Brainstorm ideas. Make sketches. Outline a plan. Approach it as you would your art. 

If you desire a feature change to the site or dA policy, it's a little more straight forward. You'd create a suggestion deviation, put it in the proper Suggestions gallery, and make a Suggestions forum thread. To involve the community you can ask for input, start a discussion, and promote your suggestion. Feel free to get creative with the deviation or process though!

For community gripes, it's more open ended. The key is to spread awareness and involve the community.

Start a community awareness campaign. Make an article, make stamps to promote the positive. Create a challenge, project or activity for other deviants to join your campaign.

Quick examples:
These are loose ideas off the top of my head. You can go in so many directions! Make anything you want as long as it promotes the positive and is proactive. Be creative and have fun with it.
Complaint: You don't like the DD's featured.

Proactive activity: Challenge yourself to submit 1 quality DD suggestion every day for two weeks. Ask others to join in the challenge with you! Make it a quarterly challenge!

Complaint: You're tired of deviants complaining about lack of exposure.

Proactive activity: Write and promote a tutorial teaching deviants how to network and gain the exposure they want in a positive way. Promote it to underexposed deviants.

Need more help?

Note me! As I said earlier, I am happy to brainstorm and offer tips or suggestions. If you're creating a contest for your entry, I'm usually passing out prizes like candy and it can't hurt to ask. :eyes:


Previous entries: You can find the entries from last year in my favorites folder to get a feel for how others approached the challenge.

How to Enter

Create your entry and submit to deviantART. Then follow these requirements!

:bulletblue: Include a link to this contest in your artist's comment.

:bulletblue: Send a note to thorns by 11:59 PM EST, February 9th, 2013.
Include this information:

:bulletblue: A thumbcode to your entry submission. (Even if it's a journal or news article.) 

:bulletblue: If it's a team entry:  List all partners AND what each individual's role was.

:bulletblue: Tell me a little about your entry. (Credit your help, what gripe you're addressing, where you're promoting your entry, etc. Whatever you think is relevant.)

Winner Categories

There will be no first, second, or third place because I'm terrible at that type of judging. I always want everyone to win first place. Instead I'm going to spotlight entries that are super amazing.

This year I've changed the judging to be more fair toward site related entries. I've created two categories: dA site and dA community, and there will be two winners from each. That's four winners total!

So those of you making site suggestions, you are not competing with massive groups for winner slots. :thumbsup:

deviantART Site Entries
These entries address gripes about the website and policy, etc. Don't like the colors? Want more functionality? Want to ban pink unicorns? These are site suggestions and your entries will be judged in this category.

deviantART Community Entries
These are about the people, culture, and how we all interact and participate. This is a broader category, so chances are if it doesn't belong in the Site Entries, it belongs here. If you're annoyed with trolls, want more critique, want more DD suggestions, want people to be nicer, etc, these are community related.

:bulletred: These categories are for judging purposes only. You do not need to tell me which category your entry is for, I will know. :bulletred:


I am accepting prize donations, and prize donors are eligible to participate! If you'd like to support this contest, note me with your donation and I'll add it to the list. :heart:

Spotlight Winner Prizes

This is a prize pool for spotlight winners, and they will be divided as equally as possible between all the winners.
:bulletgreen: 18 months of premium membership!
:bulletgreen: 2,500 points!
:bulletgreen: 1 pixel portrait from mirz-alt
:bulletgreen: Custom emotes from mirz-alt
:bulletgreen: 1 headshot commission from TiaVon
:bulletgreen: A stock exclusive and llama from WDWParksGal

:bulletgreen: A critique from: MaxwellCynn, redlipstick444

:bulletgreen: Features from:  SadisticIceCream, lintu47, TiaVon, dietcocaine, hayley--jade, DrippingWords, Penguinnpita, Mirz123, MaxwellCynn, Astrikos, Dr-Vergissmeinnicht, and Kendra-Paige

Super Awesome Group Prize!

Last year we had some amazing groups enter the contest, but I had nothing appropriate to help a group progress and fully benefit from the win. This year, thanks to communityrelations, we have a possible group prize!

:bulletgreen: One year super group subscription! :eager:

Note:  This only applies if a group wins a spotlight prize, and is subject to additional scrutiny. This is a massive prize, so you will need to wow the judges!

Participation Prizes

If you tried, I think you deserve a shot at a prize because it's about the intention and community effort. Anyone who sends in an eligible entry will be entered into a drawing to win a prize. Also, team entries will have each individual entered for participation prizes (no sharing needed with these).
:bulletgreen: A one month premium membership!
:bulletgreen: 150 points x 2
:bulletgreen: 100 points x 2
:bulletgreen: 50 points x 4




Many of these prizes and premium are made possible by generosity and community support! These are the donors so far:

communityrelations, raspil, mirz-alt, thetaoofchaos, Maxwell-Kyaren, Beccalicious, wyldhoney, GrimFace242, squeezelouise, SubjugatedSandwich, cality, Riemea, BrokenTales, jade-pandora, xlntwtch, DrippingWords

I hope you're able to take part. Please favorite the article and spread the word!

thorns :heart:

Do something positive with your gripes and enter to win a chance at awesome prizes!
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eclipsy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
where are the winners?
iDJPanda Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I wanted to complain about complaining! :noes:
Schwannie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
I missed the results of this!
eclipsy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
me too.
Kohaya7Kae-13 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! This is an amazing contest. Chance for everyone to say what they think should be changed or what they think should have here and shouldn't have. But I don't know if I've missed it, or my eyesight is getting blurry. I've reread the journal thrice already but I couldn't see deadline... or is this contest already closed?

Because I thought I'd suggest it to the group #Contest-Office for more people to see.
dzinesgirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Spork-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd love to participate, but I just don't know where to start. @-@
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Writer
Browse around and check out the complaints! :la:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Featured in Of Awesome Things :)
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