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It's dA's 13th birthday today ... dAmn does time go by fast I still remember joining almost 10 years ago like it was yesterday :la:


Hope to see many more birthdays with you all!
Hey everyone!

So I've been really busy see my last post. Work has been crazy busy but in a good way and I am still losing it. I still peak into dA every so often but i haven't had much time to post anything but i miss you all and i miss volunteering and just being artistic in general.

This weekend i was able to get away to a small cay off of Abaco, Bahamas called Man-O-War Cay to visit my sister with Chris. I got to veg out on the beach and take some pictures to follow.

How are all of you?
Yes as the subject of the journal implies (and my sudden symbol change) I have stepped down from the Community Relations Team. It has been a hard decision but with my job taking up a lot of my time and some other things eating up my free time I have had very little time to dedicate to my duties as a Community Volunteer and Mentor.

I apologize to those who have sent me DD suggestions that have gone unopened and to the members of the CR Team, Chat Network and the APN Gallery for my lax in duties.

I want to thank Moonbeam13, Tachy-on and fourteenthstar for allowing me to be a member of the Volunteer teams and for allowing me to help mentor the newbies. Also Thank you to the entire team for their help, support and general awesomeness!

Thank you to the Community as a whole for their support over my years as a volunteer and in my endeavors!

Now that being said I will not be leaving dA, merely stepping away for a bit to work on things. So expect random posts and pokings from me.

Thank you all again for your awesomeness!
In this ongoing series of articles, we probe the minds of some dAmn's
channel founders to find out what makes them tick, how they've made
their room a success and what tips they can provide to budding channel
owners.

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This month is LiliWrites and #solutionsRus

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1) First off LiliWrites, can you tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Lili and I live in North Carolina. I have been on deviantART for about 6 years now (previously as KneelingGlory) and have grown a great deal as an artist in my time here. Most people find it curious that I am 6'3" tall, but don't particularly enjoy basketball. I'm a nerd at heart. :B

2) When did you first discover dAmn, and can you remember the first room you ever chatted in?

I think I first discovered it when someone I watched posted a poll inviting people to come join a chatroom. I don't recall what room it was, but I remember I discovered a very silly, fun, entertaining atmosphere that was unlike any other chat places I'd been to - mostly because the focus of the room wasn't on "hooking up" but rather on just being silly.

3) What prompted you to create #solutionsRus? Did you feel dAmn was missing a room on a specific topic? Did you think other rooms weren't catering to a user's needs? Tell us all!

I created #solutionsRus specifically for the group SolutionsSanctuary. We were planning to host a big event with a lot of CVs present. namenotrequired suggested using the communityrelations chatroom, but I didn't get a note in to ask permission for it in time. So I decided to create a new room that could be used for that event, plus any other events that SolutionsSanctuary might host in the future.

4) When you created #solutionsRus, did you promote it, and if so how?

The chatroom wasn't promoted directly because it isn't meant to be a huge gathering place except for special events. The event was very well advertised thanks to the help of all the group admins, hats, and members that helped spread the word. We ended up with close to 100 deviants joining the chatroom to attend the event. If/when we use the room again, I'm sure we'll have a great turn out once more.

5) Have you ever held any contests or events in #solutionsRus in order to generate more exposure and more traffic? If no, why not? If yes, what sort of events / contests?

I think I already explained that, but here's a link to the transcript of the event if anyone is curious: fav.me/d4yjjp2

6) Do you have any advice for new room owners? Should they collaborate with existing rooms? Should they pester their friends to help promote?

I always suggest researching before you create your own area. Chances are, unless your purpose is very specialized or the room is for a specific group, someone already has a chatroom designed to meet your needs. I think it is always better to volunteer a helping hand where a room already exists than to try to make a competing room. That's just in the interest of good community involvement, and if you have a chatroom, it seems like you want to be involved in the community. :meow:

If you have made a new room, I suggest making sure that your rules are clearly posted - if there are only a few you can use the room's topic or title settings to post them. If you have a number of them, I suggest making a journal and linking to the journal in the room's title or topic. It is important that you enforce these rules, too. Don't be afraid to use the kick function when necessary so your room remains the way you want it to remain. ;)

7) Has the Groups platform aided you in managing your chatroom; if so, how?

Not particularly, though someone with a chatroom designed to be a general hangout might find it helpful because of the backroom communication available. It would be much easier to keep a schedule of who is supposed to be managing the room, events the room is hosting, etc in a box or forum thread in the admin area of the group.

8) Anything else to add?

Something that came up in the chat that we hosted in #solutionsRus was that people can be intimidated by a big chatroom. I encourage anyone like that to just jump into that room and say hello, start asking people how they're doing today, and generally create your own conversation. People come into a room to chat, have fun, relax, meet new people. If you are a force that aides in that process, you'll soon find yourself in the center of a community you'll grow to love. :)

Also, dAmnit! is the best place to get your lulz ever. :D


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Thank you :devKneeling-Glory:  and everyone be sure to check out #solutionsRus on dAmn!

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If you are the founder of a chatroom and would like to be interviewed for
the "I Came, I dAmned, I Founded" articles please contact the Community
Volunteers Team by noting the #communityrelations group.
This is a continuation of the Putting the ART in #devart
project that the Community Volunteers work on monthly. The purpose of
this article is to bring to light the artistic community within the dA's
Official Featured Chat room #devart. With the great reception our last installment had we will continue with featuring new and unknown members of #devart bimonthly.

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:iconcrimsonrachie: CrimsonRachie is a traditional artist interested in manga and anime and occasionally writing.

Request for kizgoth: Fairy by CrimsonRachieOC Tamira by CrimsonRachieLady of Desire by CrimsonRachieUC plushie hissi design by CrimsonRachie

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:iconqlow: qlow is a multi-talented artist whose gallery is filled with these "psychedelic" works of art.

Alis by qlowHeart by qlow.volcom by qlowAnd It Begins by qlow

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:icondaitakumi: daitakumi is a traditional artist that has a thing for fan fiction.

:thumb285126522::thumb294322396::thumb288633703::thumb285462229:

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:icon01309: 01309 is as their name suggests a digital artist who does but OC and FanArt as well as roleplaying and storytelling.



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:iconaquarianbabe: AquarianBabe is a writer by hobby with a knack for making weird noises and story telling with her hands.

Cotton Candy - CigarettesTo care for a friendship that may not be.
pluck pretty pink and soft honeysuckle,
tying it together through weaving veins
of yellow hummingbirds and beautiful silver crickets.
Showering a gentle love as though it woke with glistening eyes
A shoulder raised against questions arising through running snot
Tender touches with bronzed light that are no more than
What they had when they were young
Too young to know what a friendship really was
Whisper secrets that are known how to be kept
cotton candy and cigarettes
A rose colored travelers trunk full of a ferris wheel memory
Against a star filled sky
Beyond neon lights
Slow Sunday mornings
with giant white coffee mugs
bowls full of creamer
and lovely laughter
Full of life and fun
covered in honey and mirth.
Day at The FairAt night, Molly liked to imagine that the tunnel of darkness her blanket made is a log in the forest. A tunnel of a funnel cloud swirling and making the sky completely dark. She loved bed time unlike some children who were scared of the monsters under their beds. She loved the dark and the settling sounds of their big house. It made her feel like she wasn't alone.
Molly's daddy was tucking her into bed, kissing her toes and kissing her nose. It made her wiggle with happiness and she made him kiss her toes and kiss her nose again. He patted her head and told her to go to bed, she had a big day in the morning! Molly watched him leave with green eyes that seemed like they should glow, but lo'n behold, she didn't sleep, she wanted to make the black tunnel a sheep! It didn't take her imagination long to come up with beautiful images of animals.
Butterflies flew across her eyes, landing on her nose. Puffing air from her lips, she made them fly home. She hadn't wanted them to leave yet, their
No Sassy NoThere's a lot I can mention about the two summers when I stayed in Washington. There's plenty that could be said about the times I had with my best friend, and how upset I was for four days that I was to be leaving. Though he made it easy for me, in so many words that is. Sometimes I wish I could still see him, his fuzzy face. His eyes were like giant pieces of chocolates, not that I really had any preference to color. Did they come in different colors?
I was living in Marcus, Washington. It's a small town East of Seattle and very hinky-dinky. Right now I'm in Arizona. The only reason I moved was because my old-fashioned father was having a hard time of imagining his youngest daughter living on her own, especially in such a teeny town. There were neighbors there but not enough for him to be able to sleep at night.
I had been sitting on the porch of the small house I'd been able to lasso with the small amount of money that I had, sipping coffee at one a.m. When I was out there, it was g
Scum ForthThe whirring of the machines caused little dust particles to swim into the air. They looked happy from what she could tell. Softly playing hands folded laundry and placed sets of underwear, jeans, and dress shirts onto the big blue tables. Ding-Dong. The door to the laundry mat opened and someone coughed into their sleeve. Marcela was just a lovely, petite Mexican woman doing her laundry after a hard day's work. The person who entered didn't care.
He didn't care whether or not Marcela Rodriguez had a family. Didn't care if she was a mother, someone's daughter. Did not care if she had a life. Because she didn't now. To him, the nameless assailant, it was just some beaner who could empty her purse while swearing in her devil's tongue. If she did that, she would die. The nameless assailant excused himself as he squeezed by her and the navy blue Laundromat table.
"Excuse me, miss."
"You're excused." A small accented voice whispered.
Did that little beaner just talk back to him? He c


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Thanks for taking a look.

Don't forget to stop by
#devart for a chat with these and many more awesome users and you just
might see yourself featured here. :)
In this ongoing series of articles, we probe the minds of some dAmn's
channel founders to find out what makes them tick, how they've made
their room a success and what tips they can provide to budding channel
owners.

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This month is  zio-san and #ShareZone

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1) First off zio-san, can you tell us a little bit about yourself!

There is nothing much to say, really! I'm a deviant just like any other.
Actually I work in photography;  but also I enjoy drawing, so when I decided to learn it, a jump into deviantArt was my next logical step!
I've known dA since 2000, but I decided to make this dedicated acc for drawing last year.


2) When did you first discover dAmn, and can you remember the first room you ever chatted in?

I remember I was searching for a room to share art and to get suggestions, but there wasn't one.
You see, I like comics and love drawing in general, so I asked for some advice in this field.


3) What prompted you to create #ShareZone? Did you feel dAmn was missing a room on a specific topic? Did you think other rooms weren't catering to a user's needs? Tell us all!

When I started my journey into the dAmn world, it wasn't a nice trip at all! I had the pleasure of going into some chats while they were in their golden days, with active members and nice conversations almost every time. I was filled with sadness when I rejoined them. I saw empty chats with unfriendly people. Everytime I tried to suggest some stuff, I got bad responses back.

So I stayed for a while as member, but was soon suffocated with their rules and restrictions; some of them seemed stupid and contradictory to deviantart's sharing objective.
The last straw was when I was banned from a chat (which isn't populated by many people) for greeting and trying to help new Italian users in our native language.

Another problem I encountered was that members seemed to be a bit bored, not very willing to collaborate, and very often the same. It's not a problem to have regular members but to have the same ones more often than not without the possibility of meeting new people for exchanging technical and artistic knowledge is a problem for me.

So this is the clue:  Everytime I tried to talk about drawing, especially manga/anime related, I received only shaming or blaming words. Maybe because they don't like drawing, or especially mangas? Some people hate them cause they don't like or understand that kind of artworks.
Well, but if you see manga/anime and in general comics are done by a big slice of cake of all deviantart artists and there's always a good request and interest for them.
Obviously (and returning to the maybe i wrote before), there are lot of bad works out of there, but there are also excellent artists that do wonderful comics and artworks and willing to help, and good artists willing to improve. That's the "animus" of ShareZone.

That's why #ShareZone was born and that's why a big user base is dedicated to drawing and comic-making, but we are open to all forms of art, including photography (we have experienced users in this category and I'm a photographer), 3D arts, crafts, and also music!

In a few weeks, we had the beta on its way, with its new channel and group. We were a bunch of friends in the beginning but soon people started discovering us. They became enthusiastic with the project and shared that excitement with us.

Long story short, we gave dA users what they were looking for. It's deviantArt. It's sharing.
Artists just wanted a place where they could talk about techniques, find resources, and improve their skills. Now they have. It's our home and theirs.


4) When you created #ShareZone, did you promote it, and if so how?

Yes, as I said we started as a small group of friends. The channel did the rest.
Cause channel  works ppl called other ppl and other joined since we are on the public chat list. Now we have almost 2000 members.

Also i can add that we improve our automatic systems everyday and take care of every user: new and returning. If you have a good product, it need promoting, yeah... but not so much..


5) Have you ever held any contests or events in #ShareZone in order to generate more exposure and more traffic? If no, why not? If yes, what sort of events / contests?

Not yet but we will surely start lot of interesting things next weeks... stay tuned ;)

Actually we rely primarily on our features:
for the complete list and intro please see: fav.me/d4lxhhc

For now I think our channel is already the most advanced on dA: our Bots could not be the most complex or geeky on dAmn, but them are simple to use and help the community following the users needs  and with real tools, like online livestreams announces and list, members advanced informations, automatic moderation to prevent spammers, an advanced but easy system for post art on chat, video channel references, automatic sentences translation, and so on.. 

Last but not least let me mention our Seniors (name for this category is not definitive): skilled users who could help newbies in tons of topics, not only about art but also with the chatroom system. Newbies ask the most for software/hardware tweaking, equipment for traditional and digital art. This is the key topic for novice, this is the key topic to answer for us.


6) Do you have any advice for new room owners? Should they collaborate with existing rooms? Should they pester their friends to help promote?

I don't know, I mean: dA is already full of chatrooms and the actual chat model doesn't privilege the possibility for users to find / join new channels.

If they are going to make another chatroom only because they want an operator or a founder status i think them are wasting their time.

If the project is toward another direction... be sure what you are doing in all the parts are done right to match your goal! People are aware of things done in a bad way and starting a new project is kinda hard...


7) Has the Groups platform aided you in managing your chatroom; if so, how?

I don't know... I mean groups without the supergroup option don't give you enough tools, i can survive without css but you can't have actually only one folder to manage all the art. So while a general group like ours earned easily the needed points for supergroup with a donation pool i think this should not be so easy for smaller dedicated groups on a specific target.


8) Anything else to add?

Yeah, again please see our Intro dedicated to newcomers here: fav.me/d4lxhhc
and come on and take a drink in #ShareZone ! :ahoy:

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Thank you zio-san  and everyone be sure to check out #ShareZone on dAmn!

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If you are the founder of a chatroom and would like to be interviewed for
the "I Came, I dAmned, I Founded" articles please contact the Community
Volunteers Team by noting the #communityrelations group.
Hey everyone,

So I've been meaning to write this journal since the 2nd but works been keeping me busy and exhausted.

When the 2nd rolled around and congratulate me on Skype I was so confused until I saw the article (here) and i was floored. I have been a member of the dA community for almost 9 years and I've seen so many users receive the devious award and I'll admit i always wished one day that it would happen to me and would pop back into my head every so often. But i become more caught up in serving the community as a Volunteer and a Mentor to the team that it was no longer something i thought of.

I am also overwhelmed by the community's response, thank you to all of you that suggested me and think i deserve this award. I spent a few days just reading the words in the article and smiling. I also want to thank fourteenthstar for not only giving me the award but her support through out my time here on dA on and off the team and Tachy-on and Moonbeam13 as well for letting me be apart of the Volunteer Team and to Mentor my teammates and supporting me as well. Also the Community Volunteers and the Community for everything they do!

I feel silly writing this haha but i just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone!
Hey everyone!

Its been awhile since I've updated my blog due to several factors, mostly because of my move home and new job. But i think i am getting settled in and I have a bit more time to access dA. I didn't fulling disappear i was still able to do a few of my duties as a CV but i wasn't able to post DD's. So for all of those persons who sent me DD suggestions I apologize for my negligence on that matter. I started to go through the notes i had and realized that most had received DD's from other CV's or  the person deactivated etc. so i ended up purging all of my notes and decided to start over. So if you can forgive me please send your new DD suggestions for the Animal Plants and Nature gallery to me. I also will be resuming my "Putting the ART in #devART" series starting next month so keep an eye out for that.

Other than that I have finally finished my training at work and I am now working shifts ... which sucks in a way. I am currently doing a month of night shifts (11pm - 7am) and its rather difficult to get myself adjusted to that sort of shift since my body is so used to being asleep those hours. Sleeping in the day is a chore and i find myself taking naps more than sleeping my full 8 hours which makes me feel like i am wasting my entire day and not getting to spend time with people. I'm trying to find a balance so we will see how it works.

I'm also still working on trying to get in shape. My brother, sister and myself are all trying so maybe i'll be better this time. I've been walking 2 - 4 miles a day which feels great just need to keep it up.

I've posted some work recently and hope to post some more as well as get out with my camera which i haven't really had a chance to do sine i moved home.

For those of you who are not members please check out the groups deviant365 and projecteducate!!!
In this ongoing series of articles, we probe the minds of some dAmn's
channel founders to find out what makes them tick, how they've made
their room a success and what tips they can provide to budding channel
owners.

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This month is  GrimFace242 and #WritersInkChat
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1) First off GrimFace242, can you tell us a little bit about yourself!
Do I have to?  Fine.  :grump:  I'm a writer, zookeeper, prankster and a half decent friend.  When I'm not wrangling my seven dogs, or seeking revenge on my housemate for her latest devious plot, I'm here, on dA running a Super Secret project, catching up on reading, or running a group event.

2) When did you first discover dAmn, and can you remember the first room you ever chatted in?
I started using the forums almost as soon as I got here, but I can still remember the first time I entered a chat.  I had no idea what I was doing, but I needed a thread locked in the Suggestions Forum and Beccalicious was awesome enough to help me out.  :highfive:

3) What prompted you to create #WritersInkChat? Did you feel dAmn was missing a room on a specific topic? Did you think other rooms weren't catering to a user's needs? Tell us all!
WritersInk does such an excellent job of featuring our member's work, that I wanted to open up another channel for the everyone to get together.  I brought the idea of a group chat room up to the other admins and suggested we could do regular critique chats, write ins, or featured member chats. 

It was welcomed with open arms and we quickly started getting a schedule together.  Things have kinda just evolved from there.

4) When you created #WritersInkChat , did you promote it, and if so how?
The main promotion was done through the group's blog.  We mentioned it in a few of our Weekly Roundups, and then made an official announcement when we had a date and time set for our first event.

We also coordinated with thorns to have a Word Wars Chat Tour stop in our chat room which easily got the room and the group noticed by many members of the Lit Community here on dA.

5) Have you ever held any contests or events in #WritersInkChat in order to generate more exposure and more traffic? If no, why not? If yes, what sort of events / contests?
We launched the chat with a Critique Night which was a huge success for the relatively small amount of promotion we put into it.  We quickly followed that with the Chat Tour stop which brought in nearly 50 deviants!

Because of the success of that first Crit Night, we're actually planning a second one on March 10th at 1pm GMT and want to make it a monthly feature at the group.  We also have a Top Secret writing challenge event coming up in April, but I'm not at liberty to discuss the details.  :giggle:

6) Do you have any advice for new room owners? Should they collaborate with existing rooms? Should they pester their friends to help promote?
I attack all my tasks the same way.  First I take the time to plan.  In this case, it was planning out what kind of events we'd do; and not just one but many, and then I promote the hell out of 'em.  I was lucky enough to have an awesome group of people backing me up throughout the setup and launch of the #WritersInkChat.

And if all else fails, :threaten: all your friends with bodily harm public embarrassment if they don't help get the word out.  I've even taken it to the level of harassing complete strangers, but it works!  Any and all pimping helps.

7) Has the Groups platform aided you in managing your chatroom; if so, how?
Without the group, I never would have created the chat, so yes it has aided.  That aside, WritersInk has given me a place to promote the chat and events.  Not only that, but the group staff helps manage events as well as coming up with new events for us to feature.  I really don't know what I'd do without the group to back me up!

8) Anything else to add?
Just a big thank you, shuttermonkey!  I was surprised to see your note in my Message Centre, but I'm glad to have had the opportunity to get the word out about our group's chat room.

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Thank you GrimFace242  and everyone be sure to check out #WritersInkChat on dAmn!

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If you are the founder of a chatroom and would like to be interviewed for
the "I Came, I dAmned, I Founded" articles please contact the Community
Volunteers Team by noting the #communityrelations group.
In this ongoing series of articles, we probe the minds of some dAmn's
channel founders to find out what makes them tick, how they've made
their room a success and what tips they can provide to budding channel
owners.

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This month is TheSinisterLove and #RainbowBordello

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1) First off TheSinisterLove, can you tell us a little bit about yourself!
I like to see myself as an enthusiastic DevArt participant. I like being a part of the community, meeting people, bringing people together, and I love to share my art and exchange feed back with other users. It has helped feed my appreciation of art and it's various forms.


2) When did you first discover dAmn, and can you remember the first room you ever chatted in?
- I discovered the chats possibly... February 2010? I was invited to join a room and I investigated what it was about. Since then the room has fallen apart, but the room I participate in now is going strong. ( chat.deviantart.com/chat/rainb… )


3) What prompted you to create #RainbowBordello ? Did you feel dAmn was missing a room on a specific topic? Did you think other rooms weren't catering to a user's needs? Tell us all!
- Though the existing rooms were great, I found the people running the rooms to be abusing their power, adding unnecessary stress to a potentially fun chat.
 In the short time that the room has been open it has excelled in gaining members and becoming and active and exciting chat room, surpassing other chatrooms that have been around for multiple years.
I feel that I have achieved my mission whenever a guest points out how welcomed they feel in the room, or thanks another member for being patient/tolerant/understanding of their differences. I hope that by creating this room i can teach others that through persistent kindness and understanding you can gain greater rewards


4) When you created #RainbowBordello , did you promote it, and if so how?
I promoted the room by welcoming any guest that stumbled upon it, welcoming them into a conversation and making an effort to get to know them. Every person that i left an impression on invited a friend of their own, word got around that it was a fun place to talk and make friends.


5) Have you ever held any contests or events in  #RainbowBordello in order to generate more exposure and more traffic? If no, why not? If yes, what sort of events / contests?
We've made playful contests, things to give people something to do, mostly just games to laugh about. Little challenges like drawing something specific and taking a picture of it. Our contests are more to make the room fun than to encourage more people to join.


6) Do you have any advice for new room owners? Should they collaborate with existing rooms? Should they pester their friends to help promote?
The best advice i can offer is to give people the kindness and respect they deserve. Don't be too quick to judge. Every member of my room is a great person that i could tell you plenty about because i cherish the community they represent.


7) Has the Groups platform aided you in managing your chatroom; if so, how?
It has provided a good place to put the rules for the chat room, which are placed in the journal. It's also a good place to show affiliates and show case some of the great art that our members create.


8) Anything else to add?
"How many friends I have" isn't about "how many", its about "friends". : )


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Thank you TheSinisterLove and everyone be sure to check out #RainbowBordello on dAmn!

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If you are the founder of a chatroom and would like to be interviewed for
the "I Came, I dAmned, I Founded" articles please contact the Community
Volunteers Team by noting the #communityrelations group.
This is a continuation of the Putting the ART in #devart
project that the Community Volunteers work on monthly. The purpose of
this article is to bring to light the artistic community within the dA's
Official Featured Chat room #devart. With the great reception our last installment had we will continue with featuring new and unknown members of #devart bimonthly.

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:iconjunipermoose: JuniperMoose is a writer whose focus is on character development but varies their style.

My saviorAydi panted, leaning down farther and trying to keep his breathing even. Blood dripped from the side of his mouth and onto the cold concrete. That couldn't be his blood. Oh god, it was though. How did this happen? It wasn't worth it.
The cocaine wasn't worth dyeing. He wished he would've realized that before. Before he tried to steal the it from the dealer. He wish he knew that the dealer had a gun. He wouldn't have made a false claim of money. No, he wouldn't have taken the drugs and ran. And he wouldn't be in this situation. He wouldn't be shot and dyeing.
Now he was leaning against a dirty brick wall, staring at the plastic bag full of the white substance. He was clutching the wound tightly with his other hand. He could feel the warm liquid seeping through his clothing and onto his fingers. This couldn't be how he went out. He was suppose to turn his life around. He was suppose to get better.
Not die in a drug deal.
He felt his body slide down the harsh texture of the wall, coughing
Drabble drabble  The sun always felt nice. I think the way the thing I liked most about it was the feeling  of warmth going into your and through your whole body. Cadence like the feeling too, I think. I could tell by the way he was sprawled out in the grass, his eyes closed and breathing soft and steady.
  It was the time of day he and I both loved too. Which made it even better, I think. The sun was about to start setting, so the skies was this pretty.. nice color of orange.
"It's nice, isn't it?" Cadence whispered, making me even warmer.
"It is, I love it.." I whispered back, closing my eyes and enjoying the moment around us.
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"One more step! C'mon!"
"I'm scared! I'm gonna fall into the lava!"
"Put your hand out! We'll grab it!"
The three children were all screaming and trying to pull the one child left across the boiling pit of lava.
Well, maybe not the pit of lava. More like a board over the floor supported by pillows. But the four kids seeme
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:iconmansoor112: mansoor112 is a digital artist who likes to paint portraits and play with photo-manipulations.

Amna by mansoor112muthu by mansoor112Asif Ali by mansoor112

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:iconbradleysays: bradleysays  is a one stop shop for most things dA related. They make CSS, emotes, tutorials and other resources. Be sure to check them out.

:thumb272077230:I Heart Sta.sh Writer by bradleysaysGiant Hope: Wave by bradleysays

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:iconpoetic: poetic's name speaks for itself for the most part and with a gallery full of amazing poetry their name is quite fitting.

work in progressI. you are no flame
I am no firefighter:
feet like sunken pavement,
shoulders draped with bags of
flesh,
people
like dominoes
or lumps of coal
milk and cookies by the stove
II. I slept on the floor last night
couldn't sleep through the
storm -- found solace only in
five-minute dreams
bottoming out like the rain
gutterballing down the windows,
lightning wrenching its way
though my eyelids, thunder
echoing in my joints,
crunching with every toss and turn
on the carpet, every house-shaking
wake-up call a reminder
I am not happy
III. self-diagnosis
I used to blink like a martyr,
make up disorders with names I couldn't pronounce,
hide my ideas in my head and grind my teeth
into the concrete
now I only see
the back end of daylight, with
real disorders I still can't pronounce and
keep all my ideas
carefully hidden in the trash
but I can still taste it with my eyes closed
IV. my mother
my mother has always been
a better liar than me
and I can see it, finally,
in the way her teeth
clench
into a
exhalethe sun
rose
again,
if you could call it that, if
the trouble lines on its face are
still to be believed, if the dust spoken
in the cigarette breaks between clouds still
holds any merit, if hope is still anything
more than just
hope.
I exhaled all day--
a thousand tired moments
pounding into the rain,
but only managed
to fill my lungs with
a thousand more,
tucking them in like
children, blue-eyed and
unnerved, daring god to
take them back.
unfinishedI feel restless,
like a playground ghost
telling human stories to a swing set,
remembering a girl with a
goldfish smile, the sort of
perpetual happiness
that comes from living
on the high end of
a seesaw.
the sun was restless
that afternoon, and when
our chalk skylines got
smudged by storm clouds,
the sidewalks echoed
the forecast of rain like
footsteps
in the puddles she left
beneath the thunder,
and that familiar acid reflux
still rises in my throat like
gasoline;
my stomach stalls out
and I feel restless
again,


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:iconcacaxa: Cacaxa is an artist of the traditional variety giving a human look to some famous mice as well as their own spin on other famous characters.

Corpse Bride Style 'Alive' by CacaxaPOTC Picture by CacaxaP,B,C, and TIC colored by Cacaxa

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In this ongoing series of articles, we probe the minds of some dAmn's
channel founders to find out what makes them tick, how they've made
their room a success and what tips they can provide to budding channel
owners.

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This month is negroceries and #dAmnCluedo

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 1) First off negroceries, can you tell us a little bit about yourself!

Oh geez, wow. I... wow. Well, first of all I'd like to say thanks to the relevant authorities for this. My name is Micah, and I come from Fiji (in case any of you are wondering, it's an island group in the South Pacific region, close by to Australia and New Zealand). I mainly create digital art on this site, but I appreciate a wide variety of genres.

 2) When did you first discover dAmn, and can you remember the first room you ever chatted in?

I discovered dAmn some time in 2009, I think, and waded deep into the incredibly murky waters of #devart.

 3) What prompted you to create #dAmnCluedo ? Did you feel dAmn was missing a room on a specific topic? Did you think other rooms weren't catering to a user's needs? Tell us all!

Well, I frequently played another game on dAmn known as "Werewolves." It was, and still is, a really great game, but it often drops into obscurity for months at a time. So I decided to create my own dAmn game, and landed on Cluedo/Clue as the best one to be implemented in the chats. At first the activity of the room was sluggish, but as time went on, I began making more and more improvements to the game module, and now we have 3-5 games a day.

 4) When you created #dAmnCluedo  , did you promote it, and if so how?

I first started asking people in the chats that I frequent if they wanted to play. Eventually, I got a few regulars who loved the game, and they began telling their friends, and now we have a pretty good number of regulars in the room. Also, we created a bunch of stamps and profile badges for people to put on their pages and used the groups platform to distribute them to the members.

 5) Have you ever held any contests or events in #dAmnCluedo  in order to generate more exposure and more traffic? If no, why not? If yes, what sort of events / contests?

Yes, I absolutely have. When we hit our 100th game, I awarded the winners with a journal and a news article featuring their work. This only served to generate more activity within the group and chatroom, so by the time the 199th rolled around, I decided to plan our 200th, posting up a specific time and date.

The 200th game was a blast! We had over 30 people in the room, both as spectators and players. It was a teams match, and because of technical limitations, only the first 8 players were accepted in the game. Because I was so overwhelmed with the turn up to the event, I decided to run a side contest for the audience, giving them the chance to win 100 :points:. All the players received 50 :points: each, and our each of winners received 3-month Premium Memberships. Even the audience took away 10 :points: for showing up.

Currently, we are running a Christmas-themed version of Cluedo, where players aim to solve Santa's murder! We are also looking forward to our 300th, 400th, and, if we are lucky enough, 500th games! I'm planning on bigger, better giveaways for these milestones.

 6) Do you have any advice for new room owners? Should they collaborate with existing rooms? Should they pester their friends to help promote?

I guess one of the big things you have to know about dAmn is that it has varying periods of activity. Sometimes you'll have chunks of text thrown at you like, uh, toast out of a toaster. And at other times, people won't be talking at all. When your room's activity dies down, don't be disheartened. There are always new people to be found! After all, deviantART has over a flobbity-jillion members.

And yes, I absolutely support the idea of collaborating or affiliating with other rooms with similar interests to yours. You can pool your users together like, uh, an eagle whose wings just... embrace all the... people? Also, even though I was lucky enough to have my room's activity grow organically (by word of mouth), I think if you have friends that are willing to help, you should totally go for it! But only if they're up for it, otherwise you're going to sound like a nagging old elephant. And no one likes nagging old elephants. Unless they're Dumbo, of course.

 7) Has the Groups platform aided you in managing your chatroom; if so, how?

dA Groups is an amazing feature that definitely helped me out a lot with the chatroom. Through the group, I was able to organise chat events (like the milestone games mentioned above), create a leaderboard featuring our best players, hold art contests within the group, capture all the chat lulz in our group gallery and a lot more that I can't seem to remember right now (because my hands are trembling as I'm typing this. I spent five minutes trying to remember how to spell 'contests').

 8) Anything else to add?

 Is 'contestition' a word? Or am I thinking of something else? Oh, nope. It has a squiggly red line under it. Definitely not a word... unless spell-check is lying to me. Anyway, all I'd like to say is this: if you think you have the smarts and deductive skills of Sherlock Holmes (or even if you don't), join us for a game in #dAmnCluedo!

Once again, thanks so much for the interview. I really enjoyed answering these questions like a polar bear enjoys peanut butter sandwiches.

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Thank you :deveasywhisper: and everyone be sure to check out #dAmnCluedo on dAmn!

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If you are the founder of a chatroom and would like to be interviewed for
the "I Came, I dAmned, I Founded" articles please contact the Community
Volunteers Team by noting the #communityrelations group.
This is a continuation of the Putting the ART in #devart
project that the Community Volunteers work on monthly. The purpose of
this article is to bring to light the artistic community within the dA's
Official Featured Chat room #devart. With the great reception our last installment had we will continue with featuring new and unknown members of #devart bimonthly.

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:iconletta463: Letta463 is an artist by hobby with an interest in many genres such as photography and digital art.

Scheming Colours by Letta463Leaves Of Autumn by Letta463Grab My Glasses by Letta463Gwaine meets Monroe by Letta463

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:iconborednix: Borednix is an amazing traditional artist who is really new to the community, check out their gallery.

Nightmare 3 by BorednixEveColorP crop by BorednixForgotten Beauty by BorednixAiel by Borednix

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:iconpollywog123: pollywog123 is an artist of mixed genres who is also a fan of Vocaloid and The Warriors.

MY face. by pollywog123Lady Solider+ Sniper by pollywog123Reflection by pollywog123Journey by pollywog123

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:iconwishwas: wishwas is a photographer, animator and drummer by hobby who loves black and white works.

The stare by wishwasThe moth by wishwasSitting in the shade by wishwasShades of grey by wishwas

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Don't forget to stop by
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This is a continuation of the Putting the ART in #devart
project that the Community Volunteers work on monthly. The purpose of
this article is to bring to light the artistic community within the dA's
Official Featured Chat room #devart. With the great reception our last installment had we will continue with featuring new and unknown members of #devart bimonthly.

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:iconravenguardian456: RaVeNgUaRdIaN456 used to make only sonic fan art but has branched out into the world of Fractals. using Apophysis.

:thumb268634339::thumb259994357::thumb259575159:

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:iconeliantart: eliantART is an anime artist who also likes to vary from "cartoonistic" to realism. She is currently working on a rather large drawing of a dragon.

heart on the mirror by eliantARTContest line art by eliantARTsxyftgothic_OC_chibi by eliantART

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:iconmsnele: MsNele likes to vary their art and uses mostly MSPaint to create art with a bit of humor. They admit they are new and have alot to work on.

:thumb269317670:Fries by MsNele8-BIT Disco by MsNele

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:iconbeautasha: Beautasha Works in the traditional art genre focusing mostly on fantasy works.

:thumb177662943::thumb137805718:Victorian Woman by Beautasha

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:iconshadowtail567: shadowtail567 loves photography and most other genres but has only submitted their digital art work to their gallery so far.

Redfern by shadowtail567Clawstar by shadowtail567:thumb256328871:

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In this ongoing series of articles, we probe the minds of some dAmn's
channel founders to find out what makes them tick, how they've made
their room a success and what tips they can provide to budding channel
owners.

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This month is RetroZombie and #NaNoWriMo
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1) First off RetroZombie, can you tell us a little bit about yourself!
Well, it's hard to know where to start, without writing my whole life's story! On dA, I've tried to take advantage of the wide range of art that can be presented here to explore all of my creative outlets. So you'll find visual art of many varieties alongside prose and poetry. I've always had a desire, lying just under the surface, to pursue a career in something creative--usually I envision myself knocking out a great novel, buying a pipe and smoking jacket (no tobacco, though ;)) and living out my years as an eccentric writer of fiction. :)

2) When did you first discover dAmn, and can you remember the first room you ever chatted in?
Wow… That would be over 5 years ago. There was a chat room that was, at the time, "the place to go" for writers--I can't recall what it was called, though. I remember imperfect and MinorKey were the Gallery Directors (yes Directors!) at the time. I actually didn't spend a lot of time there, I have to admit. It wasn't until later on that I plunged back into dAmn and found some rooms that were fun and friendly to be in. :)

3) What prompted you to create #NaNoWriMo ? Did you feel dAmn was missing a room on a specific topic? Did you think other rooms weren't catering to a user's needs? Tell us all!
Well... as far as I could tell, there weren't any chat rooms dedicated to the participants in that exquisite masochism called NaNoWriMo. I had managed to get myself talked into participating that year (2007!) and didn't want to suffer alone. So, no, there were no other chat rooms that would do, and so I took it upon myself to make one.

4) When you created #NaNoWriMo , did you promote it, and if so how?
Hmmm... What did I do to promote it? As I recall, it was mostly via word-of-mouth at first, and then one of the admins heard of it and made it a featured room, about a week into the event. After that, it just exploded!

5) Have you ever held any contests or events in  #NaNoWriMo in order to generate more exposure and more traffic? If no, why not? If yes, what sort of events / contests?
No, not really. The closest I've come to that was adding the "Word War" feature into the NaNoWriMoBot. That allows the chat participants to create impromptu contests as the whim takes them. Once the room took off, there didn't seem to be any real need to organize contests--besides, when you're trying to write 50,000 words in 31 days, who has time for a contest?!

6) Do you have any advice for new room owners? Should they collaborate with existing rooms? Should they pester their friends to help promote?
Well, I would encourage them to tell anyone and everyone who they think would be interested. Talk to the GM's that are in charge of the galleries that most closely match the theme of your room (if that's applicable). Groups didn't exist when I created #NaNoWriMo, but if I were creating it now, I would ask the admins of as many writing groups as possible to spread the word.

7) Has the Groups platform aided you in managing your chatroom; if so, how?
I, unfortunately, haven't been able to be nearly as active in managing #NaNoWriMo this year as I have in the past, so I don't really have a good answer for that question.

8) Anything else to add?
As I said, I haven't been very active in the room lately, so I want to use this section to call attention to the true stars of #NaNoWriMo this year--the volunteer moderators:
Beccalicious who got the whole thing going again, for the second year in a row now,
KisayaMyst (who keeps a good weather eye on the bot, which sometimes decides to wander off to parts unknown),
AWaterFox (another good bot watcher ;)),
Caedy, Demonicsoul87, Flaming-Spirit, Molly-Snicklefritz, Op-Artt, Pola-444, Tannalein, and TheSkaBoss, all if whom pitch in to keep the room running smoothly; some of them returning from last year. Honestly, without this great group of people, the room just wouldn't be functioning at all this year. My role for now is resident bot mechanic, but the #NaNoWriMo moderators have kept the room alive and flourishing. If you visit the room, be sure and thank them for their efforts; after all, they're trying to write a novel this month, too!

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Thank you RetroZombie and everyone be sure to check out #NaNoWriMo on dAmn!

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If you are the founder of a chatroom and would like to be interviewed for
the "I Came, I dAmned, I Founded" articles please contact the Community
Volunteers Team by noting the communityrelations group.
This is a continuation of the Putting the ART in #devart project that the Community Volunteers work on monthly. The purpose of this article is to bring to light the artistic community within the dA's Official Featured Chat room #devart. With the great reception our last installment had we will continue with featuring new and unknown members of #devart bimonthly.

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First up is Anto9401

:iconanto9401: Anto9401 Likes to work in traditional art and photography. Take a look at some of their work.

Antiquariato by Anto9401Peace_Love by Anto9401Murales by Anto9401Piantine grasse by Anto9401

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Up next is Domestic-Rat

:icondomestic-rat: Domestic-Rat is an artist of many talents! Be sure to check out thei gallery.

:thumb265599482::thumb253052233::thumb211982561:

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Now is ViolentHaze

:iconviolenthaze: ViolentHaze is a digital artist who posts photos, photo manipulations and digital art.

:thumb264454688::thumb215241142::thumb215421725::thumb263664206:

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Up next is xxcaramelxx

:iconxxcaramelxx: xxcaramelxx is a stock nature photographer who also has some fashion work, clay work and emotes as well.

Landscape 592 by xxcaramelxxswing by xxcaramelxx:thumb261812812:This Fire by xxcaramelxx

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Last be not least is VannaCasket

:iconvannacasket: VannaCasket's specialty is literature but they will try their hand at just about anything art wise!

Seeking PerfectionMidnight creeps so slowly,
As the moon shines high on her pedestal;
For a little girl as I,
'Tis a sight to be seen
Rusted nights,
And frothy days
slow my heart's lonely beating,
For perfection,
As well as desire
Above my protection,
The wind licks my cheek,
And bleeds through each pore in my raised skin,
Moon-
She bleeds maroon tonight,
Grimacing on the land of the lost,
And the land of the damned,
The sky's own candles shine my way,
Along the dirt laden path,
And every breath of ice
I take in,
A door opens
And the wind carries me to my desires,
But I never have encountered perfection,
But still I stare to each corner of the snowy plain,
And wonder what life would be like,
If I wandered off into the path
Of perfection
The path that will never exist.
Re BornHe used up his energy,
But still life needed to be restored,
And the earth still needed a core.
So he fastened a core, from the innards of the sun,
And oh boy wasn't that great fun?
He made two caps,
North and South
And then carved the last ocean's mouth,
Born again,
This world was then
Painted with colors
And shapes of all sorts;
Just as he liked it but still his life was short
Earth Du SolielStill quite lonley,
Still quite homley,
The creator sat and looked upon an empty rock
He wished to fill it with shapes and colors of all sorts,
But the key was still locked
The door still closed,
He wanted life to thrive
So he took a great hose,
Made from pure gravity
And then appeared magically
A great sea of light,
That filled the rock. It was quite a site,
Such colors remained after the light had ceased,
And things thrived, such as bacteria and yeast.
He decided to name this place Earth,
The only planet he gave this type of magical birth
The place for his new race
To procreate and lace
This terrestrial world
Where living things swirled
With the aimless direction
Of the Earth's progression
Through the stars,
And through bends In the universe
Until the creator,
Whom was named Sator,
Recognized
That this world was not syncronized,
With a star of it's own,
And there was no wind blown,
Lonley and cold,
The planet looked old,
Things started to die,
Water started to freeze,
And Nothing cou

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Hey everyone!

All week long until Halloween Thumbshare will be hosting awesome journal events and live chat events so be sure to check out our blog here

And poke into our rooms #Thumbsshare and #Trivia
Check out Thumbshare's Halloween events ThumbSCARE!

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A:



:bulletpink: Addicted: It's fairly easy to become a dAmn addict once you've found the right kind of chatroom.

:bulletpink: Autocomplete: If you want to direct your message to one person, type the first few letters of their username and hit the tab key to complete the users name.

B:



:bulletpink: Backslash: Its your best friend, helps you join rooms, search for friends, ban a troll and much more.

:bulletpink: Ban: There are two types of ban to define here, a channel ban and a dAmn ban. A channel ban prevents a user from being able to join and message within the chatroom. A dAmn ban prevents a user from accessing the chat network at all (a banned user will experience a 'not privileged' error upon trying to join a chatroom)

:bulletpink: Bot A bot is a software based program that carries out automated tasks within a chatroom. dA does not supply or provide help with bots however.

C:



:bulletpink: Chatroom/Channel: A chatroom/channel is a place where users can chat with other users in real time.

:bulletpink: Create: You can create your own chatroom on dAmn. FAQ #289: How do I create or delete a chatroom?

:bulletpink: Commands: Commands are tools that allow you to do things on dAmn like /ban, /kick, /me. FAQ #292: What are the commands that I can use on the chat network? has them all.

:bulletpink: COPPA: Refers to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act which prohibits children under the age of 13 from having a deviantART account.

:bulletpink: Caps Lock: Refers to when you are typing in all caps. In moderation this can be fun, but in a busy chatroom it can become disruptive.

D:



:bulletpink: dAmnit: Is a place to submit your own funny quotes from around dAmn.

:bulletpink: dAmn: Stands for deviantART Message Network.

E:



:bulletpink: Emoticions: Also known as emotes check out FAQ #53: How do I use Emoticons? Where are they? for a list of dA's official emotes you can use.

:bulletpink: Extensions: These allow you to customize your dAmn experience through extensions. There is dAmnXPCOM and other unofficial Scripts.

F:



:bulletpink: FireFox: Its a free internet browser popular on dA for its ability to work well with dAmn and with the added bonus of  extensions and scripts. Get it here.

:bulletpink: FAQ: Frequently asked questions about dAmn can can all be answered on the faq page.

:bulletpink: Flooding: This is a term used to describe spamming a channel with multiple lines of text that disrupts the normal flow of the chatroom.

:bulletpink: Founder: This term refers to the user who originally created the chatroom. Their name can be found next to the channel name on the chat page.

:bulletpink: Featured Chatrooms: This refers to the list of chatrooms that appear at the top of the chat page. These consist of the Official Chatrooms and those rooms selected by the Staff.

G:



:bulletpink: Greasemonkey: Is an extension of FireFox that allows users to add-on user scripts. Get it here.

H:



:bulletpink: Help: This is an official chatroom on damn run by the Community Volunteers where users can get help with dA related questions.

:bulletpink: HTML: Refers to codes you can use (not exclusive to the chat network) to give certain effects such as bold, italics, and underline.

FAQ #104: What HTML formatting can we use on deviantART? And what is the format for these codes?

I:



:bulletpink: Idle: This term refers to when a user is logged into the chat network but not actively participating in the chatroom.

J:



:bulletpink: Join: The /join command is a useful tool that allows you to join multiple channels with only one window open. In the test box simply type "/join roomname".

K:



:bulletpink: Kick: The /kick command is a useful tool to remove a disruptive user from a channel without having to ban them. In the text box simply type "/kick username".

L:



:bulletpink: LOL Corner: The LOL Corner is the weekly showcase of featured quotes that have been submitted to dAmnIT.

M:



:bulletpink: Moderator: Is a term used to describe a user appointed by the Founder of a chatroom to look over it. These users usually have the ability to /kick or /ban users as needed.

N:



:bulletpink: Noob Is a term to describe someone new to dAmn. Lets try to be nice to them.

:bulletpink: Nick Its is a part of a user script addon that allows you to change a users name on dAmn.

O:



:bulletpink: Official Chatrooms: This are rooms marked by a little fella icon on the chat and include #devart and #help.

P:



:bulletpink: Part: This /part command allows you to leave a chatroom without closing the chat window.

:bulletpink: Privclass: These are the ranks in chatrooms such as Founders or Guests. FAQ #540: How can I customize my chatroom? and FAQ #290: How do I manage the users in my chatroom, and set operators and members?.

R:



:bulletpink: Rules: FAQ #287: What rules apply to the Chat Network? outlines the rules as they pertain to the Chat Network.

:bulletpink: Role Playing: Also known as RPing refers to user who pretend to be an imaginary character. There are many rooms on dAmn for RPer's to find a niche.

S:



:bulletpink: SuperdAmn: is a collaborative script made by electricnet which allows users to use custom emotes, have time stamps and much more. Find it here.

:bulletpink: Spammer: A spammer is a person who disrupts the normal flow of a chatroom by sending a particular message over and over again.

:bulletpink: Stretching: Is the act of using repeated letters to make a word longer. This can be fun in moderation but in excess can become disruptive.

:bulletpink: Scroll Bar: This is often used to describe a horizontal scroll bar that results from stretching too much or spam.

:bulletpink: Search: You can search for chatrooms on the chat page using the search bar beneath the Featured Chatrooms.

T:



:bulletpink: Thumb: Thumb is short for Thumbnail which refers to posting the thumbnail image of a deviation. You can do this by copying the :thumb########: code.

FAQ #511: How do I post thumbnails of my art on the Chat Network or Forums?

:bulletpink: Tabpwn: This refers to accidentally autocompleting the wrong persons name and tabbing them.

:bulletpink: Title/Topic: These refer to the banners at the top of a chatroom which important information pertaining to the particular channel can be found.

FAQ #513: How do I change the title (or topic) on the top of my chatroom?

:bulletpink: Text Wall: Refers to when someone posts a block of text that is particularly long.

:bulletpink: Troll: This is a user who posts deliberately antagonistic material for the purpose of annoying other users.

U:



:bulletpink: Unofficial Chatrooms: Refers to any user created chatroom that does not have a little Fella icon next to its name.

FAQ #287: What rules apply to the Chat Network?

W:



:bulletpink: Whois The /whois command is a useful tool that allows you to locate a user on the chatnetwork. simply type "/whois username" into the chat text box.

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Credits to leaf-lover and the deviantART's FAQ's for some of the provided information.