According to one of our polls
, there are many people who don't know how to suggest a Daily Deviation - too many, really. In this article you'll learn all about suggesting DDs
: it'll be focused on Traditional Art category, but the general rules are the same for all the categories on dA.
So you've just encountered an outstanding work - or had one for ages in your favourites - and you'd like it so much to be seen by everyone on dA. Before you suggest anything, you need to check if its author had a DD within past 6 months, as one deviant can have only 1 DD per 180 days. How? Add "dds" to their profile address, so:
would turn into
You may also reach that page by clicking "browse" in deviant's gallery (top left, between "featured" and "scrapbook"). If the deviant has at least one DD, below their works there will appear "username's daily deviations" link. If they have no DDs, nothing will appear.
Under each DD's miniature there's a date of the feature written in order month/day/year. Has this deviant got a DD within the past six months? If yes, you need to wait with suggesting another work from their gallery. And if not, let's proceed to the next step.
Finding the right CV
You've already checked that the deviant had no DD within past six months. Perhaps in the mean time you've found an even better work in their gallery. Time to check the deviation's category, you'll find that listed right under the deviation's title and author. If you suspect that the work is miscategorised, you can report it by hitting a button under deviation's statistics.
So, is it in Traditional Art? Remember that Traditional Art has some subcategories that are covered by specific CVs, like typography or street art. Time to hunt for a Traditional Art Community Volunteer! An up-to-date list of all CVs can be found in this part
of Help FAQ and in this %communityrelations
' journal. They're organised by categories, so you'll easily find what you're looking for.
Preparing the suggestion
Let's talk about making the suggestion itself. You've found the right CV, time to show him or her the fabulous work you've encountered.
CVs prefer receiving a suggestion via note, making it easier to organise, above of all. Posting a suggestion in a comment on CV's profile isn't the best idea, it can get lost after a couple of days. Hence go to the CV's profile and hit the note button in the profile top bar or reach your notes center and click to write a new note.
Note's title: preferably "DD suggestion", remember the "easy to organise" part.
Deviation: instead of just inserting a link (which is not wrong, of course), it's much better if you paste the deviation's thumbnail code, you can find it on the right, below groups and above deviation's statistics, it looks like :thumbxxxxx:, where xxxxx is deviation's ID number.
You can also include an explanation why you think the work should be featured and if you'd like to remain anonymous as a suggester.
Suggesting your own work
You are allowed to suggest your own works, of course. Don't be ashamed about that - if noone around takes care of it, why wouldn't you do it yourself? You've created your dA account to have people see your works, this is just the same.
After sending the suggestion
Be patient. You're not the only one to make a suggestion and a CV is a volunteer, not an employee, they spend their free time on dA, and they've got jobs, schools and life to deal with. Some CVs reply to all received suggestions, some reply only to accepted or misplaced ones, some don't reply at all. But it's all about the artwork, not about the suggester, isn't it?
Your own features
You actually don't have to suggest DDs to get deviations showcased, dA allows you to post thumbnails of deviations in a journal, so you are able to create your own feature articles. How about making a little serie showing your favourite creations?
You can post thumbnail codes that can be found on the right on deviation's page. The thumbcode also has a small option - you can add "big" in the code, so it'll look like :bigthumbxxxxx: and the deviation's picture in your journal will be bigger.
Another way to do it is to use sta.sh
: when composing a journal entry in Sta.sh Writer, you can insert deviations from a menu on the right, from your gallery, your favourites and from whenever on dA by using the search bar, typing in either deviant's nick or deviation's title. In sta.sh you can adjust image's size at will, it's not determined like with thumbnail codes.
Anyone can do that - so why you wouldn't?