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Complaint Challenge Contest Results!

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 19, 2012, 6:20 PM
You guys are amazing! The quality of the entries was nothing short of impressive. I was pleasantly surprised with the number of deviants who took a serious and productive approach to tackling their complaints! Quite a few entries were teams working together to make deviantART a better place.

I had a bunch of really great entries, and I had a difficult time not featuring more like six of these. After some serious thought, I narrowed it down to two that I believe stood out from all the awesome (which is tough to do when everything is already wonderful).

Spotlight Winners!


Both of these entries tackle community complaints in a big way and are already smashing success stories. In alphabetical order:

Expose-Lit: The Launch!Expose-Lit has a mission:
To show dA writers who go overlooked in the lit community how easy it is to get involved and get noticed.
We believe that dA lit is a brilliantly supportive, intelligent, and encouraging network for writers to develop in, whatever their level and wherever they’re heading. But it’s no fun if you feel excluded. At Expose-Lit we just want to put up a few signposts saying "writers this way" and "for Critique take next left" and "Fame and glory over the hill; bring a picnic."
Why?
When thorns set the challenge to tackle dA complaints head on, I was immediately stuck by an idea! ....and a feeling of dread because I knew my idea was far too big and I would never have the courage or time or support or any number of other excuses.
What was my beef?
As far as complaints were concerned, I had two, er, beefs:
a) there is a

Expose-Lit


Finally, it's a group that takes you on a guided tour through the literature community! Follow the yellow dot through knowledgeable articles to help you discover the community and give you a starting point for the exposure you've wanted but couldn't quite achieve.

There are articles on most topics I can think of, and a few I hadn't considered! You can start on their main page and follow the links.

The eligible team consists of IrrevocableFate, Vigilo, angelStained, LadyLincoln, Cassildra, SurrealCachinnation, and is headed by CrumpetsHarvey! Each is a familiar name in the community and have left their mark on the group.

They've each won: 100 dA points!

They'll share this prize pool:
:bulletgreen: 3 month premium membership
:bulletgreen: 1 silly picture from neurotype
:bulletgreen: 2 critiques from SurrealCachinnation
:bulletgreen: 2 prose critiques from TheSkaBoss
:bulletgreen: 2 customized emote sign from mirz-alt
:bulletgreen: features from Mirz123, AzeeraTheNinja, and SurrealCachinnation



dA Solutions Sanctuary 2012The Complaint Challenge - A Year Long Endeavor
People complain about a lot of things on deviantART. Some of those complaints are perfectly legitimate, some not so much. There are a lot of issues that can be solved with a simple search through dA's FAQ directory. Problems that can't be solved that way can be sent to the Help Desk.
But sometimes people complain about stuff that's not so simple. People complain that the quality of Daily Deviations is going downhill. They complain that Community Volunteers are impersonal or inaccessible. They complain that Critique doesn't happen often enough or that when it does, there's no quality to it. They complain about the fragmentation of _________ Community and how when they joined, things were so much better.
My submission to thorns Complaint Challenge is go

dA Solutions Sanctuary


LiliWrites's year long, and virtually solo, entry is exceptional! Each month she will tackle a new complaint topic with the community's help. The interactive activities encourage deviants to join in and be proactive. Plus there are prizes. Who can pass up prizes? :eager:

Her serious and consistent approach has already produced results in January's Daily Deviation challenge. Learn about Critique this month and participate in her Critique Contest now!

LiliWrites won:
:bulletgreen: 3 month premium membership
:bulletgreen: 100 dA points
:bulletgreen: 3 points and a llama from lorreinegeralde
:bulletgreen: 1 silly picture from neurotype
:bulletgreen: 1 critique from SurrealCachinnation
:bulletgreen: 1 prose critique from TheSkaBoss
:bulletgreen: 1 customized emote sign from mirz-alt
:bulletgreen: features from Mirz123, AzeeraTheNinja, and SurrealCachinnation



Random Prize Winners


Anyone who participated on an entry had their name added to a drawing for random prizes. These prizes are for individual participants for stepping up and do not need to be shared by team mates. Also, names were added once per entry, so multiple wins are likely with some people having 3 entries.

3 Month Premium Membership!
:bulletgreen: zebrazebrazebra won it!

150 dA Points!
:bulletgreen: MeganLawler94
:bulletgreen: AzizrianDaoXrak
:bulletgreen: LadyofGaerdon

100 dA Points!
:bulletgreen: Vigilo
:bulletgreen: Evlydia
:bulletgreen: linaket - from SurrealCachinnation

50 dA Points!
:bulletgreen: Gricken - from LadyAnder
:bulletgreen: angelStained
:bulletgreen: Rose-vi-Britannia
:bulletgreen: Halatia
:bulletgreen: MotleyDreams
:bulletgreen: JamminJo
:bulletgreen: RTNightmare
:bulletgreen: evil83angel
:bulletgreen: Synnic
:bulletgreen: neurotype
:bulletgreen: cembree

Miscellaneous Prizes!
:bulletgreen: QuiEstInLiteris, inknalcohol, and marob0501 won a critique from SurrealCachinnation.

:bulletgreen: AzeeraTheNinja, LadyofGaerdon, and a-fiery-boom won a feature from linaket.

:bulletgreen: ME-Jones, LiliWrites, MeganLawler94, and MotleyDreams won a feature from inknalcohol.

:bulletgreen: Tylon won a colored sketch from Dahia.



Donors


I cannot thank donors enough! These people make contests like this possible by kindly donating prizes. Send them a huge thank you. :heart:

:bulletblue: Flyvapnet donated a whopping 700 points! :faint:

:bulletblue: JamminJo donated a very generous 200 points!

:bulletblue: TheSkaBoss, LiliWrites, asquick, bradleysays, SurrealCachinnation, and faeorain all donated 100 points!

:bulletblue: Our other lovely prize donors: DistortedSmile, Riemea, jessicaconk, MimiStars, Elchanted, candystand195, lintang1412, asquickNi3nk3, MadWlad, whoalisaa, LadyAnder, SurrealCachinnation, inknalcohol, linaket, neurotype, mirz-alt, and Dahia!



In Closing


Hopefully participants and watchers took away more than a contest entry from this event. I hope deviants realize that being proactive is not only productive, but also a lot of fun. You can work toward solutions for your complaints. You can be successful in making this community a better place. :#1:

The entries will have a lasting impact on the community and that is the better than any prize. Which is why I intend to repeat it! I'm considering semi-annually, but perhaps it will be annually. Keep any eye out for it in the future. :dalove:

In the mean time, take a peek at all the other wonderful entries submitted:  thorns.deviantart.com/favourit…




Thank you for being a wonderful community, :love:
thorns


P.S. I will send out my prizes tomorrow. I'm exceptionally tired tonight and would hate to make a mistake. :heart:

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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012   Writer
The bigger question is Thorns, how the devil do we thank you? :heart:
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
:paranoid: Is this a trick question?
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BeccaJS Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012   Writer
:evillaugh:
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012   Writer
That sounds like a yes. :shifty:
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BeccaJS Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012   Writer
Where there is a will, there is a way :D
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012   Writer
This is usually the point where I'd just eat you and save myself the trouble, but I'm strangely interested to see what kind of devious plot you'd come up with (I think I'm coming down with some illness and it could be impacting my decisions). So I won't eat you. But I am keeping an eye on you. :eye:
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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012   Writer
Knowing a certain secret for weeks has been deviously naughty :D
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012   Writer
This is true!
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Gricken Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I... won something? :iconrlytearplz: Thank you oh so much!
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
You did! :la:
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:iconirrevocablefate:
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012   Writer
:love: :eager:
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
:iconladanceplz:
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maxnort Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012   Writer
:hug:
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012   Writer
:hug: <3
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:iconcrumpetsharvey:
CrumpetsHarvey Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012   Writer
YEAH :woohoo:
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
:happybounce: Congrats and great job!
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012   Writer
:w00t:
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thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
:la:
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angelStained Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012   Writer
I came back from a hiatus (oh the sad sad irony) to thank you. :heart:
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
Haha, have you been enjoying your hiatus? :hug:
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:iconangelstained:
angelStained Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
One word: sleeeeeeep. :B I feel bad about enjoying it sometimes, but oh well.
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
I enjoy it too. :eyes:
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations to all the winners :winner:

Thank you `thorns :heart: for hosting this fantastic challenge :heart:
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
Yes, congrats to them! They did an excellent job, and I hear you're helping *Kneeling-Glory with her March projects, which is awesome! :glomp:

No problem!
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RTNightmare Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
50 points! Wow! I wasn't expecting to win anything! Thank you! :)
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
Congrats! I hope you enjoy it and thank you for participating. :D
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:iconrtnightmare:
RTNightmare Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, and the pleasure was all mine! :)
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:iconlorreinegeralde:
lorreinegeralde Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats to all winners! :hooray:
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
:squee:
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lorreinegeralde Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:icondummydanceplz:
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:iconvigilo:
Vigilo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Writer
:squee:

Also: get some sleep, lovely! :huggle: :heart:
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
:happybounce:

I did! Then my internet wouldn't work, and I only just now got to handing out my prizes. :nuu:
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Writer
:dummy:

Aw! Bad internet, keeping thorns away from giving prizes. :noes: At least you got to give them out eventually! :heart:!
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:squee: Thank you so much!

And I have to mention that =JamminJo has been exceptionally helpful in putting together my project, both through donations and ideas. :heart:
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
:happybounce: You're welcome! You deserved it with your awesome submission!

Excellent! I'm glad she won a prize too. :la:
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:woohoo: Congratulations my friend and thank you for your kind comment :heart: I truly enjoy dA Solutions Sanctuary and working with you:)

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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for running this, I think it got a lot of great results that might not have been done otherwise. Sometimes we need a kick in the pants to do something for the wider community, and this went great!

Congrats to all the participants... I wish there were more time in the day to spend looking into all these great results!
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
:love: I'm just glad so many excellent deviants stepped up and took on serious projects for it. The results are frankly amazing! And I'm glad to give out a few (friendly) kicks to move things along.
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Flyvapnet Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer

It was a pleasure to donate some points to this worthy challenge, Thorny! Thanks for mentioning me. I'm sorry I hadn't the energy to carry my own complaint forward, but perhaps next time - if there is a "next time" - I shall do so.

:sun:

=^..^=
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thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
There will be! But it might be many months away. ;)

Your donation was impressive and definitely appreciated. It really helped me ensure a lot of people went home with a prize for their genuine efforts. :glomp:
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Flyvapnet Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer

Cool! I'm glad I could help.

:happybounce:

=^..^=
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Writer
:iconcheerplz:
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
:party:
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pixiepot Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student General Artist
:clap: Congratulations!
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
:love:
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful, thank you again for hosting a fantastic challenge and for all of the amazing work you do within the community.

Congratulations to everyone,
:heart:
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
No problem! :salute: I'm really happy with the wonderful entries I received.
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hooray! Thank you so much :)
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:iconthorns:
thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
No problem! Thank you for participating. :D
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LadyAnder Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:clap: congratulation to all the winners. :squee:
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